43 Books – Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

As part of my 43 Before 43, I’m reading 43 books.

If we’ve spoken in the last three months, I’ve probably told you to read this book. It it so interesting! I simply couldn’t put it down.

Let me start with what I really liked about the book:

  • The title. Sometimes I can’t stop talking even though I want to. It’s so hard to be quiet when it’s our cultural default to fill up space.
  • The introvert quiz. I liked figuring out where I fit on the spectrum.
  • It made me think about students in my class and how some simply will work better in quiet, with more time and less interaction.
  • It also helped me understand my serious introvert friends’ need for alone time better.
  • I loved reading about all the super smartypants introverts – amazingly creative beings!

What did I not like?

As lame as it sounds, I couldn’t find anything I didn’t love about this book.

The all important question – would I want to be friends with the author?

Absolutely. We could sit next to each other and read. And then talk about books and then be quiet again. Can someone set us up on a friend date?

Should you read Quiet?


But first, want to know if you are an introvert? Take this quiz to find out. Even if it turns out you aren’t, you may sit beside one at work, or be married to one or maybe have given birth to one.

I took the quiz and found out I’m an ambivert {someone who is in the middle of intro and extrovert}. I do have introvert leanings. I chalk it up to my quiet yoga practice. I’m sure this will surprise many, especially those that don’t know me well. I am a nervous talker which I think translates to extrovert.

Not only do I highly recommend reading Quiet, please take 20 minutes and watch the author’s TED talk.


Have you read Quiet? What did you think?

2 thoughts on “43 Books – Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

  1. Thanks for posting about this Tami. I especially like how you are able to sum up the nervous talking situation! That’s my whole life in a sentence or two. Being a sole proprietor business has allowed me to really explore my introverted sides. Wish I knew the author so I could hook you up. Going to take the quiz now!

  2. It’s so cool that you posted this. I am currently taking a psych class and as an assignment we had to watch her TED talk and I just loved her. I could so relate to things she said and it gave me an incredible peace and comfort because I realized I am an Introvert…not just simply weird. :o) We also took the quiz thing for class. I recommend it for people, all people, because it will give some a clearer perspective of themselves.
    Due to your recommendation of the book, I’m going to read it.

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