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Swoonscopes: Time to Embrace the Heavier Things in Life

Like Charlie and his grandpa when they were floating high on bubbles (literally and probably figuratively, if we're being honest), eventually all good things must come to an end. It’s time to float back down from Gemini season and embrace the heavier things in life—not in a bad way, but a necessary one, that’s as inescapable as the pull of the moon on the tides. That's right: from late-June to late-July, it's Cancer season. 

All water signs embody the ocean in some way, and if Scorpios represent the mysterious depths of the sea, then Cancers are the tides, strong yet gentle, and both ruled by the moon, which encourages the most dreamy emotions and instincts in us all. Unlike Scorpios, however, Cancers and their feelings tend to be tender and more sensitive rather than moody and intense. It explains their hard-shelled, sometimes aloof, and deeply private exteriors: it protects a very soft, rich, inner world. 

But Cancers don't like to, or want to, exist in a vacuum all the time. They're very nurturing, natural caregivers, and in a house can frequently be found in a warm kitchen or in smaller spaces where they can speak intimately with their closest loved ones. They will do anything for those they love, sometimes to their own personal detriment. At their worst, though, Cancers are prickly, passive-aggressive, and incredibly defensive, due to their own hypersensitivity. They love you, but they might resent you for it. In those cases, give them space but take no shit. It's for their own good. 

If you're waiting on a Cancer to emerge from their self-isolation, in the meantime, read these Cancer-inspired books: 

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

Ahhh! You guys. What can I say about this book? This is an epic, LGBTQ+ magical realism adventure where Coco meets The Raven Cycle, filled with fun tropes, such as frenemies-to-lovers and found families. Fans of Anna-Marie McLemore will love this ghost story in which a trans boy, Yadriel, is determined to prove his gender identity to his traditional Latinx family full of brujos and brujas. To do so, he summons a ghost... but not the ghost he intends to (long story). Said ghost is Julian, the hot bad boy at Yadriel's school who isn't convinced he's dead and convinces Yadriel to help him figure out how he died. Yadriel reluctantly does it, even though Julian is annoying, but as time goes on, the two water signs (Yadriel is a self-described "cozy Cancer" and Julian an "obnoxious Scorpio") grow closer, until Yadriel isn't so sure he minds Julian after all...

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Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

I could literally talk all day about how much I love Check, Please! so I'll try and keep it succinct and professional. Eric "Bitty" Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. He's not in small-town Georgia anymore! He's deeply unprepared for the increased physicality of mens-only hockey, especially checking. Everyone on the team is pretty nice about it, except his captain, Jack (spoiler: Jack's really hot, too). Based on the super popular webcomic series, Book #1 takes place throughout the first two years of Bitty's college experience, and is about hockey culture, bros, and finding yourself (and your people) during some of the most formative years of your life. Even if you know nothing about hockey or baking, these characters and their friendships will make you smile, guaranteed. 

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

An oldie but goodie. It's beloved for a reason, you guys! And the vibes are the same, whether you read the book or watch the Netflix film: a cozy, YA rom-com, filled with warmth and earnestness and the tenderness of Peter Kavinsky (sigh). For those who may not know what I'm talking about, it's okay! (Don't let anyone make you feel bad for not consuming pop culture on their timetable; it's stupid and petty, and not in a fun way!) You're in for a treat, friends. I'm excited for you. Romantic Lara Jean writes love letters to her crushes to help her process her feelings, and it's totally fine, but then the letters go missing and she soon realizes that somehow, they've all been mailed out, including to her sister's ex-boyfriend! To make it very clear to him that she's over him, she enlists the help of another former crush and love letter recipient, Peter Kavinsky, to fake-date. And you can guess how that goes... but you'll just have to read it to confirm! 

That's all from me! See you next time for glamorous Leo season!

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Melissa C.

School & Library marketer by day. Hockey fan & tarot card reader by night. Scorpio all the time.

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