Judging Books By Their Covers: Why Not?


Words by Jherika G.

Why are we told not to judge a book by its cover? Is it just me or does that seem like a bit of deceitful advice.I can understand where it’s coming from because you don’t want to jump to conclusions about a person based on outward appearances. And that’s fair. But I’ve been reading since I was 3 and have yet to be totally deceived on what I was about to get into by the cover of the book.

You don’t go to a library and read an entire book before you decide to check it out. The purpose of the cover is to give you a glimpse of what you may or may not be getting yourself into. I’ve skipped over many a Stephen King novel due to a cover that was too scary or a brief synopsis on the back that just seemed like it would give me nightmares. It would be foolish of me to see something that did not appeal to me and that I did not like and commit myself to it anyway just because I didn’t want to judge a book by its cover.

I look at people the same way. Your “cover” to me is not just your physical appearance. It is the way you conduct yourself, your personality, your surroundings, the decisions you make. I may not know everything about you but from what I do see, I may or may not want a closer look.

In my experience it has been the most deceitful people that holler that “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” mantra in an effort to get you caught up in their bull. Why isn’t your cover an accurate representation of what you have to offer? Some people just want to waste your time reading their book, trying to dispel your previous notions of how it will end, only to have it be as predictable as you anticipated. And now what? You can’t unread it. You can’t un-live those experiences.

While this is about people it also can be applied to actual books. You have to be careful what you allow in your life and your mind because sometimes it’s just not worth going past the cover.

Trust your gut.

Words by Jherika G.


5 comments on “Judging Books By Their Covers: Why Not?

  1. markdub7 says:

    This post brings to mind the words of a famous black poet laureate. “Just because you dress [provocatively] does not make you a whore — but you are wearing a whore’s uniform.”
    -Dave Chappelle. What is that you say? He’s no poet laureate? Well he should be. Roffle Mayo


    • That’s one of my favorite quotes ever and it’s sooo accurate! Everybody wants you to excuse their bullshit but intentions mean nothing to me if they don’t match your actions. And I was always taught to portray myself like I want to be received. I’m cognizant of all I do or say and can’t get mad when people assume certain things about me.


  2. JR says:

    Great piece.
    I’m impressed.


  3. Tony Grands says:

    I stopped judging books by the cover in rehab. I thought my alcoholism is the worst until i met people who were way worse off yet turned out to be some of the realest realists I’d ever met.

    You have no idea how humble & genuine a recovering coke addict can be. If I judged those books by their “covers,” I would have truly missed out on one of the finer points of my rehab… Acceptance.


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