🎼 A whole new yeeeear…a new fantastic month of change. That’s right, book nerds. 2019 is here. The celebration is over, and now it’s time to get back to business. From working on yourself (let’s be honest, we could all do with a little self-improvement now and again) to working on your dreams, the stars tell us January is sure to be packed full of transformation.
And to aid you on your journey of self-discovery and growth, how about a book we picked out just for you?
Epic Reads January Horoscopes
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: celebrate, adjust, prepare
We hope you took advantage of a slow December, Capricorn. Because your birthday is here (or maybe it just passed) and things are bound to get emotional. You might be feeling like another year has gone by and you don’t have much to show for yourself. Well, the stars are here to say that is just a load of bunk. And we know you know it. Instead, turn that self-indulgent energy into something positive: a celebration of all your greatest achievements, and a resolution to go even bigger in 2019. Because this year is gonna be huge, with a new focus, a new direction, and maybe even a brand ⚡️new you⚡️.
Book pick: 96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash
Reason: For when you feel like all you did last year was create a path you’re not sure you want to walk anymore, read this coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Raya Liston and her trip to India to find her own true path.
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: charisma, meditation, change
Last month you wrapped your confidence around you like a perfectly knitted scarf. It kept you warm and looked pretty good on you, too! The stars are begging you to hold on to that confidence with all your might! Because it’s going to act like a 🤠lasso🤠 this month, pulling people and opportunities to you with just a flip of your wrist. All that hard work you’ve done on yourself could finally pay off! Though that doesn’t mean January is all about do, do, do. Instead, use this brand new month in a brand new year to polish up that beautiful mind of yours with regular meditation. Healthy spirit, healthy mind, healthy body. And a Happy New Year to you, too!
Book pick: A Sky for Us Alone by Kristin Russell
Reason: When that beautiful feeling of hope strikes you this month, a novel about just that set in the rural South. In this powerful story of first love, poverty, and the grip of the opioid crisis, Tennessee and Harlowe give each other hope when all is seems lost, daring them to take the risk and chase their dreams.
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: quiet, contemplative, calm
December was all about seeing the forest and not just the trees. This January, you might feel enveloped in a fog of quietude. Take the 31 days of this new month in a brand new year to prepare yourself for all the great and challenging things to come. What are you dreaming, wishing, hoping for this year? Spend some time journaling, or doodling, or in downward facing dog as you 🧘contemplate🧘 your big To Do’s and even bigger To Be’s of 2019. By the time February – and your birthday – rolls around, you’ll be centered and prepared to rock the rest of this year.
Book pick: Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi
Reason: As you burrow within yourself this month, here’s an anthology to bring you back up for air, and into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country.
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: change, action, energy
In December, you focused on slowing the body to allow your mind some breathing room. Now here you are in January 2019, Aries, relaxed and ready to begin again. Hold onto that mindfulness as a month of change comes charging your way. Whether it’s a new relationship, new class, new hobby, new house, or new resolution, the stars promise a dramatic beginning to 2019. Maybe not all of these changes will be welcome, but we have a suspicion that you’ll throw yourself heart/body/soul into whatever the world tosses your way. And if you do feel the desire to rage at the 🌪whirlwind🌪 that your life has become, that’s okay, too. Just get all the negative energy out so you can make room for the abundance this year is sure to bring.
Book pick: Three Sides Of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles edited by Natalie C. Parker
Reason: As you charge ahead into 2019, make sure to take some time to slow your thoughts with this set of sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories. From the teen girl who offers kissing lessons to vampires at a boarding school, dive into some love triangles you’re sure to…love.
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: enthusiasm, momentum, freedom
December was all about peace, positivity, and giving yourself permission to contemplate your dreams and desires. And now a cheery welcome to January for you, Taurus! Let your hair down as you embrace a new year and all the change that comes with it. From new beginnings to some epic endings, expect this month to be a big one for you. Maybe you’ll meet your new best friend, find that writing mentor you’ve been searching for, or start that new job you worked so hard to land last year. Whatever the case, bask in the 🌟glow🌟 of all the positive vibes the stars are shining your way. Happiness looks good on you!
Book pick: Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
Reason: For your month of change and enthusiasm, a charming romance about the unlikeliest of best friends. Her: prickly and anti-social. Him: ultra-popular and athletic. Them: perfect together. But when things start to change as graduation approaches, they think back on all the best times they spent together.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: connection, collaboration, partnership
December was a pretty intense month for you, Gemini. But you made it through to January on that wave of emotions, all the more ready for a month of connection. Get ready to ace that group project in English class, join drama club, or start your own writing group at school now that your NaNoWriMo project is (eek!) ready for beta readers. And even more than all of that, the stars this month have a bit of a…friendly twinkle to them. Keep your eyes out for somebody special, be it a new friend, a new mentor, or maybe even a brand new ❣️bae❣️. Use this powerful month to build a foundation for the rest of the year!
Book pick: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Reason: Some inspiration for building brand new or deeper relationships in your month of connection. Norris is a black French Canadian plunked down into the Texas heat. Clever and cynical, he doesn’t see people beyond their labels. Until those stereotypes become actual people with real friendship (and even romantic) potential. Can he get past his opinions and start living his life with the people who have found their way into his heart?
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: friends, family, forgiveness
You embraced the power of giving in December, Cancer, and the universe gave back in kind. You’ve strolled into 2019, energized and optimistic for a brave new year. In January, focus all that accumulated goodwill on your relationships: both with yourself, and with those closest to you. This is a time to wipe the slate clean, which can mean forgiving and forgetting or saying goodbye to things and people that no longer serve your best interests. So forgive your mom for shrinking your favorite sweater in the wash, but perhaps say goodbye to the “friend” who 🤬dog-eared🤬 the pages of your most cherished book. This is a month for taking risks and making changes. Whatever feels right, the stars say go for it!
Book pick: The Gilded Wolves by Rohsani Chokshi
Reason: As you wipe the slate clean for 2019, begin to fill it in again with this thrilling adventure set in a darkly glamorous Paris. The year is 1889 and the world on the cusp of industry. An all-powerful society seeks out treasure-hunter Séverin to find an ancient artifact. But what he seeks to find could very well change the world.
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: forgive, forget, formulate
You decorated your home and heart with the best of them last month, Leo. In January, despite it being a new year, the mistakes you’ve made in the past will be at the forefront of your mind. From the reading you chose not to do over winter break, to that dumb thing you said three months ago that you can’t seem to unremember. The stars are here to tell you those mistakes are in the past for a reason. It’s time to forgive yourself and move on! Instead, put energy into something more productive. That could be recommitting to regular yoga, getting a head start on your Goodreads goal, or starting your 2019 journal with some of your most profound thoughts yet. Wherever the month takes you, by the end, you’ll have a sharper mind and a clearer path.
Book pick: The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
Reason: As you struggle to forget the mistakes of your past, here’s a story about love, revenge, and redemption inspired by Medusa. After her friend Iris is possessed by a demon and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla must uncover dark secrets to save her. But she risks turning into a demon herself…
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: proactive, passionate, potent
December was an exercise in patience, which we know isn’t really your strong suit, Virgo. Hopefully, you worked it like a muscle, and have arrived in 2019 stronger and more patient than ever before. Because things are about to get hectic. Now, don’t go getting stressed out! This is a month for you to find your joy. Stop thinking about things so hard, and 👉just do it👈. Don’t agonize over auditioning for the school play: go for it. Don’t dawdle over trying out for track: train! Don’t make a pros and cons list as you contemplate asking your crush to the first dance of the year: ask! In this crazy new month in a crazy new year, the stars are asking you to go all in and set things in motion with a skip in your step. So hop to it!
Book pick: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Reason: When finding your joy leads you straight to a book, pick up this twisted psychological thriller about Sasha, first-chair clarinet and top of her class determined to play her way to Oberlin Conservatory. Until she discovers that her by-the-book life began when she absorbed her twin sister in the womb. Is her heart her own? And if not, what is she willing to do to take it back?
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: upheaval, growth, change
You pampered yourself in December, Libra, and boy what a good job you did. Now you’ve strolled into January, a month of…upheaval. Buckle up for safety, my well-balanced friend. Because you’re in for a bumpy ride. The stars suggest that the best thing you can do in the midst of all this tumult is to shrug it off and move forward anyway. Instead of getting lost in the weeds of all the details tangling around your legs, plant some 🌱seeds🌱 that will flourish over the months to come. Not feeling your friends right now? Join a new club. Not loving your NaNo draft? Shelve it for a more inspiring idea. Bored with your blog? Revamp it. Wherever you have room to grow, grow! You’ll be grateful come summer when all your hard work starts to pay off.
Book pick: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Reason: When life seems to be leading you down an unexpected path, here’s a story about a girl with a perfectly wonderful small-town life that suddenly gets turned on its head by the arrival of a quiet guy with a magnetic smile.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: action, enthusiasm, passion
In December, you realized the depth of your passions and the strength of your talents. You saw that the things you want are within reach if you have enough focus and determination and drive. In January, take that re-fortified confidence and start something new, Scorpio! Remember, you have the skill to make your dreams come true. And now, thanks to the 🌌universe🌌, you’ll have the intensity, too. Take advantage of that. Start the new year off with a new writing project, or up your Goodreads challenge to 100 books for 2019, or crush your family step competition by adding a little bit extra onto your January runs. Whatever your goals? They’re in the bag!
Book pick: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Reason: To give you a head start on your Goodreads goal, here’s a fast-paced read about a picture-perfect town that’s hiding its fair share of myteries. Can new-girl Ellery survive Echo Ridge’s dangerous secrets, or will she disappear like her aunt did years before her?
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: harmony, luck, adventure
The end of 2018 was all about focusing on your dreams and making them happen…or at least giving yourself a head start for 2019. January will be a month of challenges and resolutions, harmony and adventure, luck and skill. The stars urge you not to waste this energy! Invest it into yourself. Maybe that means getting excited about your 🛫spring break🛬 destination a bit early, perfecting your routine for the upcoming talent show, or dipping your toes into a new relationship in a month where you seem to be irresistible to everyone around you. Whatever you chose to throw yourself into, we know you’ll do it with enthusiasm and tireless amounts of energy. Happy New Year, Sagittarius! And may it be a good one, too.
Book pick: Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Reason: When you’re feeling in need of an adventure but don’t feel like leaving the warmth of your bed, curl up with this thrilling fantasy full of magic and betrayal inspired by feudal Japan.