Balance. Harmony. Peace. Libras, you are the seekers of truth, beauty, and, above all, equality. The air sign, ruled by Venus, is represented by the Scales, the ultimate symbol of justice. You are the one in your group to break the tie on where to go out to eat. Libras often play the peacekeepers when friends are feuding. They maintain a level-head and a calm manner that sets everyone at ease. Libras have much to live up to, which is why it’s important to schedule time for relaxing, recharging, and, of course, reading.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee)
The final book in Cashore’s Seven Kingdoms trilogy picks up the young queen’s story nine years after Graceling. After her evil father, King Leck’s, death, Bitterblue struggles to heal her wounded kingdom and her broken subjects. She rules in court and signs charters that she hopes are in the best interest of her people. While most want to forget Leck’s rule and move forward, Bitterblue is concerned that there are events she is unaware of that still threaten her kingdom. Seeking a new perspective, Bitterblue makes secret trips outside her castle walls and encounters storytellers, thieves, and even assassins. The more of the puzzle she uncovers, the more her uncertainty grows. Can she find the answers she seeks and become the queen her people need?
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Twelve year old Mary O’Hara is a sensible Dublin girl who has just met a very interesting and odd women, the ghost of her great-grandmother, Tansey. Rather than waste time questioning how or why, Mary accepts her great-grandmother’s presence and wastes no time in getting to know her. Mary introduces Tansey to Scarlett, Mary’s mother, and they embark on an important mission, saying goodbye to Mary’s gravely ill grandmother, Emer. After breaking Emer out of her hospital, the four women make a hasty trip to the old family farm. Although it becomes harder to say goodbye as the night wears on, Mary never stops believing in the power of family and love.
Don’t forget your own balance this month, Libra, and seek out your inner peace. What are some other great reads for steadfast Libras?
— Amanda Margis, currently reading The Brides of Rockroll Island by Margo Lanagan and listening to Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King