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The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire – Inside My Sparkly Shell

I’m sure many other introverts can agree: books play a major role in our lives! They allow us to dive deep into our minds and surround ourselves with fascinating characters, riveting stories, important facts, and new realizations. A love of reading may be the one introvert stereotype that rings true almost all of the time!

Books have the power to inform, entertain, and inspire readers simultaneously. A few of my favorites have played major roles in my journey of becoming a more self-aware and confident person, specifically when it comes to my introversion.

In this post, I want to share some of the best books for introverts that I have encountered over the years and recommend my fellow sparkly shell dwellers read. Some of these have valuable lessons hidden in entertaining stories while others are filled to the brim with inspiring and informational words.

The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire

The Irresistible Introvert, by Michaela Chung

All of the books on this list have changed my life in some way, but this one has done so the most. Being an introvert can be so confusing sometimes and this book has answered most, if not all, of the questions I have ever had about myself. From internal demons to external struggles, this book touches on it all.

The author also makes this book even more enjoyable. Michaela Chung is a stylish blogger with a love for salsa dancing and traveling – she’s just like us! I had to read this book with a highlighter in-hand because it’s so heavy with value and inspiration.

This is the perfect book to read if you have never read about introversion and may be unfamiliar with yourself as an introvert. It’s easy to read and very relatable.

My favorite quote:

For introverts, so much of developing confidence is about choosing environments that highlight our strengths… When we place ourselves in the proper frame, we see ourselves for who we really are. We are no longer “the quiet one” or “the uptight one.” We ease into our strangeness, seeing it as a strength rather than a stamp of inadequacy. 


The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

Anyone who knows me is aware of my endless love for The Wizard of Oz! That’s not only because I could watch the 1939 film on repeat forever, but because I really do love the story.

There is a reason this tale has endured all these years; from the quirky cast of characters to the beautiful silver slippers that every girl wishes she could grab right out of the book and try on for herself. But for introverts, the element of the unsuspecting hero is what really resonates.

The Wicked Witch underestimated the power of a young shy girl and let’s face it, a lot of people don’t expect much from us either! This story encourages readers to do the “impossible”, but it is also about appreciating what you have and never taking advantage of the ones who love you the most. Us introverts need that reminder sometimes as we can be so painstakingly self-critical.

My favorite quote:

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.


The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

I recommend introverts read this book once they are familiar with the idea of introversion. This is a more in-depth read that dives deep into the psychological aspects of introversion that will fascinate you more and more with every page you turn!

In the process of writing this book, author Susan Cain reviewed past studies on introversion, spoke with experts, and interviewed plenty of introverts whose stories are both intriguing and inspiring. She also speaks about the evolution of the “extrovert ideal” in Western society and how the introvert has slowly seeped deeper into the abyss of unfavorable personality types.

My favorite quote:

The trick for introverts is to honor their own styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.


The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

I had no idea what this book was about until I started reading it, which happened to be during a time in my life when I really needed it.

I won’t give away the details of the plot, but one of the main themes of this book revolves around the pursuing of “Personal Legends”. These are dreams that every individual must realize or else their life will end up being miserable and unsatisfying. The book emphasizes that if everyone in the world made a point to pursue their Personal Legends, the world would be a much happier and successful place.

Us introverts have so much to offer the world yet we are underrated, underestimated, and pressured to change our ways. This book will encourage you to ignore the negativity and remain true to yourself because that is what will ultimately make a difference in the world.

My favorite quote:

There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. 


The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire

Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

Unlike many introvert-related books, this one does not discuss the basis of introversion at length, so I also recommend reading this one after you have gained a basic understanding of it.

This is a fantastic read if you are just starting your career or are looking to improve as a career person. It provides practical advice on how to better utilize your strengths as an introvert, such as engaged listening, writing, and preparedness. It connects all these dots and shows how you can be an influential leader (whether you’re in a leadership position or not) while embracing your identity as an introvert.

Many books on introversion offer advice on how introverts can get noticed or perform better in social situations. That advice usually boils down to the idea of acting like an extrovert. They encourage introverts to suck it up, put on their extrovert mask, and try to blend in just to get ahead in the world. This book takes the opposite stance while providing realistic and achievable tips on how to be an influential introvert. You can’t get any better than that!

My favorite quote:

When introverts need to be influencers, they focus on careful thought and depth. There isn’t much fanfare or much noise. In their quiet, humble way, introverted influencers make sure that the people they are hoping to impact get the message. Yet they are frequently overlooked and underestimated by organizations and colleagues who buy into the idea that talking reigns supreme.


The 6 Best Books for Introverts that Inform, Entertain, and Inspire

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, by Eleanor Roosevelt

I consider Eleanor Roosevelt to be one of the most successful introverts in history. You may know her as the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but Eleanor Roosevelt definitely has a legacy of her own.

Initially, she was not interested in politics and did not involve herself much in her husband’s early political career. It wasn’t until he became president that she felt compelled to make something of her platform.

Throughout her life, she remained soft-spoken and unobtrusive, but she definitely spoke her mind and took action on what she believed was right! She is the perfect example of an introvert who did not let her timidness stand in the way of getting things done.

My favorite quote:

Actually, I never planned a career, and what basic objective I had, for many years, was to grasp every opportunity to live and experience life as deeply, as fully, and as widely as I possibly could. It seemed to me stupid to have the gift of life and not use it to the utmost of one’s ability.


That is my list of the best books for introverts that have spoken to me in a special way. I keep them close by for re-reading and inspiration! I hope you take the time to enjoy some of these selections for yourself and experience the same pleasure I have!

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What would you consider to be the best books for introverts? Let me know in the comments! 

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  • Reply Tianna

    lovely picks! I love The Alchemist and I was so obsessed with Wizard of Oz as a kid! xx Tianna

    January 12, 2017 at 11:54 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      January 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Juliet

    Great recommendations! I’m definitely going to go pick these up. Introverts unite!

    February 23, 2017 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Juliet

    I’ve been an introvert my whole life and I’m finally starting to branch out. I took on a sales job and forced myself to get out there. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had. Thanks for a great post. It’s always hard to find books on the benefits of being introverted.

    February 23, 2017 at 7:54 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I think working in an environment like sales is great for introverts. My philosophy is that introverts should learn how to be successful without pretending to be extroverts all the time! I worked as a sales associate in a shoe store and it was definitely a challenge but it helped me learn more about myself and how I can interact with the world. So glad you enjoyed the piece! Come back soon!

      February 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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