Literature comes in a variety of flavours. From fiction to nonfiction, short stories to novels and magazines to comic books there is an endless combination of genres, themes and messages that can be found. Finding something you would enjoy reading is similar to trying a new food for the first time. While a food may not look appetizing like a mushroom or brussel sprout, a book can be perceived in a similar way. Books can be passed over because the cover lacks eye grabbing attributes like flashy colours or a catchy title, this however doesn’t mean that the book isn’t worth your time. Before you know that you don’t like a new food or a book you have to make the effort to taste it or read the first few pages. While the first few bites might be a little strange, once you get past those first nibbles you can learn to appreciate the food for what it is, something that will nourish your body and help you grow big and strong. Books in a similar way need to be tested out like a new food, by reading the first few pages of a book you get an idea of whether you like the topic, and style of writing. If you never try something new you could be missing out on something that could change your life. The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is something I think we should all take into consideration. Just because a piece of writing doesn’t look good on the outside doesn’t mean that the words within don’t hold worth or meaning.
Reading is an escape that can take you places you’d never be able to go in real life. No cover or page should go unturned, each book is an opening to an undiscovered world. The power of words is impeccable. A lot of people today focus on the flashy colours and pictures that grab your attention over a well phrased slogan or title. Words alone can intrigue a potential reader to pick up a book and see if it fits their interest, appearance isn’t everything. Words are a powerful part of life, they have the power to spark emotions, make change and introduce a reader to a world of knowledge. Some of the best novels ever written will be missed if readers don’t take the chance to try something new and pick up a book never considered before. When I was in the eleventh grade I almost passed over a book that really changed the way I perceive the world and everything around me. This novel, I almost missed out on because the cover didn’t capture my attention. The novel is called Wild Geese written by Martha Ostenso. If my teacher hadn’t encouraged me to read this novel amongst others in our school book club, my mind would have never been able to experience and appreciate the message behind the story and all the words held on those pages. At a first glance I took this novel amongst others for granted, but I believe that since that time I have grown just a little bigger and stronger because of novels like this one.
When we can all learn to appreciate a novel for its prose and meaning not it’s outward appearance then these strategies can be taken even further in life. Thus, when you’re deciding on your next dessert crusade or novel, remember that the outer appearance isn’t what counts, it’s what’s written within that holds all the meaning and worth.