Friday, May 04, 2007

100th Post!

Woo hoo! My 100th post. Happy anniversary to me. Considering I've had this blog since last summer, it's hard to believe I'm just reaching my 100th post -- some bloggers could do that in much less time. But it's been fun and I'm sincerely grateful to my very, very small group of regular commenters.

On to the reading. Just yesterday, I finished The Introvert Advantage. If you are an introvert (and you know who you are), GO BUY THIS BOOK! If you are an extrovert (and you definitely know who you are) and know and love an introvert, GO BUY THIS BOOK! I really can't think of any other book I would recommend so highly. Even though I know I'm an introvert, there were several "aha" moments in the book for me. The section on brain chemistry was fascinating: Did you know that in some people (usually introverts) it actually takes longer for the brain to access long-term memory? That's why we take so long to answer a question sometimes -- or even get completely tongue-tied. And I now totally understand why I hate returning stuff in stores.

What I really liked is that the author (an introvert herself) takes pains to make sure you understand that there is nothing wrong with you. Being an introvert is like having brown hair or fair skin. It's just as normal as anything else -- except that we are outnumbered by extroverts by 3 to 1. She also talks about ways to handle stress and how to break out of your shell just a little bit to live a fuller life. Really, just go buy it and read it.

I've moved on to another biography: Mao, The Unknown Story. When I was an undergrad, everyone at my university was required to take a class on another culture. I chose China -- and was fortunate to have one of the best professors I've ever had in any subject. I am fascinated with old cultures; America is still such a young country that it's always intriguing to read about cultures that are thousands of years old. The bio is supposed to be the first in-depth look at Mao from someone whose parents were killed in the Cultural Revolution. The book is unsettling -- Mao's almost total lack of empathy develops early on -- but it's also hard to put down.

11 comments:

Henk said...

Congrats - looking forward to the next 100...

Amy said...

Happy 100th post!! That's quite a milestone.

I am going to order The Introvert Advantage from the library right away. Thanks for the review.

Tara said...

Hello! I've had The Introvert Advantage on my bookshelf for awhile, just haven't gotten to it. I definitely fall into that category, and wonder why we are so outnumbered....glad to hear you liked the book. Congrats on your 100th post!

booklogged said...

I used to think I was an extrovert, but in the last 20 years I've become more of an introvert. Do you think that's a chemical thing? I'll have to read The Introvert Advantage.

I want to read Mao. A couple of years ago I read the author's book Wild Swans and was very intrigued. I wish I could have attended some of your classes on China.

danielle said...

Happy 100th post! Time flies, doesn't it!! I hope you enjoy the next 100!

Kirsten said...

That's so funny - I think I was reading your blog at the same time you were commenting on mine :) I am definitely going to get my hands on a copy of The Introvert Advantage now that I know it exists - sounds like it will be great reading for me as I have always been an introvert - might be why I like reading so much! Love your t-shirt blog too, I've been getting lots of great tips from you!

I Buy Books said...

Thanks to everyone for the good wishes. I'm also glad I'm spreading the word about The Introvert Advantage. I think it's my new bible.

Kirsty said...

Congratulations!

Introvert Advantage is now moving to the top of the TBR pile . . . .

acquisitionist said...

100 posts is an impressive feat. Although for some reason I sometimes score an E on the personality testing I think I'm more of an introvert and will have to check out the book. thanks much!

Literary Feline said...

Hmmm. Not a book I would probably pick up on my own. I am glad you mentioned it! I am an introvert too and some of the points you made about the book have intrigued me already. Great review.

Carl V. said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!!