Books & Introverts

There was a month when I had limited access to the internet about 5 years back. At first this seemed unimaginable (#millennial), but soon after, I felt so refreshed. Without the distractions of the internet, I began filling my time with other activities. Such as reading books. I  read so many books during this month. At the end of the four weeks, I felt inspired/rejuvenated  and made a pact with myself to keep the reading up, internet or not. Not digital books, not my Google Reader, but real tangible books.

I’d admit, I haven’t been completely consistent with this pact over the past 5 years; however, the past 6 months have been fairly successful. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Paulo Coelho. Be still, my heart.

It’s not too difficult to get caught up in the intricacies of Coelho’s plots and storylines. Thought-provoking is the best way I can describe his style. As a bonus, I checked out the Spanish version, entonces, podria practicar mi español.

While the stories he tells are not all that unique, it’s the way Sedaris tells these stories that make him such a wildly popular/successful author.

Greek school! I’m determined to learn. It’s actually amazing how much knowing Spanish has helped me with Greek. The number of times I’ve embarrassed myself in class by answering a question in Spanish thinking I was answering in Greek, is slightly less amazing.


After Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, I was hooked. Klosterman’s wonderfully dry/witty/analytical writing style hits the spot:

Here’s a new development: I’m an introvert! Actually, I’d better classify myself as an ambivert with far more introverted qualities than I previous had thought. Reading Cain’s book made me realize that I (along with many others) had (have) a skewed concept of introversion. After completing Cain’s book and conducting a subsequent self-psychoanalysis, I saw the following introvert qualities in myself:

  • Listening more than talking. Thinking before speaking.
  • Caring less about status & focusing on what really matters.
  • Enjoying a quiet glass of wine with a close friend than a loud, raucous party full of strangers.
  • Careful, contemplative thinking; persistence; sees value in reflection.
The introvert qualities I don’t identify with:
  • Energized by time alone.
  • Not socially inclined.
  • Enjoys solitude.
Cain wrote: “We’re especially empathic”. We think in an “unusually complex fashion”. We prefer discussing “values and morality” to small talk about the weather. We “desire peace”. We’re “modest”.

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