December 19, 2020 | 3:33pm EST
With the arrival of winter break and COVID-19 continuing to put a stop to our social lives, now is the perfect time to either dust off the books gathering dust on the shelf or buy yourself one that is stiff and new. The hunt for a good book can sometimes be a challenge with so many amazing options out there (so many books, so little time!), but fear not, for astrology solves all problems.
I am by no means an expert when it comes to astrology, but I sure have read a lot of books. Based on the books I have read and the descriptions of each sign, I put together a list of one recommendation per sign. The books contained within this list range from classics to YA and Fantasy (who doesn’t love some range!). Try one or try them all. Each of these have left a great impression on me that I feel comfortable, nay, confident in recommending them to another human.
Aries (March 21 - April 19): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
While I do feel like this is a bit of a stereotypical choice, Katniss Everdeen screams Aries throughout the series. Aries are often described as strong, confident, honest, and courageous, along with being a bit short-tempered and impulsive. Throughout Katniss’ struggles, Aries' qualities really shine through. She has no choice but to be impulsive and aggressive; in her world it is do or die. Beyond Katniss being a quintessential Aries (even though her character is actually a Taurus), the entire world and story Collins builds has Aries energy.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
When reading the description of a Taurus, this book came instantly to mind. Taurus’ are Earth signs who are practical, ambitious, and often stoic and materialistic. They are also ruled by the plant Venus and have an eye for beauty, artistry, and luxury. All of these qualities remind me of Dorian Gray and his passion for beautiful things. While he increasingly becomes more stoic, he has a true eye for artistry, even when it became his downfall.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gemini’s are known for being gentle, curious and for having the ability to learn quickly. They are most famous, however, for their inconsistent ways, often referred to as the two-faced sign. This two-faced stereotype fits right in with Dr. Jekyll who is the kind, intelligent scientist and Mr. Hyde who is grotesque and violent. Beyond this comparison, I think Gemini’s would relate to Dr. Jekyll who exhibits many of their positive traits but is caught in a sticky situation resulting in a life filled with their dislikes, such as being alone and being confined. Just like a Gemini, this is a book that never gets boring.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
This book is perfect for any Cancer you might know. Some of their traits include being loyal, emotional and highly imaginative. They also can often be a bit pessimistic and suspicious, as well as insecure. The Outsiders is known for its emotional story and the loyalty between characters, something that really speaks to Cancer’s.
Leo (July 23 - August 22): Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Choosing a book for Leo proved to be very challenging, but I think I picked a pretty good one. Leo’s are creative, passionate, warm-hearted and often funny, which I often associate with the amazing fantasy series Eragon. Known as natural leaders, majestic, and brave, Leo’s have all the qualities I associate with the characters in Eragon. This is an epic story that will not disappoint any Leo readers.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22): Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This book screams Virgo. This classic YA novel is perfect for Virgos who are often known to be analytical, hardworking, practical, and shy. Virgo’s are always paying attention to small details and have a very methodical approach to life. The main character, Charlie, tends to observe life rather than take part in it, something I think Virgos will resonate with deeply.
Libra (September 23 - October 22): The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Written by a Libra, The Great Gatsby is a classic that this sign is sure to love. Also ruled by Venus, Libras will appreciate the luxury, beauty, and romance weaved into the novel. Some Libra traits are being cooperative, fair-minded, and gentle, but they also have a passion for seeking justice. Narrated by a very Libra-esque character, not only will readers relate to Nick, but they might also find their value in justice is tested through romance and betrayal.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This series is currently my favorite YA fantasy trilogy at the moment, so while I think I might be biased, I know Scorpio readers will see themselves within the main characters. Known for being resourceful, brave, stubborn, distrusting and a true friend, there is no way they will not connect with the characters Schwab has crafted. Each character has so many layers that as you dig deeper and get to know them it is not hard to see these traits shine through.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
This novel is crafted by two of my favorite authors and exudes unreal amounts of Sagittarius. Sagittarius' are curious and energetic, and with their open mind they have a wonderful sense of humor, which is why Good Omens is the perfect book for any Sagittarius. A fantastic fantasy comedy about the approaching Armageddon, Pratchett and Gaiman never fail to satisfy the humor a Sagittarius needs. While many Sagittarius' are very impatient, they will find that they won’t be able to put down this read and will definitely not become bored.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Capricorns are known for being responsible, all-knowing, a bit condescending, but extremely loyal. Though Capricorns like to follow the rules, they won’t accept them blindly and will push back if needed. This is exactly why this controversial classic is the perfect read for them. J.D. Salinger, a Capricorn himself, created a character that was always disappointed and ambivalent yet wise beyond his years, something Capricorns may connect too.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18): Circe by Madeline Miller
As an Aquarius, I can attest to this being the perfect book for any Aquarian readers out there. Aquarians are known for being very progressive, independent, and original, however at times can be a bit temperamental. They are also known for their humanitarian spirit, which is exactly why this book screams Aquarius. The novel is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Circe, who rejects the Greek Gods' casual cruelty against humans. Beyond her humanitarian spirit, Aquarians will also admire her intelligence and independence.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20): I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This YA novel screams Pisces energy in the best way possible. Pisces are typically compassionate, artistic, gentle and wise. For a romantic and artistic Pisces, they will love reading about the two main characters' passion for art and the love stories that find their way into the mix. This emotional story blended with Nelson’s unique writing style is sure to be a hit for any Pisces.