Swoonscopes: We Could All Use Some Aries Energy Right Now, TBH
Hey, you! *flings open curtains* Wake up! I know (hope!) that we're all cocooned in our homes like bears hibernating in the winter time, staying safe (and in turn keeping others safe) during these wild times, but that doesn't mean you're off the hook. The stars wait for no one: rise and shine, baby, it's Aries season.
Aries season is: your face tilted up to receive the warmth of the sun; a brand-new notebook, full of blank pages; Lizzo's song "Good as Hell"; a bright-red leather jacket; the word "YES" in neon letters; the wild urge to pursue every dream you've ever dreamt.
Pardon my little poetic asides, but it's the astrological new year, and if there's any time to be a little hopeful and whimsical, it's now (and perhaps that's the fragments of Pisces season clinging to my subconscious.) Maybe that feels far-fetched right now, but if anyone can make you feel it, it's an Aries. If you haven't guessed by now, Aries is a fire sign, bright and bold and beautiful, a fantastic omen to the start of the astrological cycle. Aries is the embodiment of new beginnings, of confidence and possibility. Running from around the Spring Equinox to mid-April, those who are Aries tend to be confident and direct. They don't have time for bullshit or deception; getting in an Aries' way is a very foolish endeavor. Don't do it. (Aries are characterized by the Ram, so, quite literally, you don't want to be standing in an Aries' way.)
At times stubborn and argumentative, Aries are a sheer force of will that comes with having little to no fear—like a toddler who runs without knowing what's ahead of them, curves in the road and all. There's something exhilarating about that kind of confidence, where everything is a bright adventure that you should pursue, that failure is unfathomable, that you have everything you need to succeed. There's no better way to begin than with the energy of an Aries, so harness it and carry it with you into the spring and new (astrological) year!
Until it's safe to release that beautiful energy out into the world, for now, curl up with one of these fiery reads in a sunny corner with your favorite beverage, and I'll see you for Taurus season.
If You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett
Tessa is a bit of a wild-child, spending most of her nights riding her beloved motorcycle, Black Beauty, trying to escape the thoughts of a crime she committed (and got away with.) When she finds the newly-released-from-jail Corey destroying her father's car (her father being the prosecutor who put him away,) instead of turning him in she convinces her father to give Corey a second chance as a means to assuage her own guilt.
Although they come from two separate worlds, Tessa and Corey discover that at heart, they're more similar than they first believed. Fighting their attraction is hard enough without the secrets they're both keeping coming out and into play: When they can't hide their feelings, or their secrets, any longer, both of them will have tough choices to make.
Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu
This stunning graphic biography gives readers snapshots of the lives of some incredible women across history and across the globe. Some are world famous, some are little known, but one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit.
With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this graphic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Zuri Benitez: lifelong Brooklynite, sassy sister, Afro-Latina—she's proud of it all. But pride isn't enough to save a rapidly changing neighborhood from becoming gentrified. This is solidified when the wealthy Darcy family moves across the street: her elder sister Janae is thrilled, quickly falling for Ainsley Darcy, but Zuri is wary, especially of haughty Darius Darcy.
But, as one might suspect of this Pride & Prejudice retelling, Zuri and Darius soon find common ground. It both humbles and scares Zuri, whose changing feelings terrify her as much as the prospect of going to college and maybe leaving her beloved neighborhood for good.