GEMINI 21st May- 21st June

After speculating on the best book recommendations for Aries and Taurus, this week, the spotlight is now on Gemini! In our last posts, we have seen how the headstrong, fiery Aries pushes the individual into the world, and we’ve seen how the Taurus clothes that nascent self with material and aesthetic sophistication. So, what about this week’s astrological star? The third sign of the zodiac and ruled by Mercury (the planet of thinking and communication) — Gemini now looks beyond the self and the material sphere of the previous signs, to the world of metaphysics and celestial spheres in pursuit of intellectual satisfaction. Symbolised by the twins, Gemini may often be described as two-faced, and while this may be the case for some, it is rather the multifaceted nature of their personalities and duality of character that is drawn from this symbolism. As Mercury is considered the messenger of information, Gemini inherits the obligation to represent a multiplicity of truths. Yet, as an air sign, these intellectual qualities are balanced with a free-spirited and social nature along with impulsiveness. Thus, as sociable, curious, perceptive and impulsive creatures, the best books for a Gemini would seemingly be expertly written headscratchers, those that can really make one think. These could include mysteries, thrillers, or even dramas, anything to engage the lively and curious mind of a Gemini while fulfilling their intellectual pursuits. Here are some books that may fill the quota:

1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:

For obvious reasons, I had to include this novel, as the infamous, duel-faced Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is an easy comparison to the symbolism of the twins. But, this 19th-century gothic mystery is a classic for a reason and a read that could be worthy for the Gemini’s discerning eye to dissect after embracing the gothic victorian aesthetic.

2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami:

A surreal novel with distinct, paralleling storylines that reflect the multiplicity of a Gemini. This novel does not give any easy answers, yet is perfect for the perceptive and curious eye of a Gemini. Will take you on a wild, emotional and slightly convoluted ride. 

3. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins:

The infamous thriller mystery that comes recommended by many. The image of the quietly perceptive girl on the train, who lives deeply in her own thoughts reminds me very much of a Gemini. Not to mention the gripping mystery that provides enough of a riddle for a Gemini to solve.

4. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke:

A whimsical and fantastical tale in which the main character embodies the qualities of a Gemini: curious, observational and sociable with a case of multiple personalities. While it has a slow start, it builds up quickly and is an easy read that will be engaging for deep thinking Geminis. Overall a great magical-realism aesthetic as well. 

5. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

An acclaimed psychological crime thriller novel with enough murder, romance and family drama to keep a Gemini on their toes. Come for the crime and stay for the memorable and captivating characters. 

6. Magic for liars by Sarah Gailey:

A mystery novel set in a magical world, perfect for the intellectual or fantasy-inclined Gemini to solve along the way. Featuring a pair of very Gemini-like estranged twins who find each other through a murder that is yet to be solved. A fun read if you don’t take it too seriously.

7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt:

Another murder-mystery novel with a bit of a dark academia twist, and hints of cults and mythology thrown in. With a host of colourful characters to represent every possible side of a Gemini and the appreciation of intellectual pursuits, this book feels excellent for a Gemini. The many twists and turns of the story amid the dark academia aesthetic will be sure to keep a Gemini engaged.

And that is all on the book recommendations for now! Hopefully, there is something on the list for my Gemini readers, but otherwise, feel free to go back and steal another sign's pickings! The Stargazers among our readers may also be pleased to know that we are about to witness a rare, 1,000-year celestial spectacle as the planets are aligning themselves in a spectacular planetary parade! As the planets sync together, now is the perfect time for the world to follow suit, so be sure to check out the year-long event if this interests you! And of course, thank you to our Gemini writers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rick Riordan, W.B Yeats, Ian Fleming, Thomas Hardy, Anne Frank, Walt Whitman and many more for gifting us with the work of great minds!

Yasmin is a content curator at the UNSWeetened Literary Journal.