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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

International Astrology Day

International Astrology Day is held on the Spring Equinox, and was originally started "to expand networking opportunities among the astrological community, to direct media attention to positive aspects of astrology, and to help raise funds for local astrological groups."

In honor of International Astrology Day, today's list is books where the stars play a major role.

    

The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb. Jalen finds a book at a voodoo shop in New Orleans and unlikes a new sign in the Zodiac. Suddenly, as the dates for the star signs shift to make room for this new one, everyone's personalities shift accordingly. Not only that, but the other signs are not happy, and it's up to Jalen to make it right.

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh. In the 16th century, Jepp is a dwarf who fails at court life and is given away to the astronomer Tycho Brahe. He is determined to be his own man and make his own path in life, regardless of what the stars, and fate, have already planned for him.

The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman. Jade Moon was born in the year of the horse-- a bad year for a girl, but she was born in a fire horse year, which makes her pretty much completely unsuited for marriage, according to tradition. When Sterling Promise comes to her house, offering a way to America, she jumps at the chance. When nothing is as it seems, Jade Moon will need all of her Fire Horse qualities to survive in a new land.

    

From Geek to Goddess by Cathy Hopkins. Gemma's being sent away to a ritzy boarding school, where she doesn't fit in. Luckily, she is chosen to be a Zodiac Girl, so for 1 month, she gets all the help she needs--from Greek Gods and the planets come to life! But will it be enough for this Gemini girl? Part of the Zodiac Girl series, follow it with Recipe for Rebellion.

Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill. When Logan finds the Fearless Astrology book, everything changes. Using what the book teaches her about the zodiac and the stars, she's suddenly able to get everything she wants. But a group of school is also using the stars-- to cause trouble. The first in a series Logan's adventures continue in Taurus Eyes.

The Star Shack by Lila Castle. Annabelle and Pete used to be the perfect couple, until Annabelle's obsession with astrology drove him away. Due to a well-timed dare (Pete can never refuse a dare) they're running an astrology booth on the boardwalk. Annabelle loves astrology, but is dealing with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, and running her own business, too much for her to handle?

    

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt. Mia's always checking her horoscope and looking for a sign about life decisions. When she gets cancer (and decides to keep it a secret from everyone) she becomes even more obsessed with the stars and other superstitions, this time, the sign she's looking for is one that will tell her if she'll survive.

Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber. In this retelling of Romeo and Juliet, Christy and Ben meet at a tattoo parlor where they're getting tattoos removed. Christy is obsessed with astrology, while Ben is more astronomy. They both hide a lot of pain and violence in their pasts-- can they learn to trust again?

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya. Tohru Honda is an orphan who finds a home with the Sohma family in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Then she discovers that the Sohmas turn into Zodiac animals when they're hugged by members of the opposite sex! Sadly, this long-running and popular series is out of print, but track it down at your local library!

What's your sign? What are your favorite books about astrology?

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