I have a confession to make: I am an introvert, and therefore, a "homebody." While it may not be completely shocking to you that a freelance writer prefers to spend time alone with her books, computer and coffee (wink) — it may come as a surprise to you that being an introvert does not necessarily make a person shy or reclusive. We introverts just prefer to be at home or in a similarly comfortable space, observing, thinking.
And in the vein of observing and thinking — I've gathered up some of my favorite reads for fellow introverts (and introvert wannabes) that celebrate the art of being at home, being alone or simply being more self-sufficient. Feel free to add some of your own favorites in the comment section!
1. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. If you read Rubin's first book, The Happiness Project, you'll have an idea of what her new book has in store. Rubin puts forth an array of exercises (for herself and others) for finding a balanced happiness at home. It's a great read for anyone who's looking to increase or obtain solace in their own home.
2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. In her psychological and behavioral study of the "quiet" among us, Cain profiles successful and burgeoning introverts while examining the neuroscience behind their success. A fascinating read, Quiet is a must for any ambitious introvert who feels alienated by a more extroverted society.
3. Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen. This one is not necessarily tailored for the introvert, but is great for anyone looking to be more self-sufficient. Coyne and Knutzen, writers of the popular blog Root Simple, offer tips, knowledge and how-to's on topics such as farming, self-reliance and environmentalism in a technologically-driven world.
4. The Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart. Obviously, the queen of homekeeping, DIY, cooking and craft projects must be included in this list. This is my favorite choice for the homebody: a guide to perfecting the art of the home. This guidebook includes a wide variety of topics such as cleaning, tools, safety, and home appliance repair. You'll never have to leave home again! (Well, maybe to get that part to fix the garbage disposal.)
5. Celebrating Time Alone: Stories of Splendid Solitude by Lionel Fisher. A friend recommended this one to me, and I enjoyed it tremendously! Fisher speaks directly to occupants of single-occupant households who navigate their environments on a quest to create their own life path. A "feel-good" collection of essays, Celebrating Time Alone reads as an inspirational love letter to the introverts of the world.
(Image credits: Adrienne Breaux; Gretchen Rubin; Susan Cain; Root Simple; Martha Stewart; Lionel Fisher)