Leo: The Bookstrologist Recommends

Leos are optimists with a big dash of charisma. They can command a room with ease, and they are natural leaders. A well-known Leo who embodies all these lion qualities is Barack Obama. We recommend you read more about how this boy from Hawaii went on to Harvard Law to community organizing in Chicago and a Senate seat to finally become the first Black president of the United Sates in his memoir Dreams From My Father.

Generous, warm and theatrical, Leos make great party planners. Consult Life Is A Party for themes, recipes and planning tips to elevate your next event, which we know will be a stage for you to shine.

As for fiction, Leo will revel in the funny and decadent Crazy Rich Asians. Kevin Kwan's bestseller, which was adapted into a film, follows Rachel Chu as she takes off to Singapore to spend the summer with her boyfriend's family. But she's unaware that his family is one of the wealthiest in Asia. Bask in the limelight with a group of jet-setting Chinese characters as they come together for a wedding in this stylish and charming read.

Speaking of basking in the limelight, queer ball culture seems made for creative, vivacious and attention-seeking lions. Check out Joseph Cassara's sparkling debut, The House of Impossible Beauties, about a group of young queer people involved in the Harlem ball scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

Confident Leo has that "it girl" (or "it boy") vibe. Two women who certainly were "it girls" and also rivals were Elsa Schaparelli and Coco Chanel. In The Last Collection, American Lily Sutter finds her way to Paris and begins working as an assistant to Schaparelli, where she observes the personal feud between the two fashion icons as World War II looms on the horizon. This fictional story inspired by the lives of these passionate women will appeal to Leo's intensity and romanticism.

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