Monthly Book Horoscopes: November
The Halloween candy is being digested, the pumpkins are beginning to get a little bit moldy, and the leaf piles are growing ever larger on the ground. November has arrived, which means it’s time for the third edition of Monthly Book Horoscopes – book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign! These books have been hand-picked by us Teen Advisers from a variety of genres and reading levels. Take a look at your Zodiac sign to see what is recommended specially for you this month! And, as always, feel free to check out any of the books on this list, because they are all wonderful.
Aries Nation by Terry Pratchett
Mau is alone on a deserted island, the last survivor of his nation after a natural disaster sweeps the area. At least, he thinks he is alone – until he meets Daphne, sole survivor of a shipwreck that has stranded her here. Mau and Daphne form an unlikely and important friendship as they survive together throughout a witty, thrilling, and special adventure. This book has something to offer for all ages!
Taurus The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
This book takes the form of a collection of short stories, ranging from the tale of a man who watches his elephant vanish in front of his eyes to the story of a woman who has discovered a little green monster that is living in her backyard. Each story provides a wonderful snapshot into the lives of its characters and shines a new light on the way we perceive the reality of everyday life.
Gemini The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall
When Faheem Khan, the father of famous Pakistani cricket star Kamran Khan, falls dead to the floor after a mouthful of butter chicken at the Delhi Durbar hotel, it is up to smug detective Vish Puri to solve the mystery behind his death. But this isn’t the only murder he’s got on his dinner plate – there is also the case of a certain murdered mustache to sort out. Yes, you read that correctly! This clever book is part of the Vish Puri mystery series.
Cancer My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Anna’s sister is dying. Kate was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two years old, and Anna was conceived through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis as a bone marrow match, born to save her sister’s life. Now Anna is thirteen, and tired of constantly undergoing medical operations to save the life of her sister. Anna goes to a lawyer seeking medical emancipation from her parents, a decision that tests the relationships in her family.
Leo We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This story is told from the perspective of a girl named Cadence who comes from a rich, seemingly perfect family that keeps a lot of secrets from one another. Every summer, she joins her family on her grandfather’s private island. These best months of the year are spent laughing with her cousins and best friend, Gat. But last time she was there, something terrible happened, something that she can’t remember… this book will break your heart!
Virgo Eleanor by Johnny Worthen
This is a mysterious story about a mysterious girl named Eleanor who lives with her mysterious mother, Tabitha, in a small town in Wyoming. Nobody would think she was anything other than average, but she is, and when her old friend David returns to town from military school, she can no longer hide her true identity. This is an eerie horror story that combines Native American skinwalker mythology with the YA genre. A great read for a windy November night.
Libra Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen
Sad yet hopeful, Speak is a serious book about a serious problem, but it is also full of humor and is sure to keep you entertained. Starting freshman year isn’t easy for anyone, but Melinda walks in on the first day completely alone with a terrible secret. As she snarkily navigates her way through her first year of high school, we slowly learn what happened at the end-of-summer party that changed everything. This is a beautiful and important story that everyone should read.
Scorpio The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital one day to find out that her best friend is dead. A miraculous survivor of the accident, Mara is diagnosed with severe PTSD and suffers from hallucinations and nightmares for months after the incident. Her family moves to Florida, where meets the notorious Noah Shaw, an infamous high school womanizer who quickly grows interested in her. What Mara doesn’t suspect is that Noah will help her discover the horrifying truth behind what really happened the night of the accident.
Sagittarius Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
November is the perfect month for a creepy horror story. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the book for you! Cora and her little sister, Mimi, are sent to live with their eccentric aunt in the village of Byers Guerdon. It’s not a very happy place, but Cora soon begins to discover that there’s a reason behind the coldness of the place, and that an evil is lurking out there somewhere that is threatening to take her little sister away from her.
Capricorn Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
The ultimate companion’s book for any Harry Potter fan. It might be a good idea to brush up your Harry Potter knowledge, because this very same book is being adapted into another film that will take place in the Harry Potter universe! Are you excited or what?! And don’t worry, this book is sure to please any caliber of fantasy lover, whether or not you’ve read the series (although we seriously recommend giving them a try).
Aquarius Paper Towns by John Green
Speaking of awesome books that are being made into movies, we can’t wait to see this fantastic novel by John Green hit the big screen later this year! Quentin has admired his neighbor Margo from afar for a long time now, but one night she appears in his room dressed up as a ninja and tells him she wants his help in an elaborate plan for revenge. She then disappears and leaves a trail of clues for him to hunt her down. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you won’t be disappointed!
Pisces Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Josie is sixteen, and her world is turned upside down when her sister Kate gets engaged to a boy that Josie can’t stand. As Josie fights to show Kate what a grave mistake she is making, she begins to question things about her own life – her love for her own boyfriend, her relationship with her best friend, etc. This is a witty story about a girl’s discovery of the many languages of relationships and life. A great read about friendship, communication, and what it means to be in love.
Enjoy your reading this month, and we’ll see you in December for our next edition!
-Greenwood Teen Advisers