LEO July 22nd- August 21st

Welcome back readers, to our astrological book recommendations! Next up we are looking at the books most fitting for a roaring Leo! 

We have previously seen how the first four signs built upon aspects of the self: Aries rammed the self into the world; Taurus clothed it with home and aesthetic sensibilities; Gemini imbued it with intellectual playfulness; and cancer imbued it with spirituality to be found in the material spheres. So what does Leo bring to the zodiac? The next of the fire signs, the fifth in the zodiac, ruled by the Sun and symbolised by a Lion, Leo has inherited all the features of the self and is ready to become grander and part of the collective. Influenced by the powerful force of the Sun, and the animalistic spirit of the Lion, the Leo inherits a strong sense of authority and ambition within this collective. Quite like the Sun, the Leo will also often be the centre of attention. When the Leo moves, the world moves with them. 

With the heated qualities of a fire sign, the Leo will also be equally bright and adventurous, as protective and courageous. This star sign is then often associated with leadership qualities, confidence, passion, boldness, ambition, creativity, and a bit of a dangerous side. With these qualities in mind, I can only think of epic fantasy adventures, and larger than life stories with equal amounts of passion and excitement to keep a Leo entertained. Or at very the least, books with a little pizazz to capture the dazzling, regal Leo spirit.

1. Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Love, epic battles, an extensive magic system- this fantasy series has a bit of something for everyone, but especially for an adventurous, larger than life lion. It may be a long read for some, but very worth it and a must-read for high-fantasy lovers!

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

A Robin Hoodesque fantasy heist with a host of complex characters within a setting reminiscent of medieval Venice. Witty, bold and adventurous enough to be worthy of a Leo. Also, just a fun, staple fantasy read that is beautifully written. 

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A bit of dazzle, a bit of charm, a bit of a failing American dream that takes place in the… roaring twenties. This classic novel is highly apt for our boldly ambitious Leos. If any Leo’s were looking for a sign to tick this off their reading lists, now is the time! 

4. Lovely War by Julie Berry

All the right elements of the fantastical, the passionate and the dangerous to fit a Leo. A romance with two pairings, that takes place during WWI, narrated and analysed by Greek gods. Need I say more?

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

A hunger games sort of YA, but with a slightly classier setting and aesthetic. As Leo signs inherit a strong competitive nature from their lion sides, this book is very befitting to symbolise a Leo. 

6. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Described as a Gatsbyesque YA, this novel could provide an interesting alternative to The Great Gatsby, for a Leo who has already read the classic. The dazzling aesthetic, and the main character’s drive and ambition similarly makes this read fitting for a Leo as Gatsby. 

7. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Grand quests, parallel universes, brazen characters, this fantasy, coming of age series by Pullman has all the larger than life qualities to suit a Leo, while also being an entertaining and well-written series.

8. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Just in case fantasy is not your thing, this contemporary fiction takes on many qualities of a Leo within the power play, the boldness and the ambition that occurs in the characters. With equal parts family drama, fortune grabbing, and fame pandering, and glamour, this is a fun read if you are more inclined to lighthearted drama and romances.

In addition to book recommendations this week, the list of authors is also quite long for those famous writers born under Leo! Some of these include; Veronica Roth, Victoria Aveyard, Cassandra Clare, J.K Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Beatrix Potter, Emily Bronte, H.P. Lovecraft, James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury, Herman Melville, and Isabelle Allende. If you weren’t convinced before that fantasy is a good fit to represent Leo, then perhaps the overwhelming amount of Leo fantasy writers may make you think otherwise! 

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Happy reading, folks!

Yasmin is a content curator at the UNSWeetened Literary Journal.