Jax Stacks Reading Challenge: February

Jax Stacks Reading Challenge

Read a book by an author that shares your zodiac sign

Hello, Jax Stacks readers! It’s time to get in touch with your inner self and read a book by an author who shares your zodiac sign. We’ve hand-picked one book tailored to each of the twelve signs and given you plenty of other authors to choose from. Do you have a favorite author who shares your zodiac sign? Do you want to know what other Jax Stacks readers with your zodiac sign are reading? Do you want to find bookish friends to have a group birthday party with? Pop in to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading this month!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite (born March 21, 1988)

This dark satire is a great fit for the passionate and confident Aries.

“Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works… But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.”

More authors: Kate DiCamillo (March 25), Jo Nesbø (March 29), Jesmyn Ward (April 1), Maya Angelou (April 4), Leigh Bardugo (April 6), Beverly Cleary (April 12)

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (born April 25, 1981)

The dependable yet stubborn Taurus is sure to find a kindred spirit in Mexican Gothic’s Noemí Taboada, a woman who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

“After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She's… an unlikely rescuer: She's a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she's also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin's new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi's dreams with visions of blood and doom… And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.”

More authors: Barbara Park (April 21), Harper Lee (April 28), Naomi Novik (April 30), Jeffery Deaver (May 6), Joy Harjo (May 9), Tana French (May 10), Ottessa Moshfegh (May 20)

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
The Martian, by Andy Weir (born June 16, 1972)

This hilarious, non-stop thrill ride will be a quick read for the playful and perceptive Gemini.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

More authors: Tony Hillerman (May 27), John Connolly (May 31), Fredrik Backman (June 2), Akwaeke Emezi (June 6), Louise Erdrich (June 7), Joyce Carol Oates (June 16)

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Whereabouts, by Jhumpa Lahiri (born July 11, 1967)

Lahiri’s thoughtful writing should appeal directly to the Cancer’s intuitive and sensitive disposition.

“In the arc of one year, an unnamed narrator in an unnamed city, in the middle of her life's journey, realizes that she's lost her way. The city she calls home acts as a companion and interlocutor: traversing the streets around her house, and in parks, piazzas, museums, stores, and coffee bars, she feels less alone. We follow her to the pool she frequents, and to the train station that leads to her mother, who is mired in her own solitude after her husband's untimely death. Among those who appear on this woman's path are colleagues with whom she feels ill at ease, casual acquaintances, and "him," a shadow who both consoles and unsettles her. Until one day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun's vital heat, her perspective will abruptly change.”

More authors: Octavia Butler (June 22), Paul Tremblay (June 30), Erin Morgenstern (July 8), Lisa Jewell (July 19), Ernest Hemingway (July 21)

Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Circe, by Madeline Miller (born July 24, 1978)

The majestic and confident Leo will love this retelling of the Ancient Greek myth of the goddess, Circe.

“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft … But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.”

More authors: Madeline Miller (July 24), Celeste Ng (July 30), Tomi Adeyemi (August 1), Isabel Allende (August 2), Sue Monk Kidd (August 12), Danielle Steel (August 14), Valeria Luiselli (August 16)

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
The Shining, by Stephen King (born September 21, 1947)

The twists and turns of this classic novel will be a delight for the detail-oriented Virgo.

“Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.”

More authors: John Green (August 24), Agatha Christie (September 15), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (September 15), Angie Thomas (September 20), H.G. Wells (September 21)

Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Year One, by Nora Roberts (born October 10, 1950)

The empathetic and compassionate Libra will be wrapped up in this post-apocalyptic tale of hope and survival.

"It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most.”

More authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24), Kristin Hannah (September 25), Ta-Nehisi Coates (September 30), Rupi Kaur (October 4), Nora Roberts (October 10), Roxane Gay (October 15)

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (born November 6, 1969)

This reimagining of history shines a light on both the past and present, sure to be a fascinating read for the passionate and determined Scorpio.

“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor--engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.”

More authors: Zadie Smith (October 25), Sylvia Plath (October 27), Julie Murphy (November 8), Kazuo Ishiguro (November 8), Neil Gaiman (November 10), Neal Shusterman (November 12), Margaret Atwood (November 18)

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (born December 16, 1775)

Elizabeth Bennet’s fierce determination and wit will certainly entertain the independent and emotionally intelligent Sagittarius.

“When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.”

More authors: Tayari Jones (November 30), Ann Patchett (December 2), Jason Reynolds (December 6), Helen Oyeyemi (December 10), Tamora Pierce (December 13), Brandon Sanderson (December 19)

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob (born January 5, 1973)

This tender, honest graphic memoir will appeal to the Capricorn’s loyal and realistic nature.

“Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.”

More authors:  J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3), Harlan Coben (January 4), Karin Slaughter (January 6), Zora Neale Hurston (January 7), Edwidge Danticat (January 19)

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Honey Girl, by Morgan Rogers

This story of finding one’s own way in the world is a perfect fit for the independent and free-spirited Aquarius.

“With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, 28-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know, until she does exactly that… Staggering under the weight of her parent's expectations, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows. In New York, she's able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she's been running from all along, the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.”

More authors: Stephen Graham Jones (January 22), Stephen Chbosky (January 25), Susan Choi (January 28), Langston Hughes (February 1), John Grisham (February 8), Toni Morrison (February 18)

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Normal People, by Sally Rooney (born February 20, 1991)

This tumultuous narrative is sure to enthrall the emotionally-aware Pisces.

“Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation--awkward but electrifying--something life changing begins. A year later, they're both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.”

More authors: Marissa Meyer (February 19), Gillian Flynn (February 24), Rainbow Rowell (February 24), Sarah J. Maas (March 5), Ruth Ozeki (March 12), Lois Lowry (March 20)

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