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  • Writer's pictureLaura Monaghan

Top ten books for the Air signs

Welcome to the third post in my Zodiac inspired series. This one is inspired by *cough* the best *cough* Zodiac signs, a.k.a Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, the Air signs. In this list there are tales of wonder and mystery woven through with fantastical characters that will leave your mind reeling long after you've put their story down. Enjoy x


1. The vanishing half by Brit Bennett

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?


Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.


2. Gallant by V.E.Schwab

*To be published on March 1st 2022

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.


Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.


Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?


3. Circe by Madeline Millar

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.


Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.


But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.


4. This woven kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

*To be published on February 1st 2022

Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people—bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology.


To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.


The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.


5. In the dream house by Carmen Maria Machado

For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.


6. The ten thousand doors of January by Alix E. Harrow


In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artefacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.


Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.


7. The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fay: Evenfall #2)

*To be released on February 1st 2022

Banished from the Winter Court for daring to fall in love, Prince Ash achieved the impossible and journeyed to the End of the World to earn a soul and keep his vow to always stand beside Queen Meghan of the Iron Fey.


Now he faces even more incomprehensible odds. Their son, King Keirran of the Forgotten, is missing. Something more ancient than the courts of Faery and more evil than anything Ash has faced in a millennium is rising as Evenfall approaches. And if Ash and his allies cannot stop it, the chaos that has begun to divide the world will shatter it for eternity.


8. The four winds by Kristen Hannah

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.


In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbours—must make an agonising choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.


9. 101 essays that will change the way you think by Brianna Wiest

Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.


10. The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri

Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists that the agreement must remain unshakable and enduring. But this year, he never shows up.


A visit to his house increases the friends' worry; Art is farming marijuana. In Southern Italy doing that kind of thing can be very dangerous. They can't go to the Carabinieri so must make enquiries of their own. This is how they come across the rumours about Art; bizarre and unbelievable rumours that he miraculously cured the local mafia boss's daughter of terminal leukaemia. And among the chaos of his house, they find a document written by Art, The Book of Hidden Things, that promises to reveal dark secrets and wonders beyond anything previously known.




For all of my fellow Air signs out there who are reading this post, comment down below if you've read any of these books and if you have, what did you think of them? Bonus points if you've read (or want to read) all ten!


Sending love,

Laura x



References

Audible, 2019. The ten thousand doors of January cover. [image] <https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-Ten-Thousand-Doors-of-January-Audiobook/0356512525>.

Goodreads, 2018. Circe cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35959740-circe> .

Goodreads, 2018. The book of hidden things cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36569910-the-book-of-hidden-things?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=9Iu9XU3bJe&rank=2> .

Goodreads, 2019. In the dream house cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43317482-in-the-dream-house> .

Goodreads, 2020. The vanishing half cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51791252-the-vanishing-half> .

Goodreads, 2021. The four winds cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53138081-the-four-winds> .

Goodreads, 2022. Gallant cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58064046-gallant>.

Goodreads, 2022. This woven kingdom cover. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56554281-this-woven-kingdom> .

Goodreads, 2016. 101 essays that will change the way you think. [image] <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32998876-101-essays-that-will-change-the-way-you-think>.

Kobo, 2022. The iron sword cover. [image] <https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-iron-sword-the-iron-fey-evenfall-book-2-1> .



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