Let the stars guide you to your next book.

Elizabeth Entenman
August 25, 2020
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Ecco, HarperTeen, Dutton

After one of the strangest summers on record, it feels good to switch gears to our true favorite season: fall. We’re looking forward to all the comforts of autumn, like watching the leaves change, eating pumpkin-flavored everything, and spending all afternoon with a great book. With so many good books to choose from, the hardest part is deciding what to read next. So turn to the stars, consult our fall book horoscope, and let your zodiac sign guide you toward the right title.

We consulted our astrologer Lisa Stardust for our fall book horoscope. Stardust is an avid reader and has a top-notch recommendation for what every sign should read as the season changes. Her suggestions below are a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that will speak to your sun sign. It’s time to light an autumnal candle, slip into your favorite sweatpants, and curl up on the couch under a cozy blanket with your next great read. Here’s the best fall book for you, based on your zodiac sign:

Simon Pulse

1

Welcome fall with a sweet YA novel that fans of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist will love. “This is a cute story about two people who compete with each other, but transform their relationship into a romance,” Stardust says. “Sound familiar to your personal love story, Aries?”

Shop it! $16.99, Amazon.com.

Amistad

2

Reading books by Black authors isn’t a trend; your reading list should be diverse today and every day. This collection includes eight of Zora Neale Hurston’s "lost" Harlem stories, found in archives nearly 100 years later. “This book will offer you an amazing and insightful look at history, your favorite topic—even making you feel like you’re there IRL,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $18.19, Amazon.com.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

3

If you still haven’t read this outstanding bestseller, now is the time. “You’re a true crime fanatic, as you like to analyze matters,” Stardust says. “This book will entice you as it offers you a deeper look at two intersecting and dualistic timelines.”

Shop it! $15.60, Amazon.com.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

4

Spend an afternoon with Edie, a twentysomething struggling artist who gets pulled into an open marriage. “Now, this is a book you can relate to, Cancer,” Stardust says. “It’s full of raw emotion and honesty—all of which you can totally relate to and understand.”

Shop it! $23.40, Amazon.com.

Dutton

5

14-year-old Adunni is on a search to find her ‘louding voice’—the confidence to speak up and make her own choices. But she faces adversity at every turn. “You like to dream big, which is why you’ll relate to the plot of this heartwarming book of a girl who wants a better education and is hopeful of her future,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $12.49 Amazon.com.

Harper

6

Escape reality for a bit and dive into an action-packed international spy thriller. “You live for a good spy novel,” Stardust says. “Your analytical mind will flip over this thrilling mystery that spans countries and continents.”

Shop it! $20.29, Amazon.com.

HarperTeen

7

Are you still reeling from the fact that you had to cancel your summer vacation? Live vicariously through 18-year-old Ever’s summer, where she spent clubbing, drinking, and breaking the rules with her peers in Taiwan. “A romance novel is your book of choice, which is why you’ll get swept away in the realistic yet whimsical love story this one offers,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $15.19, Amazon.com.

Graywolf Press

8

It’s no surprise that our fall book horoscope leads you to poetry, Scorpio. “This wonderful book of poetry discusses transformation, loss, love, and redemption—all of which your deep and desirous emotions can relate to,” says Stardust.

Shop it! $13.69, Amazon.com.

Ecco

9

Step aside, Sally Rooney, and make way for Naoise Dolan. “You will love this worldly romance novel that addresses many political topics, in which the main character is a teacher—your favorite profession of choice,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $18.99, Amazon.com.

Vintage

10

Wow, No Thank You. is Samantha Irby’s most hilarious, most brutally honest collection of essays yet. “This book represents your deadpan humor and will speak to your edgier sentiments, which is your lesser-seen scandalous side,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $12.79, Amazon.com.

MCD

11

Anna Wiener’s story of leaving New York to work at a startup in Silicon Valley will strike quite a few nerves with you. “You are an innovator by nature, which is why you’ll love reading about the ups and downs of working in the tech industry as a woman,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $18.49, Amazon.com.

Prestel

12

Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, you’ll delight in this collection of essays from writers including Aidy Bryant, Emma Straub, and Justina Blakeney. “As the mystical sign of the zodiac, you are able to relate to all beings on earth—even cats, AKA your familiar, which is why this book will warm your heart,” Stardust says.

Shop it! $15.49, Amazon.com.