Reading has always been something I enjoyed. Before kids, I was flying through books so quickly. I remember my senior year, I would have a different book I was reading almost daily and my English teacher had questioned if I was actually finishing them. I was. I could get lost in books and forget about the world around me for hours, possibly days, on end.
The last year I’ve picked up my favorite hobby that had been neglected for far too long. It may take me a couple weeks to a month to finish a book now days, but the journey is still just as enjoyable.
One of my recent reads is written by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. There is a reason this book is a New York Times Best Seller. It is incredibly well written and researched, extremely easy to understand, and fascinating.
Being an introvert myself, it’s obvious why this book caught my attention. It seems like these days society puts so much importance on being an extrovert! Teens growing up wanting to be YouTube viral sensations overnight, so much stress put on appearance and putting yourself out there. Things that have never came easy to me. I get tongue tied, nervous, and shaky when public speaking, or even just doing a live video on Facebook! Susan Cane was so relatable in Quiet with her own experiences and ones she shared of others.
What I loved most was that Quiet reassured me that its okay to be an introvert. We have just as many strengths and special talents as an outgoing extrovert and tend to notice more detail. The two personality traits combined make a great team for business, planning, and problem solving! So, as a proud introvert I will focus on building my strengths that come easy to me, and not worry so much about being nervous next time I participate in public speaking.
If you want to check out Quiet for yourself, follow one of the links to order through Amazon. There are Kindle and Audio versions available, but personally I love the comfort of turning paper pages. Let me know what you thought of the book!