Reading is a Novel Idea!
Confession time: I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to be. Like everyone else, I’m busy with school, work, TwinFlame, TikTok … there’s not enough hours in the day.
But I’ve had some time to get started again and since my learning obsession of the week is Moon Signs, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to recommend you all some books!
What’s a moon sign? If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you know what yours is. Do you know how it affects you? I’ve been trying to understand my Aquarius moon and the very first way to do that is to check your Natal Chart on our favorite astrology app, TwinFlame.
You might be thinking, I already know that because I love TwinFlame and I have my birth chart memorized. Really? Name three characteristics of your moon sign in the comments and don’t cheat! I’ll know! (No, I won’t.)
Seriously, a lot of people find themselves relating more heavily to their moon signs because they represent your inner world. I feel like that’s exactly why moon signs make the most sense to base these book recommendations on – I feel like what you read says a lot about who you are as a person.
If you keep up with the blog every week, you know I like to read. Mostly genre fiction, but I also enjoy poetry, long form essays, any and everything thought provoking. Everything I recommend, I’ve read or in some way or another enjoyed learning about. I hope you like them!
If you’ve read something I recommend below (or if you read it after) let me know your thoughts!
Without further ado, here are my reading recommendations based on Moon signs. As always, please search for content warnings on these before you read them.
You need a book that’s going to grab your attention and hold it, but not for too long. This recommendation is actually based on my double Aries (sun and moon) friend, who read this and swears by it. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman is a collection of short stories and poems. Be warned, as enchanting as Gaiman’s writing style is, some of his works contain very dark themes.
Taurus are known to be stubborn. And they can be, although the word I like to use is enduring, sometimes loyal to a fault. An article called The Jessica Simulation published in the San Francisco Chronicle captures what I view as an essential Taurus quality, which is difficulty letting go. This one is long, and sad, but ultimately hopeful. It deals with the question of artificial intelligence and life after death.
Not all of these recommendations are going to be sad! This one, however, is. It’s also philosophical in a way that I didn’t quite “get.” You’re a Gemini, you’re clever, you’ll figure it out. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh is about a wealthy, depressed 20-something in New York who decides to try and sleep through a year. Surprisingly, this book was more tense than you’d think from the description.
Sometimes crying is cathartic. As a Cancer, I’m sure you already know that, so I’ll give you a break and recommend one of my recent favorite romance novels, Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. It’s about a woman who gets married to a mysterious stranger in Las Vegas. This is a great coming-of-age novel for those of us in our 20’s.
What’s the point of a book that you can’t show other people? And truthfully - I know you won’t waste your time reading something that’s not perfectly suited to your tastes. Instead, try picking up a coffee table book - my bestie has Frank Lloyd Wright - The Houses by Weintraub. Now you’ve got a table decoration and plenty of architecture knowledge to share.
If you’re expecting non-fiction, think again. You need to read something that isn’t going to make you think so hard. Read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Fun, cozy, and genuinely heart-warming by the end, you’ll enjoy the journey this book takes you on.
I think you’ll enjoy something beautifully written and unique, so I’m recommending When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. A gorgeous introduction to the magical realism genre, this book explores the concept of identity and family, and has a really lovely ending.
Looking for a challenge? Try House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I borrowed this book from a friend once and it gave me a headache. It’s a complicated plot-within-a-plot revolving around a really weird house. It’s deliberately written to be difficult to read, and many (like me) never finish it, so bragging rights for those that do. Note: you will literally need a mirror to read this book.
This is going to be my only poetry recommendation on this list! What I Wouldn’t Do by Dorianne Laux feels very Sagittarius to me. Ever-changing, optimistic in a way even while expressing a sense of disappointment. I love her other poetry, too. Antilamentation is another of my absolute favorites.
I think as a Capricorn moon, you prefer being in control. One nice thing about books is you have no control over where they’re going! I recommend you read one of my favorite short stories, Bluebeard by Yah Yah Scholfield (this link takes you to the short story: proceed with caution). It’s an incredibly tense short story about a woman in an abusive household and a ghost named Denise.
I’m an Aquarius moon, so this was really difficult for me. Just kidding! If you read my introduction post, you’ll know that my favorite book is Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones. I think there’s a reason for that – the plot revolves around a willful, practical protagonist in a world that she feels she doesn’t fit into. Sound Aquarius enough for you? Although the themes of the book involve war and self-image issues, it’s still a fun fantasy novel that’s easy to read (and reread).
Sometimes, crying is cathartic. Give it a try by reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. As much as it’s an easy read, it is also one of the most emotionally heavy books I’ve read. It’s about a boy struggling with his mother being ill. It does have a beautiful message, and I think it’s worth reading 1,000 times over.
That was a lot! As you guys know, I’m not an astrology expert, just someone with a lot to learn and a passion for reading. If something I suggest isn’t your cup of tea, check out something else on the list.