While Thanksgiving just ended, winter break is coming up sooner than you would think. With that in mind, many may begin planning meet ups with friends and family, travel plans or plans with yourself to binge watch the twenty shows and movies you didn’t have time to watch during the semester because you were drowning in the amount of homework and exams you had… No matter how you decide to spend your break, if you are anything like me, the idea of spending some of your downtime reading a book for your own pleasure rather than for an assignment may sound appealing (and if it doesn’t, my inner English major is quaking).
The daunting question then is “what should I read?” This question plagues us all at some point or another, but today I am going to share a fool proof answer, so that when winter break rolls around (or the next time you have some time to read) you will be prepared and won’t have to put any added thought into it. I must preface this by saying I am absolutely not an astrology expert, but I read a lot of books and I read my horoscope everyday so I am also not at a complete loss. The list below I have then created by taking the description of each zodiac sign and matching them to a book that I think correlates with the sign. This list contains books of many different genres to give some variety so if you end up not liking the recommendation assigned to your zodiac sign maybe try pretending you have a different birthday.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries is represented by the symbol of the ram and the element of fire. Aries are considered to be innovative and stubborn. With this, they become very fearless in the face of challenges and controversies. They are able to keep an optimistic attitude in all that they do, as well as being very social and ambitious. As they are so ambitious they can also become short tempered, impatient, and selfish, making them aggressive at times.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a novel based in 2045 following the experience of Wade Watts, a teenager struggling through life. The OASIS is a virtual world where a majority of humanity spends their time in order to feel better rather miserable existence. Wade is no exception and when the creator of the OAASIS dies leaving behind a series of puzzles based on pop culture references of the past, he faces the challenge head on. The novel explores the lengths Watts will go to in order to inherit OASIS, its fortune, and avoid rival competitors who are willing to kill to win. Aries are willing to go to great lengths to get what they want just as Wade does in this novel. Aries can relate to the ambition turned aggressiveness that Wade experiences throughout the novel while also experiencing a deep social connection to the community that Wade builds over the course of his journey.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Taurus is represented by the symbol of the bull and the element of Earth. Taurus are known for being reliable but also very stubborn. They seek out the more pleasurable things in life and and try to take their time in everything that they do. They essentially stick to their own schedule and get set in their own behaviors which can make it hard for them to change. Taurus can be very relaxing to be around due to their patience and enjoyment of luxury but they can seem unfriendly and rather closed-minded due to their hard-headedness.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven focuses on high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Both are struggling: Theodore with his obsession with death and Violet with her sister’s death. Violet hopes to avoid social interactions, graduate, and leave for college to escape her pain while Theodore focuses on the present as he ideates on death but seemingly always finds a reason to live. When they meet by chance on the ledge of their school’s bell tower they seem to save each other and quickly become dependent on one another but as Violet is learning to live again, Theodore is running out of reasons to keep living. While this book is focused on a rather difficult subject, it really hones in on the idea of the stubborn but reliable person in the form of Violet and how she works with and learns from someone who is her total opposite. Similarly, Theodore finds himself only becoming his true self when with Violet and Violet must work through how to help Theodore while also sorting through her own emotions. This is a book that many taurus will be able to relate to in terms of the emotional rollercoaster of emotions they experience.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Gemini is represented by the symbol of the twins and the element of air. Gemini are typically outgoing, curious, quick on their feet, and very adaptable. They love to know information including data, research, and gossip which is why they thrive in conversations. While gemini are friendly, energetic, and fun, they can also be the exact opposite (i.e. the twin). They are known for being two-faced, superficial, and super flakey. While gemini may seem to have good intentions, they often struggle to follow through.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a book focusing on cranky old Ove, a man with strict principles who many associate with being bitter. When Ove gets new neighbors in the form of a young couple and their young children and they run over his mailbox, he is thrown into an unlikely friendship that in the end changes the understanding that all of his neighbors had of him. This heartwarming story pulls on the curiosity of gemini and really brings out the idea of the twin personality. Gemini are likely to be able to relate to Ove and the misunderstanding that most people have of him.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Cancer is represented by the symbol of the crab and the element of water. Cancers lead with their emotions and can be rather sensitive. Their mood changes very often which can lead to them being closed off and a little passive aggressive. Cancers are very hot and cold making it hard to know when they will be loving and protective or needy and defensive.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thrilling murder mystery focusing on husband and wife Nick and Amy Dunne. After their fifth wedding anniversary “perfect” Amy completely disappears. An investigation begins and the should be worried husband Nick begins to act inappropriately and overall just does not know how to handle himself. Through Amy’s diary though, the reader is shown that “cool girl” Amy has a darker side to her. As the investigation heightens, Nick’s lies and odd behavior grow. Nick is a little odd and rather bitter but the questions remains if he could have really killed Amy. Cancers will be able to relate to the ever changing emotions presented by both Nick and Amy. They will also be drawn in by the many twists and turns that Amy takes the reader on and the ever growing passive aggressiveness that comes out of it.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Leo is represented by the symbol of the lion and the element of fire. Leos are rather dramatic and theatrical and very passionate about what they do. They LOVE to be in the spotlight and enjoy being in charge. They are known for their consistency and loyalty even among the drama that surrounds them. Their ego and jealousy become their downfall though. At times if they feel threatened that their light is being taken from them or if someone encroaches on their relationships then they begin to threaten their own happiness and those around them.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng considers secrets and lies and the weight they have on families and communities as well as the dangers of always abiding by the rules. This book takes place in the “perfect” suburb of Cleveland, Shaker Heights. In this town everyone is rule abiding and Elena Richardson embodies this. When fun and artistic single mother Mia Warren moves to town and rents a house from Elena, Elena’s black and white world becomes a bit more colorful. Mia and Elena’s children soon become friends and the town becomes divided through an ongoing custody battle that has drawn the town’s attention. Realizing they are on opposing sides of the battle, Elena becomes even more suspicious of Mia and attempts to uncover Mia’s secrets which might just blow up in Elena’s face. This novel threatens leo’s need for consistency and loyalty and presses on all of the right buttons for these drama lovers.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgo is represented by the maiden symbol and the element of earth. Virgos are incredibly logic based and love to approach issues and life in general in a practical and systematic way. They are typically kind and helpful and make great supportive friends. These things make virgos hyperaware and strive for goals that are unattainable. They must learn to accept their flaws and to stop looking for perfection.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas focuses on 16 year old Starr who must balance living in a poor neighborhood and going to school at a rich prep school. When she witnesses her unarmed childhood best friend get shot by a police officer the balance breaks. The world is divided as some are calling him a drug dealer, some are going to the streets protesting in his name, and the local drug lord is threatening Starr’s family, but only Starr knows the truth and she must decide whether to step up or stay silent. Virgos will be able to relate to Starr as a character and her struggle to be the perfect ideal daughter, friend, and student while trying to stay true to her values. They will also be able to appreciate the bond between Starr and her friends and the challenges they face.
Libra (September 23- October 22)
Libra is represented by the scales of justice symbol and the element of air. Libras love to have symmetry and balance in their lives and love to be surrounded by beauty and money. Relationships are incredibly important to them and look for people that compliment their looks and who they consider fashionable. Libras find their downfall in trying to keep everyone around them happy, focusing too much on material things, and struggling with major indecision.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde focuses on a handsome young man named Dorian who has his portrait painted and falls in love with his own beauty. He becomes obsessed with the idea that the man in his portrait will stay forever youthful while he will age and become undesirable. He vows to give up his soul if the painting aged and he stayed his youthful self forever. Dorian, upon realizing this has come true, begins living a life of corruption and immorality as only the portrait seems to suffer the consequences. Libras will be able to learn from Dorian’s obsession with material values and specifically his own looks. They will be further drug in by Dorian’s constant moral indecision and the want to fix Dorian’s lack of awareness for those around him.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Scorpio is represented by the symbol of the scorpion and the element of water. They know what they want and are not afraid to do what it takes to get it. They are often seen as being seductive and crave physical and emotional intimacy with others even if it just means hugging someone. While they can come off as ambitious this can sometimes turn into controlling and egotistic.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is a classic anti-war book that focuses on the firebombing of Dresden during WWII. Vonnegut uses his own first hand experience of the bombing and the war to tell Billy Pilgrim’s story of being a draftee, prisoner of war, optometrist, husband, father, time traveler, and alien abductee. Scorpios will appreciate Vonnegut’s dedication to the book and writing Billy’s story while also finding unrest in Billy’s ability to live many different versions of his own life but seemingly not have control of any of them.
Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)
Sagittarius is represented by the symbol of the archer and the element of fire. Sagittarius are extremely curious, passionate, and adaptable. They are open to almost any adventure and their yearning for knowledge knows no end. They thrive off of change and being able to show their adaptability in different situations. They search for both freedom both creatively and spiritually. With all of this self expression and exploring though comes very brutal honesty and bluntness that some are not able to appreciate which causes hard feelings.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle focuses on siblings Meg and Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin. Meg and Charles Wallace’s father was experimenting with fifth dimension time travel when he strangely goes missing. Years later when the opportunity presents itself for the trio to try and save the sibling’s father they pursue it, but they are faced with evil forces in space that are much more powerful than they were expecting. This novel will have the adventure focused sagittarius hooked from the start. Sagittarius will be able to relate to Meg’s adaptability and the freedom she experiences through this journey.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Capricorn is represented by the symbol of the sea goat and the element of earth. Capricorn are known for being hard working, dedicated, and focused on obtaining perfection. They will not let anything get in their way of being successful and often experience hardships in their youth making them seem mature beyond their years. As they get older they start to open up more but often come off as cold and unemotional. While they may seem like workaholics, deep down they love to have fun and party.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien focuses on a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. He lives a very comfortable life in which he does not seem to really have any goals and just enjoys life in his home. One day though wizard Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive at his home prepared to take him with them to raid the treasure that is guarded by the dragon Smaug. As Bilbo reluctantly joins them he finds himself confronting magic, strange creatures, soldiers, and many other dangers. While capricorns won’t necessarily appreciate Bilbo’s lack of drive, they will appreciate his organized lifestyle and Bilbo’s developed sense to prove himself. Bilbo will show capricorns the joys of the balance of work and fun.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Aquarius is represented by the symbol of the water bearer and the element of air. Aquarius are free spirited, eccentric, and refuse to conform to society. They support social progress and tend to despise authority. They typically are big thinkers who often get lost in their own minds and become so focused on trying to make big changes that they often forget about their own relationships and the smaller steps that need to be taken before completing their larger goal. They love their freedom and often need space to do their work but thrive in a community setting with like minded people.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne focuses on Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew, and their hired guide. After finding instructions left by a medieval alchemist claiming to have discovered a passage to the center of the earth, they decide to go looking for it. They travel deep into an Icelandic volcano and face dangers unlike anything imaginable all in the search for the great unknown. This novel is sure to please the eccentric and free spirited nature of an Aquarius. They will be able to live out all of their dream like adventure fantasies through this novel and will relate to Professor Lidenbrock’s enduring drive to explore the unknown.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Pisces is represented by the symbol of the fish and the element water. They are divided by the ideas of fantasy and reality as their immense sensitivity allows them to be pulled into their own thoughts and imagination while often needing to be pulled back into reality. They often view life through “rose tint glasses” and especially so when faced by a problem. With this, they are known as being incredibly flaky and seeming delusional. While they have trouble accepting reality they are often incredibly kind and creative.
The Giver by Lois Lowry focuses on 12 year old Jonas who lives in a world free of all the bad things in life and where color does not exist. Everything in their lives is assigned to them and they are given no real choices but everyone seems to live in happiness. At the age of 12 everyone is assigned their job that they will do for the rest of their lives. Jonas is assigned a job that very few are given: “Memory Keeper.” Their society has been kept away from the negative things in life but the Memory Keeper must keep all of the bad and good memories of society’s past within them. When this job becomes more than what Jonas expects, his entire world changes and he is forced to make decisions no child should be faced with. Pisces will enjoy the convergence of reality and fantasy in this novel and will be able to relate to Jonas’s struggle through understanding this divide.
Micaela | 2022
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