Hello and welcome to a post where I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about!
That’s right, today I’m here to talk about astrology stuff when in reality I barely know what all my own zodiac sign entails. Look, as a kid I enjoyed reading horoscopes but even then it was more of a game for me. So yes, my knowledge on this topic is non-existent.
But some time ago I saw my friend Shruti do a post on Zodiac Signs as Romance Novels Trope and I caved. It seemed like a fun idea and it’s not like I couldn’t find a million sources for zodiac signs on Google.
Literally the first site I clicked on gave me everything I needed and that has never happened before…
Anyway, my point here is, I’m not an expert here, I just wanted to have some fun and recommend books by Asian authors! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started with the onslaught of recommendations 🙂
Asian Book Recommendations for Zodiac Signs
Aries love to be number one. They are bold and ambitious, dive headfirst into any challenging situations. But they also get frustrated by exhaustive details and unnecessary nuances, which is something I particularly avoid in novels. Hard relate.
For this sign I chose a book with a character they can resonate with, someone who looks at crazy, insane situations and just bravely runs towards it. The Poppy War by R.F Kuang is such a masterpiece with a main character that everyone loves. Rin is such a fierce and ambitious girl, she will literally stop at nothing to get what she wants. I’m continuously shocked at the bold and insane decisions she makes and like how is she still fucking alive, I would have died a hundred times. While The Poppy War is a thic book the journey is definitely worth it, what with the plot building and the excellent character arc Rin goes through. Every detail, nuance and sub-plot has its place which is why I feel an Aries will particularly enjoy reading this one.
“Great danger is always associated with great power. The difference between the great and the mediocre is that the great are willing to take the risk.”
Taureans tend to enjoy relaxing in serene environments surrounded by soft sounds and soothing aromas. They feel most content when pampered but they aren’t afraid to work hard. Taureans are ambitious, focused, resilient, stubborn and loyal as heck. This is my sign and damn it’s spot on. I literally can’t get anything done without my music and candles.
Since Taureans gravitate towards comfort I decided to pick a relaxing and light read. Something that’s comfortable and enjoyable and doesn’t need to be analysed or deciphered. I feel like the whole universe knows at this point that I would 100% recommend The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park for this. It’s honestly such a light, fun and quick read about zombies, escape rooms and a survival contest sprinkled with some romance. You honestly won’t even realise where the time goes, it’s such an immersive experience 🙂
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Gemini are seen as playful and intellectually curious plus they are always juggling a variety of passions, hobbies, careers, and friend groups. (This might also be me minus the friends groups. Lol, what friends?) They’re social butterflies and can talk to anyone about anything. Gemini also have short attention spans and are most satisfied when they can move fluidly from one idea to the next.
Short attention spans, huh? Well I better recommend a shorter book then. One that immediately comes to mind is Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki. This is a gorgeous graphic novel which quickly grabs your attention with the captivating art and the intriguing storyline. Also, Lara Dean is certainly a bit of a social butterfly so that might be another thing Geminis may like!
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“Have faith in yourself to know what’s right for you. Whatever answer you need, it’s inside you somewhere.”
Cancers are highly intuitive and sensitive to their environments as well as extremely self-protective. At first you may think they are cold or distant but with time they reveal their gentle nature, genuine compassion, and mystical capabilities. Cancers care deeply about their families and are quick to adopt caregiver roles. I’m just looking at this description and then looking at my sister who’s a Cancer and outright laughing cause it’s so off, LOL.
Anyway, if this description fits for you then I would recommend An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Apart from the fact that it’s an insanely brilliant book that will blow your mind, it also has Elias who I feel fits perfectly into the Cancer description. He comes off as a scary, cold warrior but he’s actually a sweetheart once you get to know him and very hell-bent on protecting everyone around him, especially Laia. And of course he cares deeply for his family and loved ones, ahem maybe not all of his family but that’s not his fault.
“When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible, to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.”
Leos are vivacious, theatrical, and passionate. They love the drama and the drama loves them. Leos love to bask in the spotlight and celebrate themselves. These lions are natural leaders and are known for their stability, loyalty, and consistency. They are dedicated friends and lovers who put their hearts into every relationship.
I’m not one for a lot of drama or theatrics but I know one book that would be perfect for this sign. Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman is a book filled with ups and downs and all sorts of new changes which will keep you engaged at all times. Also it’s literally set around circuses so that’s all the theatrics and drama you could ask for. This is also a book about mental health and family, friendship and love are core to the book. Truly, Leos can’t ask for a more perfect book.
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“I love the circus. I love the mystery, and the wonder, and the way every act transports my soul into another dimension. I love the way it makes me feel as if the world is in reverse and upside down all at once–like there’s starlight beneath my feet and the ocean above my head, and every impossible dream can come true with a single whisper.”
Virgos are logical, practical, and systematic in their approach to life. They are perfectionists at heart and aren’t afraid to improve their skills through diligent and consistent practice. Virgos want to help by nature. They are kind, gentle, and supportive friends and lovers who use their intellect and resourcefulness to solve everyone’s problems.
Don’t we all need a Virgo in life to solve our problems? Ahem, but back on track, a book that I would like to recommend for Virgos is Shhh! Don’t Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta. It‘s a very well-written and practical book about mental health. It includes true stories and factual information and debates around mental health backed with actual facts rather than emotionality. I loved how the author didn’t beat around the bush and addressed myths around mental health, gently but firmly discarding the myths after giving logical reasoning and proof. I’m sure this is a book most Virgos will truly appreciate.
“Criticize me, criticize my work but do so with the support of credible research or sound logic. It is not criticism that scares me, but destructive power of time that does.”
Libras are obsessed with symmetry and strive to create equilibrium in all areas of life. They adore high art and intellectualism and like to create environments that reflect their exquisite tastes. They love harmonious partnerships with fashionable mates, especially those who make attractive arm candy. But they struggle with focusing to much on physical appearance of people and things and also with indecision.
Hmm, indecision and aesthetic beauty you say… a good read for Libras would be Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. You’ve probably already seen the movie but hello, the book is better. The lavish and luxurious lives of the Young family is certain to attract Libras and of course high class is all that seems to matter to the Young family. But we also have poor Rachel who is thrust into this crazy family and faces quite a decision to make. We also have the lovely Astrid who got way less screen time in the movie but has a beautiful story of her own, filled with important choices to make.
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action. If you do nothing, you’ll be sending a clear message: that you’re stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier.”
(I’m so tempted to include like ten gifs here… god I need a rewatch
Scorpios simply know what they want and aren’t afraid to work hard and play the long game to get it. Their enigmatic nature makes them seductive and they know it. On a good day, Scorpion energy is ambitious and enticing. But catch them on a bad day and you’ll see someone fueled by a relentless desire for control.
I was honestly at a loss for this in the beginning but I feel like Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean would be a great pick for Scorpios. Our main character Mari has literally been training all her life to become the empress, she will stop at nothing to get there. It’s just a beautifully written and atmospheric fantasy which gives you hunger games vibes but is actually so much more! Strong female characters, honor and repression, outcasts and so many plot twists!
“You should want to be better for yourself, not for someone else.”
Sagittarians are always on a quest for knowledge. They are fueled by wanderlust and can be found traversing all corners of the world on thrill-seeking expeditions (rip to Sagittarians for 2020 and 2021). Sagittarians are excellent storytellers and can light up any room with their exhilarating tales and infectious laughter. Effortlessly magnetic, they easily attract friends and lovers with their sense of humor.
Sounds like being a Sagittarius is an extremely fun ride! Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is a book about traveling back in time through a café. There are a lot of rules to it though, the main one being that the traveler must be back before the coffee gets cold. Not only do we cover wanderlust here, all of the characters seek knowledge or closure, which is why they want to go back in time. This is a beautiful concept and execution and I’m sure it will prove to be a fun read!
“At the end of the day, whether one returns to the past or travels to the future, the present does not change.”
Capricorns tap into their inner strength and overcome whatever stands between them and their long-term goals. They don’t let anything distract them from getting ahead! They may seem a bit conservative and restrained at first but Capricorn’s closest friends and lovers know that these sea goats love to party.
I’m honestly going solely on the prompt of party for this one and I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee sure does have enough dancing and singing for a Capricorn’s taste! Like a Capricorn, the main character Skye just want to become a plus-sized K-pop star and she won’t let anything stop her, not her family, not the judgement from everyone and not even the fatphobic judges.
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Every Aquarian is a rebel at heart. They despise authority and anything that represents conventionality. Free-spirited and eccentric, Aquarians have offbeat fashion sensibilities, unusual hobbies, and nonconformist attitude. Aquarius can have a bit of a stubborn streak but they enjoy teamwork and participating in communities of like-minded individuals.
I could literally recommend so many books that have rebellion at its heart but I would especially like to shout out this underrated fantasy book called Hunted By The Sky by Tanaz Bhathena. I honestly keep screaming what a masterpiece this is! It’s a book about a girl born to bring down the kingdom, rebelling against the rulers in place who kill every girl born with a star birthmark. Ahem, this is so freaking atmospheric, just trust me. Once you start reading you won’t be able to keep this book down!
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“Weakness is not always a terrible thing. It can be used as a shield to hide your true strength.”
And last but not the least, we have Pisces. They are the most psychic, empathetic, and compassionate people and with such immense sensitivity, can easily become swallowed by emotions. Pisces effortlessly adapts to their surroundings. They are visionaries and make incredible artists and creatives. Kind and gentle, they’re invigorated by shared experiences of music and romance.
Wow, I definitely relate with some of these Pisces traits. When you’re being empathetic to others and taking on the stress of everyone around you there is certainly a need for some self-care. How about Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill? It’s a poetry collection that talks about trauma and healing and sounds like a much needed edition for a Pisces’ bookshelf.
“Whole constellations disappear
in the blink of an eye leaving
just stardust in their wake.
What makes you believe
that your soul’s journey,
your soul’s evolution will
be any less painless?”
What is your zodiac sign? Do you agree with my recommendation for you?
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?
Are you an astrology enthusiast or a cynic or somewhere in between?