Be ready for your energies to shift into something totally new this month, book nerds! The planets will be heavily focused in one area of your life. For some of you, that’s a blessing. For others…not such much. Be prepared to shout “May Day” if you need a little help from your friends.
But regardless of whether or not you’re getting crushed by the cosmos, be prepared to grow, explore, and be inspired by the world around you. It’s a great big world, after all. One full of love, hate, choice and destiny. And books, of course!
Scroll down to get your book rec and some advice for an amazing May.
Epic Reads May Horoscopes
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: Celebration, karma, alignment
Last month you went where the world decided to take you, and we bet you had *quite* the adventure! May is a month to stand tall and celebrate YOU. Not only is it your birthday month, but the stars are lining up to give you a HUGE boost of confidence. The only question now is this: How will you use that cosmic goodwill to your advantage? Maybe you’ll invest in your schoolwork to send you toward finals with a head start. Perhaps you’ll deepen your relationship with a certain someone. Or you just might decide that all you really need this month is to treat yourself. You know you best. So do what needs doing, and enjoy every minute of it. The ☀️sun☀️ is shining on you, Taurus!
Reason: For when you’re really feeling that cosmic boost of confidence, a book about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: Possibility, exploration, communication
In April, your mind and heart battled for control of your life. Sometimes the only way out is through, but we hope you had fun despite all the craziness. Because you put in the work to balance out your feelings and your smarts, you’ve set yourself up for success come May. This month, you’ll find yourself drawn to your inner world. To the possibilities and dreams that live within you. Through some careful exploration of those hidden depths, you’ll feel called upon to share them with the outer 🌎world🌎, too. Expect to be more outspoken: literally, socially, fictionally. We CAN’T WAIT to hear what you have to say, Gemini. The stars promise it’s going to be good.
Book pick: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Reason: As you explore your inner world, a book to inspire you to go deeper. A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed. Esha and Kunal will have to decide where their loyalties lie in this heart-pounding fantasy inspired by ancient Indian history.
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: Friendship, energy, warmth
You indulged your latest obsessions and curiosities and questions in April. May is prompting you to get out in the world. Deepen and strengthen the bond you have with your squad. Summer is fast approaching, and with it likely some big changes. So make more memories. Laugh. A LOT. Do something weird. Volunteer together. Welcome somebody new into your crew. However you decide to bond, know that the stars are cheering you on with *joyous* energy and cosmic 🤗hugs🤗. Now go forth and fun.
Book pick: Something Like Happy by Sasha Greene
Reason: A book about friendship, love, and the day-to-day struggles with mental health for your month of connection. Jade is just trying to get by. She doesn’t want to talk about it. But when she meets Nick, everything changes. Out of difficult circumstances, their friendship grows into something both of them never knew they needed.
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: Deep, introspective, intellectual
Last month you discovered how powerful friendships can be. How they support your emotions, your curiosity, even your dreams. Now the stars are asking you to turn your attention to something a little more weighty: your path in life. Leos are often a shining 💡light💡 for the world, but have you taken a chance to use the light to give a little clarity to YOUR decisions? Take a look. Do you like what you see? Do you like where you’re going? Work through the answers to those big questions by distracting yourself with a long book, a quick run, or anything else that gets your body moving and your emotions released. It never pays to bottle up that fire, Leo. So let it go, and find clarity in the light.
Book pick: Tomb of Ancients by Madeleine Roux
Reason: For inspiration on taking a hard look at your path in life, here’s the final book in a “darkly delightful” fantasy series. Louise fled the nightmares of Coldthistle House. But as the evil influence of her father’s spirit grows stronger, she knows she’ll have to pick a side in the coming war. Even if it means striking a devil’s bargain.
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: Growth, perspective, inspiration
You did it all last month: killed your school assignments, came out of your shell, learned to live in the social spotlight. In May, your energy shifts towards new perspectives. This could be your own spiritual growth, the culmination of your studies, or the promise of a long-awaited and long-distance trip. Whatever the month has in store for you, see it as an opportunity to go BEYOND your boundaries and comfort zones. May is a month of inspiration, of expansion, of journeys both literal and ✨metaphorical✨. It’s exciting and scary and beautiful all at once. So go forth and grow, Virgo. And as you do, see how much the world grows with you.
Book pick: Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Reason: A high seas adventure for your month of expansion, growth and possibly travel. Dive into this world of meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans with an iron-willed pirate and soldier with a secret he’ll do anything to protect.
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: Focus, clarity, determination
Last month you put the past in the past and embraced a calmer and more balanced future. May will be less about something new and more about embracing the changes you’ve already set in motion. The stars suggest a clear head and a focused path. It’s NOT a month to rock the boat. It’s a month for staying steady and following through. For overcoming obstacles with grit and determination, releasing the pains of the past as you 🏃♀️march🏃♀️ into your future. And while that might sound boring, think of it as a nice break from all the *craziness* you’ve through in 2019 so far. Don’t you deserve a break, Libra? We think so, too.
Book pick: The Missing Season by Gillian French
Reason: As you march into May with a clear head and a more balanced life, here’s an atmospheric novel about friendship, fear, and truth to keep your heart racing when things get slow.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: Relationships, growth, balance
You won at life last month. How’s it feel, Scorpio? Bring that victorious energy along with you into May. Because this is a month of growth, both in your relationships and in yourself, so a little confidence certainly can’t hurt! Be prepared for an awakening. A realization of the kinds of people and interactions and ties that *really* bring you peace and joy and love. This month might even bring you romance! But only if you’re really ready for it. Also be prepared to 🤔think🤔 about not just what you need out of a friendship or romance, but what you’re able to put into it, too. Life’s about balance, after all.
Book pick: Nocturna by Maya Motayne
Reason: As you ponder the give and take of friendship, here’s a story about an unlikely duo who team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed. As they race to vanquish an ancient power, they must face the deepest darkness in their own pasts.
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: Refresh, recharge, relax
You stood in the spotlight last month, and didn’t that give you the warm and fuzzies? Compared to April, May is going to feel quite 🥶cold🥶. The spotlight will move onto other signs, your calendar might look bare, and your relationships steady but not particularly exciting. The stars suggest you turn your attention to your mind and body. As finals approach, you might find you need some peace and quiet to get things done. Maybe you’ll be SO sick of hitting the books you’ll set aside some extra time for your favorite running path, or this month could just bring the need for pampering after a *busy* few weeks. Don’t see this as a month of blah. Instead, see it as an opportunity to refill the well. We’ll see you on the other side, Sag!
Book pick: Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist
Reason: When you’re feeling bored by your quiet month, here’s an atmospheric murder mystery about depression, loneliness, love, and identity. This fast-paced literary thriller will haunt you.
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: Rest, relax, rejoice
Last month was a whirlwind of activity. You’re stumbling into May a little tired, a little burned out. And ready for rest and relaxation. And the stars are happy to give it to you! Like the world around you, you’ll be 💐blooming💐 in May. All that hard work and energy you spend rooting yourself into the world around you is paying off. While this is a *calmer* month than last, that doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels. If you see a need for action, take it! But YOU will be the driving force of your life. Not your calendar or friends or school obligations. So take this as an opportunity to have fun, but also to keep your eyes peeled for something new around the bend. Because the cosmos might have a whole new kind of energy in mind for you come June…
Book pick: Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
Reason: A book to keep your mind sharp in your calm May, here’s a story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he is still alive.
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: Catharsis, distraction, strength
April was all about having faith in yourself and pushing forward to make your dreams come true. Even though you took some hits, you were able to shrug them off and keep on keepin’ on. May is going to feel A LOT more like a metaphorical slap in the face. But the stars are here to say it’s all in your head! Instead of indulging in some in self-pity, the cosmos have some more productive suggestions for you: Marie Kondo your closet; spend a relaxing day with your fam; paint your feelings; and if all else fails, there’s always exercise. When things start to spiral, the best way to reverse that impending sense of 🌋doom🌋 is to throw yourself into something positive and productive and *utterly* distracting. Good luck, Aquarius. You’re stronger than you know.
Book pick: Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
Reason: When you’re in need of distraction this month, what better choice than three brand-new novellas, never-before-seen-maps, journal entries and more in this companion to Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series?
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: Amazing, exciting, happy
You spread your wings in April and got pretty comfortable outside of your comfort zone. We’re impressed, Pisces! In May, the cosmos conspire in your favor to yield one supremely positive month. Take advantage of the 😇benevolent😇 alignment of the planets to do something EXCITING, my fishy friend. Maybe it’s time for a spontaneous road trip with friends (or your mom for Mother’s Day!). Perhaps it’s the month to get your voice heard on your very own YouTube channel. Or maybe your crush will finally wake up and realize how amazingly perfect you are…with a little nudge from you, of course. However this month shakes out, know that you have the power to make *great* things happen. And the power to read a good book, too…
Book pick: Last Things by Jacqueline West
Reason: For a twisty book in your exciting May, check out this hypnotic story about the cost of talent—and the evil that lurks just out of sight.
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: Passion, inspiration, choice
You reinvented yourself in ways both big and small last month. May is going to put that NEW you to the test. Be prepared for anything, Aries. From an influx of romance to a tidal wave of feelings, a thrum of inspiration or a blast of excitement. Whichever way the 🌬winds of change🌬 decide to blow, know that the sun is shining on all the things that you’re great at. But the cosmos are here to remind you that being good at something isn’t enough. You have to love it, too. So use May as an opportunity to focus on the things that give you joy, as well as the things that get you where you need to be, and hope that they all line up into something grand in the end.
Book pick: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Reason: A little inspiration if your passions and your family’s expectations collide this month. High school senior Emoni Santiago has a daughter to care for and her abuela to help support. The one place she can let loose is the kitchen. Can Eboni let her talent guide her, even when everyone else expect her to play by a different set of rules?