7 Engaging Books for the Quick Witted Gemini

It’s Gemini time! To honor of this fun-loving sign, we’re bringing you a septet of wonderful book recommendations!

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What’s not to love about us Geminis? We’re stellar communicators, witty, intelligent, and always looking for something new to try. We adapt easily to our surroundings and are constantly curious about the world around us. I have a great list of stupendous books for a curious Gemini to devour.

My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

Geminis are known for being the life of the party and are always down to try something new. We love a good adventure, even if it comes when we least expect it, as it did for Chinese-American teenager Iris Wang, who found a surprise adventure when her parents sent her to Beijing for the summer.

'My Summer of Love and Misfortune' by Lindsay Wong book cover showing a young woman lying down with a pair of sunglasses in hand.

Iris has had a bad summer start: her boyfriend cheated, she didn’t get accepted into any colleges, she doesn’t know who she is or what she wants to do, and she struggles with her identity, not feeling American or Chinese enough. When her parents sent her to Beijing to reconnect with her culture, she decided it would be a good restart. She expected to visit tourist traps, eat dumplings, and visit family but instead was swept away in the luxuriousness of Beijing’s elite, learning about herself, her family, and her future.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Geminis love to keep people on their toes, always wondering what we’ll say or do next. But we also enjoy the feeling of not knowing, of discovering and unraveling problems — especially if we can figure them out before everyone else. Thrillers are a great genre for Geminis to consume, with all the twists and turns and unexpected revelations that will leave us hanging off of every word.

'The Last Time I Lied' by Riley Sager book cover with a woman's face.

Vivian, Allison, Natalie, and Emma used to play two truths and a lie at Camp Nightingale. But then they all disappeared except Emma, and fifteen years later, she breaks out into the New York art scene with paintings of her past and her friends. The owner of the camo finds out, and she convinces a reluctant Emma to return as an art instructor. But when the past starts to reveal itself, and she finds clues about the camp’s origins, it gets dangerous and deadly.

Slay by Brittney Morris

Gemini is the twin sign, and because of this, people often think Geminis are two-faced or fake. We also adapt quickly, especially to social situations, which means we show different parts of ourselves in different scenarios. For example, there’s the side that friends know, the side family knows, the side coworkers know, etc. They’re all us, just different sides of our personalities.

'Slay' by Brittney Morris book cover showing a teenage girl

Teenager Kiera Johnson knows what that’s like. By day, she’s a math tutor, honor student, and one of Jefferson Academy’s only Black students. At home, however, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers in the role-playing card game SLAY — which she developed, though no one else knows. But a dispute in the game leads to a real-life murder, and the game is nationally slandered as a hotbed for thugs and criminals. Not to mention, a troll threatened to sue her for “anti-white discrimination.” Determined to save her secret life, Kiera must find a way to protect her game without losing herself in the process.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Just like with thrillers, Geminis love a good mystery that keeps us guessing until the end. Even better if we can’t guess who actually committed the crime until the very end — unless it’s a cheap copout, and in which case, it ruins the experience and the book forever. Luckily, One of Us is Lying doesn’t do this.

'One of Us is Lying' by Karen M. McManus showing four faces covered by paper.

Five students at Bayview High School went into detention on Monday afternoon: Yale-bound, rule-follower Bronwyn; homecoming princess Addy; the criminal Nate, who is also on probation; the athlete Cooper; and Simon, who created Bayview High’s infamous gossip app. But during detention, Simon died, and it wasn’t an accident. Turns out he had been planning to release big secrets about the other four the next day, making them suspects. But did one of them actually do it?

People Like Us by Dana Mele

A good suspense novel is so exciting, especially when murder is involved. Following the main character trying to put all the clues together while desperately trying to stay alive makes for a great brain exercise. And for Geminis, nothing is better than trying to outsmart the main character, or even the author.

'People Like Us' by Dana Mele book cover showing four school uniforms.

Kay Donovan has her secrets, but they’re all in the past, and she’s changed. She’s now a star soccer player who runs a private school with her group of friends with their popularity and wit. But when they find a girl’s body in the lake, Kay’s life starts to crumble. The dead girl left Kay a scavenger hunt, and as she unravels it, she is incriminated as well. But she’s determined to do whatever she can to survive. After all, at Bates Academy, the truth is what you create, not what happened.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

One of the most important things to a Gemini is communication. We love to talk and we love to hold stimulating conversations, but perhaps what we love the most is to entertain with our words. To tell stories or even exaggerated versions of events that happened to us — I’m certainly guilty of doing this — nothing beats storytelling.

'The Wrath & The Dawn' by Renée Ahdieh book cover showing deep purple fabric covered in spiderwebs.

Khalid, the young Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride at night and executes her at sunrise, bringing terror to a new family every morning; but one day, Shahrzad volunteers to marry him, knowing the fates of his past brides. Yet she has a clever plan: tell him a story every night and leave off at a cliffhanger, so he would have to wait until the next night to hear the end. All to exact revenge for him killing her best friend and all the others. But slowly, she finds herself falling in love with him.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Geminis are among the most creative and imaginative signs. We’re always thinking and pursuing knowledge, and we love creating new ideas and things from what we learn. This creativity and imagination extend to all parts of our lives, much as they do with the young Sara Crewe.

'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett book cover showing a young girl clutching a doll in a small room.

Sara Crewe was the kind, privileged daughter of the wealthy merchant Ralph Crewe and the princess of Miss Minchin’s boarding school. And when her father invested in diamond mines, she was expected to become wealthier, much to the headmistress’s delight, though Sara remained kind and generous to all. But her fortunes reversed, and she became a penniless pauper and one of the school’s scullery maids. Now scorned by those who had once attended to her, she strived to maintain her dignity and generosity.

If you’re a Gemini, you should definitely check out these books! If not, recommend them to a Gemini friend.

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