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Top 5 books with people on the cover

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with people on the cover.

It’s the final week of our month-long scavenger hunt. Each week has been a different theme for you to pick covers by. I hope everyone had a lot of fun – I definitely did!!

Also, apologies for the delay on this one, friends. Life has really been getting in the way of my posting schedule. And I know I say this every month, but keep your fingers crossed for me that I actually get on top of it again this time!!

If you missed the July-September topics post (yes, we’re doing them in bulk now!!), please click here. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here @ Meeghan reads.

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top 5 books with people on the cover

A Promised Land – Barack Obama

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Can I just say, Obama looks so relaxed happy in this, and that’s why I love this cover so much. As an Australian, I can wholeheartedly say that he has been my favourite US president to date. But during his tenure, he looked so stressed a lot of the time. And while I have this audiobook (narrated by Obama himself), I haven’t squeezed it into my reading schedule yet.


A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective — the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

Shall We Dance? – Maggie Alderson

Shall We Dance? by Maggie AldersonI just really love the simplicity in this cover. It’s a woman in a gorgeous dress, dancing on her own. Which is kind of what the story is about as well. It’s also my favourite Alderson story, so that probably helps too!!


Loulou Landers, London’s undisputed Queen of Vintage Fashion, meets a man on the eve of her dreaded forty-ninth birthday. He’s kind, he’s sensitive, he’s divinely handsome and he carries a designer suit like George Clooney. Unfortunately, he’s barely half her age, and Loulou’s just not ready to ‘go cougar’.

Then there is Loulou’s 21-year-old daughter, Theo, who won’t get a job, won’t move out, wears chainstore fashion, and hasn’t said a civil word to her mother for years. And she is on the verge of her own spectacularly unsuitable affair.

So how will Loulou cope with a daughter who’s off the rails, a man who won’t take no for an answer, an ageing process that won’t slow down – not to mention a birthday party in a camping ground? Like she always has – with wit, grit and an exemplary sense of style.

Emergency Contact – Mary H. K. Choi

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Yes, yes. Give me any reason to scream about Emergency Contact, and you know I will. Mary H. K. Choi’s debut novel was one of my absolute favourites in 2019 when I finally read it. Penny and Sam’s story is one that I think about all the time. In fact, I think it might be time for another reread!!


For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow #2: Wayward Son by Rainbow RowellCan I just say that I LOVE Baz’s suit on this cover? Like, I don’t wear floral patterns because I’m not really a flowery person, but I would 100% buy this suit. For my husband. And then hope he looks good in it. ?


NOTE: This blurb is for Wayward Son, which is book TWO in the series. So don’t spoil yourself!!

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain, he won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after… So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…

That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

I feel like we go through this every second week, but here we are again. Hello, I’m Meeghan, and I am trash for Maggie Stiefvater’s stories and characters. Have you met Ronan? I like to think I’d be friends with him like he’s friends with Blue.


NOTE: This blurb is for The Dream Thieves, which is book TWO in the series. So don’t spoil yourself!!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

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DB’s Guide to the Galaxy

What are your top 5 books with people on the cover?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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