I am a single introvert, but I am not currently looking for love, and the reason I read this book was because I thought it would be interesting and woI am a single introvert, but I am not currently looking for love, and the reason I read this book was because I thought it would be interesting and would give me some good ideas for my fictional characters. The book was theoretical and experience-based, filled with introvert's anecdotes, and was not scientific or precise, so if you're looking for something more academic, this is not the answer. This book is intended for people who want practical help and encouragement for how to find a love interest when you'd rather stay home on the couch than go mingle at a party.
This was an easy read, with short chapters and ideas broken into manageable portions. Because much of the information is distributed categorically, it is often repetitive. While that may be helpful to reinforce the information for some readers, it bothered me. However, on the positive side, if you're curious about just a few topics and you don't want to read the whole book, it's possible to just read the parts you need, because the book does not build on itself.
Overall, the book has some good thoughts, and points out areas of potential conflict for introvert/introvert and introvert/extrovert pairs. Even though I have never been in a romantic relationship, I could relate to a lot of this from platonic friendships, and it was helpful to think through some of the concepts in an orderly way instead of talking circles in my head. The book offers a few practical solutions for some of the relational issues that arise from personality combinations, but for the most part, it just lays out the main ways a potential problem could develop, and leaves you to think through it on your own. This might bother some readers who really want practical ideas, but I thought the vagueness was respectful, because it acknowledged the complexity of human personalities and relationships, and didn't pretend to have any easy fix for problems. It is different for everybody.
I enjoyed this quick and easy read, and although I would not highly recommend it, I think it could be helpful and encouraging for the right audience....more
When my mom and I finished going through "How To Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons," I got to pick out my very own book as a reward. We wenWhen my mom and I finished going through "How To Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons," I got to pick out my very own book as a reward. We went down to the charming local bookstore my family loved, and I looked around at all my options. I selected this book, and at one point, I nearly had it memorized: I loved the charming concept, story, and illustrations, and now appreciate how free from stereotypes I was at that age. I didn't know or care that "girls don't like stories about trucks." It was quite a foreign concept to me, and I'm thankful that I had the freedom to enjoy whatever I wanted.
This book has now been out of print for years, and can sell for a hundred dollars on the Internet. I have no intention of ever parting with it, but it's nice to chuckle over the value of the book I picked out as a kindergartener, and to appreciate what a great investment I made in picking out the cute towtruck book that caught my fancy. ...more
The Ancient Egyptian characters talked and thought like Englishmen of the author's time period, there were many anachronistic analogies, and the charaThe Ancient Egyptian characters talked and thought like Englishmen of the author's time period, there were many anachronistic analogies, and the characters were all dull and barely distinguishable. By the last quarter of the book, I was struggling to remember who had and had not died, and it was hard to keep straight all the story details. Also, I predicted the ending long before anything started winding up, which goes to show how inferior this was to some of her other books. Although this story did not impress me in the least, I suppose it is satisfying to have figured out the ending of at least one Agatha Christie mystery, even if it's this one....more