Books for Breakfast #59

Book Reviews

This time, featuring books with very long titles, I read:

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules Edited by David Sedaris
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I picked up this book first because I saw David Sedaris on it, and then kept it because it’s a collection of his favorite short stories. Aka. These are short stories that inspired a man who writes amazingly hilarious and fabulous stories/essays. Of COURSE I want to read the short stories that stuck with him over the years.

This collection of short stories is amazing. The writing is just mind blowing. The detail and the way the writers can transport you in just a few short pages takes my breath away! I always thought writing short stories was the hardest form of story telling. You have to cram so much into so few pages. Stephen King once said in the beginning of one of this short story collections that writing short stories is a lost art and you have to practice it. I can’t write short stories, but I love, love, love reading them.

This book has serious stories, funny stories, and the kind of short stories that stick with you as well. I had read some of them before, in other contexts, but having them all bound in one book was awesome. My favorite stories from the collection would have to be: The Garden Party, The Best of Betty, The Girl With the Blackened Eye, and Irish Girl. But really, I enjoyed them all. If you don’t normally read short story collections, this is one that you should definitely add to your list.

The book also supports an awesome charity in NYC that helps kids with tutoring and learning how to write. Cool huh?

Quiet is the Noveltea Book Club book for March. I read it pretty fast I’d have to say! It was really interesting and as an introvert, I could relate to a lot of the anecdotes mentioned (especially in regards to when I was a younger child)! I’m going to be writing a whole post about being introverted and where I fall in the realm that lies between the two, because after reading this book I found that I have to much to say about this topic!!

The book talks about introversion in many ways: how it isn’t bad, how it can be great in the workplace, how to appear extroverted when needed, how to balance your life, how different cultures handle introversion, how to handle relationships as an introvert, how extroverts can learn from introverts, and also about raising an introverted child. I found myself gaining a lot of new insights about things around me and about how I could improve my day to day life as well.

It’s a relief to read a book that you can relate to, it makes you feel like: “Okay. So there was never anything wrong with me. Good.” Even if I knew that obviously there wasn’t anything wrong with being an introvert, reading this book made me feel even better about it. I will work on embracing the power of quiet, while still building meaningful relationships with those close to me, and living the life that I am working steadily towards.

I suggest giving this book a read, even if you are an extrovert. It can help you deal better with the introverts in your life, and you might even realize some people you thought were extroverts are just introverts in disguise!!

Next on my reading list is: This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!