With a massive to-be-read list of queer books piled on your bedside table, you might as well chose your next read based on your zodiac sign. After all, deciding which book to next devour can befuddle even the most dedicated bibliophile. We did the work for you. Check out this guide to queer books for each zodiac sign. If you like to select books based on mood, or emotions, use your moon sign.
Capricorn – “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernadine Evaristo
Grounded in the ambitions of Black women (and one nonbinary character!), “Girl, Woman, Other” steals the stage when it comes to queer books with multiple points of view (POV). Ever-realistic and chained to the present, Capricorns often opt for contemporary books that delve into systemic issues. They want to enact change and see it come to fruition in their lifetime. Capricorns won’t waste time feeling unfulfilled in a fantasy realm when they could plunge into the true and the contemporary.
Aquarius – “The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon
Maybe it’s the daunting thickness or the high-fantasy political intrigue, but something about “The Priory of the Orange Tree” screams Aquarius. The idea of being understood repels Aquarians, but they also yearn for it. They’re forward-thinking and original rebels that need a challenge. Ripe with royals, forbidden magic, dragons and assassins, this book is the perfect read for Aquarians.
Pisces – “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab
Addie LaRue knows not to pray to the gods that answer after dark. But her frantic prayers at sunset carry over into the night. She doesn’t know what she wants beyond vague ideas of freedom, but she knows she doesn’t want to be cowed by a man – or anyone else. And she gets her wish.
Cursed with immortality, Addie whispers through time, unable to form attachments beyond fleeting hours. Until she stumbles into Henry, the tortured bookseller with substance abuse issues. Two sad, chaotic bisexuals with too many ideas and no follow-through bound together by art, chance and dreams? Sounds like a book for Pisces to us.
Aries – “Girls of Paper and Fire” by Natasha Ngan
In a world inspired by Malaysian myth, palace guards rip Lei from her small town to become a Paper Girl, one of the Demon King’s concubines. While some girls relish the chance to bring honor to their family, Lei fights for her freedom and simultaneously falls in love. Her spontaneous nature and quick temper reek of Aries, the sign that lights fires wherever they go. And Lei won’t stop until she burns the Demon King and his palace to the ground.
Taurus – “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by emily m. danforth
With all the stubbornness and the all-or-nothing mentality of a Taurus, Cameron grapples with questions about her sexuality and her recently deceased parents. Stranded at a religious camp that vows to strip her of who she is, Cameron befriends fellow “disciples” Jane and Adam. Every Taurus loves the found family trope, and Cameron’s motley crew of queer teens gives her comfort and strength her family should have provided.
Gemini – “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters
In this Dickensian novel, orphan Sue Trinder takes advantage of her Gemini traits, like adaptability and impulsivity, to help a con artist swindle innocent Maud Lilly. But, just like a Gemini, nothing is as it seems. Caught in a layered plot full of deceit and romance, Sue and Maud may be more evenly matched than they thought.
Cancer – “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
Only Cancers could host so much unbridled yearning inside them. “The Song of Achilles” retells the ancient story of loyalty and love between Patroclus and Achilles. If you’ve ever loved or been loved by a Cancer, you’ll know that it consumes you. Reading Madeline Miller’s novel feels like a Cancer’s love.
Leo – “Girl, Serpent, Thorn” by Melissa Bashardoust
The princess is the monster in “Girl, Serpent, Thorn,” a re-imagined fairy tale brimming with Indian myth and history. Soraya’s jealousy and anger glow green in her veins, illuminating the poison within her. Though she has all the good qualities of a Leo, like kindness and protectiveness, it is those same qualities that make Soraya long for affection and power. With all the bravery and rashness of a Leo, she risks everything and everyone to get it.
Virgo – “Honeygirl” by Morgan Rogers
Virgos hate to deviate from a plan, and “Honeygirl” could easily be described as the tale of a plan gone askew. Hardworking and creative, Grace has always had a path to follow. But a moment of weakness after completing her Ph.D. leads her drunkenly marrying a stranger. What’s a Virgo to do after falling in love with her newfound wife other than follow her across the country?
Libra – “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston
The indecisive royalty of the zodiac needs a spot-on book recommendation, so behold BookTok’s darling, “Red, White & Royal Blue.” Ruled by air, Libras crave beauty and attention, not unlike Alex, the protagonist. Libras value fairness, but also fear confrontation, and Prince Henry of England can’t seem to reconcile his moral qualms with his inability to challenge his family. Alex and Henry collide in a rivals-to-lovers romance that will have Libra hooked until the final page.
Scorpio – “Carmilla” by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
A Gothic novella about a seductive lesbian vampire? We all know that Scorpios likely already have this classic on their bookshelves. And anyway, it’s impossible to convince a Scorpio to do, or read, anything if they haven’t already decided to themselves.
Sagittarius – “Wilder Girls” by Rory Power
Quarantined on an island with the rest of Raxter School for Girls, Hetty, Byatt and Reese make shocking revelations about the Tox, a mysterious disease that warps their bodies and minds. Wild and carried away by emotion, Sagittarians will tote Rory Power’s queer young adult thriller around on their adventures. What Sagittarius couldn’t relate to Hetty’s curiosity or Reese’s rough charisma?
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