With so many amazing books being published every year, it can be difficult to decide what to read next. Luckily, we’ve made it a little bit easier for you: based on your zodiac sign, this list provides a fantastic book recommendation for you! Most of the books on this list are novels, although there are a few exceptions. If you’ve already read the book listed for your sign, be sure to check your rising sign, too!
Aries: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The perfect book for a bold, confident, and dynamic Aries is Good Omens. If the title sounds familiar, that may be because this book was recently adapted into a television series. The story of Good Omens centers on a book of prophecies that reveals that the world will end very, very soon. Of course, the end of the world is part of some divine master plan, and so the forces of good and evil are forced to work together to make sure the apocalypse happens the way it’s supposed to. Good Omens is full of outlandish events, interesting characters, and a good amount of humor, and should be ideal for the Aries zodiac sign.
Taurus: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Taurus sign is characteristically warmhearted, level-headed, and serene. As such, they’ll definitely be able to appreciate the longest book on this list: A Little Life. Coming in at just over seven-hundred pages, this book is immersive, in-depth, and drawn-out. The character development and artful plot progression are stunning; for this book, Hanya Yanagihara has won all sorts of awards for her writing and storytelling. The genre is literary fiction, so there aren’t any fantastical elements to it, but that doesn’t stop this book from being one of the most impactful stories of the decade. If you’re interested in reading this book, it’s worthwhile to take a look at potential trigger warnings, since a central component of this story is trauma.
Gemini: Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Geminis are known for being versatile, clever, and witty, and so the perfect book for this zodiac sign is Dare Me. This is a young adult mystery novel that centers around a morally gray cheerleading squad. When one of the girls dies, police launch an investigation on the cheerleading squad and their coach; likewise, the protagonist of this story gets caught up in a web of secrets and lies. Dare Me explores the darkness of a group of teenage girls and provides insightful commentary on adolescence as a whole. If you’re looking for a thrilling and dark story to read, Dare Me is definitely it.
Cancer: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar is a remarkable classic novel from the esteemed poet, Sylvia Plath. This will be the perfect book for the emotional and imaginative Cancer. The Bell Jar follows the young adulthood of a girl named Esther and explores her experience with mental illness as she interns for a magazine in New York. The plot of this story actually parallels Sylvia Plath’s own experience as a young intern in New York, struggling deeply with mental illness. If you aren’t comfortable with reading about mental illness, you might want to look up trigger warnings before reading this book.
Leo: Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Leo zodiac sign is known for being creative and vivacious. A book that should resonate with them is Just Kids by the famous musician, Patti Smith. This is the only nonfiction book on this list, but Patti Smith’s writing style and immersive narration give this book the same enthralling quality as an actual novel. Even if you don’t listen to Patti Smith’s music, this book is still a fantastic read for anyone who’s pursuing a creative lifestyle or wants to learn more about the 60s music scene. It’s a beautifully written memoir that’s inspiring and powerful.
Virgo: Labyrinths by Jorges Luis Borges
The perfect book for the Virgo zodiac sign is actually a collection of shorter works: Labyrinths. Jorges Luis Borges is one of the best writers when it comes to speculative fiction, short stories, and philosophical literature. What’s more, he’s recognized as being one of the most influential figures in modern literature. He primarily wrote short stories, essays, and poems, and Labyrinths presents a collection of short stories and essays that represent the ingenuity of his work. There’s no way to accurately describe the range of stories in Labyrinths, but one thing’s for certain: every piece of writing in this collection is absolutely brilliant and mind-blowing. As a Virgo who has an appreciation for both logic and creativity, you’ll definitely resonate with Borges’s masterful storytelling.
Libra: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Libras tend to be charming, idealistic, and romantic. Because of this, the perfect book for Libras is The Secret History. This acclaimed novel is set at a prestigious New England college and follows a group of eclectic and eccentric students who study classics and take on questionable moralities. If you’re looking for a book that’s equal parts philosophical, artistic, dark, and enthralling, The Secret History should be a great fit for you. This novel is grandiose, in-depth, and mysterious; the characterization, plot progression, and attention to detail are quite different than what you might be used to, and you’re bound to fall in love with Donna Tartt’s writing style.
Scorpio: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Scorpios are passionate, energetic, and determined, and for that reason, The Handmaid’s Tale should be an appealing book for this sign. Right now, it’s quite possible that The Handmaid’s Tale is more popular than ever, and that’s partially because the book has been adapted into an extremely successful television series. This story is set in a dystopian world in which women no longer have any rights — they live to serve men, either by performing wifely duties, working as maids, or being forced to participate in reproductive “ceremonies.” Margaret Atwood paints a harrowing picture of the future, but also presents a cast of characters that are driven, persevering, and relentless, which Scorpios will probably appreciate.
Sagittarius: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Sagittarius sign is curious, intuitive, and adventurous. As such, The Haunting of Hill House should be a fantastic match. Once again, this title might seem familiar, because a successful Netflix adaptation recently came out. The television show and the book are quite different, so it’s worthwhile to dive into each of the stories. The book follows a young woman who travels to a haunted house alongside a few other eccentric people. It’s their job to record any paranormal occurrences that happen while they’re there. This story is unnerving and disorienting, but Shirley Jackson’s beautiful writing style helps to make this book thoroughly enjoyable.
Capricorn: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
If you’re an ambitious and disciplined Capricorn, Fates and Furies should be on your radar. This novel centers around a young newlywed couple who share a rather complex life. Each of them desires a creative career, and because of this, they show characteristics like ambition, grandiosity, and a penchant for drama. The story alternatives between their two perspectives, which wonderfully illustrates the complexity of their lives and the distinct individuality they still hold.
Aquarius: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
The Aquarius sign is known for being imaginative, creative, and philosophical. A fantastic book that matches these qualities is If We Were Villains. It’s a recent release, and because of that, it’s still highly underrated. The story follows a group of college students who attend a prestigious arts college and study Shakespeare. The dynamics within this friend group are increasingly complex and disconcerting, and when combined with the skillful characterization of this book, the story quickly becomes impossible to put down. If you have an appreciation for drama, mystery, morally ambiguous characters, or Shakespeare, you’ll probably become obsessed with this book.
Pisces: White Oleander by Janet Fitch
People with the Pisces sign are often kind, idealistic, and intuitive. The perfect book for these daydreamers is White Oleander. This beautiful novel tells the story of a young girl and her mother throughout their increasingly complicated lives. It considers topics such as motherhood, family, identity, self-discovery, passion, and so much more. Even though this book spans several years, it’s an incredibly quick read, since the story is so enthralling. If you’re looking for a new literary fiction novel to love, this would be a great place to start!