After the chaos of July, August is going to feel quite peaceful in comparison. Practically smooth sailing, book nerds! But every month comes with ups and downs.
So while you’re no longer in the midst of an identity crisis (except you, Gemini) or moving at the speed of light because if you slow down who knows what might happen, you can expect there to be some change in August. Especially when it comes to your friendships, from tearful goodbyes to awkward hellos.
To help you deal with the dog days of summer break (alas, it has to end) scroll down for a little guidance from the stars, and a book to read when it’s just too hot to worry about much else.
Epic Reads August Horoscopes
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: Inspiration, celebration, exultation
Last month was quite the rollercoaster. You’ve disembarked in August still feeling a little unsteady and a lot excited. July may have been intense. But it was also inspirational. You likely feel filled with never-before-seen levels of energy and enthusiasm and joie de vivre. Just in time for your 🎂BIRTHDAY🎂, Leo!
The cosmos have cleared the path for you to get a lot done without much resistance. So take advantage of that, you lucky lion. Go forth and spread your love and positive vibes. Your voice will carry far. And as you skip through your birthday month, take some time to love the YOU you are. No need to measure up to others or pit yourself against someone else’s standards. You’re enough. The universe agrees.
Book pick: A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause
Reason: Just like you, Emmaline’s dreams seem closer than they ever have before as she becomes the first “country girl” to compete in a high-stakes, high fashion competition. Delve into this twisted, lush story of fashion, betrayal, and romance to celebrate your birthday.
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: Savor, experience, live
Phew! Last month was intense, Virgo. You waited out the storm in the sanctity of your inner being. And found room for improvement, because you just can’t help yourself. August promises to be more active. Maybe TOO active? You run the risk of burning out, the stars would like you to know. And nobody needs burn out so close to the beginning of school! Or so close to your birthday! We get it. Squeezing every ounce of fun and freedom out of 🌞summer🌞 is very tempting. But perhaps August is better spent savoring than feasting? Living than rushing? Experiencing than sampling?
Basically, FOMO is your enemy. Give JOMO a try instead, focusing your passions in a more productive manner, and setting the tone for an all-new year of life.
Book pick: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Reason: When you’re looking for a book to savor, curl up with this story about twelve cursed sisters, a manor by the sea, ghostly visions, and a mysterious stranger.
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: Balance, teamwork, peace
You slowed down (we hope!) and recouped some lost energy in July, inspiring others around you to do the same. August will find you struggling for balance. On the one hand, your energy is back. On the other, your motivation *might* still be taking a break.
The stars suggest you lean on the people around you to help propel you through August and toward your birthday. Teamwork, communication, and friendship are key to helping you rebalance those scales of yours. And when all else fails, return to 🌳nature🌳. As hokey as it sounds, sitting in the park, enjoying the feel of the wind and the sound of the birds and a good book between your hands can do a body a world of good. Happy balancing, Libra.
Book pick: The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone
Reason: When you’re feeling adrift and restless in August, pick up this book about a teen whose world is brought to an abrupt halt when she learns she’s in dire need of an organ transplant. Like you, she’ll have to lean on a friend to help her forget about the big question mark that is now her life.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: Productive, passionate, imperfect
You held your head high in July even if you’re weren’t 100 percent feeling it. Well, you know what they say: Fake it ’til you make it.
August promises to be MUCH more productive and passionate. As long as you don’t focus on perfection, Scorpio. If you get tripped up by the details, you’re not likely to get far. The stars are predicting this month will be focused on your hopes and dreams and destiny. But if you shy away from the BIG stuff to focus on the small, you’re going to miss out! So instead of building a detailed to-do list, hunker down at the library or your bedroom or the park or your favorite cafe or wherever you feel energized and just DO. You’ll need to move 🏃♀️fast🏃♀️ if you want to give yourself a pat on the back by the time September waves hello.
Book pick: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Reason: Jumpstart your passionate, productive month with this vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: Energy, adventure, achievement
You dove head first into an adventurous July. Now you’re coming up for air and deciding…well, you’re not done yet.
You’ve got SO much energy this month and it’d be a shame to waste it, right? Right?! At least, that’s what you’ll be telling yourself. And for the most part, the stars agree. They just have a few… caveats: your friends and family. Their energy levels might not be *quite* at your level. Instead of getting 😖frustrated😖, recognize them for the balance to your own being they are. This month, as you pay attention to the way you connect with others — family, friends, strangers — you’ll come to realize how the people in your life inspire you on to greater heights, from freshman years to first internships, falling in love to finding yourself. Climb high, Sag!
Book pick: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
Reason: When you need an example of the power of friendship (i.e. when you’re frustrated with yours), crack open this darkly funny book about two teenage girls who have had enough—and take their rage on the road to make a new life for themselves.
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: Destiny, purpose, decisions
Last month you cleaned house. Metaphorically, at least. Now that you’ve made some extra space in your life, how about keeping an open mind toward any opportunities (or people) that come a’ callin’? Now, we’re not asking you to be spontaneous (we know better, Cap). In fact, the stars suggest that every decision you do make be purposeful in August. But the planets are putting A LOT of emphasis on your spiritual direction. Your ✨destiny✨.
You’re probably tired of thinking about your life purpose (can’t a human get a break?). But I mean, your destiny is a *pretty* big deal. So pay attention to the signs the universe sends your way — people, books, photos, literal signs — and if you’re seeing a clear pattern, it might be time to act? You’ll know.
Book pick: All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Reason: Perhaps this book is one of those signs you’re supposed to watch out for?
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: Connection, change, balance
Last month may have felt like a hurricane of reactions you struggled to control. This month, the stars suggest you be mindful of the impact others are having on YOUR choices. Your intuition is 💪strong💪, and this month you need to trust it. Because boy are there going to be changes in your relationships.
Whether you’re saying goodbye to old friends, finding a new soulmate, reconnecting with a childhood friend, or deepening your relationship with bae, one thing is certain: you’ll have to balance all of this “we” with some “me.” Don’t forget about you as your social circle morphs before your eyes, Aquarius! If you can keep a steady head and an open heart, by the time September rolls around, your lease on life could feel quite renewed.
Book pick: Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliot
Reason: Speaking of changing relationships, take a look at this book about Peggy Schuyler as she helps Alexander Hamilton woo her sister Eliza, becoming friends with him along the way in the midst of chaotic war.
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: Friendships, connections, decisions
You transformed like the best of butterflies last month, Pisces. Don’t worry. The winds will be gentler in August, thanks to Mercury moving forward once again. But the 🔍focus🔍 will be different. Less about your internal you and more about the people that surround you. That could mean new friends (hey, roomie!), the closest of family, or something in between. Whatever the case, expect the part the people in your life play to LOOM large. And for you to see a few patterns emerge.
Note the friends that make you feel good, confident, fabulous. Those are the keepers. And then note the ones that don’t. Maybe it’s time to let them go? As you release the old, that makes way for the new. And the stars think the new could be *quite* good for you indeed…
Book pick: Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
Reason: When you need a break from all that socializing, dive into this book about faith, friendship, and the potentially impending apocalypse.
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: Creativity, body, mind
Last month you focused on bringing more joy into your life. August asks you to make 😃happy😃 less a mood and more a state of being! It’s only temporary if you don’t work at it, you know. To help you on your journey toward eternal(ish) happiness, the cosmos have two suggestions:
The first, get creative. Maybe the reason you’re having a hard time getting stuff done is that you’re going about things the wrong way. Thinking outside the box could be just what you need. The second suggestion? TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. The body and mind are interconnected, and taking care of one is often linked to the health of the other! Perhaps your road toward August zen is the challenging challenge of creating some new habits? Good luck!
Book pick: I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Reason: For some inspiration on your road toward happy, read this story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships and the London Tube as she figures out when to hold on, when to keep moving and when to jump in.
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: Safe, secure, sanctuary
Your soul was laid bare and your life rearranged into an all-new 🧩puzzle🧩 in July, perhaps leaving you feeling like the whole world is looking at this new you and finding said you wanting. But that’s all in your head, Taurus.
When you’re feeling paranoid and like the world is out to get you, take a breath. Then another. Then slow down those thoughts and look them in the face. Do they stand up to some CALM scrutiny? Probably not. And while you try and separate out the facts of your life from the fears in your head, shift your focus to your friends, family, and the places you feel safe. Let yourself fall and be caught and get back up again. By the time September rolls around, you’ll be feeling as carefree as a calf in spring.
Book pick: Start Here by Trish Doller
Reason: When you’re craving something warm and hopeful mixed with some heartbreak this month (#mood), dive into this poignant tale of two girls, two months, two thousand miles, and a life-changing sailing trip.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: Seek, learn, change
You channeled an abundance of energy into something positive (we hope) last month. August will feel kind of like a new dawn. Soft light, creamy colors, clean slates. All adding up to a very different perspective, one that could rock you to your core. Who knew a new day could be SO powerful? To help guide you through a potentially 🤯ground-shaking🤯 month, the cosmos encourage you to raise a hand. That could be a literal hand, a spiritual hand, or an intellectual hand.
You might find the answers you need from a mentor, a friend, or even a book. Whichever way you seek to learn, know that the wisdom you gain in August can have far-reaching effects for the rest of the year. No pressure, Gemini. Have fun!
Book pick: The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Reason: Elizabeth and Diana rule Manhattan’s social scene. Until their golden future is threatened with true love at stake. When your brain feels heavy with all that new wisdom, lighten things up with this box set about luxury and deception in the age of innocence.
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: Commitment, energy, progress
You seized the day and jump-started your life in July. Thanks to that boost of energy and drive, you’re feeling *pretty* good about things.
But beware of making progress for progress sake. That’s how people get burnt out after all. It’s important to remind yourself that both energy and time are finite, even if they feel endless in early August. Pick and choose what you commit to wisely. The stars suggest that you follow through on the things that ⚡️electrify⚡️ you. Maybe that’s learning a new language, pushing your mile-per-minute pace, delving into your spiritual side, or meeting new people. This is an excellent time to embark on new projects and journeys. Just in time for school to start… Bon voyage, Cancer!
Book pick: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Reason: As you embark on journeys both metaphorical and literal in your enthusiastic August, check out this book about Henry “Monty” Montague’s last hedonistic hurrah around Europe with his best friend (and crush) Percy before he takes over the family estate.