Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quiet - Book Review

BookQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
AuthorSusan Cain
Genre: Non-Fiction,  Psychology 
Publisher/Publish Date: Crown / January 2012
Source: SF Public Library
Pages: 333
Rating: 4.5/5
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It might not come to much of surprise to people that know me, but I am an introvert. Though I like being social, I also really appreciate my "me time." This book, that covers what it means to be an introvert, studies about introverts, and how we can function better in the world around us, is the perfect book for introverts and extroverts. Yep, that's right, that means everyone.

For introverts this book helps us feel "normal," and understand what makes us awesome. And for extroverts, this book can help you understand your introverted friends, partners, and coworkers better.

Luckily, I read this for a book club I am part of so I was able to have a good discussion about it. Our discussion group consisted of 4 introverts, on extrovert, and one in between. It was great seeing the positive impact this book had on introverts that grew up feeling left out or a little anti-social. And the extrovert, who is actually already very understanding to her introverted friends, enjoyed hearing about how we interact with the world and how we can work even better.
One challenge with this book is that it's very black and white, and fairly one sided. Someone in our book club mentioned it would be great for someone to write "Loud," so us introverts can learn more about extroverts. 

This is definitely a book I hope to buy, share with friends, and refer back to often.

Want a quick overview of the book? Check out this TED Talks Cain did in 2012, The Power of Introverts.


  1. This sounds really interesting. I'm an introvert and sometimes it is hard to cope in a world so loud and outspoken. Might have to check this one out!

    1. you would love it! and then you'll want to share it with all your extroverted friends;) I listened to half of it on audiobook and liked that better than reading.

  2. I've been hearing so much about this book lately. I am a very introverted person. The hardest thing, well the two hardest things, about being an introvert are getting a job and making friends. I'd love to read this book as soon as my library gets a copy. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I agree, and this books helped me feel like I was normal:) Hope you get to read it soon.