Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book officially has made my list of favorite books.
It's nonfiction, but it reads like fiction. It's so good, the language so rich, but so easy to soak up and consume -- and it's funny and quirky too -- that it's like candy. But not like light, silly, beach-reading candy, like candy so sweet it rolls around in your mouth as you savor each taste, then it hits the spot, every time you turn a page.
It's thought-provoking, forcing you to think inward about your own life, priorities and the ways you choose to lead your life, interact with the people in your life, and even just do the daily things in your life.
It's also full of lessons in so many religions, which don't come across as indoctrinating or preachy, but just provide extra insight you almost didn't know you were getting.
Plus, for anyone who likes travel reading, this book could probably just as easily be found in the bookstore's travel section as in the memoirs section. It's a cultural, culinary, self-exploratory trip that begins in New York, goes through months each in Italy, India, and Bali, Indonesia, and ends up with...well I won't tell you where it ends up. But it's good, trust me.