Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir about Elizabeth’s life after her divorce where she travels for one year to Italy, India, and Indonesia. In general, it was a well thought out and cleverly written book. I think Gilbert is a great writer. I had fun on her spiritual and physical journey towards, I suppose, finding herself. Some parts were long winded especially in India and a little in Indonesia, parts where I skimmed ahead. It definitely made me think about my own life but I think it would do with some editing. Great book for life quotes, though.
My rating: 3/5 stars
If you’ve read Eat, Pray, Love, what did you think about it?
If you’ve always dreamed of going to Italy, this book might make you incredibly jealous of Frances Mayes. Not only because she bought a beautiful house there but she was brave enough to do so. If you’ve never thought of going to Italy, this book will most likely inspire you to do so. Although a non-fiction memoir of Mayes’ experience of buying and restoring a house in Tuscany, it reads like fiction. Slow-paced, detailed but somewhat poetic writing style. I do wish it was edited down a little and organized in a more cohesive way like in little short stories. I think that there is way too much detail about the restoration process which I wasn’t expecting so I had to skip over quite a few chunks.
My rating: 2/5 stars
Have you read Under The Tuscan Sun? If so, what did you think about it?
I love journaling. I’ve been doing it since at least 13 years old and I have kept the journals to prove it. When I went through those old journals, I realized that I’ve been bullet journaling alongside traditional journaling (like a diary) for almost 3 years. In 2019, it will be 4 years. I couldn’t believe it’s been that long.
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll starts off with a history of how the Bullet Journal (BuJo) came to be, goes into how to use the BuJo and then why to use the BuJo. It goes into quite a bit of detail about bring meaning and intentionality into life. At times, it did feel like a stretch but I do agree that by reflecting or updating your journal daily helps bring you into the moment instead of just checking off your to-do list on autopilot. I agree that the BuJo is a tool that brings “a system into practice by helping us continually chipping away at what is unnecessary to reveal what is meaningful.”
Like most people, I thought it was just a way to organize your to-do list but after reading this book, I realized it could be so much more. I’m glad I read this book. It has inspired me to use it even more for my different goals.