What Your Next Read Should Be Based On Your Zodiac Sign

By The Catcall Team

If your to-be-read (TBR) list is anywhere near as long as ours, deciding what to read next is one of life’s more difficult decisions. To make it easier on you, we decided to find some reading recommendations that are written in the stars—so you can let fate decide what pages you should devour next. Want to buy any of these books? You can shop at Catcall Reads.

Aries — Mar. 21-Apr. 19

The first of the zodiac, Aries are natural leaders full of passion and fire. Like, literally fire. And we’re not just talking that their element is fire—Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. Named after the Roman god of war, Mars’s influences make for aggression, anger, passion, and courage. So with all that heat (and impulsiveness), we recommend books with the energy and protagonists of leaders with a fire to light. From the chaotic lead Hazel from Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating who doesn’t apologize for who she is to the burn-it-to-the-ground attitude that slowly festers in the nuances of Little Fires Everywhere, these reads are just as hot as Aries are.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Taurus — Apr. 20-May 20

Ok Taurus, we know you’re stubborn. But that stubbornness also shows in your loyalty, patience, stability, and support. With unwavering morals, Tauruses are grounded Earth signs who are deeply rooted in their beliefs. Like Libras, they’re ruled by Venus—the planet of love and desire—making them charming and confident. Learning to change is a struggle Taurus faces, but they’re more than capable of it—and these books are a reminder of exactly that. A Man Called Ove’s leading curmudgeony character is stuck in his ways until new neighbors take him in and challenge him to open up and let love in. Uprooted puts wild Agnieszka together with the reclusive Dragon wizard of their small town to face a corrupted Wood—and break all the rules of magic to do it.

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade

Gemini — May 21-Jun. 20

These lovable air signs are known to be playful, social, and curious. As passionate, impulsive, and indecisive individuals, they tend to juggle loads of hobbies and passions. They aren’t big on sticking to a routine and may struggle to follow a single career path. Geminis love fresh and exciting experiences, and absorb information quicker than the average bear. They’re ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, and it shows. Geminis tend to be extroverted and love to switch up with their social settings. Being able to relate and keep up with a variety of people, you’ll find them meshing well with multiple friend groups. This sign won’t be able to put down reads full of outgoing characters like those found in Daisy Jones and the Six and It Happened One Summer.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

Cancer — Jun. 21-Jul. 22

Ruled by the moon, Cancers are known to be quite emotional—while you may consider them cry babies, they’re much more than that. Cancers are incredibly emotionally intelligent, nurturing, and empathetic. Their element is water, which is considered the feminine or yin energy of emotion. This gives Cancers the ability to feel emotions at a deeper level, allowing them to connect with others’ emotions very well. Books like The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune offer Cancers exactly what they need to connect: unconditional love, raw emotions, and a little bit of magic. Not a fan of fantasy? Poet and writer Ocean Vuong writes a beautiful prose in On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, sharing an earth-shattering letter from son to mother.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Leo — Jul. 23-Aug.22

Leos are natural leaders full of confidence and ambition. Ruled by the sun, this fire sign has no problem being the center of attention. They enjoy a little drama here and there, but this doesn’t indicate a lack of caring instincts. Leos are protective, loyal, and generous, both in and out of the bedroom. Leos tend to be attracted to other strong and intelligent fire signs, and many find them irresistible. With this sign, expect a life full of laughs and lust. Leos will relate to determined characters who head out on a quest, or those who love life and spend their time looking after those close to them. That’s what makes stories like The Song of Achilles and Throne of Glass such perfect fits for this sign.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Virgo — Aug.23-Sep. 22

Virgos are in the details. While on the surface Virgos come off as organized and analytical, crack under their surface and you’ll find immesurable loyalty and kindness. Grounded earth signs, Virgos are ruled by Mercury—named after the messenger of the gods—with the influence of expression and relationships. To inspire Virgos to dig below that outer shell, we chose books that challenge readers to look within and reflect. Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library lands protagonist Nora in a magical library that exists between life and death, forcing her to reaccess her life choices. Tools of Engagment challenges always-put-together Bethany to get a little dirty—both physically and emotionally. These reads will remind you that your gooey center isn’t that far away.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

The Roomate by Rosie Danan

Libra — Sep. 23-Oct. 22

Raise those scales, Libras. The sign most associated with fairness and peace, Libras are air signs with a penchant for partnership. They’re incredible lovers and friends, only aided by their ruling planet Venus—named after the god of love, beauty, desire, and sex. With justice and love top of mind, we pulled some books that balance out Libras. Love and Other Words is a friends-to-lovers story told in alternating timelines about learning to use the right words—after avoiding them for so long. The Hate U Give is a YA justice-driven take on systemic racism and police violence that follows teen Starr Carter. Libra’s, we’re hoping these books will remind you that sometimes confrontation is worth it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

The Devel Wears Black by L.J. Shen

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Scorpio — Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Scorpio is the most intense sign in the zodiac—and for good reason. They often represent death and rebirth, as well as sexual energy. The planets of Mars and Pluto rule Scorpios, giving the sign a fiery, passionate animalistic energy. Despite what it may sound like, Scorpios actually are water signs—giving them a feminine touch to all that masculine energy from its ruling planets. Books written for Scorpios include the well-known classic The Secret History by Donna Tartt this book follows a group of university students as they discover a new way of thinking and living, leading them to corruption, betrayal, and evil. Of course, it wouldn’t be a book list for scorpios without mentioning something a little sexy, and A Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen has it all: forced marriage tropes, spies, yearning, and light sexiness.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

If We Were Villians by M.L. Rio

Sagittarius — Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Brave, outgoing, and positive are just a few ways to describe the lucky Sagittarius. This fire sign is ruled by Jupiter—the planet of positivity and optimism. Sagittariuses often look for freedom wherever they can get it. While they are generally positive people, they can often speak bluntly. They like to take risks and go on adventures—much like Sagittarius author herself Joan Didion. Her memoir Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Didion examines the optimism of the 60s with growing cynicism and skepticism about the government. (Optimistic but taking no shit = Sagittarius to a T). Get your adventure on with Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic series Snotgirl, a series about a gorgeous and fun-loving influencer who just so happens to have horrible allergies.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Snotgirl (a comic series) by Bryan Lee O’Malley

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Capricorn — Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Capricorns are dedicated individuals who succeed in many areas. Their drive and ambition often lead them to overachieve at whatever they put their minds to. This earth sign is ruled by Saturn, and can be impatient and sensitive. They’re old souls and realists who tend to be self-aware. Capricorns put a lot of energy into building a beautiful life for themselves. Basically, they get shit done and look good in the process. In Book Lovers, the main character Nora is a workaholic like you. Capricorns will relate to the energy she brings and enjoy the unlikely romance that plays out along the way. 

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See

Book Lovers – Emily Henry

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Bodyguard – Katherine Center

Aquarius — Jan. 20-Feb. 18

This sign is known for its eccentricity and spontaneity—often compared to an alien on earth. Despite what it sounds like, Aquarius is an air sign, giving this group of people a very logical way of thinking. Two planets rule this sign Uranus, leading Aquarians to be imaginative and free; however, the planet Saturn brings a slight lack of confidence that Aquarians may work to overcome throughout their lives. Author Sayaka Murata is known for her take on weird characters—perfecting the unhinged women trope we all know and love. Natsuki goes through the highs and lows of childhood all while living life as a witch, creature, or alien from another planet in Murata’s Earthlings. This book is weird and no doubt made with Aquarians in mind.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

The Atlas Six by Olivia Blake

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

A Fate of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker

Pisces — Feb. 19-Mar. 20

Compassionate and intuitive, Pisces are some of the very best friends to have as they’re brimming with empathy. Ruled by both Neptune and Jupiter, Pisces are the best of both worlds with a combination of Neptune’s mystery and Jupiter’s abundance. They’re all about duality, baby. Plus, as a water element, Pisces are in constant movement, and compared to the other water signs (Cancer and Scorpio), Pisces is the ending of cycles. With that, we’ve got books to recommend. Like Master of Crows, a love story featuring Martise who embodies empathy and deep, emotional connection. 

Master of Crows – Grace Draven

Hook, Line, and Sinker – Tessa Bailey

The Stand-In – Lily Chu

Beach Read – Emily Henry

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Addressing the Squirter in the Room

By The Babes (Katie Harbinson and Maddie Womack)
Art by Sarah Forgey

One of our most asked-about topics is squirting. What is it? How do I make my partner squirt? How do I make it less messy?  Is it normal to squirt (or not)? We’re here to give the people what they want. And the people very much would like to squirt. 

So…. What is squirting?

Before we get into it, let’s address the elephant in the room. Squirting is not pee. While it comes from the bladder and contains a little urea, it’s most similar to water. The exact makeup of a squirt varies by person, as does the volume of liquid squirted. As shocking as it may seem, the fire hydrant-esque portrayal of squirting in porn isn’t the most accurate. While some people do experience large squirts, some people only squirt a little. It’s very common to have squirted before and just not known it! In fact, anywhere from 10-75% of those with a vagina report squirting at some point. Why the big range? Well, the data on squirting is largely self-reported, so there are some gaps in what we know about squirting. In a 2013 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10-54% of participants reported squirting, but in a study published in 2017 by the same journal, 75% did. Overall, it’s totally normal to squirt, and totally normal not to.

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Diversify Your Feed: Follow Disabled Influencers

By Nicole Mitchell

Let’s play a game. Pick up your phone and go to your “following” list on Instagram. How many disabled influencers do you follow? Do they all have the same disability? Do you share that disability with them?

Our point is, we follow people who we relate to, and that’ a barrier we need to break down. Here are some of our favorite disabled creators with varying disabilities that you should check out. Though there is a wide spectrum of disabilities out there, and this list only grazes the top of it. Who are some of your favorite disabled content creators?

A short disclaimer before getting into it: we’ve created this list—and many like this—to inspire others to diversify their feed. Doing so allows us to see perspectives from people who don’t look or act like us. Disabled people aren’t “brave” or “inspiring” for existing. Hopefully, by following more diverse influencers, it will help us break down these thoughts and realize that disabled people are just people.

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Instagram Influencer and Model Katya Karlova on Body Dysmorphia and Learning to Love Yourself

By Sophia-Joelle Oswald

According to Mayo Clinic, body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition that causes the person affected to carry endless thoughts about what they believe to be flaws in their appearance. These “flaws” tend to be small or non-existent to others, but in their own minds they are constantly feeling defeated, embarrassed, anxious, or even unlovable for those same things.  

Body dysmorphia is different from person to person, but it tends to suck up so much life out of those affected. Some people avoid social events and spend hours in front of the mirror focusing on what they don’t like about themselves. Others may spend tons of money on products designed to cover these perceived flaws, sometimes even seeking surgery. 

Body dysmorphia doesn’t discriminate based on gender, race, age, or other factors. Sadly enough, it has been found in children as young as 5 and in adults as old as 80. Studies find that BDD impacts between 7% and 2.3% of the general population. 

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We Tried a $33 Sex Swing and Now You Also Have to

By The Babes (Maddie Womack & Katie Harbinson)

Once upon a time, The Babes™ lived in the magical land of Kansas City. The rent was high, our standards were low, and sex was on our minds. So we thought to ourselves, how DOES one ball(s) (haha) on a budget? The answer left us feeling conflicted: Amazon. We’re ashamed to admit it, but we’re non-profit employees in our 20s. We love trying new sex toys, but our bank accounts do not. So with that, a babe volunteered to give it a swing. Which babe you ask? You’ll have to guess 😉

COME ON, SWING IT. Ok, we must confess, the babe who was first enticed with the concept of a sex swing was just a bit intimidated by it. Before a bit of research, we imagined they were super hard to install, expensive, and well, inconvenient. Post-research, we realized we were wrong—oops!

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