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Eat, Pray, Love – Movie or Book?

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I love reading – news, magazines, books – it doesn’t matter. So when my co-workers were talking about starting a book club last winter, I was all in. I had never been involved in one before and it sounded like a lot of fun! So far we’ve read our way through some diverse books, with meetings focused around food and fun. We’ve taken a more laidback approach this summer, choosing book/movie combos and holding our meetings at the local movie theater. Yesterday was our August get-together. After dinner at Olive Garden we headed over to watch Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts.

I’m not sure what to think of the movie. Having read the book first, I have to admit I was disappointed. The book had a wonderful and inspirational message, which I really think was completely lost in the film. I did enjoy the changing scenery as Julia’s character, Liz, traveled from Italy to India to Bali. The cultural differences were pretty intriguing to see. I think the casting was convincing as well. The characters really seemed to come alive and looked pretty similar to how I imagined they would look.

Fergalicious Jezebel Sandal

If you haven’t read the book yet, I would definitely suggest giving it a try first. It’s supposed to be a true story focusing on the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, and her year long journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets some amazing and diverse people. As a reader, you learn about her background and the personal issues that led her to the decision to forsake the comforts and heartbreaks of home and head off on her own. I don’t know that I would ever be brave enough to do what she did, but I was happy to travel vicariously through her!

What did you think? If you’ve read the book, did you like it more or less than the movie? If you’ve just seen the movie, did it make you want to read the book as well? I’d be very interested to read any comments you might have!

Luichiny Lemon Drop

As I mentioned above, Julia Roberts played the role of Liz Gilbert. She’s pictured at the New York City premier of the Eat Pray Love movie. Julia dressed up her menswear inspired outfit with a flattering pair of high-heeled, strappy black sandals. I’ve always been a sucker for contradictory fashion pieces. Her decision to pair a more masculine look with a sexy pair of heels and chunky jewelry is a definite hit in my book. If you’re looking for a similar shoe style, I would recommend the Fergalicious Jezebel Sandal. It’s a steal at $54.95. The Luichiny Lemon Drop Sandal is another great option and is currently on sale for $71.99.