People who are Taurus, born between April 21 and May 21, ponder deeply on all matters – love, life, money, work, the weather, last year’s Love Island. We’re hard-headed, down-to-earth, tenacious, reliable, loyal, and sensual. We deconstruct situations carefully, pull them apart in order to understand how things work and what makes people tick. Maybe that’s why people think we’re nosey. This of course takes up a lot of our time – hence why people think we’re lazy. But when we’re done figuring everything out, our conclusions are thorough, rock-solid, and right – hence the stubbornness.
If you want a well-rounded mix of titles that focus on the traits Taureans admire, from stories about dependability to those about love, extravagance, and great things, check out the list of books below.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
As a Taurus, I love a feel-good read. The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is a heart-wrenching, true-to-life exploration through the often neglected crevices of culture, mental illness, and family. Its strong themes are balanced by a beautiful romance making it a feel-good, yet important read.
Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she’s not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father’s restaurant, she’s taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could be a normal teen.But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as her mother’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.
Famous in a Small Town by Viola Shipman
With mixture of extravagance, nostalgia, and a great read to get summer started comes Shipman’s Famous in a Small Town. Bursting with memorable characters and small-town lore, this enchanting novel is a magical story about the family you’re born with, and the one you choose.
For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends–loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for–she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.
The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything–along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas
Quick shift in tone for this novel. But statistically, the Taurus sign is more likely to become a serial killer. Maybe that’s why we’re so obsessed with true crime podcasts.
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases – and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares. Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims’ peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer’s and the victim’s actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
If you enjoyed Netflix’s adaptation of Mindhunter you have to read this book! (And if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it!)
Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
Yes, we’re back to the hopeless romantic book recommendations. Painter’s Better Than the Movies is a sweet and funny teen rom-com follows a hopelessly romantic teen girl and her cute yet obnoxious neighbor as they scheme to get her noticed by her untouchable crush.
Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof forever crush never really saw her before he moved away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do whatever it takes to get on his radar—and maybe snag him as a prom date—even befriend Wes Bennet, her annoyingly attractive next-door neighbor.
He might seem like a prime candidate for romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only been a pain in Liz’s butt since they were kids. Pranks involving frogs and decapitated lawn gnomes do not a potential boyfriend make. Yet, somehow, Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
If there’s a Taurus out there who has yet to experience Rooney’s amazing enemies-to-lovers story of Connell and Marianne then you should change that! A story of of mutual fascination, friendship and love takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond between two people that can’t seem to stay out of each other’s lives.
And you’ll be happy to know that there’s also a TV adaptation available too.
Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins.
A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
We love being right. We love proving that we know the answer to something before it’s revealed. So of course we love reading mystery novels just to figure it out before the end. But sometimes, we need to realize that that’s not always possible. And therefore, I recommend to you a novel that truly stumped me.
Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to an isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…
If you can figure out the killer before the final chapter, good for you!
Happy Birthday! Hopefully you find a book on my list that you’ll love and cherish forever!
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