9 books all introverts need to read immediately
Autumn is the best time to curl up with a good book. The chilly weather has us busting out the hot lattes, warm sweaters, and cozy blankets — all things you are able to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. But finding a new book to dive into can be daunting, especially if you’re an introvert looking to find the next exciting read. Here are a few recommendations to take with you next time you’re browsing at Barnes & Noble — or ordering online (we don’t judge).
1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
This book isn’t just for your high school English class. This classic has been read for more than a century, and for good reason. The story of plain, introverted, but strong Jane and her journey to finding herself will leave you hooked.
2. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed may be well known for her work with The Rumpus on her “Dear Sugar” column, but her autobiography is also worth a read. Covering her time hiking across the Pacific Crest Trail, it tackles self-resilience and overcoming adversity — all things we could use a lesson in every once in a while.
3. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Another autobiography, Liz Gilbert’s famous book looks at her year-long solo journey through Italy, India, and Bali. Finding love, eating great food, and finding inner peace helps give Liz (and readers) perspective on what’s really important in our lives.
4. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
This is another entry by Liz Gilbert, but Big Magic tackles creativity. This is the best read if you’re in a creative rut, need some inspiration, or just want to read how one of your favorite authors is able to write for a living.
5. Milk & Honey, Rupi Kaur
For the poetry lovers out there, Rupi Kaur’s collection of poetry will be the best companion on a rainy day. Filled with prose that tackles identity, healing, and self-care, this is the perfect book when you’re in need of a pick-me-up and cute illustrations to accompany it.
6. The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Junot Diaz is well-known for merging magic with real world settings, and Oscar Wao is no different. The story focuses on Oscar, a misfit boy in New Jersey, but merges magic you’d expect in Lord of the Rings with contemporary settings.
7. The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
What book list would be complete without the Harry Potter series? Whether this is your fifth reread or your first trip to Hogwarts, check out the beloved series about witchcraft, wizardry, and one brave boy and his friends.
8. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
This 1927 classic focuses on Janie Crawford, a Black woman in the South, and her journey to find love, peace, and self courage in a time when being Black a woman put her against her peers.
9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
This book may seem obvious, but for those who love nonfiction that tackles the “how” and “why” of a topic, you’re going to love this. Cain explores how introvertedness affects how quiet people navigate the world — and it’s a fascinating read.
Which one is your favorite on this list?