On My Bookshelf: Quiet

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Confession: I started this book at Christmas. And I finished it in the spring. It wasn't for lack of interest in the book, almost the opposite - there was so much to take in that I needed to step away.

Quiet isn't a new book. Author Susan Cain has been featured in many places (including her own TED talk) and is working on a 'Quiet Revolution' - her introverted manifesto is perfect.

From the publisher:
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.
I was mildly hesitant to read the book at first - would it be worth my time? Was it full of things I already knew about introverts? - but I was excited too. And after reading it, I was so beyond glad that I had!

It is so well researched and thought out, and it explains not only why some people are quieter than others, but also how the world isn't as accepting of these quiet people. There's so much good stuff packed into this tiny book, I could talk about it for days. 


You should pick it up if:

1 // You're introverted or extroverted (yes, I think everyone should read this!)
While it is a book mainly about introverts, it's impossible to talk about one and not the other. It's full of great research on both sides and I think it would be incredibly insightful to anyone reading.

2 // You want to learn more about why introverts are the way they are and why the world is the way it is. You won't regret it!



Let me know in the comments in you've read Quiet, or want to now!

xo,
B