Glamorous may seem like a strange word to describe introverts but it is actually an accurate way to describe a lot of us. The stereotype is that we are plain, boring, unexciting people but many of us are very creative and have numerous ways of expressing ourselves. Some of us paint, some of us sing, and some of us use our style – from delicately designed nails to eye-catching shoes. For introverts, being glamorous isn’t just liking to wear makeup or nice clothes, it is literally our form of expression. So with that in mind (and being the introverted glamour girl that I am), I decided to share with you some literary picks that are great reads for our special breed.
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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 have to read her book with a highlighter in hand because of the numerous statements of value and inspiration. This is simply a must-read for introverts.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
Anyone who knows me knows about my endless love for The Wizard of Oz. That’s not only because I could watch the 1939 film on repeat and not get tired of it but because I really do love the story itself. There is a reason this tale has endured in the midst of countless others – from the quirky characters to those beautiful silver slippers that every little girl wishes she could grab right out of the book and try on for herself. But for introverts, the aspect of the unsuspecting hero is what really resonates. The Wicked Witch of the West 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 us to do the “impossible” but it is also about appreciating what we have and never taking advantage of the ones who love us the most. Us introverts need that reminder sometimes as we can be so over-critical of ourselves.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I had no idea what this book was about until I started reading it, which happened be on my European Journey of Self-Discovery. Little did I know it was the perfect book to be reading at the time! I won’t give away the details of the story but one of the main themes revolves around pursuing your Personal Legends. These are essentially dreams that you must realize or else your 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. Reading this book confirmed to me that I was doing the right thing by taking the trip and that I wouldn’t go home until I had figured out what my next Personal Legend would be. 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 and your dreams because ultimately that is what will make a difference in the world.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
I saved the best for last! Miss Rumphius is undoubtedly my all-time favorite book. It is a totally underrated children’s book about female independence, determination, kindness, and always looking fabulous. The story is about Alice Rumphius who was told by her grandfather as a young girl that she must accomplish three things in life: to live beside the sea, travel to faraway places, and to do something that will make the world more beautiful. Alice accomplishes all of this and more from working as a librarian to traveling to tropical islands and jungles. She lives the rest of her life residing by the sea and anonymously planting flowers throughout her town. I love this book not only because Alice travels the world and makes the world more beautiful but also because she remains single! I am not one of those “anti-men” feminists but I do love that this woman remained independent, successful, and always looking oh-so glamorous!
That is my list of books that have spoken to me in a special way. I am no book connoisseur so if you have any suggestions for this list, let me know in the comments!
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