There are plenty of ways to judge a book: by its cover, by its plot summary, by its Goodreads rating, etc. Why not pick your next read based on when you were born? No matter the season or the planets’ positions, these 12 books all come highly recommended from your friends at Off the Shelf, and are perfectly paired to your zodiac sign.
As the first sign of the zodiac, it's no surprise that Aries are typically bold and determined folk—and love to win. STARTUP, a debut novel set in the fast-paced world of a young tech company, offers these ambitious readers the killer combination of sharp characters and high-stakes office drama. Entrepreneur Mack McAllister, journalist Katya Pasternack, and exhausted mother Sabrina Choe Blum find their lives intersecting when a scandal engulfs the office where all three work.
Taurus, an earth sign, is often associated with stability, loyalty, and other reliable qualities that make these April and May babies fantastic friends and partners. However, this also means that the Taurus in our lives might be a little stubborn or resistant to change. THE YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes, which chronicles the year that the award-winning producer said "yes" to everything that scared her, is the perfect book for anyone who needs a little extra push to step out of their comfort zone.
Shonda Rhimes delivered some tough love in her Dartmouth commencement address saying, “dreamers often end up living in the basements of relatives.” Rhimes’s book YEAR OF YES offers inspiration for the dreamers who need to take action. Her straight-forward advice for living out your dreams boldly? Say “yes.”
At their best, Geminis are curious and adaptable, able to thrive in any social situation. But a Gemini's charm can sometimes make one appear untrustworthy and two-faced—or, in terms of the world of fiction, an unreliable narrator. Ruth Ware's IN A DARK, DARK WOOD is the perfect twisty suspense novel to hold a quick-thinking Gemini's attention. In it, we meet Leonora, a reclusive crime writer attending a bachelorette party deep in the English countryside. Forty-eight hours after she arrives, she wakes up in a hospital with the knowledge that someone is dead, and that she's somehow implicated.
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During a weekend away with a friend in an eerie glass house, crime writer Leonora wakes up in a hospital bed injured wondering not “What happened?” but “What have I done?” This one is for fans of GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
For the sensitive, intuitive Cancer, I'd recommend an imaginative novel with a one-of-a-kind relationship at its heart. LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is the story of Ted Flask and his beloved companion, 12-year-old dachshund Lily. Of course, the book is perfect for dog lovers (plus fans of THE LIFE OF PI and THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN), but that's not all: LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is for anyone who's ever experienced a love so deep, you could hardly handle it. Go ahead, cry your Cancer heart out.
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Ted and his elderly dachshund are at the center of this story of steadfast companionship, loss, and longing that will break your heart and put it back together again. The two share a comfortable life spent chatting about boys, playing board games, and ordering pizza just so Lily can bark at the delivery boy. But then the Octopus arrives and their simple little world begins to change. By turns hilarious and poignant, LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is a book you’ll never stop talking (and crying) about.
Leos are known for being bold and creative, and often, they've got a serious flair for the dramatic. That's why the world of Kevin Kwan's CRAZY RICH ASIANS is the perfect place for any Leo reader. Complete with mega-mansions, private planes, and every luxury imaginable, this novel is over-the-top at every turn. When American-born Rachel joins her boyfriend, Nick, on a trip home to Singapore, she learns that his family is fabulously wealthy and that he's one of Asia's most eligible bachelors.
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There's no sign more likely than diligent, analytical Virgo to appreciate the extraordinary work of EUPHORIA's Nell Stone—a fictional character inspired by revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead. In this novel, Nell and her husband, Fen, are hard at work, studying native tribes in remote villages of New Guinea. They meet Andrew Bankson, a lonely British anthropologist, and before long, an emerging love triangle threatens to unravel their work and their lives.
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The engine that propels this juicy, smart novel is desire—sexual and intellectual, essential and existential.
Libras are natural communicators: their love of balance inspires them to seek harmony wherever they go, looking to create peace and right wrongs in every situation. Emmy Lake of DEAR MRS. BIRD, a charming debut for fans of LILAC GIRLS, must be a Libra. When she takes a job at the London Evening Chronicle in the 1940s, she's disappointed to find out that renowned advice columnist Henrietta Bird throws away any letters containing "unpleasantness" (Sex, politics, and the war raging on around them are all off-limits). Emmy begins secretly writing letters back to the women, and her story shows us the incredible power of friendship and unconditional kindness.
Scorpios are known for their bravery—no matter the situation, leave it to the Scorpio in your life to be unafraid of challenging the status quo. This fierce energy is embodied by Starr Carter, the unforgettable heroine of Angie Thomas's THE HATE U GIVE. The novel follows Starr after she witnesses a police officer shoot and kill her (unarmed) childhood friend Khalil, and through her grief and confusion, she must do everything she can to preserve his legacy and fight for justice. Read this moving YA novel before the film adaptation hits theaters in October.
The passionate and adventurous Sagittarius will fall in love with the magical, ever-changing world of Alice Hoffman's THE RULES OF MAGIC. In this prequel to the beloved PRACTICAL MAGIC, we meet the three Owens siblings: practical Franny, beautiful and intuitive Jet, and Vincent, whose charm leads to just as much trouble as it does good fortune. From New York City in the tumultuous 1960s to the sleepy Massachusetts town where their family's mystical curse first began, this story is full of lovable characters who will tug at your heartstrings and twists that will keep you turning the pages quickly.
Discipline and personal responsibility are central values in a Capricorn's world—qualities that make for excellent students and teachers, and an appreciation for learning. This is why Tara Westover's incredible coming-of-age story will appeal to Capricorns in particular. In her memoir EDUCATED, Westover takes us through her upbringing with deeply religious, survivalist parents in the isolated mountains of Idaho. With no formal education until her late teens, Westover had to teach herself everything, slowly and painstakingly working her way toward admission to Brigham Young University. Now Westover holds degrees from both Harvard and Cambridge, and her memoir is an unforgettable read.
Many of an Aquarius's greatest strengths—they're intellectual, community-minded, and excellent problem solvers—lend themselves perfectly to humanitarian work. Give an idealistic Aquarius a copy of MAKE TROUBLE, the inspiring memoir by former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. For the first time, Richards opens up about her upbringing in ultra-conservative Texas, her "hell-raising" parents, her work as a labor organizer, and the sometimes incredible, sometimes heartbreaking journey that's defined her as an activist and a leader.
Because it's the final zodiac sign, Pisces is said to have learned the lessons of each sign before it, achieving deep wisdom and understanding of the world. This sentiment looms large in THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS, naturalist Sy Montgomery's deep dive into the complex mind of this misunderstood creature. Chronicling fascinating research and her own adventures in the field, Montgomery argues that the octopus, like the Pisces in our lives, has much to teach us about ourselves and others.
Explore the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature. After forming a friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus, Sy Montgomery traveled from New England aquariums to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico to pursue these wildly entertaining and profound shapeshifters.