A book list for introverts wouldn’t be complete without this bestseller. Cain has become known as the foremost champion of introverts, arguing that by undervaluing them in both the workplace and our personal lives, we miss out on their distinct strengths. A fascinating look at the quieter people in our lives, Cain’s research sheds light on the behaviors of introverts and encourages them to take advantage of their quiet power.
You might know Finck from her breakout graphic memoir, Passing for Human, or her Instagram account featuring her witty insights and original sketches. In her new book, Finck compiles sketches and lists around topics like love and dating, animals, time and space, gender politics, and a “Notes to Self” section. Perfect as a gift or just to curl up with by yourself, Finck’s musings are highly relatable and engaging.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
A fellow introvert, Eleanor Oliphant is quirky, awkward, and entirely lovable. Eleanor’s dealing with a traumatic past, and you can’t help but root for her as she slowly begins to discover herself and develop special relationships along the way. It’s a charming and heartfelt book that’s perfect to spend a quiet evening devouring.
Let It Snow
With 31 books under her belt, Thayer is known for her family and romantic dramas—the perfect reads to escape into. Her latest takes place in Nantucket during Christmas, as shop owner Christina struggles to keep her toy shop open for the holidays. No matter the season or climate, this story will provide a few hours of joyful respite for the introvert in your life.
Notes to Self
What better way to nurture an introvert than with a book on self-care? A term widely used these days, self-care is necessary to stay happy and healthy, especially during stressful times (ahem, the holidays). Whether it’s going for a walk, brewing a cup of tea, or putting pen to paper, Currie’s interactive journal encourages readers to make the most of their self-care by doing what works for them.
Time After Time
Based on the legend of a woman who disappeared from Grand Central Station, Grunwald’s newest novel takes readers from the Roaring Twenties through World War II and beyond. When Joe Reynolds meets Nora Lansing, she seems strangely out of place for 1937. He falls for her anyway, embarking on a love story that tests the limits of time and space. It’s perfect for fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and books set in New York City.
Am I There Yet?
An overnight Instagram sensation, Andrew started her account during a hard time in her career. Since then, her distinct reflections on growing up and self-discovery have resonated with people everywhere. With essays and illustrations around adulthood, ambition, uncertainty, and love, Andrew’s debut collection of almost entirely new pieces is the perfect gift for the adulting introvert in your life.
With a poetry collection as expansive as Oliver’s, it can be hard to know where to start. This selection of more than 50 years of her work is a compilation of some of her best. From her Pulitzer Prize-winning American Primitive to her most recent collection, Felicity, these 200-plus poems can be binged while hibernating or slowly enjoyed one at a time.
Rainbow in the Cloud
“Try to be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.” It’s this type of advice that’s drawn people to Angelou’s writing over the years. This curated collection of her observations from many of her works (from The Heart of a Woman to Letter to My Daughter) is a wonderful tribute to the impactful career of a remarkable guiding light.
The sudden loss of her best friend and mentor sends an unnamed woman spiraling into grief, and soon after, she inherits her friend’s Great Dane, Apollo. The Friend is as much an exploration of grief, writing, and loneliness as it is about relationships between humans and animals. The winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction, Nunez’s story is both charming and insightful—one you can easily sink into.
One-third of people are introverts—people who need time alone to recharge, who prefer solo work to group projects, and who aren’t always eager to speak up. This list of titles is well-suited for the introvert in your life because reading involves, well, not talking to other people! Pick up one of these books for introverts, which are either about being introverted—like Quiet by Susan Cain—or just an absorbing work of literature. Whichever you choose, your introvert will be thankful for the opportunity to have some quiet time to themselves.
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