i finally got the book "eat, pray, love" by elizabeth gilbert from the library.

it took me over a year on the wait list to get this book. the loan period is over and because this book is so popular i cannot renew it. i am embarrassed to say i kept it overdue just so i could finish it. there was no way i was giving this book back until i was done reading it. i will pay the fine. it's worth it.

it was a pure delight to read. i enjoyed every minute of it and bored poor jer to tears reading paragraphs to him, quoting parts and telling him little snippets just before we fell asleep at night. i have copied out lines from this book that i will hold on to like little treasures.

one of my fave parts of this book was when liz is finishing up her stay in india and a hilarious friend of hers told her she needs to learn how to select her thoughts the same way she selects what clothes she is gonna wear for the day. she decides she needs to learn to control her own thoughts and in her efforts to do this uses the italian phrase "devo farmi le ossa", meaning "i need to make my bones". (i love that phrase)

she then decides to use the vow "i will not harbour unhealthy thoughts anymore". she describes how harbour is a fitting word for this vow and at the end of this tale says "this is a peaceful harbour, the entryway to a fine proud island that is only now beginning to cultivate tranquility. if you can abide by these new laws, my dear thoughts, then you are welcome in my mind - otherwise, i shall turn you all back toward the sea from whence you came."

i am finding it hard to put into words how much i loved this book. the author takes an adventure to find herself through three different cultures that only most could dream of experiencing. if you haven't read this book yet, go out and get it. buy it, borrow it, just read it.