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Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life

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An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life

Introversion is "in." But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They're shy. Anti-social. They don't want to have close relationships. They're all cat people. They don't like big parties (okay, that last one might be true).
INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and intr
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Paperback, 133 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Tarcherperigee
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
"Text, Don't Call" is a collection of great comics and an explainer of sorts for all of my fellow introverts. My introverted-ness mostly comes out in how I recharge. When I interact with others, I've had a lot of people seem very surprised that I'm introverted. I'm social but if I don't get alone time (like really, really, really all alone time with no other humans - animals are okay!), I don't function well. This book talks about introverts like me as well as many other types, including the mor ...more
Lauren
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was first offered the chance to read and review Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life, I was intrigued. As someone who's always hovered between being an introvert and an extrovert, I find it interesting to read more about the "introverted life," especially when I can fully relate to what is being said. After reading an excerpt from Text, Don't Call, I could say 100% I could not only relate to what INFJoe was saying but I also wanted to see what else INFJoe had in ...more
Hannah
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sequential-art
Fantastic. As an introvert, I highly recommend this book--for both introverts and extroverts. Full review to come.
ℨαrα
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a highly entertaining, relatable and very quick read. I would highly recommend picking this up if you’re an introvert, or even if you’re an extrovert who is sometimes perplexed by the odd traits of introverts.

And the title actually resonates with my very soul.
Shanley
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Wish I could go back in time and give this to my 13 year old self.
Ashley
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A most excellent book indeed. I love how it shares things about introverts that so many people get wrong. Like how introverts like to socialize ... in small groups or for small periods of time. We can even seem extroverted! But there is nothing like a good triathlon - book, bath, nap. ;)
Kristen
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a clever book! I related to at least 95% of the writings. Perfect for any introvert or as a gift to an extrovert so they can understand us more. Loved it!
Brittany
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite was the Introvert’s Triathlon: book, bath, and nap. Yes! The story of my life every Saturday.
Stella
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple, clear explanations of what an introvert is -- with cartoons! Perfect for a little introvert self-care, or to give to someone who doesn't get it and won't read a deeper book like Quiet by Susan Cain.
Amanda
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick read. If you haven't yet figured out if you are an introvert reading this book will quickly answer that question.
Burgandy Ice
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You may have picked up some of my enthusiasm as I attempted to share the promotional materials that came with this book I received in exchange for an honest review. Yeah, I love it.

For one, it did not take long to read. In a world where our TBR piles are mile-high, a quick illustrated guide like this simply hits the spot. There's plenty to think about as the words and illustrations cover the various aspects the author wants to portray, but it's so readable.

Next - I get it. I snorted multiple tim
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Cheryl
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
My personality type is ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging). I have always known I am introverted but ok with it. Thus, the reason I tend to only have a small group of very close friends. Also, being an introvert is another reason that I have always found solace in books. They have taken me to many places and allowed me to meet tons of characters. Due to the other traits I possess; thus another reason why I could relate to conversations being awkward as I do tend to thinking and pr ...more
Diana Anderson-Tyler
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend this charming book highly enough, nor can I express just how encouraging it was to read a book that had me saying, “I’m not the only one? Thank goodness!” on nearly every page.
Text, Don’t Call made me feel proud of and grateful for what I’ve often viewed as an illness, something I needed to resist and fight rather than accept and enjoy.
It made me realize that there is so much about introversion that is beautiful and lovely and needed in this noisy world.
It reminded me that
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Danya
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't typically review non-fiction books, so this is a bit of a change for me! However, I am unapologetically an introvert, so when I was offered the chance to review this book by the publisher, of course I said yes.

The online personality of INFJoe and his cartoons were totally new to me. I think the artwork itself is simple but gets the point across very effectively -- a minimalist sort of approach to cartooning. The humour isn't laugh-out-loud funny, but it's often enjoyable in an "oh man,
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Haniva Az Zahra
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Saya menemukan buku ini tentunya di halaman BookDepository (semoga 6 buku Lang Leav dan Michael Faudet segera sampai setelah dikirim sejak 31 Januari lalu). Saya kira buku ini cukup menarik, karena walaupun saya mengidentifikasi diri saja sebagai seorang ENFJ, saya pikir saya punya porsi introvert yang semakin membesar dari waktu ke waktu. Yap, dari judul buku ini saja saya sudah merasakan ini saya! Saya jarang sekali mengangkat telp, kecuali dari orang-orang terdekat. Saya jauh lebih memilih ko ...more
Tricia
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up a couple of graphic novels for Brian and I couldn’t resist this one. The perfect thing to entertain myself in between entertaining Evie on the train ride.
This book made me wonder if introversion strengthens because I relate more than I used to.
I’m glad #introvertproblems is a thing because it will spread the idea that introverts aren’t stuck up or shy, we’re just in our heads and like to be alone. This also affirmed making alone time a priority and I hope Brian will read this.
David Wilson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
My life in illustrated form.
Rae
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The life of an introvert in cartoon form. Spot on. And pretty funny.
Jeimy
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
As for the review, the book was good inasmuch as it is relatable, but not great—it’s no Sarah’s Scribbles.
Joyce
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS TOTALLY ME. I am an INFJ!
Meg
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: college
Quick read, and describes introverts pretty well! I found myself relating to a lot of them.
Cindy
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny and insightful and describes me very well. Introverts unite!
Regan Parks
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I am on the hunt for a book to give jparks so he can understand my introvert self better. This one was fine. Lots of comics, it only took my about 20 minutes to read but it brings up so good points about being introverted.
Brianna Sowinski
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
As an introvert the insights were fairly obvious. The comics were relatable but not funny enough to laugh over or recommend. Would perhaps be better suited for youth or teens who are still learning about their own personalities and how to interact with others.
Katrina
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only problem with books about introversion is that usually the only people reading them are introverts. This book starts and ends with the premise: if you understand and appreciate yourself, you won't be ashamed of your introversion! Thing is, I'm not. I'm frustrated that the wider world - particularly workplaces and areas where extroversion is the only way to get ahead - doesn't attempt to understand and appreciate people who don't fit into that socially acceptable mold.

This is a nice littl
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Bookworm
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great for the visual learner! You may have seen comics by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (aka INFJoe) portraying the life of an introvert: avoiding crowds, dealing with people who don't understand introversion, how introverts recharge or find happiness, etc. It was great to see he had come out with a book and I was happy to pick this up.
 
If you're new to introversion or want to learn more about it AND you're a visual learner I'd say this is a great pick. Interspersed with text and comics, INFJoe talks abo
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Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}
Original Review HERE

Text, Don't Call popped up in my mail box just before Hurricane Harvey hit and it couldn't have come at a better time. I really needed a fun, light read! This hit the spot.

By nature I am a full blown extrovert that was born into a family of complete introverts (extended family included). For example, when my extended family gathered at the holidays they would literally choose starvation before saying a prayer over the meal. There would be 25 of us hanging out making small
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Erikka
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book hit the nail on the head! I’m an INTJ on the Myers-Briggs test, which is the rarest category for women (I’m an odd duck, apparently). It took me a good portion of my life to figure out I’m an introvert, because my OCD forces me to fill silences and be constantly “on” in public. It doesn’t want me to be a happy little introvert, so I get this wonderful mix of self-loathing and external doubt from others. I hate being an unwilling extrovert and yet people constantly say “What, you?! You’ ...more
Jessi
This was a quick read as the book was part text, part comics. I (an ISFJ) enjoyed it so much, though, because every page had me nodding in agreement, laughing, or both. And what more appropriate day to read this than on the day after Christmas as I decompressed at home with my cats (after texting my out-of-town fiancé that my goal was to not leave the house for the rest of the day)? I recommend this to fellow introverts and to extroverts who don't quite "get" what it means to be introverted. Thi ...more
Cynthia
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very short book that is 'spot on' re introverts!!! I actually think it's the perfect length for this subject! This author has it all in there....the drawings are just right (not too elaborate!), the wording (whether in 'bulbs' above the drawing's head, or in the written text) delivers just the right/perfect note/meaning! There were numerous times as I read, that I'd chuckle aloud & think "Oh yeah, so true!" Introverts will love this, & will also like to share it with friends, whether i ...more
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Aaron Caycedo-Kimura was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. He drummed his way to New York City where he earned a Master of Music at The Juilliard School. During postgraduate soul searching, he realized that he had always been more visually oriented and picked up computer graphics to pay the bills and a paintbrush to feed his soul. During a creative rut in 2012, he created INFJoe, his onli ...more
“It’s important, however, to understand that being introverted is different from being shy or antisocial. Shyness is insecurity or fear of social embarrassment, and the word “antisocial” describes someone who has hostile or harmful feelings toward society. Introversion is a preference that has to do with where you direct your energy (inward), how you recharge (usually by being alone), and what level of outside stimulation you’re comfortable with (less is more). It’s not a weakness to overcome or something to be cured. It’s just how some of us are designed.” 2 likes
“...because contemporary culture idealizes extroverted traits, we introverts—especially those of us who fall on the far introverted end of the spectrum—may feel that there’s something wrong with us. Some may not even understand or like themselves and may deny their natural preferences. We introverts need to understand, accept, and appreciate ourselves and how we are naturally wired.” 1 likes
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