For this year’s A to Z Blog challenge, I thought I’d draw back the curtain and explore the life and times of a bibliophile. Care to join me?
This should in no way be mistaken for the brilliant Shusako Endo novel, Silence. No, this is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, and it is another book, the most recent, that has molded who I am as a reader and as a writer.
This is an introvert liberation manifesto. To be told, after so many years of “You should be more outgoing, you shouldn’t be so quiet, you have a great personality if you’d just put yourself out there,” that there was absolutely nothing wrong with me, was mind-blowing. We introverts have some pretty amazing super powers when we’re not trying to contort our spherical personalities into the quadrilateral spaces carved out by our more extroverted companions.
As an aside, if you are an introvert, are related to an introvert, are friends with or love/like an introvert, you really should read this. It is a treasure trove of explanations of how introverts think, and view the world, what gets us charged up, and what makes us want to retreat into a cave and hide. Oh, and check out Quiet Revolution (@LiveQuiet) on Twitter, or at quietrev.com, as well. Loads of good content for introverts and the people who love us.
Quite honestly, this is why this book is on my list: Words can liberate if delivered by the right authority. If a book can free me, even if it’s just a little bit, it’s worth the time to read it.