Posted on March 29 2018
Welcome to BooksActually's series of MBTI promotions, centering about the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. Each week, we will upload reviews for 2 recommended reading titles targeting a specific personality type.
This week, we will focus on the INFJ type (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging). The INFJ type is extremely rare. Marked by a strong sense of right and wrong, their ability to take concrete actions towards their goals allows them to make deep positive impacts on the world. INFJs enjoy inspiring those around them – their close friends will be familiar with their natural selflessness and altruism.
This week, our two recommended titles are both written by authors with powerful individual voices and distinct writing styles. Their agenda of inspiring positive changes within society appeal to an INFJ’s sense of moral justice. Buy them through a discounted bundle here!
Book I: Tender Delirium by Tania de Rozario
Tender Delirium is full of thoughtful, outspoken musings that the author skillfully knits together. Full of wit, this poetry collection spits fire at those who would fit you into a box, unravelling society's clumsy attempts to label and judge. Longing and heartbreak line these pages too - but the voice of the poet, is as ever, biting and sure in the very best ways.
Some quotes from the book:
"You remember the dialogue you had with yourself, you can quote the emotion word for word, as if you’re still there, as if it matters that you can map in detail the geographies of regret."
"It starts with a hope and ends with a turn of the stomach: a cringe at the excuses you make for your heart, a momentary forever you remember on alternate days over coffee and novels that hit too close to home."
Book II: State of Emergency by Jeremy Tiang
Jeremy Tiang’s State of Emergency was nominated for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize – and for good reason. The work brings Singapore’s history to life, animating the bleak paranoia of the Malayan Emergency, with its leftist uprisings and rabid political detentions.
It is a time period that all Singaporean children are taught about in their schools. However, confined to dusty textbook pages and newspaper clippings, the reality of living in that bleak era remains distant and faded. In contrast, the histories within State of Emergency are clear and personal. By following the lives of individuals within their family, Jeremy Tiang starkly reveals the harrowing toll that racial turbulence and political conflict take on individual citizens.
A winning feature of this book is its host of characters – startlingly human and deeply developed. Never one-dimensional, they evoke sympathy, derision and frustration in equal parts. It is their decisions, attitudes and sacrifices that give the book its unique voice. Ultimately, State of Emergency is a page turner that never fails to fascinate, no matter how often it is re-read.
Some quotes from the book:
"The nature of time seemed to change. When she was in the questioning room, it seemed to stand still or jump at random. Sometimes she was surprised to get back to her cell and find it was dark. Other times, she’d ask how long she’d been there and it was only a couple of hours."
"The questioning became less regular. She heard sounds from the other parts of the building, so she know she was not the only one there. What was it they wanted to hear? She felt like aa slow pupil, trying to give the right answer, but always falling short."