Swoonscopes: Virgos Say "Just Do It"
We spent summer with whimsical Gemini, dreamy Cancer, and vibrant Leo, and now it's time to ground yourself in Virgo season as summer shifts to fall. Virgo season coincides perfectly with the start of the school year and the grind of heading into the last part of the year. There are few things a Virgo enjoys more than a sale on desk supplies and planners. Hide their keys and their password to the Container Store website, otherwise shit is gonna get weird (but like, in an intensely organized way). Think of it this way: Virgo’s are the Leslie Knopes of the zodiac, who are convinced that life is best lived with a plan, preferably encased in a meticulously divided binder.
Like all earth signs, Virgos are intensely interested in the tangible and physical. But whereas Tauruses are concerned with sensuality of the body, Virgos are about the care and self-improvement of the body. If you had any New Year's resolutions centered around health and fitness, Virgos want you to know that it's never too late (or, if you're looking ahead, too early) to start trying to fulfill them. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and thought, Virgos are incredibly sharp and self-motivated, not unlike their fellow Capricorns. They have focus and vision, and lord help anyone who tries to get in the way of that.
Sometimes, however, Virgos can get even in their own heads. Nit-picky regarding details and hell-bent on perfectionism, sometimes Virgos need to be distracted and calmed down before they wear themselves out. However, we can't deny the results. Think of the most famous Virgo we all know: Beyoncé. She makes no secret about how hard she works, and that's what a Virgo is all about: hard-work pays off and they'll show you how.
Virgo season is about getting your shit together, in whatever form that takes. Tackle that project you’ve been avoiding, organize your room, change the world, whatever you want! Virgo is rooted in earth but the sky's the limit.
The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings
Identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter couldn't be more different: brash Sophie wants to be an inventor and demure Mariah wants to be an artist. Being either is difficult when you're a young woman living in 1851 England, and, oh, you're both orphans, too!
Things start to turn around when the twins' wealthy aunt agrees to shelter them, but it turns out she only has the time and room for one of them. Instead of giving up, the twins hatch up a scheme: they'll both go to their aunt's house in London and take turns being "Sophie." After all, London's the place to be, between the Queen's Great Exhibition and home to some of the finest art galleries in the world.
The plan is flawless until each sister falls in love with a different man—who both think that they're falling in love with "Sophie." Not to mention the close run-ins they keep having with their aunt and her staff. Is this plan actually worthy of a Virgo, or is it all going to fall to pieces?
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Overachiever Prudence Daniels (a quintessential Virgo) is always quick to judge (also quintessential Virgo) on everyone around her in her coastal town. She thinks they're lazy, rude, and arrogant, which makes it all the more sweeter when she wakes up one morning to find out that she's been gifted with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her.
Overjoyed (and wouldn't you be, too?) Pru enthusiastically makes use of this power, punishing everyone from public vandals to mean gossips, but, infuriatingly, her magic works on everyone but one person: Quint Erickson, her slacker lab partner. But the more Pru gets to know Quint (he's infuriatingly cute, and stupidly noble—he works at a local wildlife rescue, y'all!!!) she realizes that there's so much she doesn't know, including how thin the line really is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed, and love and hate—and fate.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Alex Claremont-Diaz is ready to take America's political scene by storm, and he's already begun as the First Son of the President. He's smart, organized, and hungry to succeed, and with his intrepid sister and the VP's numbers-smart granddaughter by his side, the self-dubbed White House Trio is unstoppable.
...Well, until Alex gets entangled in an international scandal when his feud with his nemesis, the UK's Prince Henry, becomes public in the most embarrassing way (it involves a $75k wedding cake). Now Alex must fake his way through a friendship with the world's most boring person (which, who has time for that? He has a political empire to build!). And no one's more surprised than the man with a plan when he finds himself unexpectedly falling for Henry for real. But with political enemies everywhere and his mother's re-election season around the corner, will Alex and Henry take the risk to be together?
That's it for me, everyone! Thanks for taking a trip around the sun with me. I hope you've learned a little bit about astrology and discovered some great reads along the way.