By Jennie Fetzer
It’s Monday, March 23, 2020, and the CDC has officially closed all non-essential businesses in the state of Connecticut. It has also been advised that we practice social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, better known as “Corona”. For many, this means hunkering down in our homes and figuring out ways to fill up our free time for these next few weeks.
While the independent Capricorns reading this are excited to hang out on their couches for hours on end (Self-Isolation? You mean what I do every Friday-Sunday night?), the extroverted Sagittarii out there are screaming for some kind of excitement. Whatever your star sign, there’s a book to cope with every kind of emotion that comes along with this quarantine craziness.
Aries (March 21st-April 19th)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
You’re naturally eager to get this show on the road and have things back to normal. Divert your attention elsewhere to this thriller that you won’t be able to put down and remember; this. too. shall. pass.
Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
This fictional story is creative, intriguing, and just compelling enough to get you out of your quarantine blues. If you are the typical adventurous Taurus, you should be sure to pick up this read.
Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
A composition of lighthearted essays is sure to make you smile during this hard time. What more can a Gemini ask for? Putting down this book and leaving your home?…wow, no thank you.
Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd)
Apartment by Teddy Wayne
Your sentimental and compassionate side has been waiting for a novel like this one. Thankfully Teddy Wayne released his brand new novel just in time for you to binge read this in quarantine.
Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)
Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
Order this novel off Amazon and dive into a passionate story about the emotional turbulence that is life. Thank me later.
Virgo (August 23rd-September 22nd)
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Your analytical side has been trying to figure out the exact moment that you’ll be able to leave your home. This story filled with both serious and lighthearted topics is just enough to give your mind a rest.
Libra (September 23rd-October 22nd)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
You’re the most social of the star signs, which is not a good pairing with social distancing. Read this political, witty, coming of age novel with all your friends, then group facetime when you’re finished to chat about it.
Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)
The Stand by Steven King
Only a true scorpio is brave enough to read this fictional thriller about a plague nearly killing an entire population right now. Props to you scorpio, we’ll just be over here…wondering how you do it.
Sagittarius (November 22nd- December 21st)
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Your optimistic side is begging for a good love story to take your mind off things. This book can help you do just that — bonus points if you’re a writer yourself!
Capricorn (December 22nd-January 19th)
Weather by Jenny Offill
The capricorn in you has a hard time focusing on one thing at a time — in the best way! Read this novel about global warming to broaden your horizons on the topic affecting the world — and not the pandemic.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18th)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This book is just what your imagination needs right now, And when you’re done reading it you’re in luck! You can watch this book play out into a movie available now on Amazon Video.
Pisces (February 19th-March 20th)
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
You’re wise and artistic just like this story line. Named one of the best reads in 2020, this book will have you gripping your seat and turning every page faster than you can say “stir-crazy”.
Jennie Fetzer is the Long River Review webmaster. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.