Cancer is represented by the crab, but there is nothing to be crabby about this month. Kind, sensitive, and devoted to family and friends, Cancers have a full month ahead of planning cookouts, making lemonade for little siblings, and making sure this summer is the best for everyone they care most about. But Cancers need to inject a little self-care every so often to maintain balance and health. What better way than with these comforting and adventurous books.
Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson
“It was a dark and stormy night…” So begins the classic fantasy novel of adventure and danger, family bonds, and, above all, love. Hope Larson creates a new reading experience with her graphic novel adaptation. The art is fresh and expressive and none of the original magic of L’Engle’s tale is lost. The perfect read for a sunny day under a tree or even a dark and stormy night.
We know, Gemini, you are ready to go. This sun sign is ruled by twins, just as you are ruled by two separate natures: one side outgoing, on the move, ready for action and new adventures — warring with the other side that is contemplative, curious, calculating, and maybe just a little mischievous. So now that summer is almost here it can be hard to keep either side focused on anything that doesn’t include travel, exploring, and meeting new people. When it gets overwhelming, Gemini, we caution you to take a few seconds and breathe deep, regroup, and enjoy these books that feature dynamic and exciting Geminis like you.
Taurus, the Bull, second sign of the Zodiac, what a month you have ahead of you! Patient, reliable and practical, Taurus also possess a generous, loving and warm heart. Taurus are the harmonious ones in any group, ready to pitch in, get down to work, and get the job done. And when you work hard, what’s wrong with a little reward at then end of the day? Taurus love their creature comforts, good food, good drink, and good friends. This month may seem like more of the same as last month, but I promise you, Taurus, there will be much excitement to look forward to. Perfect opportunity to catch up with these great reads perfect for steady, persistent Taurus.
Aliera Carstairs has one goal: to get to the national fencing competition. The only problem is, she needs a new practice foil (not a sword, thank you very much). Her mother finds her one at a tag sale, and Aliera is sure she is on her way. But her foil is not just any weapon — it is the weapon of the Defender of the Faeries and she has just been selected to the job. Through the first two books in this new graphic novel series, Aliera has to fight off trolls, ogres, goblins, fencing instructors, and even the cutest boy in school who is not what he seems. Luckily Aliera has help along the way, including her cousin and the great Baba Yaga. Full of action, adventure and terrifying (if not terribly bright) monsters, Aliera has more than enough excitement for one girl.
First of the zodiac signs and first at most everything else, this is an exciting month for Aries. The return of spring promises lots of new adventures for these natural leaders. Independent, enthusiastic, and courageous, Aries are also incredibly driven and laser focused on any task. But Aries are also human and can be moody, impulsive, and impatient at times. Luckily I have the perfect books to excite and inspire tireless Aries this month.
Matt is angry all the time. His home life with his harsh and abusive father was never great, but now it’s worse — worse since Matt can’t get his grades up to get into officer training for the military after graduation. Worse since he might not even graduate and get into basic training. Worse since Matt is also angry at the peace-loving jerks at school who antagonize him. Worse since his brother TJ died in Iraq. Matt thinks if he can just see his brother’s personal effects, the objects left behind, he could make sense of the gaping hole he feels. But Matt finds more than he anticipated, and he has to decide if the ultimate rebellion against his father is worth the price to find the truth. Heartbreaking, honest, and brutal, Matt’s journey to find the man his brother was may teach him how to grow as well.
Charitable, compassionate, easy going and intuitive, Pisces are in for an interesting month. Ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, Pisces are known for their ability to look inward and tuned in to their feelings and emotions and for their caring attitudes toward others. Pisces are also the dreamers of the zodiac signs, not just with their heads in the clouds but with their hearts filled with hope and possibility. This month, Pisces, I challenge you to look outside yourself more and stay connected to the world around you. Let these books be your anchor and your sail.