This month’s theme for Top Five Tuesday is scavenger hunt-ish, where each week there is a different theme based on covers. Today’s Top Five Tuesday prompt is “top five books with plants on the cover.” Top Five Tuesday was started by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.
My friend once jokingly told me that “plant lady is the new cat lady,” and then COVID hit and everyone and their literal moms started gardening. (Except me because I’m too impatient to water a bunch of dirt every day.) I’m good with plants on book covers though!
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Daisy Patel is a logical software engineer. Liam Murphy is a free-spirited venture capitalist. One has a meddling matchmaking family and the other has to get married to fulfill his grandfather’s will. The obvious solution for Sanjay Patel’s little sister and his best friend is a marriage of convenience.
I have a fondness for pastel covers, and both the giant flowers (vines?) framing the couple and what I’m guessing is the Bay Bridge on top are what first attracted me to The Dating Plan. It doesn’t hurt that the design reminded me of the cover for Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors.
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Mystery, Retellings
“When children start to go missing in the local woods, eighteen-year-old Wendy Darling must face her fears and a past she cannot remember to rescue them.” (From the publisher.)
Okay, this might be a bit of a stretch, but the Never Woods are featured on the cover and what are the woods but a bunch of trees, which are taxonomically plants. I love this cover. The cover scheme, the illustration style, and Wendy walking into the woods which doubles as the two boys’ silhouette (something I totally didn’t realize was a thing until I saw a post that literally outlined their faces)–why are cover designers so cool??
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
After her boyfriend dies, Julie dials his number to listen to his voicemail…but then he picks up.
I don’t technically have a bucket list, but one of the items on my unofficial list is going to Japan during cherry blossom season. So obviously a cover with cherry blossoms is gonna catch my attention. I also love the contrast between Julie’s sunny pink background and Sam’s dark blue half.
Genres: Classics, Fiction
“The timeless story of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they navigate hardship and adventure in post-Civil War Concord, Massachusetts.” (Taken from Amazon.)
I really like the Rifle Paper Co.‘s floral designs, so I obviously had to go with a Puffin in Bloom book. I chose Little Women it seemed the most “plant-like” of the bunch, but the whole collection is great.
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Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Historical, Mystery
Set in 1426, Korea, The Forest of Stolen Girls follows the daughter of a missing detective who tries to solve the case of the disappearing girls of Jeju Island and find her father.
The cover is what first got The Forest of Stolen Girls on my radar. The black and white flowers and red text is such a cool vibe. I normally don’t read mystery novels but was lucky enough to win a digital copy and ended up falling in love with June Hur’s prose 😍
After I collected my five, Tahira in Bloom popped up on my newsfeed, so you get a bonus cover.
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
When her fashion internship falls through, Tahira must spend her summer in her aunt’s flower-obsessed small town and an obnoxious gardener-next-door.
Did any of you guys get into gardening during the pandemic or do you all have black thumbs like me?