I’ve been away, because of reasons. But while I didn’t write any blog post since the wrap-up, I have been reading. Quiet by Susan Cain to be precise. So I thought it is time to write a review.

The book is about introversion. I know I am introverted, so I was excited to read more about it, maybe get some tips and feel seen.

Here’s what Goodreads said: In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Also read: Book review of The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin

My thoughts on Quiet

The negatives

The first half of the book was tough. Actually the whole book was pretty tough, but the first half I had to get used to it and I must say I almost DNF’ed it.

She talks about a lot of studies. A lot, a lot. And that makes the book hard to read. She sometimes mentions examples from previous chapters, but because there are more examples I got them confused most of the time.

The positives

I liked that Quiet was so relatable for me. It made a lot of sense and helped me understand my reasons for doing or not doing stuff.

The examples – though there were a loooot of them – really helped the book being more readable through all the studies. And I liked that she used very known people, like Rosa Parks.

What surprised me was that she also says some things about extroverted people. Not in a negative way (it’s not ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to be introverted of course). But that put in into perspective.

Most of all, it was just really interesting to read.

Final rating of Quiet

Despite the readability, I still give it 4/5 stars.

Are you introverted or extroverted?