Hello everyone! After a short break from Sassy Books I am glad to report that we are back in business. Our read for January was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This is a non fiction novel that explores introversion and how we view introverts in society. This book is under 300 pages but is very small font and the discussions are quite heavy so as a result I've found it to be quite a slow read. So I have to admit that I haven't actually finished the book. Oops! I've been reading this in 30 page slots as I've found that after that I begin to lose focus. I am really enjoying this I just want to take it slowly. That being said, this post will be more of a discussion about how I'm finding the book rather than a formal review.
I have always considered myself to be an introverted person. Growing up, I just thought I was weird. I was quiet, shy and often found myself wishing I could go home without seeming rude after I'd been with my friends for too long. It wasn't that I didn't like people or didn't want to spend time with them either it was just that sometimes after seeing people for too long I felt exhausted. When I first heard the 'definition' of the word introvert it made everything seem so clear. That was me, I am an introvert. This book has really helped me consider that and to see the benefits of being an introvert. Because in a world with an extroverted ideal it really does seem like a real flaw sometimes. The book talks about where our extrovert ideal comes from and also discusses what the definitions of extroversion and introversion are. This book discusses so much that it's really hard to sum everything up without giving too much away. Honestly, this book was just so refreshing at times. There were passages that I read and just thought 'oh my god, that just sums me up perfectly'.
So far, I've really enjoyed this book but I don't find it to be an easy or quick read. It's much more detailed and scientific than I thought it would be which I think makes it a much better book but makes it slower to read. I hope that everyone in the club has enjoyed it as well. Other posts written by other bloggers as part of #sassybooks are:
Next month our book will be It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane(Kindle link here) which we thought would make a fun, anti-Valentines kinda read. This book had been gaining a lot of interest amongst book bloggers at the moment as a lot of people are really enjoying it and finding that it's redefining chick lit, a genre I generally try to avoid! If you've like to join in you can read the book and post a review or just tweet about it using the hashtag #sassybooks. We will be posting our reviews on the last Tuesday of the month which this month will be February 23rd. I hope you all join in and love the book!