The latest book from the BritMums book club was Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I was excited to read this book but the fact it’s taken me so long to post a review probably speaks volumes.
After a couple of weeks (hopefully not months) I am still only 49 pages into this book. I normally try to read a few chapters every night, unless I am completely captivated by a book in which case I read it whenever I can (whilst preparing meals, bathing the children, etc).
According to the blurb on the book this is the book that started a quiet revolution:
For far too long, those who are naturally quiet, serious or sensitive have been overlooked. The loudest have taken over – even if they have nothing to say.
It’s time for everyone to listen. It’s time to harness the power of introverts. It’s time for Quiet.
Perhaps it’s unfair to write a book review when I’ve only read one and a half chapters but I found it a bit like walking through treacle, more lesson in American history than I would have expected from this type of book.
There are four sections: The Extrovert Ideal; Your Biology, Your Self; Do All Cultures have an Extrovert Ideal? and How to love, how to work. There are lots of really positive reviews on BritMums and elsewhere so I know I will have to persevere with this book and perhaps start another chapter. For now I shall be reading the next BritMums book club book which looks a lot more like my kind of book!