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Jul 12 2016
by Hannah Nelson and Jenna Ciccotelli

Books the Signs Should Read This Summer

By Hannah Nelson and Jenna Ciccotelli - Jul 12 2016
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Don't know what book to pick up this summer? Here's what we think the signs would enjoy reading during your summer break! 

Aries (Mar 21- Apr 19): 

Paper Towns by John Green

 Paper towns is about adventure, finding yourself, and crushing the image of the manic pixie dream girl – perfect for an Aries about to enter college! After Margo Roth Spiegelman goes missing, neighbor and friend Q sets off on a 24 hour trip with friends to find her only to find out, she has no intent on coming back. 

https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Towns-John-Green/dp/014241493X


Taurus (Apr 20- May 20):

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 Amy Elliot Dunne goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary, and her husband Nick is the leading suspect in the investigation. Told from both points of view, this mystery novel of manipulation and love gone wrong is something you can't put down. Plus, there's a great movie adaptation! 

https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0307588378/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468270388&sr=1-1&keywords=gone+girl

Gemini (May 21- Jun 20):

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 From the author of the classic Gatsby tale comes a story of a Princeton graduate who learns that he is totally unprepared for the real world. 

https://www.overdrive.com/media/260317/this-side-of-paradise

Cancer (Jun 21- Jul 22):

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A great read for incoming college students that will help put your nerves to rest, since hopefully your college experience won't be anything like this tale of murders and misfits...

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Donna-Tartt/dp/1400031702

Leo (Jul 23- Aug 22):

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

 Another great read with a film adaptation to match, Sebold manages to take the gruesome, difficult topic of murder and craft it into an unique, first-hand experience. 

https://www.amazon.com/Lovely-Bones-Alice-Sebold/dp/0316044407


Virgo (Aug 23- Sep 22):

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This novel deals with the emotional roller coaster of, well, exactly what it sounds like-- typical marriage qualms, combined with the stress of your husband being a time traveler. You know, typical. 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18619684-the-time-traveler-s-wife

Libra (Sep 23- Oct 22):

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 In the era of Prohibition and the Great Depression, penniless, orphaned Jacob Jankowski hops on a train in the dark that leads him to a new job at the circus and to the love of his life. 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43641.Water_for_Elephants

Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov 21):

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

 This is actually a play that takes place when Harry's son, Albus, is a student at Hogwarts. It explores what's new in the wizarding world, what's changed in Potter's life, and what this means for Albus and his future. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play-book-what-can-we-expect-jk-rowling-eighth-harry-potter-story-a6867186.html

Sagittarius (Nov 22- Dec 21):

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

 This play is a celebration of female sexuality, an exploration of the final frontier, and the Bible for the new generation of women. It calls to end violence against women and prejudice against the female gender. You'll never think of sex or women the way you used to ever again. 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vagina-Monologues-Eve-Ensler/dp/1860499260

Capricorn (Dec 22- Jan 19):

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

 This story deals with things most people would rather not discuss: mental illness. Main character Craig contemplates suicide due to pressures brought on by his prestigious NYC school. He admits himself into a mental hospital to find help and to find himself. Heartwarming, tear-jerking, and bloody hilarious. 

https://www.amazon.com/Its-Kind-Funny-Story-Vizzini/dp/078685197X

Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18):

Looking for Alaska by John Green

 This book is about love and loss for those seeking a "Great Perhaps". Main character Miles' life goes for boring to lively and he realizes that his great perhaps lied within Alaska Young. That is, until after, when nothing was the same again. 

https://www.amazon.com/Looking-Alaska-John-Green/dp/0142402516

Pisces (Feb 19- Mar 20): 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 In this unusual number, main character Christopher sets off to investigate the death of his neighbor's dog. It's original, creative, stomach-hurting hilarious. 

https://www.amazon.com/Curious-Incident-Dog-Night-Time/dp/1400032717

It's time to get that last "for fun" book in before all your reading becomes mandatory! 

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