From romance to work-life, we can turn to the Zodiac to guide us in all of life's daily mysteries. As I'll explain below, sometimes we can even turn to the zodiac for new book recommendations.
Sometimes one of the hardest questions in life is: what do I read next? Maybe you're one of those people who doggedly follows their daily horoscope, who looks people up and down and says, "Oh, you must be a Virgo," or who freaked out when you heard there was a 13th Zodiac sign. Or perhaps, you're one of those people who only glances at your horoscope once in a while. Maybe you think it's all BS and don't take any stock in the Zodiac at all.
But in any case, your personality type can tell you a lot about what you like to read. If you're a glutton for romance or a seeker of adventure. If you're craving a light read or a gigantic tome. Sometimes I'm surprised at how spot-on my horoscope is, and so perhaps too you'll find a delightful surprise in this book recommendation.
So, as you're searching for the new release to dig into, this list will serve as your literary horoscope, guiding you to the next book you need in your life.
1. Capricorn (January 20 - February 16): The Nix by Nathan Hill
Capricorns like to stick to a challenge, so a big book is definitely in order, and clocking in at 628 pages, The Nix is sure to capture you. The story of Samuel, whose estranged mother has reappeared in his life by showing up at the center of a news scandal. As Samuel tries to connect with and help her, he dives into his mother's past. The Nix paints a vibrant and full picture of life that you'll be absolutely drawn to.
2. Aquarius (February 16 – March 11): Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
People with the Aquarius sign care deeply about the welfare of others and are fascinated by tech. So if you're an Aquarius, you'll be absolutely hooked by this thriller, in which a young girl literally stumbles upon a giant metal hand in the ground and grows up to be a scientist, determined to find answers.
3. Pisces (March 11 – April 18): Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Pisces are dreamers with vibrant inner lives, often seen as mysterious. So, any Pisces will love this imaginative contemporary gothic novel, filled with ghosts and other supernatural phenomena. In one timeline, Ruth and Nat are orphans who start talking to the dead. At the same time, we follow Nat's daughter, Cora, years later as she led on a mysterious odyssey across New York state.
4. Aries (April 18 – May 13): The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang
Aries people are full of energy, ambitious, and have a sharp sense for justice. So you'll absolutely adore this lively book about a rich Chinese-American family who, when their cosmetics empire goes bankrupt, embark on a wild road trip across the US. Each family member has their own goal, ranging from dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian to the patriarch, Charles', half-baked scheme to reclaim his family's land in China.
5. Taurus (May 13 – June 21): The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
People with the Taurus symbol love luxury and work hard to obtain it. This splendid novel begins in 19th century Paris, with the renowned opera star Lilliet Berne. When Lilliet discovers someone's betrayed her and revealed her true story, she dives into the past, telling you the wild tale about how she came up from nothing. Filled with equal parts intrigue and splendor, this book will suck you right in.
6. Gemini (June 21 – July 20): Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Geminis are people people through and through, shining when they're around others. So any Gemini will be enthralled with this story of enchanting, 22-year-old Tess, who moves to NYC and becomes a waiter in a famous restaurant. As Tess navigates the chaotic restaurant world and makes two deep connections with co-workers, she discovers that she may actually not want the life she's already dreamed about.
7. Cancer (July 20 – August 10): Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Cancers are all about loyalty and connecting with other people, and that's exactly what this book is about. Ted's best friend is a dachshund, Lily; the kind of best friend who stays up late gabbing with you. But when Lily develops a tumor, Ted must find a way to connect with others in the world. (Get ready to cry your eyes out!)
8. Leo (August 10 – September 16): The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Roon
Leos are proud, regal and relaxed, and love is very important to them. So if you're a Leo, you'll fall for this award-winning YA novel about two teenagers who fall for each other in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances.
9. Virgo (September 16 – October 30): The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Virgos are creative, caring, and detail-oriented, so not only will you be drawn to this story, but you'll love McBride's carefully-crafted writing style. We follow Eily, an Irish 18-year-old who has come to London to study drama. Sucked into the bustling and well, dramatic, world of theatre, Eily forms a clamorous relationship with an established actor 20 years older than her.
10. Libra (October 30 – November 23): Losing It by Emma Rathbone
Libras are all about balance, so you'll be fascinated by what happens when the heroine in this book, Julia, decides to recalibrate her life. Julia is 26 years old, unsatisfied with her job, and (much to her dismay) still a virgin. So she ditches her old life and moves in with her strange aunt, set on a mission to lose her V-card. As smart as it is fun, this insightful book is a must-read.
11. Scorpio (November 23 – November 29): Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
Scorpios are contemplative, intensely emotional, brave, self-aware, and trustworthy. So, as a Scorpio, you'll relate to this emotional journey, set in Japan. When she was 12, Rio stabbed and killed her school bully and was sent to a juvenile detention center. Now an adult living in Colorado, Rio has a husband and daughter, neither of whom know about her dark past. But when her father dies, Rio returns to Japan, and goes on a journey to reconnect with her former life.
12. Ophiuchus (November 29 – December 17): The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The newly revealed Zodiac sign, Ophiuchus means that you are a seeker of wisdom, passionate, and refuse to blindly follow authority. So you'll be hooked by this urban fantasy, set in a divided city teeming with monsters. We follow the city's two rival heirs: Kate, who wants to let the monsters roam free, forcing humans to pay for protection, and August, a monster himself who just wants to protect the innocent. Simultaneously introspective and thrilling, This Savage Song you'll be swept up in this exciting novel.
13. Sagittarius (December 17 – January 20): The Reader by Traci Chee
Sagittarians love to travel and discover new things, so you'll fall hard and fast for this adventure story. Set in a world where reading doesn't exist (gasp!), Sefia goes on a journey to find her disappeared aunt and discover the truth of her father's murder. Her only clue: a strange rectangular object, with pages. Filled with magic, pirates, assassins, and danger at every turn, this one will get your heart beating and your mind racing.