Now that September is here, our brains are in FALL MODE. In other words, we’re fantasizing about cuddling up underneath a knit blanket, and reading while sipping some autumnal tea as the weather grows colder. But, what we’re most excited about: the reading part. Before we sort through countless bookstore shelves looking for those perfect fall reads, we thought we’d look to our zodiac signs for some help. Specifically, we’re working with the (incredibly talented) astrologer Chani Nicholas to get the job done. Now, let’s see what the stars classify as recommended reading…
If you could, you’d read a new book every single day. Because you have a thirst for knowledge like no other. Yet, when it comes to picking the perfect read, you want something that has a bit of heart to it. With these ideas in mind, you’ll likely fall in love with Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala. Your empathetic disposition will be drawn to this story filled with humanitarianism and hope, while your strong intellect will eat up Malala’s educational thoughts. Essentially, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds with this one.
Everything you accept into your life tends to have an artistic touch. As for the books you read whenever you get a chance, they are no exception. Every time you turn the page, you want to be able to appreciate the craft of writing. You want to be pulled into the story and don’t mind one bit if it appeals to your romantic nature. To specifically attend to your creative side, we’d highly recommend Rupi Kaur’s collection of prose about both love and loss: Milk and Honey. This work will surely appeal to your beautifully emotional nature.
Since your strengths come from your passion, your courage, and your enthusiasm, this means that you’re always looking for ways to be the very best you can be. After all, how else are you going to make your way to the top if you don’t have the knowledge to back it up? In other words: You’re not one to shy away from a self-help book – especially if it’s one like Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass (after all, you are? Aren’t you?). Though you already have the makings of a first-place leader, this novel aims to help you eliminate any behaviors that are currently preventing you from getting what you want.
While you occasionally enjoy a good beach read, your reading pleasure primarily lies in books that speak to your practical, responsible nature. Since you’re also A+ at starting and finishing projects, it sounds like Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up would be perfect for you. Not only will such a novel help you organize and simplify your life, it will also allow you to create a space that feels stable, which is exactly how you prefer to be. Plus, such a tidy home will be come in handy on those nights when your desire to entertain can’t be contained.
Books are your thing, so much so that you often have trouble deciding where to go the moment you enter a bookstore. Then again, that just might be your indecisive nature talking. With this in mind, you’re going to need an exceptionally great book that has the power to keep your attention. You’re going to need a work of literature that’s just as dynamic as you are – like The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Since so many people are talking about this book, your curiosity is piqued. And luckily, this is one psychological thriller that will take you on a literary journey.
Your empathy is extremely admirable, especially since your emotional nature allows you to use this trait in many different capacities. For instance, when reading a book, though the characters may be fictional, you tend to feel for them (and to feel as though you’re right there in their shoes). To help unleash this beautiful part of your personality, we’d highly recommend that you read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, a novel that follows four college classmates as they venture to New York in search of fortune. By the end, your loyalty will likely attach itself to such a stunning work of words.
You want to live the type of life that belongs on a stage, a life that’s full of passion and adventure. Thanks to your thirst for life, you believe anything is possible and have the cheerful outlook to prove it. That’s why you look up to public figures – like Amy Schumer – who aren’t afraid to express themselves in the name of doing what they love to do. As you can probably guess, we’re thinking that Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo will be perfect for you. Not only will it make you laugh, it may also inspire you to continue striving for your time in the spotlight.
No matter what you set out to do, you plan to do it with care. But literally – because you’ve likely planned everything out beforehand. As for picking out a new book to read, this activity is no exception. You’ll likely do your research (and price everything out) before you step into the bookstore. That’s exactly why you may gravitate toward a classic novel that will for sure be a good read. After all, you don’t want to take a risk and spend your hard-earned money on a random book that may just be terrible. One that definitely won’t be: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. This book has everything you could ever want – and it’s one you can always re-read to discover more.
In most cases, your gentle, diplomatic temperament guides you – which is why you enjoy books that make you smile and feel as though all is right with the world. In other words: You enjoy a great read that will transport you to another place, time, or even dimension. To keep you in this mindset for as long as possible, a series such as Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries would be right up your alley. It’s fun, relatable, and full of royal details that will attract your love of high-quality things. As a bonus, you can relish in the fact that Princess Mia gets her happy ending.
Your desire to get to the bottom of things as you seek out the truth is admirable – especially since you’re willing to do whatever it takes to attain the resources you need. Now, here’s a book that may pique your interest in mysteries that are waiting to be solved: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson. Since you are not a fan of dishonesty, you’d likely enjoy reading a book that reveals what happened to a member of one of history’s most famous families. Never heard of Rosemary Kennedy? Well, now’s your chance to uncover the truth as your dedication pushes you to follow through until the very last page.
Freedom is extremely important to you – especially when it comes to your ability to travel and philosophize about whatever’s on your mind. This is largely the case due to the fact that you don’t mind change, especially if it’s for the better. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem is one such book that has all of the above in it, combining everything you enjoy. Not only will you get to read about Steinem’s own travels (which will likely inspire your future journeys), you’ll also get to embrace your idealistic nature as you read about this icon’s work to make change for a brighter future.
More often than not, your practicality will lead you to choosing best-selling novels (because why would you spend your time or money on anything that’s sub-par?). At the same time, you’re not the type to shy away from anything with a touch of darkness or mystification – because your often pessimistic nature has, of course, prepared you for such things. Keeping this in mind, it seems that Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours would be a great choice for your next read. Not only will this book entice your intellect, it will also draw you in with its writerly craftsmanship.