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review 2017-12-09 19:31
An illustrated introvert's story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Introvert and author Debbie Tung brings her story in graphic novel form. A lover of tea and books, the person of the 'Where's My Bubble' Tumblr also brings us her story via her comics, which you may have seen around the web.

 

The book illustrates her life and times from a child into adulthood and what it's like not knowing you're an introvert. School teachers tell you/your parents you need to break out of a bubble. Socializing and not partying can be isolating and maybe some find it strange that you're so exhausted afterwards. That new job doesn't quite fit and it's not really clear why. But you find friends and maybe that special someone who does understand and respects your needs. And maybe you find out there's a word for what you feel when socializing vs. activities that don't require group interaction and socializing. 

 

Since I was already familiar with Tung I didn't realize that this was her story. I had somewhat thought it was something like other introverted comics/graphic novels such as 'Introvert Doodles' or 'Text, Don't Call' that describe introverts and introversion but not as a personal story. This book's a bit different since Tung lets her illustrations speak for her and is more of a memoir rather than a general introvert book.

 

Which was fine by me! Not everyone will like or identify (she likes tea and books and reading, which is totally my alley) but I enjoyed it a lot. I had seen many of her illustrations before but it was nice to see her story. I suppose it would have been nice to have an introduction or maybe just some text to put it all into context but this is minor and the book does its job.

 

If you know someone who wants to learn more about introversion/introverts and is a visual sort of person then this (plus the other books mentioned above) would make great gifts. I was happy to support the author in purchasing the book but others may prefer to check it out from the library.

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review 2017-11-26 22:42
Rides the mindfulness and introvert trends.
The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfu... The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World - Arnie Kozak

As someone who is tries to maintain a mindfulness practice this book sounded intriguing. A lot of introvert books talk about how to recharge and how to explain to people how they interact or why they may seem "low energy" at places like parties or conferences or work meetings, etc. This sounded like it would take a different approach to introversion.

 

It's really a workbook that helps an introvert cope with mindfulness. How identify their needs, what their preferences are, how mindfulness can help an introvert handles situations from parties to trying to sleep, etc. Depending on how much you are a practitioner and/or how familiar you are with introversion you may find the book helpful or you may not. 

 

For someone who's read a bunch of introvert books and practiced (or tried to practice) mindfulness it wasn't particularly earth-shattering or new. I don't really like workbook based type of exercises (I don't want to write in the book!) and it didn't seem like I'd find it too helpful. If I had first received this book when I first came to really understand my introversion and/or learning about mindfulness I might have liked it a lot better.

 

As others say it's also not as "woo-woo" or New Age-ish as one might think or fear. It also doesn't discuss Buddhism much (at all?) so depending on your needs/wants this may or may not be a good fit for you. I personally prefer that mindfulness-related materials stay away from the New Age aspects but at the same time I also didn't feel there was much it could tell me about introversion.

 

So it may vary. For someone more familiar with the concepts it might not be for them. For someone who's not interested in mindfulness it also may not be a must-buy. But for someone else the workbook style might be useful and if you're an introvert looking for a way into mindfulness this could be a good book as well. Flip through the bookstore or library before deciding if it's for you.

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review 2017-11-25 13:18
Understanding An Introvert Story Through Illustration
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Here's some thing about me - I am an ISFP personality introvert after a personality test. I never thought myself to be an introvert before (for those who know me) but looking back, I was pretty much shut-in myself then before I met someone from a past that brings out the best in me. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story has been a book I look forward to read. I stumble upon Debbie Tung's work through Facebook and her work spoke true about introverts and this nicely drawn book says so much about introverts that I can connect with. Its a beautiful written work that I can read and read again. The humor, ups and downs of an introvert and the angst of being an introvert spoke true. This is an autobiography drawn book about her life, from the final days of college to adulthood, marriage and self-love captures every thing true for introverts today. I for one would recommend this as it can be a self-help guide for those who are going through some thing they do not understand about themselves. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is a comic book for all personality types to enjoy.

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review 2017-11-06 01:03
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung
New people overwhelm her but her current friends and family give her comfort. She would prefer to be alone but she agrees to the plans that others have arranged as she doesn’t want to hurt their feelings by turning them down. She would prefer to have an empty calendar than a full one. As I read through this novel, I found myself agreeing with some of the feelings that she was acknowledging, could it be that I had some traits of an introvert?
 
As a young child, Debbie was quiet and preferred to be alone so this is not something that has just occurred. Debbie had been struggling with social anxiety for a few years now and she keeps her guard up. As she starts to becomes an adult, she begins to rethink how she handles her social situations.
 
One of the reasons that I enjoyed this graphic novel was because of the messages it was sending its readers. Debbie liked being by herself and what she was doing was fine but how she felt was causing her conflict. Debbie felt that she needed to conform, to please others but she doesn’t. Debbie needs to only please herself. Debbie also doesn’t need to be upset with herself for not fitting in with other individuals in her life, she needs to do what makes her happy. I liked the way this graphic novel presents this. I also liked the illustrations, I thought these helped fuel the energy towards the messages inside the novel. I think that many readers will be able to relate to Debbie as they read this graphic novel.
 
This was an arc and I hope that they keep this one page as it made me smile and it is one that I know many people will be able to relate to. This page had two sections, one section was labeled “How Other People Party” and it had individuals dancing with drinks in their hands and they were all laughing and smiling. There were streamers and a banner decorating the room. In the second section of the page, it said, “How I Party” and it had Debbie in her bed with a hot drink on her nightstand. She was sitting up with a book in her hands and she was getting excited as the plot in her book thickened. I loved this.
 
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2016-11-09 21:30
The life of an introvert, illustrated.
Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World - Maureen "Marzi" Wilson

You may have seen black and white (and now often color) pictures depicting the life of an introvert. Talking to animals at parties, enjoying alone time reading a book or making art, being awkward in conversation, etc. and other common introvert tropes. Much of it is quite funny and probably relatable even if you're not an introvert.

 

Lo and behold, the author has collected her comics into a book! All color, all relating to introverts and introversion in some way. What introverts like to do alone, why introverts like to be alone, what it's like dealing with people when social interaction is draining, etc. Many are funny, many are relatable. Some are not strictly about introversion but reflect the author's likes: using a hat to protect a book from the rain for an example.

 

If you've followed the author it might not be anything new and you may have seen many of the comics before. I also somewhat wished the comics had been organized in some way (as far as I can tell they might be random or some order I don't know) or if there was a table of contents.

 

Still, I enjoyed the book and was happy to support the author.

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