Books to Read Based on Your Zodiac Sign

January 22, 2019 by Mandy Bayrami

We consulted the stars (internet) and our shelves to bring you book recommendations based (sort of) on your zodiac sign.

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Jan 20 - Feb 18

Climate Chaos: Ecofeminisms and the Land Question
edited by Ana Isla (Inanna Publications)



The high-minded idealists who believe in equality and social justice above all will find appeal in Ana Isla's Climate Chaos. This volume analyzes the dynamics of patriarchy and capitalism, making note of how the capitalist-patriarchal framework is destructive on many levels and how climate change is exacerbating our existing social inequalities and political conflicts. Aquarians know the personal is always political.




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Feb 19 - March 20

Amateurs at Love by Patricia Young (Goose Lane Editions)



As one of the most romantic signs of the zodiac, Pisces will embrace the poetry in Patricia Young's Amateurs at Love, a collection "for anyone who has experienced the highs and lows of love and wants to know they are not alone." From pangramic love songs to prose poems, Amateurs at Love uncovers the layers of human relationship and interrogates love in a fresh, bold voice.




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March 21 - April 19

A Place You'll Never Be by Rick Hillis (Coteau Books)



These courageous adventurers like to push their limits in all sorts of ways. That's why Rick Hillis's posthumously-published novel A Place You'll Never Be will be the literary adventure ride that will keep pace with on-to-go Aries. In it, five soon-to-be-released inmates and their guard set off on a canoe trip in Northern Saskatchewan to prepare them for life outside prison. What takes place is an action-packed meditation on the lengths people go to survive.




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April 20 - May 20

  Beyond Control by Lawrence Verigin (Promontory Press)



Of all the zodiac signs, reliable, patient Taurus is the one you'll most find steadfastly relishing a trilogy like Lawrence Verigin's award-winning Dark Seed trilogy. These riveting ecological thrillers follow a disillusioned journalist and the grieving daughter of a murdered scientist to an explosive conclusion in the final book Beyond Control.



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May 21 - June 20

Twin Studies by Keith Maillard (Freehand Books)



The intertwined stories between three sets of twins in a novel that author Jen Sookfong Lee calls "deliberately written, fiercely inventive, and unflinching" is a sure bet for the dual-personality Gemini. Set in the contradictory world of West Vancouver, this is an epic novel about wealth and class, gender and identity that will appeal to the curious, inquisitive Gemini who's always ready to learn.




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June 21 - July 22

In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo (Wolsak & Wynn)



Family comes first for loyal cancer just like it does for devoted dad Henry Robinson in Claire Tacon's In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo. Promising his daughter Starr, born with Williams Syndrome, a happy fulfilling life, sees Henry going to animatronic lengths to do just that, (including repairing an animatronic band that Starr loves and taking her on a road trip), and learning to give his daughter more independence.




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July 23 - August 22

Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman (Arsenal Pulp Press)



As the Queen Bee (and drama kween) of the zodiac, Leo might find appeal in Sarah Schulman's award-winning Conflict Is Not Abuse, an incisive but accessible look at conflict, power relations, group dynamics, social responsibility, and how we overstate harm and close down communication. Just as relevant now as it was in 2016.




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August 23 - September 22

Zara's Dead by Sharon Butala (Coteau Books)



Hyper attention to detail is the Virgo way making them a sleuth-y detective at heart. Between the pages of Sharon Butala's Zara's Dead, Virgo will be swept up in the murder mystery of Zara Stanley who Fiona Lychenko, a 60-something amateur sleuth, aims to solve.




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September 23 - October 22

This Poem Is a House by Ken Sparling (Coach House Books)



Like Pisces, Libra is a romantic at heart who appreciates love and art in all its forms. Ken Sparling's This Poem Is a House—a novel in verse—sees boy, an eccentric poet and girl, a loving partner, fall in love, get married, and deal with tragedy all while girl plays shelter to boy's poetry.




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October 23 - November 22

Primrose Street by Marina L. Reed (Blue Moon Publishers)



No one can keep a secret quite like Scorpio or the characters in the quiet, rural town of Primrose Street. The dark underbelly of this clandestine community where only trees know the secrets will strike a chord with Scorpio's own seeming-ly cloak-and-dagger way of life.




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November 22 - December 21

Travel Is So Broadening by Wasela Hiyate (Quattro Books)



The ever-curious jetsetters of the zodiac, Sagittarius collects passport stamps instead of knick-knacks. And because they can be a little impatient, Wasela Hiyate's debut short story collection Travel Is So Broadening will offer literary bites on the go. In a series of ten well-crafted narratives, this collection explores the ways in which travel is a catalyst for self-discovery. Something Sagittarius will agree with.




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December 22 - January 19

A Feast of Science by Dr. Joe Schwarcz (ECW Press)



Responsible, practical Capricorn has no time for myths parading as facts. That's why Dr. Joe Schwarcz's A Feast of Science might appeal to their practical spirit as it dissects and demystifys relevant and popular scientific curiosities like whether "chemical" means toxic, natural products and good health, secret cancer cures, and more.



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