There are a million ways to decide which book you should read next: by its cover, chart rating, word of mouth or even SparkNotes summary. Why not pick your next read based on your birth month alone? These 12 books come perfectly recommended by a (partially) qualified English Literature student and will suit your sun, moon and rising signs at any point in the retrograde.
Aries – Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
For the first sign of the zodiac, Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange is unquestionably the book you should read next. Having been banned in Britain for years due to its political controversy, this dark satire is sure to ignite the daredevil in you.
Taurus – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
This earth sign is amongst the most loyal and loving of all the zodiac. Despite this, their preoccupation with beauty and materialism is often seen to the forefront their life and relationships. Wilde’s classic combines and contrasts physical and internal beauty, something which a Taurus can learn from.
Gemini – Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The duality of the Gemini is categorised within Stevenson’s novel Jekyll and Hyde, a classic I am suggesting in order to teach you the possible dangers of your twin-like personalities. Your mercurial temperament has a tendency to stop those you love from getting close to you, and this didactic novel highlights the importance of controlling your dual self.
Cancer – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This novella takes your protective, homely personality to a whole new level as we see the protagonist isolating himself from the outside world. As the moonchild, your home is your beloved fortress – don’t allow yourself to find comfort in your isolation as Walden does.
Leo – Paula Hawkins, A Girl on the Train
As ruled by the sun, a Leo’s strength is rivalled only by the celestial body which controls it. Where they are also in touch with their emotions, I am suggesting Paula Hawkins’ novel A Girl on the Trainas the book you should read next. The perseverance and vigour required by our three female protagonists will undoubtedly speak to a Leo’s soul.
Virgo – Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret
As a sign exuding femininity itself, the book you should read next can only be one which sought for a female presence in a male-dominated Victorian period. Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret presents us with a sensitive yet critical character in the era’s most notable genre of sensation fiction. Liken yourself to our protagonist, though ideally without the bleakness of the ending.
Libra – Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Your struggle to balance life and make decisions will be made clear by the book you should read next. Kundera’s novel will break down your fascination with fairy tale romances and teach you the reality of love. The novel throws a multitude of ideas into contemplation and requires you to work on your balance of thought before changing your own lifestyle.
Scorpio – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
As the most sensual of the signs, it only makes sense to suggest Lolita as the book you should read next. As a water element, a Scorpio is intensely in connection with their emotions and understands the dark sides of love. Lolita exposes how love can be both dangerous and passionate.
Sagittarius – William Golding, Lord of the Flies
The solo adventurer within a Sagittarius is what will initially seem appealing about Golding’s notorious novel. However, I am proposing it in order to teach this natural born leader about the necessity of teamwork and collaboration. Without it, we see what Golding presents us with: a shocking presentation and warning against mankind’s innate animalistic savagery.
Capricorn – Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
As the most serious of the signs, it only makes sense for the book you should read next to further that innate determination and desire to self-improve at every chance. Manson’s book categorises as a self-help book without the condescension and with a little more reality. His novel works to help the Capricorn to loosen up, combining the usual seriousness of the genre with humour.
Aquarius – George Orwell, 1984
If you’re yet to give this a read, your knowledge-thirsty intellect could benefit from ticking a classic off your list of books you should read next. Orwell’s novel tracks one man’s battle for autonomy under an authoritarian big brother regime. This novel is one for the independent, nonconformist Aquarius who strives to change the world around them.
Pisces – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Pick up Coelho’s spiritual novel for the Pisces who is truly in connection with their emotions. The novel tracks the journey of a shepherd who receives spiritual guidance that entirely alters his life. Whilst you should get lost in the emotional pages of the novel, remember to stay grounded in the material realm of the real world.