Reading the Stars: Sagittarius Book Recommendations

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The fire sign Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter and represented by either the Archer or the Centaur. Born between November 21 and December 20, Sagittarians have a great love of independence, exploration and expanding horizons. Astrologers often say that Sagittarians have the gift of providence – luck protects you and doors open just when you need them. Freedom is a Sagittarius’ guiding principle; progressive, restless in spirit, and eager to get on with the business of living, they are adventurous souls who thrive on new ideas and constant changes in scenery. Among the most likeable people in the zodiac, Sagittarians are generally high-spirited, congenial and gifted with a wonderful sense of humor. This is complemented by their straightforward, honest nature – what they say is what they mean and they make for very kind and openhearted friends. Here are some great recommendations for our Sagittarius readers:

 

the rules of magic book cover imageThe Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, the Owens family is living in New York City at the cusp of the sixties. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. 

 

 

professor chandra follows his bliss book cover imageProfessor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Professor Chandra is an internationally renowned economist, divorced father of three (quite frankly baffling) children, recent victim of a bicycle hit-and-run—but so much more than the sum of his parts. In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes but his life’s work. He’s just narrowly missed the Nobel Prize (again), and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas. All this work. All this success. All this stress. It’s killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor, he should follow his bliss. Professor Chandra doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

 

 

foreign soil book cover imageForeign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke 

Maxine Beneba Clarke gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, and the mistreated in this stunning collection of provocative and gorgeously wrought stories. Within these pages, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre; a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike; an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton; a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance; a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny; and an Australian schoolgirl loses her way.

 

 

good omens book cover imageGood Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea? You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could try to do something about it. It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now find themselves in. They’ve been living among Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle. And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…

 

 

the city of brass book cover imageThe City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

On the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed skill. But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, during one of her cons, she learns that even the cleverest schemes can have deadly consequences. Forced to flee Cairo, Dara and Nahri journey together across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises to Daevabad - the legendary city of brass. It’s a city steeped in magic and fire, a city where Nahri's very presence threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries.

 

 

lake success book cover imageLake Success by Gary Shteyngart

Barry Cohen, master of the universe, has just had a very public meltdown involving a dinner party, an insider trading investigation and a $30,000 bottle of Japanese whisky. So he flees New York City, leaving behind his beautiful young wife and son, but remembering to bring his six favourite designer watches. Zig-zagging south through Trump's America on a Greyhound Bus pilgrimmage he is singularly unprepared for, Barry heads to Texas - to find his old college girlfriend and, with her, a shot at a second chance. Lake Success captures the vivid eccentricity and contradictions of America right now while speaking to the universal human experience of love, belonging, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

jerusalem book cover imageJerusalem by Alan Moore

In decaying Northampton, eternity loiters between housing projects. Among saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a timeline unravels: second-century fiends wait in urine-scented stairwells, delinquent specters undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors, laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. Through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts singing hymns of wealth and poverty. They celebrate the English language, challenge mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon their slum as Blake’s eternal holy city in “Moore’s apotheosis, a fourth-dimensional symphony”.

 

 

the ten thousand doors of january book cover imageThe Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

 

 

the water dancer book cover imageThe Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

 

 

the rest of us just live hereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness 

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.