Human kind has always been interested in astrology. While some believe in astrological patterns and rules, others are more likely to deny its importance. However, people cannot help but notice how zodiac signs really do describe certain personalities who share similar virtues as well as flaws. It is also no secret that there are many kinds of readers out there, like the ones who will always prefer a specific genre or a theme over all the others. As zodiac signs have different sets of virtues and interests, we have wondered whether they also have certain taste in literary motifs and narratives.

While zodiac signs may describe completely distinctive personalities, we all have in common the need for great books to enlighten us and teach us about our own hidden psyche. So we asked our astrologer and writer to recommend most brilliant classical books for every zodiac sign.

Read what Olivera picked out for you.

ARIES

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Germinal

by Emile Zola

Aries are courageous, passionate, but also can be impatient and quite impulsive. You are a very realistic person. As always the one for action, you like to read about historical turbulent periods. Here is the book with all those elements, and it is Germinal by Emile Zola.

As Aries, you tend to relate easily with realistic and raw description of human nature and society. That is why you’d like the main character Étienne, hard-working idealist but also a naive young man. Zola’s genetic theories come into play as Étienne is presumed to have inherited his ancestors’ traits of hotheaded impulsiveness. He discovers his addictive personality, capable of exploding into rage under the influence of drink or strong passions. As there are similar traits in Aries personality, you may learn something new about your dark side.

 

TAURUS

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Oblomov

by Ivan Goncharov

As Taurus, you’re reliable and practical, you love your comfort, cooking, relaxing and romance. On the other side, you can be lazy, stubborn and even too conservative at times.  But no worries Taurus, I have just the book for you.

Oblomov is the perfect example of how all Taurus’ qualities can go to waste, if they indulge into their flaws. Ilya Ilych Oblomov is the central character of the novel, portrayed as the ultimate incarnation of superfluous man. He is young, generous nobleman who seems incapable of making important decisions or undertaking any significant actions. Throughout the whole novel he rarely leaves his room or bed. In the first 50 pages, he manages only to move from his bed to a chair. However, Goncharov manages to keep you interested and guessing what till happen to Oblomov. Fellow Taurus, read this and you’ll never be deceived by the ‘other side’ of your personality.

 

GEMINI

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Being quick-witted, curious and adaptable, are just some traits of Gemini people. If someone wishes to hold your attention on something, it better be really interesting. You don’t have too much of patience, and sometimes you can be quite nervous, inconsistent and even indecisive. What you need is a mystery, inviting you to solve it.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case. Interested to follow this investigation you witty folks?

 

CANCER

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Spring Torrents

by Ivan Turgenev

Cancer is one of the most loyal, emotional, and sympathetic zodiac signs. However, you hide your emotions behind your armor because you’re afraid to get hurt. That can bring out your moody, pessimistic, and suspicious side. Once you decide that a person can have your trust, one great romantic will rise to the surface. So what better book to recommend you, than a classic with great love story?

Spring Torrents centers around a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sanin who falls deliriously in love for the first time while visiting Frankfurt. This is wonderful, poetic work and highly autobiographical in its nature. Turgenev is a master in describing romance, emotional scenes, seductive atmospheres and nature scenery. Everything a Cancers may wish for.

 

LEO

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The Patrician

by John Galsworthy

Proud Leos are always the ones who stand out among the crowd. You’re extremely confident, creative, passionate, but you do have your ‘other side’ that is not so charming. When you indulge yourself too much, you might come off as arrogant, stubborn, and quite self-centered person.

Leos often identify themselves as the ‘chosen ones’, which means you want your novel with a big story full of kings, armies, and aristocracy. May even see yourself fighting in a grand war against the forces of evil. But here is something more realistic. As in most of his works, Galsworthy presents us the leading class of Victorian England and its struggle to either change and adapt to new times, or to vanish with its own rules and principles. Born as a nobleman and member of aristocracy, Galsworthy describes this world with great realism and detail, giving the proper picture of aristocracy in a nutshell.

 

VIRGO

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The Iron Heel

by Jack London

Analytical,  hardworking, practical, are the words to describe a Virgo. While you do have amazing virtues, you also tend to worry too much and to be overly critical of yourself and others. Your great ambition and perfectionism drive you to always do your best. Virgos are known to rise from the bottom to the top with their hard work. Everything you do is in the service of people, but for some reason you won’t let others to see that noble side of their personality.

Jack London is a writer who influenced many, and the depth of his lifework may best be seen in this novel. The Iron Heel will guide you trough the battle between labor force and oligarchy. Witness brilliant descriptions of how organization among people can result in a miracle, while they are being led by a brave leader with analytical mind. Sounds like someone you know?

 

LIBRA

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Gulliver’s Travels

by Jonathan Swift

Libras are known for their diplomatic skills and a way they have with people. You are cooperative, gracious and social, which can easily be seen trough popularity you often enjoy. But there is one issue every Libra has, and that is decision making. You spend a lot of time trying to observe certain problem from every possible perspective there is. As a result, you often get lost in the process, and rarely make final decision.

Gulliver’s Travels is a perfect book for you, dear Libra. Here is a story that will lead you trough various different societies, and show you that diplomacy is one of the greatest assets you have. Not to mention that this book will prove to you how being more impulsive when making a decision, can result in great adventures.

 

SCORPIO

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The Vatican Cellars

by Andre Gide

Oh Scorpios, you sure are the tricky ones. Resourceful, brave and passionate, you tend to seek for the truth of all things. If there is something you cannot tolerate, it is dishonesty and lies. You hide your emotions well, but if someone betrays your trust, you can become jealous, secretive, and even violent.

André Gide is a writer for you. During his time, this brilliant writer was adored and detested at the same time, but he was never afraid to take on a subject and look at it through symbolic, metaphorical lens. The Vatican Cellars follows the story of a young man Lafcadio who gives himself absolute freedom, above all moral and ethic norms, thus creating a crime whose ultimate purpose is a crime itself. Mental food every Scorpio craves for.

 

SAGITTARIUS 

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

by Jules Verne

Sagittarius is the most optimistic, adventurous and greatest daredevil of all the zodiac. Often well educated, you love to be noticed for smart phrases and remarks, but you also love to explore the unknown. No one can keep you constrained. Be careful though, your impatience often cause you more troubles than good.

Since you cannot get enough of adventures, here is a classic science fiction novel which is regarded as one of the greatest adventure novels and one of Verne’s best works. Together with Nemo, you can explore the underwater marvels, undergo a transcendent experience among the ruins of Atlantis, and plant a black flag at the South Pole. Follow the estranged paths of Nemo’s ship, Nautilus, which was considered to be ahead of its time, as it accurately describes features on modern submarines. Hope you enjoy this adventure Sagittarians!

 

CAPRICORN

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The Social Contract

by Jean Jacques Rousseau

Capricorns, you have the ultimate virtues of hard workers, which can easily make every zodiac sign a bit jealous. You’re responsible, disciplined, with amazing self-control, but you also can be overly unforgiving and condescending. What you need is a book that will feed your intellectual mind and expose you to philosophical ideas.

The Social Contract is a book in which Rousseau theorizes about the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society. The Social Contract inspired political reforms and revolutions in Europe, especially in France. It argued against the idea that monarchs were divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, who are sovereign, have that all-powerful right. Politics, philosophy, place of individual in society, civil rights, everything that usually preoccupies Capricorns mind is present in this great work.

 

AQUARIUS

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1984

by George Orwell

Aquarians are all about originality, ingenuity, humanitarian sciences and absolute rights of the individual. You’re progressive and independent, as well as often temperamental and uncompromising. Your greatest fear is to be confined, and to see how human rights are being violated. So, here is the book which scenario might terrify every Aquarian.

1984 is a dystopian novel set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism. Whole society is under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, which persecutes individualism and independent thinking as ‘thoughtcrime’. Do I hear a rebel waking in you, Aquarius?

 

PISCES

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The Master and Margarita

by Mikhail Bulgakov

Pisces are intuitive, compassionate, and artistic. Your virtues can remain invisible as you tend to be afraid that someone might criticize  you. As a very private person, you often fantasize about escaping into other reality. Although you do daydream a lot, there is nothing wrong with being a dreamer and I do have a book that will delight you.

The Master and Margarita is a master piece in which you will find a lot of interesting topics, including religion, superstition, important historical events and perhaps the most important of all for them, a love story. The novel combines two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow. Experience wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua; to the circus-like reality of Moscow. Pisces, you will love this one.

 

Olivera Lekic, Noxwrite Reviewer

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