Zodiac Book Recommendations: Gemini

With Gemini season in full swing, and with two of us being geminis ourselves, we all decided to give you our top picks for books recommendations based on some common gemini personality traits. 

Bethany: I have always considered myself to be a quintessential Gemini. I swear every single character trait is me to a T; curious, learns quickly, nervous, inconsistent, indecisive. Oh and let’s not forget about the two personalities! I have always had a little Angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other. 

Even my taste in books screams “she’s a Gemini!” My two favorite genres are romance and thriller, pretty much the exact opposites. Sometimes I crave a good cheesy romance that will make my heart swoon and other times I desire to read something that will have me sleeping with one eye open. 

I was never really big into reading until a few years ago and since then I have accumulated a pretty long list of books I love. There are definitely several books that I would recommend to all of my fellow Gemini, or anyone who enjoys romance or thriller, so I figured I would share them with you:

Romance:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – If you are looking for a fun, laugh out loud romance this is it. The characters in this book have great banter that kept me entertained from the start. Some parts are a bit predictable but I still loved this one. 

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – I read this book because I thought the synopsis sounded interesting (a couples 13 year journey through life, career and love) but I had no idea just how much I would love it. When I finished reading I had the urge to immediately start it over again. 

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – Even though this book came highly recommended I put off reading it for close to a year because I thought a story about a woman nearing 40 dating a 20 year old boy bander seemed too far fetched (my husband and I have nearly the same age gap so I have no right to judge). I ended up finishing the book within 3 days and to say I’m obsessed would be putting it mildly. 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I don’t really know where to start, it’s kind of hard to put into words just how incredible this book really is. Louisa and Will are perhaps my all time favorite book characters. Moyes did an absolutely phenomenal job unfolding their story. I’ve actually read this book twice and even just reading the last chapter brings me to tears so be sure to grab a box of tissues before you start this book. There are also two follow-up books, After you and Still me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Evelyn is a fictional Hollywood starlet of the 1950’s-80’s telling her story of fame and love. I enjoyed this book so much, Reid has become one of my favorite authors and all of her books are among my favorites but this one is definitely at the top of the list. 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – All of Hoover’s books tend to cover tough subjects but she always adds the perfect amount of comedic relief to keep things on the lighter side. This book helped me put myself in someone else’s shoes and realize that I shouldn’t be so quick to judge others and instead be more understanding. I’m being vague but I don’t want to give too much away. 

Thriller:

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen- When it comes to the two sides of Gemini this book comes to mind. There is a pretty big twist about ⅓ of the way through that completely shocked me. I’m talking jaw on the floor, everything I thought I knew was a lie, up all night trying to make sense of it all, shocked! 

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – I have recommended this book to several people and they have all loved it. The twist at the end makes me think there might be a follow up book in the future because it opens up more questions. If you can figure out what the twist means please let me know! 

The Whisper Man by Alex North- This is probably one of the creepiest books I have ever read. It is a bit Stephen King-esque minus the supernatural aspect. I also wouldn’t recommend reading this one right before bed and if you have kids you are probably going to make them sleep in bed with you. 

You can probably tell that I had a hard time narrowing this list down. I linked all of the books to Amazon but if you can please check with your locally owned bookstores first I think they would really appreciate the support right now. I usually borrow the kindle versions from my library because if I bought all of the books I read I would be spending way too much money.

Alexys: I don’t know a ton about astrology off the top of my head, but I do know that I am a gemini through and through. I am curious, change my mind a lot, very indecisive, and most of all, I relate to the twins aspect of gemini. I am very much the opposite of myself in a lot of ways. That’s why I have accumulated quite an eclectic book collection, and probably one reason I tend to go through phases where I read a lot, then other times go months without really delving into a book (seems like a very gemini thing to do haha). With that said, I like books that I can dip in and out of. In terms of genre, I don’t really have a favorite, but I have a lot of poetry books as well as some fiction. Here are my favorites that fellow geminis might be interested in:

Everyman’s Library Pocket Books: I’ve loved these pocket books for a few years now, but didn’t actually know the cool story behind them until researching for this post. Everyman’s pocket books are an assortment of some of the most classic literature. There is nearly every category you can think of, from classic stories and famous poets, to themed books with poems about friendship, the sea, jazz, garden, solitude, etc (and even dogs and cats have their own dedicated books). They are the perfect size to fit in my backpack or purse and I usually bring 1 or 2 with me when I travel. The first two I bought were Monster Verse Poems Human and Inhuman and Poems Bewitched and Haunted. I would honestly like to buy many more of these and plan to do so eventually. I think these pocket books are a really great option if you’re someone who wants to build a more eclectic collection or if you like to reach for something new often. 

Geek Love (fiction): This is one of my all time favorite books and is one of the first that truly pulled me in when I was younger and trying to read more. It’s a little hard to explain this story, but here’s the best I can do;  it is about a sideshow carnival that goes under, so the show runners (so to speak), Crystal Lil and Aloysius Binewski, successfully create their own “freakshow” family by experimenting with various drugs to alter their children’s genetics during pregnancy. This results in a son, Arty, who is born with flippers for hands and feet, Iphy and Elly, siamese twins, Olympia, an albino hunchback dwarf, and Chick, a seemingly normal looking baby. 

The story is told from the perspective of the oldest daughter, Oly (Olympia), and follows her family as they experience love, popularity, loss, self acceptance, complicated and painful family dynamics, and much more. This is such a twisted, beautiful story that is incredibly entertaining. There is not one page of this book that is dull or boring, it kept me excited for the next page and was even a little mind-bending at times. If you are a fan of Ryan Murphy, particularly American Horror Story, there is a big chance you will love this book.

Taryn:

 Coming from a non-Gemini (I’m a Libra), I think I’m pretty good at spotting major personality traits of Geminis. I’ve known Alexys and Bethany for their entire lives, literally, and I definitely see similarities between them. Most Geminis I know have at least a slight desire to go against the system and write their own stories. That’s why I picked the two books below. Both are about girls going against traditions and what’s expected of them, but in different ways. 

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum: Mostly set in New York City, Isra, a Palestinian living in America, battles between living a traditional Muslim life and raising her four daughters to be strong in America. One of her daughters, Deya, is facing the same challenges Isra faced when she was a young girl. They both struggle with appeasing their family and marrying young and wanting to keep their voices and their love for reading and education alive. The book goes back and forth of whose speaking to give you lots of perspective. Good for any Gemini who’s trying to decide what path to take.
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso: Sophia is an all around badass. The book reflects on how she went from, well kind of a loser, to running a $100 million fashion company. She goes into a lot of detail of how she made it and even if fashion isn’t your thing, it’s really interesting to learn about. Her life path shows that we aren’t all meant to do the stereotypical school and career path to be successful. Sophia proves creativity, hard work, and some experience with shitty jobs can give you enough energy to lead you to whatever life you’re looking for. If you don’t read the book, at least follow her on Instagram (@sophiaamoruso) and watch the Netflix show that’s based on this book.

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