There are some books that become so close to your heart that you cannot express how you feel about them. Writing a review for these books is very hard. Conveying the multitude of emotions in words feels almost impossible.
You try starting to review, but have no clue where or how to begin. You write something, become dissatisfied, edit it, throw it off and re-write the whole thing. You still don’t like what you’ve written. So, you give up temporarily.
Later, you get this sudden zeal to express your feelings about the book that meant so much to you. So, you try again. You pick the book and glance through it, thinking this will help, but it doesn’t. Finally, you realize that you can never really do justice to the awesomeness of the book. So, you whip up whatever you can. You don’t feel satisfied, but you learn to move on.
‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain is one such book for me. After watching the author’s TED talk, I wanted to read her book immediately. While the TED talk made me feel that she is talking about me and expressing my thoughts, the book induced some valuable self-realization and self-validation.
I am an INFJ (Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging) as per Myers–Briggs Type Indicator. So, I could relate to the book completely. I needed almost a month to complete it and still felt that I should have taken it up slower. I could not read more than a few pages at a time, because I had to constantly pause and reflect on what I read. Holding this book in my hand, I was either nodding my head in agreement or digging up and examining past memories. This is one of my favourite books because it made me understand myself better, accept my traits and encouraged me to face my fears.
This book tends to glorify introverts and should be taken with a pinch of salt. I would still recommend it to everyone. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, if you ever wanted to understand people who are quiet, introverted or sensitive, this book is for you.
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