- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 26 October 2016
- Written by COURTNEY BUELL | CLUB AND GREEK EDITOR
Horoscopes have been advising people for centuries on their love lives, finances, and lifestyle choices. While many say that astrology is a pseudoscience and that really any of the zodiac signs can apply to one’s life if they didn’t know which one was specific to them, there is one thing that is true about horoscopes, and that is that they are entertaining and have a mystical characteristic. Since each individual falls under a zodiac sign, they have likes and interests that are specific to only their sign. That being said, what could be a perfect way to recommend a book than based on an individual’s zodiac.
There are so many popular books out there today that it becomes really tough to choose what to read. However, with guidance from the zodiac, choosing the right book becomes easy.
Aries are often daring, adventurous risk-takers who enjoy exploring. A great read for people born under this sign would be Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. The story follows a college graduate that gets rid of his material possessions and identity to live off the land in the wilderness of Alaska.
Taurus, which consists of people who are patient, loving, and kind. They enjoy comfort and like when things stay the same. A book fitting for a Taurus would be Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. A Taurus would love the rich romance and scenery of a depression-era circus, and the deep connection the main character has with a particular pachyderm with a winning personality.
Geminis’ have a very versatile personality and wish to explore. They are witty, intellectual, and energetic. A great classic for a Gemini would be J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield’s commentary on the adult world around him is witty and insightful and told from a jaded yet youthful character. A Gemini might identify with this character and story very well.
Cancers’ are the most compassionate of all the zodiac signs. They appreciate comfort and intimacy, so it makes sense that good pick for them would be Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James. Deeply sensual and emotional, the story follows a young women’s descent into the world of BDSM. In turn, she learns what she’s made of, and who she really is. A Cancer will feel for her, cheer her on, and enjoy every minute of it.
Leos’ are noble, warm-hearted, generous, and tend to be open-minded and thirsting for more experiences outside of the norm. A perfect novel for a Leo would be Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. A woman realizes she is unhappy with her current life and embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment through traveling, eating, and experiencing other people’s faiths and ways of life. A Leo will be thrilled with the idea of journeying and experiencing something bigger than one’s self.
Virgos’ are smart, sensible, and modest. They appreciate fact rather than fiction and also appreciate organization. Alyssa Cosentino, a junior psychology major and Virgo, says, “A book that I’ve really enjoyed would be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.” A 15 year- old boy with a condition seeming to be on the autism spectrum sees the world in a very detailed and unique way in this story, and its organization and structure make it perfect for a Virgo.
Libra’s are romantic, social, charming, and principled. They appreciate a balance of things. A Libra would enjoy Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow, which is an electric biography on the founding father. The book is the basis for the hit Broadway Musical Hamilton, and explores themes of romance; love of country, adventure, and of course drama.
Scorpio’s are deeply passionate and powerful, as well as compelling. A novel that embodies these traits very well is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The story is gritty and sensual, exploring the broken relationships of strangers all tied together by one missing woman. The story is full of passion, mystery, and power-struggle, and a Scorpio will not be able to put it down. Senior education major and Scorpio, Meaghan Wheeler, says,” I love books that make me think and feel and it was hard to put this book down.”
Sagittarius’ are free spirits who are philosophical and fun-loving. They wish to know the world and to make difference, which is why Mitch Albom’s The Five People you Meet in Heaven is perfect. An elderly man dies and looks back on his life and the relationships and impacts he’s made. This story is deeply philosophical on life and death, and perfectly depicts the joys in life and why it shouldn’t be wasted.
Capricorns’ are quiet, patient, and wish to be successful in life. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown is an inspiration and instructional but also incredibly humorous. A Capricorn will really appreciate it and probably follow the steps listed in the book.
Dr. Mihaela Moscaliuc, an assistant professor of English shared her favorite read, “I am a Capricorn and my favorite book is Zoli by Colum McCann.”
Aquarius’ are friendly and fiercely independent. They want to be successful and will work hard to obtain it. That is why #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso is a wonderful novel for someone yearning for success.
Pisces’ are sympathetic, emotional, imaginative, and selfless. They fear that being alone and enjoy being connected. A great book for a Pisces would be Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, which explores the power of poetry and focuses on the sweetness that exists in life’s most bitter moments.
Selecting a novel based off of your zodiac sign will ensure that you will be fully invested in your next read. So, let astrology guide you during your next trip to Barnes & Noble.
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