Top Five Tuesday: Top 5 Books With Plants on The Cover

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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!

1. The Dating Plan, Sara Desai

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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.

2. Lost in the Never WoodsAiden Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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??

Review: Peter Losing Wendy (Lost in the Never Woods – Aiden Thomas)

3. You’ve Reached Sam, Dustin Thao

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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.

4. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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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5. The Forest of Stolen GirlsJune Hur

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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 😍

Review: Dusk and Fog (The Forest of Stolen Girls – June Hur)


Tahira in Bloom, Farah Heron

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?


  1. Ok, the Lost in the Never Woods cover is INSANELY cool, particularly knowing the ending!!!
    If you’re not the biggest fan of Little Women story-wise, may I suggest the musical via the cast recording, streamable anywhere? It’s more Jo March’s story in the adaptation, but captures the essence of the plot with tons of Disney vibes.
    Plants are happy I don’t garden, they live longer.


    • Right?! The level of thought that went into the cover design astounds me.
      Wait…there’s a musical?? You had me at Disney vibes. I’ll have to look it up.
      Same! I just give any plants I’m gifted to my mom so they have a better chance of surviving haha.


      • It’s a very underrated musical, but at least it’s better known than the opera, which is just… boring from what I’ve heard of it. Curious to know what you think!!!

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      • Thanks for the rec! I’ve been binging Les Mis to get through some Les Mis-related content, so I’m definitely in the musical mood. I’ll have to listen to it soon!


    • Haha I love it! Thanks so much 🥰 Bookstagram is such a wealth of content, I’m glad I get to showcase some of it 🙂

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