Saturday, June 7, 2008

Reading Nirvana

And, no, I'm not talking about an unauthorized biography of Kurt Cobain.

I don't often recommend books because half the time I am reading academic books for classes (only for one more week though!) and the other half of the time I am devouring brainless novels for the sheer escapism of focusing intently on something that doesn't challenge my poor beleaguered brain.

However, this time I seem to have found a happy medium.

After my travels to Italy, a good friend of mine recommended "Eat Pray Love" to me. It is a story about "one woman's search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia".

I'm generally not a huge fan of non-fiction books because I find that they either aren't remotely applicable to my life and/or are not remotely entertaining. Amazingly, this book is both (for *me* at least).

There are parts of Elizabeth Gilbert and her experiences that I identify with so strongly that my eyes are widened with shock as I nod my head up and down so vigorously while reading. Of course, there are also parts where I thank the good lord that I'm NOT like her. And in between giggles and tears, there are the parts that make me look within myself and ask if I could ever let myself be as vulnerable as she is making herself by writing this book; if I could ever let myself really look at the root of my thoughts and insecurities and grow with them and past them.

And I'm only halfway through the darn book!

So, I guess I'm just throwing it out there that I am engrossed in this book, and maybe, hopefully, you can be too. It's one of the very few non-fiction books that I have found that manages to keep me entertained while at the same time challenging me without making my brain hurt. :)

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