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They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what if a book judges you with its cover? What then?

The artist behind the Story of My [Effing] Life account draws brutally honest book covers with hilariously truthful titles that most of us can relate to. For sure, it’s funny cuz it’s true. But it also hurts cuz it’s true. Upvote your fave book covers and share your thoughts about which ones you can relate to the most, dear Pandas!

Make sure you check out Bored Panda’s previous post about honest book covers for more awesome content from Story of My Life. And visit their social media pages for their newest updates.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's that noise downstairs. What noise? Go check and I'll go grab a bat. And other ways your spouse sends you to die while they get back up.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm tired for the whole next month. And I'm too tired to look further than that.. but my guess is I'll be tired then too..

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Story of My Life enjoys quite a lot of popularity, with over 137k followers on Instagram and over 38k fans on Facebook who enjoy candid covers that show how similar all of us really are on the inside.

Try to imagine for a moment that we live in a world where nobody can lie (like in the movie The Invention of Lying) and everyone’s brutally honest with each other. Sounds like a utopia. For a minute. Then you realize what a nightmare it’d be.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pick-up your cake fork and conduct along with the song. It's your birthday after all...

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Even though we tend to associate brutal honesty with telling the truth, the two aren’t always one and the same. At the end of the day, a person who is honest is telling their subjective truth (lowercase t), not objective Truth (capital T). Is there an overlap between the two? Can some truths be closer to Truth? Of course! But staying humble about our supposed brutal honesty is important as well.

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This means that we ought to acknowledge that when we “tell things as they are,” we’re actually sharing opinions that we’re emotionally invested in, not universal facts. Sometimes we find that we’re too categorical and black-and-white in the way we think. Perhaps when we’re being brutally honest, we’re just being brutal. So something that can help you bring some nuance into discussions is changing how we express our ideas and communicate with others.

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For example, we can avoid words like always, never, everyone, and no one, as well as such colorful phrases like the fact is, you stupid idiot, I have a PhD and you haven’t even finished high school, and my father will hear about this. Instead, try being more tactful by saying in my opinion, have you thought about..?, or I see your point, but have you considered all of these other valid alternatives?

And be sure to actually listen to what other people believe, especially if you don’t agree with their opinions. Life’s not about being right and pointing out everyone’s mistakes like a judicial robot, it’s about growing as a human being. Now that sounds like a great quote to put on a book cover! Right above a drawing of a robot with a judge’s wig, a laser cannon, and a hat that says, “Well, technically, we don’t dream of electric sheep!”

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know I got my life together when my shirt, pants and underwear all match or go together.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i started to read random shampoo bottles and other things again. like it was 2003

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wtf? don't they look how long the video is and then just wait the right amount of time to answer? rude people!

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone should film themselves speaking and get used to this, it's not natural but changes perspectives.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of the joke: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it? An envelope!

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have finally learned how not to impulsively say yes to things. THANK GOODNESS!

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love recommendations...its how I discovered my love for RuPauls Drag Race 😍🦄

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They make a fortune off me because I won't return things.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And also for the sake of arguing, nowadays most keyboards will have learned your name and suggest autocomplete.

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