Welcome to Bookstrology, your monthly guide to what the stars say you should read! Mercury is going to be in retrograde for most of this month, so you know things are going to get kind of weird. We’ve got some stellar picks for you that are destined to vibe with your mood this month.
Welcome to your time of the year, Aquarius! You’ll be forming a square with Venus in the earlier part of this month, meaning some romantic tension is headed your way. Consider fueling that energy by picking up a romance early in this month, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Be warned though, it probably won’t last, as the latter part of the month looks a bit rocky. You’ll make it through, though; your creativity never fails to get you through tough situations.
Genres to Read: Sweet romance, but be sure to finish it before Valentine’s Day!
Pick for February: The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
You probably know that, since it’s entering retrograde, Mercury is going to be spending a LOT of time in your sign this month, Pisces. If not, you probably have a feeling that something is big is coming up, and you’d be right; expect major events this month, but don’t stress about them too much. Good things are on the horizon, to be sure, whether they’re romantic, or just some old, bad news finally blowing over. Doing some heavy reading this month might be not be in your best interest, so keeping it light and fluffy is absolutely the best move.
Genres to read: Feel-good inspirational, upbeat reading to match your demeanor this month.
Recommendation for February: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero
Avoid romance this month if you can. Being that time of year might make it a bit more difficult, but this month is all about staying away from commitments. This month, you instead celebrate your freedom and independence! You want to do something wild that expresses you, something that will be memorable, and let you celebrate yourself as a person.
Genres to read: Thrillers to keep you on your toes and keep that energy going; anything but romance.
Pick for February: Hell At The Way Station, Marc Abbott & Steven Van Patten
Money seems to be in your favor, this month, Taurus! It’s a good time to pick up a new business venture and play on the opportunities that Jupiter provides. It’s the perfect time to read up on starting a small business, or maybe work on your own personal finance. The entire month spells nothing but good fortune for you, so don’t be afraid to get started.
Genres: Business Readings, Self-Improvement
Pick for February: Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson
Been a weird year so far, eh Gemini? Well, don’t count on things getting any simpler, because it’s going to be nothing but new projects and new stressors in your life this month. On the bright side, the current positioning of the planets will have you with more energy than usual, and you’ll be a bit more productive this February! Unfortunately, you could easily make a major mistake if you rush into it too hastily, so be careful.
Genres to read: Easy reading, maybe some wellness; you don’t need any more stress this month.
Pick for February: Why We Sleep, Dr. Matthew Walker
For you, this is the month of experimentation. This is going to be the moment when you finally get started on something that you’ve wanted for years. Maybe a new start, or a new hobby will be exactly what you need. Maybe pick a book that you’ve had an eye on for a while, or something completely different from what you normally would read. The stars even bless you with the potential of a romance that’s been slow-blooming for a long time, so it’s time to be real about your feelings, or at least read about someone doing so.
Genres to read: Romance with a “childhood-friends to lovers” plotline
Pick for February: Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli & Aisha Seed
It’s a rare time of year for Leo. You want to set aside your natural inclinations and bring compassion to this month. Though that might be a bit more difficult for you than usual, it’s important that you are there for those who you are close to this month. This month read some stories about forming healthier relationships, family, and closeness.
Genres: Fantasy-fiction with a focus on closeness and bonds
Pick for February: The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Be ready for change! There’s some new prospects coming to your life, but only if you take the risk and go for it now. You want to read some tales of high adventure, high risk, high reward! Maybe some swashbuckling tales, or some dragon-fighting fantasy! You’re going to have an exciting time, so get ready to strap in and get ready for the ride.
Genres: Fantasy-adventure, something wild!
Pick For February: The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
The mood for February is going to be a little…odd. You can expect some off-beat adventures this month, with some strange changes coming. It’s Aquarius season, you know, and that throws your typical Libra balance completely off. For this month, don’t be afraid to read the unabashedly weird.
Genres: Science-Fiction, Exploration Fantasy
Pick for February: Solaris, Stainislaw Lem
Can anyone get you out of the situation that January left you in? Yes! You can, actually, if you put your mind to it. The crossroads are fast-approaching, and if you want to make a change, you must do it soon, lest you left behind. Take a companion along for this month, and read to explore—you might just find that you’ll discover someone new that you’d like to be.
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary
Pick for February: The Comeback, Ella Berman
Seems like you’ve got quite a lot of fortune headed your way. You’ll be in a good position to take some risks, as there will be nothing but luck for you around every corner. This month, you can take an eclectic approach to your reading diet and look for books that defy genre. Perhaps some classics, or some experimental fiction.
Genres: Books that defy genre, experimental stories.
Pick For February: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The stars anticipate you will need a lot of support soon. Fortunately for you, building new connections is your forte, and finding your way through whatever tough times are ahead. You might want to consider reading some nonfiction to ground your inherently capricious nature; if you wander off into the realm of fantasy, you might ignore your problems entirely.
Genres: Memoirs about overcoming hardship
Pick for February: Dry, Augusten Burroughs