Last week, I discussed my feelings about the idiom, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and while I think it expresses importance when discussing people and not making assumptions based on appearances, my feelings about the literal translation is a little grayer: It is difficult not to be fascinated over a book cover; a book cover that then prompts the potential reader into reading the summary or making the reader learn more about it. I ask myself often: Would you have picked up that book if it didn’t look interesting? Or pretty? Or appealed to your desired aesthetic?
I don’t have the answer.
But there are some “diamonds in the rough,” or books that may not be visually appealing to me, but the content is just too good to ignore. And you could chalk it up to, “well the cover did not prompt me to read it, but I am sure glad I did.”
This list is of course my own opinion and please feel free to disagree with me, but here are my picks of the books that may not have appealed to me visually, but the contents were fantastic.
These are truly the books that should not be judged by its cover!
Books that may not be visually appealing to me, but the content is just too good to ignore.