8 Books That Perfectly Capture What It’s Like to Be an Introvert (Published on Introvert Diaries)

When not writing stories, introverts spend their time reenacting fictional tales and narratives inside their heads. As solitary dreamers, we all have a tendency to fantasize about things even when we’re in the company of other people.

After all, reading is one of our favorite escapes from reality and it also paves the way for a more energetic and recharged mind and body. We rounded up a list of books that perfectly capture what it’s like to have an introverted personality to spoil the daydreamer in you.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Known for being the last book that David Chapman read before shooting John Lennon, The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age novel that tells the narrative of a 16-year-old-boy named Holden Caulfield.

Although this novel had been accused of encouraging teenage rebellion, an introvert would relate to the story because Holden also likes to live inside his head. In fact, the entire book was narrated in first person point of view. It’s like Holden talked to himself all throughout the entire novel–one trait that we all can relate to.

One can argue that this fictional character is a misanthropist–all he ever does is hate people and the things they do. He is also fed up with the world that he would rather be alone. In the end, it seems that the only thing that can recharge this introvert’s battery is his love for his family.

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding


If you think you are a socially awkward person who always gropes for the right things to say, can’t confidently present her best self in front of other people, and keeps a diary to herself, you might be a Bridget Jones at heart. The Bridget Jones installation comes in two books and three movies. You can read or binge-watch them if you want to celebrate introversion in a light, fun way.

Persuasion by Jane Austen


Written by a spinster herself, Persuasion is about a woman in her late 20s whose introversion led her to become a spinster. Often overshadowed by her extroverted family members, Anne Elliot, the protagonist, is a reserved woman who had a hard time finding her other half because of her always-quiet nature. This book celebrates self-love and introversion at their finest.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Like most introverts, Cath, the protagonist in this young adult novel, escapes the world by putting her emotions into writing. As a fanfiction writer of one of the most popular (fictional) series in the world (Simon Snow), Cath is well-known on the internet for making up stories about their favorite characters.

Unlike her twin Wren, Cath is an introvert inside and out–she doesn’t like socializing with other people and she’d rather lock herself up in her own room and write fanfiction. Her only social interaction happens in the online community. This book is a must-read for all fangirls out there who are proud introverts at heart.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


In this book, we learn about Nick whose introverted, observant nature led us to Jay Gatsby. As the novel progresses, we learn that Gatsby only throws extravagant parties to be with Daisy, his ex-lover whom he plans to reunite with.

The story tells us about how someone like Nick can survive in social parties by merely being a wallflower and how someone like Gatsby will go above and beyond to be with the love of his life. Their pensive nature is what made them buddies.

Looking for Alaska by John Green


For most introverts, life is about finding a deeper meaning. This book is highly recommended for introverts who “go to seek a Great Perhaps.”

When Miles Halter, a purely introverted junior high school student comes to  Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama, he meets the self-destructing Alaska Young and his life is never the same. Miles begins to have fantasies about Alaska but he constantly keeps them to himself. When Alaska dies in an accident, Miles continues to look for answers about life.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


I must say, Jane Eyre is the most fictional character for introverts. All that matters to her are her loved ones and passion. She cringes at the mere idea of social gatherings and would rather stay in the house with her friend Helen or Mr. Rochester.

Jane enjoys her alone time and paints when not working in the house.She also loves to get lost in the world of literature where she can be her best self, dream the wildest of dreams, and take on adventures that she would never attempt in real life.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


I bet every introvert who has read this book would agree with me when I say that this would not be a legit list if I didn’t include Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you haven’t read this yet, here’s a trigger warning: you won’t be able to put it down because you will highly relate to the protagonist.

Charlie is a quiet teenager who spends his freshman year reading books, going to school, and observing things. And most of the time, these observations make him want to seek answers to poignant questions about his existence, his transition from youth to adulthood, and life in general.

This was originally published on Introvert Diaries

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