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Just in time for any friends and family of Taurus to buy their Taurus readers a book for their upcoming birthday, this week we are looking at what stories have the perfect qualities for a Taurus. Last time we looked at the star sign Aries, who begins the zodiac in a fiery birth of passion and spirit. Now with the second-star sign, Taurus, the zodiac begins to form its material connections as it comes into being, represented as an earth sign with ties to form the bridge between the spiritual and physical plane. This mutual connection and newly formed physical presence lend Taurus signs an appreciation for the quality things in life, with a keen eye and love of a strong aesthetic. Symbolised by the bull, Taurus is also associated with qualities of being headstrong and stubborn, but also loyal, patient and deeply caring. A Taurus will go the extra mile for quality love and friendships, of which they have fought ardently to find, but unlike the erratic Aries, a Taurus will also crave stability and substance from these areas. 

Based on these qualities, I think many Taurus signs will enjoy reading about love, loyalty and fulfilling one's decadent desires in Romance novels. As an earth sign, Taurus readers may also enjoy the grounded nature of Contemporary fiction, while perhaps also enjoying the strong aesthetic qualities of Historical fiction. But books of any genre related to the celebration of the pleasures of life, higher aesthetics and sensuality of form in language are no less than what a Taurus deserves.

So, without further ado, here are some books I think our Taurus readers might enjoy! 

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Two stubborn yet fiercely loyal characters at the centre of the classic regency era love story is perfect to reflect the qualities of a Taurus, while submerged in a historical aesthetic for Taurus signs to enjoy. If you haven’t already read it yet, my Taurus friends, I would highly recommend it. Austen’s prose is very easy to read for a 19th-century novel and comes packed with a plethora of relatable and vivacious characters. Plus you can watch the Kiera Knightly film version afterwards with all the extra juicy details from the novel. 

2. Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Mass

Family loyalty, heated love stories, magic and rebellion. A fantasy romance series that gets better with every book. The main protagonist Feyre displays many qualities of a Taurus, as a headstrong bull who is always ready to take care of her family and those that she loves. The decadent aesthetic of the unfamiliar world that Feyre is plunged into may also pique a Taurus reader's interest. What may especially interest a Taurus is the headfirst love stories, but if you haven’t read a Sarah J. Mass book before… be warned to look out for the unexpected love interest. 

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A historical fiction novel that comes highly recommended by BookTok, which includes torrid love affairs and a glamorous aesthetic of the old Hollywood era. The story follows a journalist, Monique, whose career has been going nowhere until she finally receives an offer to interview the reclusive 1960s Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo, about fame, scandal, and forbidden love. Taurus readers will appreciate the themes of fighting for desire and the heartbreak of others who do not share the same fierce loyalty that the Taurus exhibits. 

4. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A fun YA ‘fake bromance’ to ‘secret romance’ story between the First Son of the US and the Prince of Wales. What better characters to appreciate the quality things in life than the sons of royalty and power. With a scandalous affair thrown into the mix, this YA may be a perfect read for some Taurus who enjoy a contemporary setting and a lot of pop-culture references. Not one to take too seriously, but comes highly recommended by many in 2021!

5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

A story about two friends, Maddie, a pilot and her passenger Verity, a secret agent, who crash in Nazi-occupied France in WW2. It’s a visceral read that ultimately celebrates the willingness of friends to find the courage to save one another, when their resolve is tested every second in the most dangerous predicaments imaginable. Taurus readers may relate to the theme of the test of loyalty and friendship close to their hearts.

6. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

A contemporary YA, and a perfect example of the way that a Taurus will fight for the dazzle and ardour they wish to see in their own life. A rich and vibrant novel that gives life to the decadence of the protagonist Emoni’s passion for cooking. An excellent read for a Taurus to enjoy. Best not read on an empty stomach, however, or your mouth may water.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A classic novel that everyone should read once in their lives. A deep dive into the sinful delights of desire. A novel of indulgence that may parallel and satisfy a Taurus reader's thirst for beauty, decadence and intrigue. It follows the corruption of the beautiful Dorian Gray, as he falls prey to earthly pleasures, horrifyingly mirrored in his supernaturally charged portrait. An exploration of the darker shades of materialism that may serve as a cautionary tale for some Taurus. 

Thank you again for reading everyone! I hope that Taurus and non-Taurus alike may have found something to read from this list! While some may not believe in the viability of astrology, it is at the least an opportunity for us readers to celebrate the work of some amazing authors, and connect with each other and the earth by looking upwards towards the stars. Sometimes looking upwards has a great way of clarifying what really matters down here. We also have many Taurus authors to thank for enriching our aesthetic sensibilities with some beautifully crafted literature, including Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, Terry Pratchett, Daphne Du Maurier, Harper Lee and Mary Wollstonecraft, so let us take the opportunity to appreciate them! Don’t forget to stay tuned to your cosmic literary channel and check out the next article on Gemini. 

Yasmin is a content curator at the UNSWeetened Literary Journal.