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The Best Book for You, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Each of these dazzling new books captures the essence of a zodiac sign.

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The 12 signs of the zodiac have ancient origins, but their application is timeless. Like the best books of all time, they help express what it is to be human in all of its richness, complexity, and wonder. Which is why books based on zodiac signs can be some of the most insightful and inspiring you’ll ever read.

A book that represents your sign—one you identify with—can offer insight into your own unique experience. Reading fosters connection, whether you’re immersing yourself in the best self help books, best nonfiction books, or connecting with your favorite works by female authors to gain a new perspective.

How do you choose books based on zodiac signs? We spoke with two professional astrologers and writers, djenneba drammeh (whose naming convention is lowercase) and E.Y. Washington, who are also each current or former booksellers and coeditors for the forthcoming astrology anthology Mercury’s Brood. Read on to see how these astrologers describe 12 contemporary books and the ways they resonate with the zodiac signs. See which signs you vibe with most, and if you’re going gaga over the stars, check out the best astrology books to help you learn more about the topic.

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Aries (March 21–April 19): Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Follow a young Iranian bibliophile, Zebra, on an exuberant international trek in this funny and heartbreaking exploration of love and exile. Washington says the main character’s “impulsive, fiery pursuit of knowledge feels so specific to Aries.” Zebra’s love of literature carries her across multiple locations in a search that focuses inward and outward at once.

Washington describes the novel, which was published in 2018, as capturing the impulsive quality of Aries, a zodiac sign that visualizes and pursues at the same time. The brash and passionate Zebra, who styles herself as a “literary terrorist,” forges on despite extraordinary loss, capturing the fearless resolve of an Aries. If you love human stories, check out the best biographies.

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Taurus (April 20–May 20): Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Washington says Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle “reminds me of Ocean’s 11, but it’s a family.” You’ll find a tantalizing and delicious family saga that’s also a thriller evoking the pleasure and tenderness associated with Taurus. Published in 2021 and set during the 1960s, the novel follows an elite crime family and the inner workings of a big heist.

As an earth sign, Taurus will connect with the Venus archetype and associations with luxury, security, and a certain materialism. And yet the story isn’t about greed. “What [characters] hold on to in a period that’s so tumultuous for the African American family is each other,” explains Washington. Here are more great books by Black authors.

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Gemini (May 21–June 20): My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Though Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s short story and novella collection was published in 2021, it already has a Netflix movie deal. Her stories display a fierce agility in the ways they reckon with American racism, in part inspired by the author’s experience living in Charlottesville during the violent 2017 white supremacist riots there. The first story in the collection moves along with a cunningly crafted ease before a swift shift in the final pages. “I think a Gemini can appreciate twists and turns,” says drammeh.

Gemini is the sign known for quick-paced change and for being mercurial—a term that comes from Gemini’s planetary ruler, Mercury, also known for being a trickster. According to drammeh, short stories are appropriate for this communicative, intellectual sign. Find more great reads with the best historical fiction books.

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Cancer (June 21–July 22): The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Book of Form and Emptiness, published in 2021, is told from the perspective of a child whose father dies and whose mother begins to hoard excessively. Washington says the book will resonate with Cancers because, like the main character, people born under this sign tend to put the world in order in the midst of emotion. The protagonist “is able to navigate this great ocean of grief,” says Washington. “It’s such a beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful novel because it gives children the agency with which to navigate some really heavy things.” Cancers, often described as changing and shifting, synthesize emotions by moving with grief, not away from it. Browse this list for more sad books.

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Leo (July 23–August 22): Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante

Hazel Jane Plante’s innovative, wholly delightful LGBTQ+ book debuted in 2019. Washington explains that it conveys the “fire of being witnessed,” which feels like a poignant representation of Leo. The story follows a queer trans woman who makes sense of her grief over the death of a close friend by creating an encyclopedia.

The novel’s creative structure intermixes narrative with entries about a TV show, Little Blue, as a way to explore the relationship between the two women. The structure offers layers of witnessing a person for who they are, which conveys Leos’ warmth and their “big ways of showing up,” says Washington, who calls it “a beautiful, very funny, and heartwarming look into a character in a fullness that is still considerate and uncompromising in how they exist in the world.”

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Virgo (August 23–September 22): Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People is a book that is as mutable—that is to say, as adaptable—as Virgo itself,” explains drammeh. “It’s powerful, heady, sexy, and dark, and I loved it.” Virgo is known for its mercurial, exacting nature, one that shows up in the two main characters, who can’t seem to communicate despite having so much to say.

Published in 2019, it’s a close look at the anxious, codependent relationship between two type A personalities as they navigate through high school, college, and beyond. “Sally Rooney is such an interior writer,” says drammeh of the Irish author. “She’s able to get into the heart-brain of things in a way that is startling.”

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Libra (September 23–October 22): Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

“Libra has a rep of being kind to a fault,” says drammeh of the most polite zodiac sign. You might think selecting books based on zodiac signs that match with charming, flirtatious, airy Libra wouldn’t include this best-selling work of literary nonfiction about desire and dissatisfaction. But drammeh begs to differ.

Published in 2019, the book follows the sexual lives of three different women, each involved in variant affairs, without passing judgement. In connecting the themes to Libra, drammeh says, “I’m thinking about the violence of accommodation that women are subjected to very early and very often.” Libras often consider others first, and Three Women explores what such accommodation can look like when it goes unchecked.

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21): Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

There’s an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition quality to this water sign, which Washington says is about both renovation and elimination. Not all novels based on zodiac signs are as intense or as powerful as this one, but that’s Scorpio for you.

Torrey Peters’ acclaimed best seller debuted in 2021, and Washington calls it “a stunning novel about how we might renovate and eliminate this notion of motherhood, childhood, and womanhood in a really spectacular way.” With prose that’s both funny and emotional, Detransition, Baby follows three women—two transgender, one cisgender—who find themselves connected by an unplanned pregnancy. You can pick up the print version, but this is also one of the best audiobooks to listen to right now.

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21): Luster by Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani’s debut novel crackles with virtuoso, slam-bang wit and charm. Luster, published in 2020, is told through the eyes of 23-year-old, Edie, a Black woman in a dead-end office job who ends up having an affair with a much, much older white man. As drammeh explains, Edie “has a deep hunger to experience . . . a hunger for difference, a hunger beyond her own tiny world.”

Compared to the other books based on zodiac signs, novels that speak to fiery Sagittarius should brim with ambition and a dazzling openness, in both style and content. Luster presents “an expansive, adventurous desire,” says drammeh. “There’s a sense of wonder, and chasing that feels very central to the Sagittarius archetype.” Luster is in development as a TV show for HBO; as you wait for its premiere, check out the best romance novels of all time.

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Capricorn (December 22–January 19): 100 Boyfriends by Brontez Prunell

Read 100 Boyfriends to glimpse the tenderness beneath what can feel terse and immovable. Published in 2021, this literary tour de force is a nonlinear depiction of the narrator’s encounters with various and variously defined boyfriends. “[It] speaks to the way in which we glorify certain kinds of relationships over others and the way we make routines about that,” Washington says. “When you’re queer and marriage doesn’t feel like a practice that was made for you, what does that say about love relationships?”

Choosing books based on zodiac signs gives you an opportunity to go beyond stereotypes of the signs. Take Capricorn, for instance. The Saturn-ruled sign is conventionally thought of as unyielding—even cold and distant. But as Washington explains, there’s a rich tenderness beneath Capricorn’s hard surface. It’s a theme that shows up in the book’s poetics of intimacy and sharing. It’s a short book, but it packs a lot of emotion between its pages.

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Aquarius (January 20–February 18): Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Washington describes Mostly Dead Things as a “dark, comical novel about what happens when you’re thrust into responsibility.” Set in Miami, it follows Jessa, who tries to keep the family taxidermy business afloat after her father’s sudden passing. Washington says it “speaks to how we can be a family amidst all of our issues and problems and still navigate love and loss and stay together.”

Kristen Arnett’s acclaimed debut novel, published in 2019, focuses on themes of structure, understanding, and action-oriented invention, which are central to the sign of Aquarius. In recommending books based on zodiac signs, Washington considered how deeper themes might connect with each sign. Case in point: This book is Aquarian in the ways it examines whether the ends justify the means. Keep laughing with the funniest books of all time.

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Pisces (February 19–March 20): In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Told through short, imaginative, sometimes fantastical chapters, In the Dream House, published in 2020, is technically a memoir, so it’s grounded in a true story about same-sex abuse and a break-up. According to drammeh, it’s “perfectly beautiful and terrifying” as it recounts “a relationship as though it were a house of horrors—in a way that only a water sign could truly articulate.”

Pisces, a water sign associated with Jupiter and Neptune, is known for deep sensitivity and boundless imagination. As drammeh describes it, this “intoxicating” book is like Jupiter in the way it’s “expansive in where it allows itself to go” and like Neptune because “it dissolves boundaries . . . and this book feels boundless.”

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Molly Pennington, PhD
Molly is a writer and professional astrologer with a PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She covers the zodiac, books, movies, TV, and culture for RD.com. She loves puns, puzzles, people, the planet Mars, and philosophizing.