By Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 03, 2024
Astrology is one of many lenses we can use to examine and analyze our personalities, our motivations, and our activities. Whether you believe or not, it can be fun to entertain the notion that the date and time of our birth has some impact on who we are and where we're going. Read on to see what your zodiac sign says about you and get our personal recommendations for each.
As an Aries, your motto might be fake it 'til you make it. You tend to exude a confidence and enthusiasm you don't always feel. And it generally works as you have the tendency to crush every new opportunity! To you, we recommend adventurous reads that will inspire you to reach even greater heights.
Our pick for you: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin—This fantasy tells the story of a woman on an epic quest to save her kidnapped daughter. It's the first in an award-winning series featuring an intricate and extraordinary world.
The beauty of being a Taurus is that you know your own mind. Loyal, practical, and efficient, your biggest challenge is letting your guard down and being open to change. The answer: seduction! A feel-good romance is a great choice to help the hard-headed Taurean find some softness.
Our pick for you: Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld—Sally is a sketch comedy writer for a popular late-night show. When sparks fly between her and the week's host, a sexy pop star, it challenges her notions of who belongs together.
You Geminis are always looking for your next big learning opportunity. Curious, charismatic, and flexible, You love nothing more than to be honing your craft and fine-tuning your way of engaging with the world. Geminis need thought-provoking stories that foster meaningful discussions and revelatory insights.
Our pick for you: The Circle by Dave Eggers—This bestselling dystopian novel will appeal to the tech-savvy mindset of a Gemini. The story tackles surveillance, privacy, and the frightening intrusions technology can make into our lives.
As a Cancer, you may often find yourself putting up a big front. But underneath that tough exterior, there is a nurturing, sensitive soul who is most energized by time spent with loved ones. Your best reads will allow you to find healing and creativity by igniting your senses and giving you all the feels.
Our pick for you: Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson—A multigenerational family saga about how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Now, it's also a series streaming on Hulu.
As a Leo, you know you're headed for greatness. You've got the hustle and the drive to make things happen. This year, you're taking center stage. While fiery, Leos are also big-hearted and generous. Stories about finding trust, friendship, and love in high-octane situations push all your buttons.
Our pick for you: Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson and Dolly Parton—She's a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny. It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her.
As a Virgo, you tend to be the most competent person in any room. It's hard for you to trust anyone else to do the job right. This can get you into trouble as you may have a tendency to take on too much. You enjoy well-crafted stories that help you get lost and relax, while giving you new insights and information.
Our pick for you: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee—The basis of a hit series on Apple+, this award-winning bestseller follows four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan.
As a Libra, you look for equanimity in all things. This can sometimes make it hard to express your strongest emotions, from rage to euphoria to passion. This year, consider deviating from your careful balancing act to embrace some of your extremes with books that explore the roller coaster of human emotion.
Our pick for you: Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano—When William meets Julia, he becomes absorbed into her close family, including sisters, Sylvie, Cecelia, and Emiline. But then darkness from William's past triggers a catastrophic family rift.
As a Scorpio, you crave both comfort and creativity. Your intensity can be overwhelming, but your charisma carries the day. Your favorite reads are dark, dramatic, and fanciful. This year will hopefully give some time to focus on your relationships and seek enjoyment in what surrounds you.
Our pick for you: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo—From the bestselling author of Shadow and Bone, this thrilling fantasy offers a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite.
As a Sagittarius, you love fun, adventure, and, of course, good stories. Your spontaneity makes you a terrific travel companion, but sometimes it also leaves you restless and distracted. This year, consider making (and sticking to) a plan. Good books will help satisfy your lust for epic journeys and wild rides.
Our pick for you: Matrix by Lauren Groff—Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, seventeen-year-old Marie de France finds purpose—and power—as the prioress of an impoverished medieval abbey. A defiant and timely feminist vision.
Tenacious and hardworking, you Capricorns are known for your drive for perfection even in the face of adversity. This year, embrace the power of now and don't be afraid to step into the spotlight. For you, we recommend stories about people who are coming into their own.
Our pick for you: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin—Childhood friends, Sam and Sadie are still college students when they create their first blockbuster video game. But success can't protect them from betrayal and heartbreak.
As an Aquarius, you are interested in profound transformation and big philosophical questions. You like books that challenge you mentally and give you new ideas to ponder. You tend to eschew the buzzy bestsellers for esoteric reads that take you off the beaten path.
Our pick for you: Endurance by Alfred Lansing—This nonfiction account provides the harrowing tale of Ernest Shackleton's doomed 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole. It was called "one of the best adventure books ever written" by the Wall Street Journal.
Sweet Pisces, we love your dreamy, intuitive nature, but we do sometimes worry you're going to get hurt. This year, look for opportunities, like-minded people, and other avenues of growth and transformation. Tune in and trust yourself. Enjoy some magical realism to find the balance between whimsy and real-life.
Our pick for you: Bewilderment by Richard Powers—A widowed astrobiologist searches for life in the cosmos while caring for his unusual nine-year-old son. A soaring exploration into the often competing powers of nature and technology.