Changing leaves, falling temperatures, and pumpkin-spice everything. October is here, and with it, Libra season. This month, the universe plays its own balancing game with your feelings, book nerds. Some of you will be looking up and moving on, while others of you will find yourselves examining your inner-cobwebs with trepidation.
Our advice? Don’t just read YOUR horoscopes this month. Snoop on your friends, too! And then be kind, because the wheel of life is always turning, and your fortunes with it. Maybe this month the universe is your best friend. But someday soon, it’ll be a real jerk to you.
Sorry! We don’t make the rules. But we did interpret them and pick out a book just for you…
Epic Reads October Horoscopes
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: Whimsy, curiosity, distraction
You widened your social impact last month, meeting new people and making new friends in unexpected ways. You’ll be carrying that positivity into October. Which, don’t get us wrong, is AMAZING.
But it’s possible you’ll be holding on to the feeling so hard you’ll not actually DO anything with those good vibes.
With your mind and your abundance of energy latching onto ideas and new people left, right, and center, your actual life might get…left in the dust. And 📓homework📓 waits for nobody. So instead of chasing every whim, the stars suggest you go deeper into a few things. One of which, obviously, is probably a book.
Happy reading, Aries!
Book pick: Angel Mage by Garth Nix
Reason: Since you’ll be needing something a bit more tangible to wrap that big ‘ol brain of yours around, how about an ageless young girl on a single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: Enthusiasm, balance, compromise
You stretched yourself last month, realizing that you’re capable of far more than you’d let yourself believe. And now you’re feeling more ✨inspired✨ and enthusiastic about life than ever! And you want to share all your ideas and thoughts and dreams with, well, everyone.
But because you’ve been growing SO much, SO fast this year, you may find that you’ve outpaced some of your friends. Your humblebrags might come off as plain old hubris if you’re not careful! The stars suggest you keep in mind the thoughts and feelings of others, finding a balance between your growth and your relationships. May you compromise with the best of them, Taurus!
Book pick: Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Reason: As you balance out your growth with your friends’ needs, here’s a heartfelt, unflinching book about the power of friends who push each other out of their comfort zones, and the reality of being a burn survivor.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: Karma, kindness, compassion
Last month was tough but rewarding. And October is setting you up for some major karmic stockpiling!
You’ll be feeling (mostly) positive and chipper this month, inspiring the heck out of the people around you. Maybe you’re cheering on your more athletic friends from the sidelines, volunteering to be the 🧟♀️less flattering half🧟♀️ of a couple’s costume, or covering a shift or two for a co-worker. You might not be getting anything out of all the good you’re giving this month, but worry not, Gemini. Your friends WILL remember your actions and lift you up in kind when you need it most. Happy giving!
Book pick: Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques
Reason: Just like Azzy determined to save her brother, you’ll be dead set on being there for your friends this month, no matter what. So draw a little inspiration from this lush story about a world decimated by magic.
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: Play, surrender, grow
You tried your hardest to put yourself first in September. It was probably uncomfortable, but it’s what you needed. And having that “you” time revealed some hidden dust bunnies you need to clear out.
Because you want your relationships to be strong. You want your friendships to be unsinkable. And you want to love yourself as much as you love [insert favorite book here].
Sometimes the best way to do that is to not try so hard!
This month, the stars want you to have fun! Do whatever puts a smile on your face, whether that’s organizing a trip to the movies, taking your little sister trick-or-treating, or having an impromptu 🐩dog🐩 photoshoot with your new phone. Having fun means letting go, and letting go means being the fullest expression of you.
Book pick: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Reason: A fun book for your playful month. Sophie thought her Christmas break would give her freedom from her parents, and make-out time with her long-term boyfriend. Except he wants some space. So off she goes to her grandmother’s house, where she’ll be sent on ten blind dates by ten different family members…
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: Resist, retreat, respect
You embraced the value of teamwork last month. October asks you to hold on to those feelings of goodwill and resist the urge to become quite the judgy lion.
When your teacher misspeaks, your teammate drops the ball, or your dad says something embarrassing in front of EVERYONE, you’ll be REALLY wanting to put them in their place. An 🙄eye roll🙄 here, a fiery comment there….those reactions might feel good in the moment. But really, they just bring your entire mood down. And you don’t need that!
So when life has you feeling annoyed, turn to the things that lift you up. Maybe that’s art, or podcasts, or, possibly, books? The stars have just the one for you…
Book pick: Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Reason: When your inner lion needs something to chew on, check out this eerie murder mystery about a girl framed for a crime she didn’t commit in a town with a history of unsolved tragedies. Zora Novak will have to clear her name, and read between the lines of the town’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: Contemplate, discover, change
You crushed Virgo season. Obviously. October finds you in a more contemplative mood. You’ll be feeling good about being older and wiser. Looking back on all you’ve done, and of course all you plan to do next. And as you dig deep into those plans, you might feel as if you’re coming up short in some way. That’s because the cosmos are 🔦illuminating🔦 your fears and self-doubts this month.
So when you feel like your SAT scores aren’t gonna cut it, or you’re never going to finish that manuscript, or you’re tired of going to Homecoming without a date, that’s really just the universe helping you see where in life your self-esteem needs a boost. And knowing is the first step to changing is the first step toward growing! And we know you can grow.
Book pick: Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Reason: Speaking of recognizing a truth about yourself and working to change it, crack open this book about an Automae Lady who was Made to carry on her father’s legacy, only to discover her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired.
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: Charming, celebratory, happy
September was all about reflecting back on your past year of life, and determining what you want out of the next one. As we march deeper into fall and straight into your 🥳birthday🥳 month, you’ll be feeling *pretty* charming, Libra.
The stars suggest you make the most of all the positive energy coming your way! Don’t question it, Libra. Because what the universe is really trying to tell you is that you deserve to have those things you’re dreaming about. You deserve to get as much out of your relationships as you put into them. You deserve to be happy. And in October, we think you will be.
Happy Birthday, Libra!
Book pick: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
Reason: Speaking of a brand new year of life, here’s a story about blank slates, moving forward, and mixing things up. Follow Shane as she drops the doldrums of her college routine in exchange for a semester in London.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: Introspection, balance, reset
September asked you to control your reactions in a socially *tense* month. We suspect you relied upon yoga, meditation, or the always healthy “screaming into your pillow” technique to keep it together. October is here and there’s not much going on. Which leaves you feeling… suspicious. Waiting for the other bootie to drop, one might say. But that’s no way to live! Especially not as we head into your birthday month, Scorpio.
The stars suggest that, instead of looking around every corner with 😰dread😰, you look inside yourself! Maybe that paranoia is simply something within that’s gone out of balance with your life without. Give yourself this month to reset, and you’ll be sharp as a 🦂’s stinger come Halloween.
Book pick: Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Reason: As you take a break from the outer world, consider this book about Frankie and Toni, two young women doing everything they can to survive as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II. Perhaps something within these pages will resonate with what’s going on within you?
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: Charisma, passion, peace
You focused your time and energy on the most important things last month, giving your mind and body some much-needed recovery time. Only you realized toward the end of the month that you kind of like this new, relaxed you. Who knew?!
Your ✌️calm vibes✌️ will show your great ideas and natural charisma to their *best* advantage. The universe is giving you permission to move forward without trying all that hard. What a nice universe! This could be an UNBELIEVABLE month for writing, learning, or standing up for what’s right.
Don’t let October go to waste, Sag!
Book pick: Suggested Reading by Dave Connis
Reason: If you decide to use your charisma for good, get inspired by Clara Evans. When she discovers her principal’s “prohibited media” hit list, she strikes back with her own underground library.
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: Calm, cool, collected
You trusted in the strength of your roots last month, giving yourself the freedom to explore the fluffier side of life.
October arrives with a warning: Be extra careful in your words and deeds. Because the people around you might be a tad more sensitive this month. Feathers WILL be ruffled. Boats rocked. Feelings hurt. But you can avoid making things worse by staying calm and not giving in to the temptation to control the situation. Instead, turn your energies to the things you can take charge of.
The stars suggest you 🧹clean🧹 your room (your parents didn’t pay us to suggest that, we swear!), sew your own Halloween costume, or make a dent in that TBR pile that only ever seems to get bigger. Just stay cool, Cap. Your friends will thank you next month.
Book pick: Verify by Joelle Charbonneau
Reason: When you’ve expended all your energy holding in the snark you know a certain somebody really deserved, turn to this book set in a world without lies. Until Meri discovers a secret world full of facts she’s never heard and history she didn’t know existed…
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: Fate, connection, courage
September had you digging deep and examining your own insecurities. October will find you surfacing back into the real world. Which makes it a perfect month for you to test out all those new skills and self-beliefs you’ve been generating all year round!
You tend to bring a sense of connectedness wherever you go, acting as the glue that holds everyone together. October sees that working in your favor, with the stars hinting at a new connection that could change the course of your life forever. So keep your 👀eyes👀 peeled for a new mentor, teacher, or friend. For a meeting that feels like fate.
If, that is, you’re open to it…
Book pick: The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif
Reason: As you prove to yourself and the world how much you’ve changed and grown this year, race through this gripping thriller about a spy gone rogue. Like you, Jessie will have to prove herself if she’s to complete her mission, right a wrong, and survive.
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: Creativity, faith, growth
Last month you reached out and stood up, both for yourself and others. Now October asks you not to drown in the myriad of metaphorical muddy puddles that seem to surround you. Stare into those murky depths TOO long and you’ll miss out on some *glorious* fall skies and 🍁fiery foliage🍁, after all.
Instead of getting distracted by small hurts and petty annoyances, the stars suggest you dive into something new. Maybe you’ll take up poetry, painting, or Portuguese. Wherever your passions and your curiosity take you, this month you’ll be rewarded. Just trust in the process. And study up, Pisces!
Book pick: The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
Reason: Spark some creativity and curiosity with this stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork.