Zodiac-inspired Reading List
Tayler Lord is a publicist/Libra/middle child/INFJ.
I am a very proud Libra, which is the absolute best of the Zodiac signs, as any Libra will tell you. Libras are social, diplomatic, graceful, compassionate—basically everything good. We do have some trouble making decisions (just ask anyone who has ever tried to make dinner plans with me) and are a little too good at holding grudges. Besides those minor flaws, we’re “practically perfect in every way” (Julie Andrews is a Libra, you guys).
It’s currently Libra season, so I’m feeling especially in tune with the Zodiac and wanted to pay it forward by matching UNP books to each astrological sign. According to Astrology-zodiac-signs.com, “There are twelve zodiac signs, and each sign has its own strengths and weaknesses, its own specific traits, desires and attitude towards life and people.” So, Sagittariuses are generous and idealistic, while Geminis are gentle, affectionate, and curious, and so on and so forth.
Using my graceful and diplomatic Libra skills, I’ve hopefully found the perfect book for you and your sign:
Quilts and Human Rights by Marsha MacDowell, Mary Worrall, Lynne Swanson, and Beth Donaldson
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Aquarius, you are a progressive and a humanitarian, empowered by helping others and fighting for causes. Quilts and Human Rights offers a new understanding of the history of global human rights as seen through textiles of awareness and activism.
The Guitar in Jazz: An Anthology edited by James Sallis
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
As an artist and lover of music, Pisces, you will appreciate how The Guitar in Jazz offers insights into the larger history of jazz—its development, the social contexts in which the music came into being, and its eventual recognition as “the American classical music.”
Dream Like a Champion: Wins, Losses, and Leadership the Nebraska Volleyball Way by John Cook with Brandon Vogel
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries, you enjoy taking on leadership roles and dislike work that does not use one’s talents. You can learn a lot from John Cook, the Nebraska volleyball coach who has led his team to three national championships, seven NCAA semifinal appearances, and the nation’s top winning percentage in women’s volleyball.
Spring Came On Forever by Bess Streeter Aldrich
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
In Spring Came On Forever, master of romance Bess Streeter Aldrich turns romance on its head. Quickly paced and precisely drawn, this novel is Aldrich’s greatest tribute to the complexity, humor, endurance, and intelligence of the people who settled the prairie. The 1935 masterpiece is perfect for you, stable and romantic Taurus.
Quotidiana: Essays by Patrick Madden
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Ingenuous and erudite, Quotidiana examines the intricate tapestry of ordinary life in its extraordinary patterns. The book is a reminder that we are surrounded by wonders that whisper to the curious and attentive like you, Gemini.
This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte by Doreen Pfost
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Cancer, you are highly imaginative, in tune with your emotions, and love relaxing in or near water. You will be taken with Doreen Pfost’s seamless blend of memoir and nature writing as she tracks the Platte River valley for one calendar year.
The Theatre of Don Juan: A Collection of Plays and Views, 1630-1963 edited by Oscar Mandel
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Passionate and creative Leo, you are no doubt familiar with the legend of great lover Don Juan. Oscar Mandel’s Theatre of Don Juan presents different aspects of the Don’s spectacular progress through a half-dozen countries, epochs, and intellectual climates.
Women and Nature: Saving the “Wild” West by Glenda Riley
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgo, you are hardworking and a lover of animals and nature. You will be inspired by Glenda Riley’s story of the limitless numbers of women who have contributed to the groundswell of support for environmentalism.
Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar by Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas with Jim Robison
Libra (September 23-October 22)
The youngest child of parents who left the segregated Old South to raise their family in Massachusetts, Harriet Elam-Thomas distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her. As the Zodiac’s greatest diplomat, Libra, you will be enamored with “the little Elam girl” from Boston.
Smoke the Donkey: A Marine’s Unlikely Friend by Cate Folsom
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Scorpio, you are brave, passionate, and a true friend. You share these qualities with Col. John Folsom and Smoke, the stray donkey who served as mascot, ambassador, and battle buddy to Col. Folsom and his fellow marines in Iraq. Smoke’s story speaks to the enduring bond between a man and an animal.
Yellowstone, Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America’s National Park by Jules Leclercq
Translated and edited by Janet Chapple and Suzanne Cane
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
In the summer of 1883 Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq spent ten days on horseback in Yellowstone exploring myriad natural wonders: astonishing geysers, majestic waterfalls, the vast lake, and the breathtaking canyon—the ideal setting for adventurous and outdoorsy Sagittarius.
Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land by Dan O’Brien
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Family-oriented Capricorn will love Dan O’Brien’s story about a family and the people and animals that surround them—all trying to build a healthy life in a big, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous land.
Based off astrological descriptions from Astrology-zodiac-signs.com.