Does the idea of living in the solitude of deep woods sound exciting to you? Then you’re surely an introvert and this is one of the classic books in American literature that you’ll enjoy reading.
Touted as one of the most influential books and a favorite with introvert personalities, Walden, is a documentation of the author’s two-year stay in a secluded cabin amidst the woods. He vividly documented the simplicity of life there, away from the loud and boisterous society.
Favorite quote: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
7. The Irresistible Introvert: Harness The Power Of Quiet Charisma In A Loud World- By Michaela Chung
Described as “a great morale-booster for introverts” by the Library Journal, The Irresistible Introvert aims to bust the myth that charisma is a quality only exuded by extroverts. The truth about introverts is that they are actually more confident than extroverts perceive them to be. The book shows introverts a way to express their quiet magnetism and reveal a more authentic self.
Favorite quote: “It is such a rare thing in this world to find someone who is not constantly trying to impress someone, be liked, or fill empty airspace with mindless chatter. A person who is completely, unapologetically okay with who they are and what they feel is like a beacon of light in the dark.”
When she hit rock bottom and had nothing more to lose, she took an impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail all alone. Mixed with suspense, humor, and warmth, the story narrates the solo journey of a young woman that maddened, toughened, and finally healed her. You’ll connect with the protagonist’s need for solitude as she strives to be a stronger and more productive version of herself. And oh, don’t forget to take notes while reading this book!
Favorite quote: “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
Out of all the amazing books by Ishiguro that are enjoyed by introverts, we pick this novel because it places the introverted character in a position of power as the narrator, whereas in most stories the introverted friend is sidelined by a more extroverted protagonist. The book has a streak of mystery, and scathingly criticizes society’s treatment towards the different and the vulnerable.
Favorite quote: “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
A book about the romantic coming-of-age of a quiet and serious college student. It’s a perfect read for introverts because they’ll be able to relate to the deep and reflective mindset of the main character. Not to mention the outstanding story-telling skill of Murakami never fails to amaze us.
Favorite quote: “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”