Beach season is almost here and nothing beats lying out on the sand and letting go of all of your worries. Going to the beach is also the perfect excuse to get some reading in. You can relax, enjoy the sounds of the sea, and let a book transport you into another world. But whether you’re drawn to memoirs or the latest sci-fi series, knowing what book to pick up can be a bit of a struggle. Luckily, we reached out to some astrologers who weighed in on the best beach read for your zodiac sign. Keep reading to find out which book should go in your beach bag this summer.
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Aries are natural-born leaders who are not afraid to go after what they want in life. Beach Read (a very aptly named book for these purposes) by Emily Henry aligns nicely with their characteristics, focusing on embracing all of life’s challenges and taking control of your own destiny.
January, the main character of this book, finds herself facing uncertainty and has to learn how to make important decisions after dealing with trauma. Plus, it’s got some romance mixed in, which is great for Aries’ fiery spirit and passionate side.
Rachel Clare, a professional astrologist at Mystic Sense, says “the protagonist’s choice to take charge and embrace new challenges resonates deeply with Aries’ inclination to assert their independence, seek personal growth, and proactively create the life they desire.”
Tauruses are without a doubt lovers of luxury. Gilt by Jamie Brenner, which is centered around a family-owned jewelry company, is an unmatched beach book for these earth signs.
“It’ll engross Taurus’ need for material comforts, all the way to the beautiful Provincetown backdrop, which becomes a character of the story in its own right,” says Ryan Marquardt, astrologer and founder of Ryan’s Astrology.
The book spans over different generations and has strong themes of betrayal and forgiveness. As a sign who is incredibly loyal, Taurus can appreciate the family dynamic, as well as a bit of drama that comes with that.
Between the significance of sentimental possessions, the need to know yourself and your worth, and Brenner’s captivating writing, Tauruses are sure to lose themselves in Gilt.
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Gemini is represented by twins, which symbolizes their dual nature and multifaceted personality. They need something that grabs their attention, as they tend to get distracted easily, and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, a fast-paced, lighthearted rom-com, will do just that.
This book offers a dual perspective as the story unfolds through the eyes of both the female and male main characters, who don’t like each other at first and are forced on a vacation together.
“Ultimately, Gemini readers [will] explore contrasting viewpoints that resonate with their inherent ability to see multiple sides of a situation,” says Clare.
These twins are also ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and “The Unhoneymooners captures the essence of Mercury’s influence through its sharp, witty dialogue and intelligent humor,” says Clare.
Cancer is a family-oriented sign always looking for ways to care for those close to them. The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner invokes the feeling of a warm hug thanks to the close family ties and coastal setting. Mix Weiner, one of the quintessential beach read authors, and Cancer’s introspective nature, and you’ve got book pairing made in heaven. Plus, with summer in the title, how could you go wrong?
This water signs will feel all the feelings—they always do—and will reflect on their own life as they read. “Ultimately teaching about the power of forgiveness and healing, Cancers will appreciate the book’s nurturing tone, commitment to family ties, and beautiful character journeys,” says Marquardt.
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As folks who are fans of the spotlight, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid might just be the perfect match for Leo. “They are ruled by the radiant Sun and belong to the element of fire, embody boundless passion, creativity, and an exuberant zest for life,” says Clare—so they’ll definitely resonate with Evelyn Hugo, the title character.
They’ll be captivated instantly as the book follows a beloved Hollywood starlet and her experiences with all of life’s glitz and glamorous moments (as well as the not-so glamorous ones). Leo loves attention themselves, so they’ll feel right at home reading about someone who’s the star of the show.
These lions will be transported easily to Evelyn Hugo’s world. Clare says their imagination will be set ablaze reveling in the realms of fame, ambition, and the exhilarating story of creative expression.
Virgos are practical earth signs who enjoy things that keep them tied to reality. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a perfect match for these detail-oriented realists.
The book follows Eleanor Oliphant as she navigates life’s everyday obstacles with a more methodical approach. Like Eleanor, Virgo is meticulous and analytical—and you know they love being right.
“Readers will appreciate the story’s attention to detail and its exploration of the human experience through a grounded lens,” says Clare. They’ll also like the routines Eleanor keeps, and will find comfort in a character who’s a bit stubborn like they can be at times.
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Libra is a romantic at heart who adores a good love story. Since they’re the sign of balance, they’ll value Meant to Be by Emily Giffin, as its focus is finding harmony in different relationships.
The story takes readers through the battle of weighing the consequences when difficult choices are at play, as well as the ability to forgive and offer second chances. These peacekeepers will devour this book because it matches their energy and outlook on life.
“Libra’s prefer a lighthearted tone when reading, so they’ll enjoy that this book never gets too dramatic or intense, but it doesn’t shy away from tugging at the heartstrings either,” says Marquardt.
Meant to Be dives into themes of identity and social justice, but also showcases the struggle of being authentic when everyone around you expects something different— which makes it a must-read for these air signs.
Scorpios are drawn to mystery and the darker parts of life. If they’re choosing to be on the beach instead of being comfortably at home, they’re going to need something to really capture their attention. Picking a fast-paced book with a mystery-thriller vibe is sure to keep them entertained because they have quick minds and need reading material that will match that energy. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave packs a punch with its intense storyline and shadowy themes.
“The book’s exploration of loyalty, trust, and the quest for truth will resonate with Scorpio, who often deal with the delicate balance between keeping secrets and being transparent in their personal lives,” says Marquardt. Plus, the book will keep them on the edge of their seat, thanks to all the suspense and revelations, which you know they love piecing together.
Sagittarius is a mutable sign which means they’re incredibly flexible and willing to adapt to any new situation. They’re open-minded and constantly looking for new experiences which is why Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a great choice.
The book follows Gilbert as she travels across India, Italy, and Bali to rediscover herself and find more balance in life. Clare says they’re bound to enjoy the author’s personal journey and the themes of exploration and growth will resonate with them. “Sagittarius readers will appreciate the book’s emphasis on embracing change, expanding horizons, and the transformative power of embracing new perspectives,” she says.
Capricorn, a strong-willed earth sign that’s ruled by Saturn, should have The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho on their beach read list. The story dives into a ton of life lessons, but also gives these signs a chance to relax through the immersive setting Coelho creates.
“Just as Saturn teaches us the value of hard work and the rewards of diligent effort, The Alchemist emphasizes the transformative power of personal growth and the importance of embracing one’s unique path,” says Clare.
It might be a more intense book than some other signs would choose, but you know Capricorns are pretty serious most of the time. It doesn’t matter if they’re out of office, they want to gain knowledge from the books they read, and this story will do just that.
Clare says they will also “deeply appreciate the book’s exploration of self-mastery, as it aligns with their innate sense of responsibility and ambition.”
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As a sign that hates to be put in a box, Aquarius needs a beach read that not only stimulates all parts of their mind, but also crosses into more than one category. Marquardt says The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth, a genre-bending book that blurs the lines between truth and deception, is a great fit for these air signs.
With a suspenseful story that has lots of twists and turns, as well as a ton of psychological intrigue, it’ll definitely make this air sign think. The plot is unpredictable and reveals people’s hidden motivations, which feeds into Aquarius’ interest in understanding the nuances of human nature.
“It’s not an easy book to describe or define, making it even more worthwhile for Aquarius, because they don’t like having to explain themselves to other people,” says Marquardt.
No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister is a perfect fit for Pisces because the book is told through a bunch of short stories that are all interconnected.
“Pisces can grasp abstract concepts and find meaning in things better than any other sign, but they find the most success when they have a general reference point, directions, or structure to help guide them a bit,” says Marquardt.
This is a book about books—to put it simply—and while others might avoid this for a beach day, it just makes sense for Pisces. These fish find beauty in things that others don’t necessarily appreciate. Once they see that all the stories are interconnected in some way, they’ll be doing what they do best and escaping reality.
“It’s hard to even recommend this as a book that Pisces should read, because they’ll view it as much more than just a book, and they’ll experience it as something bigger than simply reading,” says Marquardt.