This was my book club’s pick for November. When this made it on our list of reads for 2013-2014 I must admit I wasn’t thrilled. It’s not the typical novel chosen for a book club discussion. I have this aversion to reading psychology and self-help books. This one seemed to be somewhere between the two. I decided to give it a good try. The first third of the book was really interesting and I learned some things that I didn’t know. However, as I continued to read I found the book a little boring and repetitive.
What did I take away from this book? Well mostly that introverts have qualities too. Being quiet can be a chance to reflect and maybe make the right decision. There is more than one way to skin a cat. The world needs introverts and extroverts. Most people aren’t just one or the other. They are definitely a mix of both maybe with a little more than one or the other. You see the thing is I really didn’t need to read Quiet to realise these things . So I’ve decided to stay positive and chalk it up to a new reading experience. Funny thing is one of my book club buddies made the comment that the book felt like Susan Cain’s therapy. I think she was right because it does feel little like it.
All in all it wasn’t my cup of tea and I won’t be repeating the experience anytime soon. I prefer devoting my time to books that I really want to read. I suggest you check out Susan Cain’s TED Talks presentation which is linked below if you’re like me and not interested in this type of book, but curious about it. That presentation pretty much sums up the overall view of the book very well.
8 Replies to “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking”
What are some of the things you read that you didn’t know?
That in the US there was a period where people were actually being prescribed drugs to be more extrovert.
It’s good to read a more balanced review of this book because I’ve mainly just seen it getting a lot of hype. I’m still interested to pick it up, I wonder if I’ll feel the same way about it as you did?
Well you’ll just have to try it to know. I just felt like the overall idea is that we need both to make a world and that introverts should be taken more into consideration. Let me know what you think when you’re done.
Thanks for posting. I like the video.
You’re welcome. Glad you liked it. I thought this would give you a very good idea of what the book is about. 🙂
I have an aversion to self-help and psychology books too 🙂 I’ve heard a lot about this book, but really don’t feel like picking it up at all.
I’m still trying to figure out who voted for it as the best book of 2012 on Goodreads. Hmm!
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