Ah, the timeless love of horoscopes. Some people swear by them, others can’t believe that people live life by ‘em. But wherever you fall on the spectrum, there’s no denying it’s fun. Since horoscopes seem to sneak in by way of your fav online site, that zodiac-crazed friend, or that doctor’s office magazine, let’s put a book-worm twist on it: what books should each horoscope read in 2018?
Ariens are independent, positive, and friendly, but they can sometimes be a bit oversensitive. In 2018, read a story about someone who reacts to a crisis with a positive attitude and claiming their independence. We recommend First Rodeo by Judith Hennessey and Love Reconsidered by Phyllis J. Piano.
First Rodeo: When Kate leaves a cushy family business in the city, heads out to rural Wyoming, and meets a young cowboy who teaches her that age is not just a number, it’s an endless opportunity for firsts—in love, adventure, and answering her calling.
Love Reconsidered: A page-turning contemporary tale of how three memorable characters seek to rebuild their lives after betrayal and tragedy with the help of new relationships, loyal corgi dogs, home-cooked meals, and the ritual of football Sundays.
Taureans are patient, generous, loyal, and adventurous, but they can also be materialistic and obsessive. This year, indulge your materialistic and obsessive side in a healthy way; by living vicariously through the adventures of a character. We recommend reading Star-Craving Mad by Elise Miller and Hidden by Kelli Clare.
Star-Craving Mad: A middle-aged elite private elementary school teacher’s life changes when her celebrity fantasy becomes a reality.
Hidden: Desperate after discovering her family murdered, a small-town art teacher runs to England with a seductive foreigner in search of safety and answers in this relentless, sexy thriller—perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Ruth Ware.
Geminis are independent, but they are always search of something new, in constant need of stimulation. This year, read something short and attention-grabbing, packed with enough adventure to keep you stimulated, like a fantasy or thriller novel. Found by Emily Brett and Tree Dreams by Kristin Kaye may just be a perfect fit.
Found: Immerse yourself in life-changing adventures from a nurse’s perspective while experiencing the local color of countries around the world. Found will appear to not only medical professionals but those who are drawn to suspense, romance, adventure, and self-discovery.
Tree Dreams: In the often-violent battle between loggers and environmentalists that plagues seventeen-year-old Jade’s hometown in Northern California, she must decide whose side she’s on—but choosing sides only makes matters worse.
Cancerians are adaptable, loyal, caring, and reliable, but can also prone to mood swings. In 2018, read something with a character who is forced to adapt after tragedy. Their inner turmoil will likely resonate with you. Try Within Reach by Jessica Stevens and The Opposite of Never by Mary Kathleen Mehuron.
Within Reach: When 17-year-old Xander Hemlock dies, he finds himself trapped in a realm of darkness with thirty days to convince his girlfriend, Lila, that he’s not completely dead—even as Lila struggles with a host of issues of her own.
The Opposite of Never: Devastated by the loss of their spouses, Georgia and Kenny think that the best times of their lives are long over until they find each other; meanwhile Kenny’s teenage stepdaughter, Zelda, and Georgia’s friend’s son, Spencer, fall in love at first sight—only to fall prey to and suffer opiate addiction together.
Leos are confident, independent, generous to friends, affectionate, and loving, but they can also be melodramatic and crave praise and attention. This year, read a story about leaving the nest, friendship, and romance to inspire nostalgia for a simpler time. We recommend Forks, Knives, and Spoons by Leah DeCesare and The Frontman by Ron Bahar.
Forks, Knives, and Spoons: There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. Amy York takes this lesson from her father to college, analyzes it with her friends through romances and heartbreaks, and along the way, learns to believe in herself without tying her value to men.
The Frontman: During his senior year of high school, Ron Bahar—a Nebraskan son of Israeli immigrants—falls for Amy Andrews, a non-Jewish girl, and struggles to make a career choice between his two other passions: medicine and music.
Virgos are fiercely independent and highly analytical, but they can also be perfectionists and often have trouble finding life balance. In 2018, look for a book where a character struggles with life balance as well, to remind you that, although you’re independent, you’re not alone. We like The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall and The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda.
The Balance Project: A dual story line about a single working woman and a busy working mom of two exploring work/life balance.
The Goodbye Year: As a handful of parents and their children face the all-important senior year of high school—an intense time of change for the kids and their soon-to-be-empty-nest parents—the cracks beneath the surface of their seemingly perfect lives begin to appear.
Libras are always looking on the bright side, and they love doing new things, but they also need to be surrounded by people. Try reading something about a group of friends supporting each other this year. Gridley Girls by Meredith First and Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland are great stories about women caring for one another.
Gridley Girls: Examining the lives and relationships of four high school friends, Gridley Girls is a timeless story about loss, betrayal, and the bonds of friendship.
Trouble the Water: When a young woman travels from a British factory town to South Carolina in the 1840s, she becomes involved with a vigilante abolitionist and the Underground Railroad while trying to navigate the complexities of Charleston high society and falling in love.
No one is as determined, self-sufficient, or resourceful as a Scorpio. Read a book about a woman who is equally as badass, fictional or not, in 2018. We love A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere by Kris Radish and Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee to fit this bill.
A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere: When her husband is kidnapped by ruthless gold miners, frontier woman Briar Logan is forced to accept the help of an emotionally damaged young man and a famous female horse trainer. On her quest to save her husband, she discovers that adventures of the heart are almost as dangerous as tracking down lawless killers.
Girl with a Gun: When a series of crimes take place soon after fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, including the mysterious death of her Indian assistant, Annie fears someone is out to get her. With the help of a sassy, blue-blooded reporter, Annie sets out to solve the crimes that threaten her good name.
The least punctual of the zodiac, Sagittarians love adventure and are easy-going. This year, read something adventurous, with a healthy dose of time manipulation. While time travel stories would be more traditional, the magic that all but stops time in The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini and that allows two girls to swap places in time in But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh should pique your interest.
The Infinite Now: In flu-ravaged 1918 Philadelphia, the newly-orphaned daughter of the local fortune teller panics and casts her entire neighborhood into a bubble of stagnant time in order to save the life of the mysterious shoemaker who has taken her in. As the complications of the time bubble multiply, this forward-thinking young woman must find the courage to face an uncertain future, so she can find a way to break the spell.
But Not Forever: When identical fifteen-year-old girls are mysteriously switched in time, they discover the love that’s been missing in their lives. Torn, both want to go home, but neither wants to give up what they now have.
Capricorns like to do things on their own. They’re ambitious, goal-oriented, and can put aside their feelings, which makes them natural-born leaders. This year, keep your eyes on the prize with a book to match your new year’s resolution, like Quiet the Rage by R. W. Burke and Go Clean, Sexy You by Lisa Consiglio Ryan.
Quiet the Rage: Where there are people, there is conflict—but conflict divides people. Here, expert Certified Professional Coach R.W. Burke helps readers understand how conflict works, how they themselves may actually be the source of the conflict they’re experiencing in their lives, and, most important, how to stop being that source.
Go Clean, Sexy You: In addition to dishing out a collection of scrumptious recipes, Go Clean, Sexy You offers easy-to-follow instructions on how to live a healthier life—by eating whole foods, detoxing regularly, and managing stress.
Aquarians are smart, creative, and unconventional. They like to do as they please and love learning, but can sometimes be emotionally detached. This year, reconnect emotionally following the story of someone who defies the conventional life they’ve been living. We recommend The Year of Necessary Lies by Kris Radish and Just Like February by Deborah Batterman.
A Year of Necessary Lies: A great-granddaughter discovers her ancestor’s secrets—inspirational forays into forbidden love and the Florida Everglades at the turn of the last century.
Just Like February: Rachel Cohen loves her Uncle Jake more than anything. When she learns he’s gay, she keeps it under wraps, and when he gets sick, she doesn’t even tell her best friends—until she realizes that secrecy does more harm than good. A poignant coming-of-age story framed by the passions of the ’60s and the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s, Just Like February casts a fresh light on innocence lost.
A Pisces is a social creature, and needs support from their friends/family. They have excellent intuition and live by their gut-instinct. A story about someone honoring family traditions and going on an adventure that will force the protagonist to trust their gut will sit well with you this year. Blonde Eskimo by Kristen Hunt and Ocean’s Fire by Stacy Tucker will make for satisfying reading material.
Blonde Eskimo: Neiva Ellis is caught between worlds—Alaska and the lower forty-eight, white and Eskimo, youth and adulthood, myth and tradition, good and evil, the seen and unseen. Just initiated into one side of the family’s Eskimo culture, she must harness all her resources to fight an evil and ancient foe.
Ocean’s Fire: The year 2020 brings a great shift in gender power to the planet, and Skylar Southmartin is the key to it all.