35 Enlightening Books For Introverts On Silence, Solitude And Simplicity

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Books. They are loyal companions and the truest of friends. They’re the only objects you can buy that make you richer, and your investment of time in them is often returned to you tenfold.

I love books, not just because of the kaleidoscope of colourful perspectives they provide, but also because they open up many doors in our lives. These doors allow us to access opportunities for greater insight and understanding about other people and the world, as well as allowing us to teach, guide and improve ourselves.

Books are perhaps the single most valuable and inspiring tools we can welcome into our lives, and it’s precisely because of this reason that I have compiled this list of unique and captivating books for easy reference.

If you’re looking for a variety of new and intriguing books to read, make sure you bookmark this page.


30+ Books For Introverts

Many of the books below I have read, but most of them are on my own personal “to read” list. I have organized these books according to subject, and I have provided direct links to Amazon for easy access.

If you do decide to purchase one of these books, you will be helping to support the work of Sol and I at LonerWolf.

I hope you find this list helpful, both now, and in the future!


Man and Solitude

Woman and Solitude

Solitude (General)

Solitude (Fiction)




If you have any book suggestions, please feel free to add to this list below!

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  • Invisible

    Hi, if anyone out there..

    Thank you for this list! As a lonely man who’ve finally embraced introversion and accepted loneliness and darkness as my only surroundings, this list should help me out. Thank you!

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      My absolute pleasure Invisible! Also, if you discover any great books, feel free to add to this list! Happy reading :).

  • john

    The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and stephen baxter

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Thanks John ;)

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you so much for this list. :-)

    A book that my mom gave me is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She spent 2 weeks by herself every year on a solitary beach using seashells to describe areas of life. She was married to Charles Lindbergh, the famous pilot. She was the inspiration for me to spend a week alone on the Oregon coast the past 2 years.

    • http://lonerwolf.com/luna/ Aletheia Luna

      Sounds like a beautifully evocative book Elizabeth. Thank you for the recommendation! I’m excited to see this list grow. :)


  • Tracey Stella Ann Blades

    So many of your tweets struck a chord with me.
    Will also be reading some of your recommendations of books for #introverts
    Thank you so much for sharing, I am truly grateful. :)

    • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

      That means a lot to me Tracey – thank you!

  • Istvan

    Sophia Dembling – The Introvert’s Way

    This book gives an example, how an introvert should act, and what’s the advantage of being an introvert, rather than extrovert.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

      Istvan – thank you for the recommendation!

  • Lisa

    Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman. He is not completely in solitude the entire book but for parts of it. Very inspirational and the words paint a beautiful picture.

    Paul had often dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Hiking through the beauty of nature had always brought him solace; so, after a year of trying to continue his life and work through his grief, he made the decision to quit his job, strap on a backpack, and walk the legendary trail through wilderness from Georgia to Maine.


    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      This sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing Lisa, I’ll check it out!

  • http://andfreedomfor.tumblr.com Delphine

    This list sounds great. I haven’t read any of these and I’m excited to start. Rilke also talks a lot about solitude in Letters to a Young Poet.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Delphine, if you have any favourites, feel free to recommend them here after you read them! Also, thanks for the Rilke suggestion. ;)

  • Richard.

    Pollard by Laura Beatty
    Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan
    Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
    Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Thanks for the suggestions Richard!

      • Richard.

        No problem,Luna!
        I can barely move for all the loner/survivalist fiction and non-fiction I have around me.

  • Monica

    Thank you for this list Luna. I need some soul food and will be ordering the May Sarton for starters (I’d never heard of her). Sara Maitland’s and Anthony Storr’s books are ones I return to often.

    Apart from family and co-workers, I’ve hardly seen anyone over Christmas and am feeling a little strange because of the mad socialising that everyone else seems to do. I need to remind myself that there’s nothing wrong with being solitary and that others expect you to be social and not worry about it.

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Hello Monica :). I’m glad that you’ve found this list somewhat useful. Also, feel free to suggest any good books you have read on the subjects above (I’m a voracious reader as well, and I’m sure others will appreciate it!) That’s precisely right. At first it’s very difficult to confront and question society’s values (i.e. being sociable all the time means that you’re a normal person). But with a healthy balance of social time/alone time, coupled with self-acceptance (or self-love), it’s easier to accept our socially deviant natures through time. As with anything, embracing ones solitude takes time and practice. Many thanks for leaving a comment! -L

  • Nureen

    Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

    • http://lonerwolf.com Luna

      Thanks for the suggestion Nureen. As many introverted people have already read Quiet (and have been introduced to their introversion thanks to the book), I thought that the book wasn’t necessary to include in the list. For those who haven’t read the book, I’m sure they will appreciate your comment. -L

      • Matt

        I read (ehem, heard it – audiobook :P) it as well – wonderful =] Turning introversion into something beyond the mundane. Whereas Cain does try to maintain balance, the facts are – we are slightly more superior.

        • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

          Not necessarily Matt. Personality types aren’t a case of who is superior or inferior, but more to do with discovering more about yourself, and honoring the person you are in relation to others. :)


          • Matt

            Objectively speaking, you are right Luna… Reflectiveness is what introverts may have developed more than extroverts XD Yet let’s not forget that people are a mixture of intro- and extra- version. I would have been described by some people as extroverted =P But deep down I know I am more of a loner, a reflective person. Astrology, being the greatest of science, and the toughest ones =P, allows its users to delve into themselves. I’ve once read a statement that it is people who want more (knowledge, of nature, of human) delve into the arcane. Can’t agree more =] Basically, your LonerWolf is what I sought – apart from astro websites =]

            • http://lonerwolf.com Aletheia Luna

              Very true Matt. People are very rarely 100% extroverted or introverted (such a person would be submitted to a mental asylum!) But I can see where you’re coming from: introverts definitely have their strengths, and due to their tendencies to read books, they do appear to be much more interesting people (at least in my own eyes).

              Also, thank you for the complement! I’m delighted to hear that LonerWolf inspires you in some way :)