Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert

As I’ve been going through my backlog of books, I have been enjoying my reading revival. I was steadily working my way through my collection of paperbacks and then I hit a bump in the road with Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2009 novel Eat, Pray, Love. It took me a long time to finish this book. I read half almost over a year ago and then abandoned it for awhile and I have recently got back into it. Not surprisingly, the point where I abandoned it was in the “pray” section of the book. This was the part i found least interesting.

Ms. Gilbert is essentially searching for a meaning to her unhappy, privileged life. She ventures to far away lands to find that meaning.

I was interested in her “search for everything” from the eyes of an atheist. I wanted to see how Ms. Gilbert went about her journey for finding some sort of completion in her life. It may seem odd that a staunch atheist is interested in reading about other’s spiritual journey but I actually find these kind of discussions interesting. I often ask others what led them to believe what they do.

However, I have one word for this book: Pretentious.

She takes a trip on the dime of her publisher due to an advance for this very book. She eats, prays, and loves her way through Italy, India, and Indonesia and to be honest, it’s all a bit of an eye roll moment for me. She’s a pretty, rich, American with money to burn so it makes it easy for her to find her spiritual center. I’m not sure what Ms. Gilbert intends for me to take from this piece of work but I suspect that she expects me to feel like she is my new best friend. But I couldn’t feel farther away from that. I find her a turn off, coming from a place of privilege.

I wasn’t sure if this book is supposed to be a “Come to God” book where she is trying to convince me that I need God or if it’s a self-professed account of how she personally came to God. It is probably a mix of both.

I didn’t like how the book wrapped everything up completely and with no loose ends. It’s neatly divided into three sections with each section having a defined theme. Life is messy and rift with loose ends. I felt like I wasn’t reading the real story and  that she was leaving out the parts of the story that didn’t fit in with her vision. This made me feel removed from the narrative and wondering when the other shoe was going to drop.

Now for the good. I find it was well-written. If it was a work of fiction, I might have liked it more. I can imagine those desperately looking for some kind of meaning to life can find this comforting but most people will have to look for meaning without taking extravagant trips (which according to her was impossible for her to do within the physical and emotional noise of her life in the U.S.).

If you are looking for a happy spiritual story to affirm that you have made the right choice in God, then this would probably appeal to you. For those on the spiritual fence, this can probably go either way.

Sweet, Sweet Hobbit Movie

Adorable cupcakes featuring characters from the awesome movie, The Hobbit? Yes, please!

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Cupcakes

This can’t get more adorable if it tried.

This adorable post was shared with me this morning over Twitter and I immediately wanted them. Not to eat, just to stare at! When you combine my geeky likes with sweets, and make it beautiful as well, then you have me sold!  You can see more details here.



Recipe Exploration: Spicy Turkey Chili

No picture this time!  I ate it too fast, I’m afraid.  This is really good and if you are wimp and want it less spicy, just decrease the amount of chili powder. I love all the spices that it calls for.

Name: Spicy Turkey Chili
By: Renee

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:  30 min

Servings: 8; 9 oz is a serving


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16 ounce) can canned kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed (I like them partially mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion and green pepper, and cook until tender.
  2. Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.


  • You can decrease the amount of chili powder if you want it a little less spicy
  • You can either mash the beans, partially mash, or leave them whole :)
  • Adding noodles is an awesome idea as well

Nutritional Info:
Amount Per Serving  Calories: 185 | Total Fat: 6.1g | Cholesterol: 42mg


Music from Final Fantasy XI

My good friend Nevik posted this link.  It’s the music from Final Fantasy XI!  I played this game so much and so hard.  It’s bringing back so many good memories!

Goddammit Mr. Noodle!

Saw this on reddit and I had to post it.  It actually made me laugh out loud!

Size 18..again

Size 18 again but I’m on a downward trend!  I comfortably managed to fit into my size 18 jeans.  I’m not ditching my size 20s into a box yet because I still need them for my fat days.  Do guys have fat days or just girls?

The calorie counting has been going extremely well and I actually like counting everything I put into my body.

I did My Shape Evolved yesterday and I chose Latin Dance. It kicked my butt.  But I was constantly moving for almost an hour so it has to count for something!

Primal Carnage Character Showcase

I’m not typically into FPSs but this one looks pretty cool.  But I really don’t understand the advantage of being the human with the flamethrower.  But I like dinosaurs so there’s that :)  The breathing of the Tyrannosaurus could get annoying however.

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