Virgo: The Bookstrologist Recommends

Hey Virgo, you may be the most organized of all the astrological signs. You are known for being hardworking and leaning into perfectionism. It's unlikely you'll need much help from Marie Kondo, but it's very likely her KonMari method of decluttering, as explored in her bestseller The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up, will make your heart sing.

You're imaginative, but also extremely grounded and detail-oriented. Agatha Christie, the bestselling author and Virgo, contributed to both popularizing and defining the mystery novel, and her tightly plotted whodunits will appeal to you. Get to know her extremely logical, fussy and charming Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, or dive into the life story of this very Virgo author with Agatha Christie.

You love to be in the service of others, considered essential and keep everything in good working order, Virgo, so many of you make great doctors, and you're apt to appreciate the books by bestselling author and surgeon Atul Gawande. Gawande has written compellingly about making health care more efficient, end-of-life care and about the attributes that make a good doctor. But we think you'll particularly connect with The Checklist Manifesto, which explores why planning and organization is not only important in medicine but in nearly everything. As you're a big fan of checklists and being prepared, we think you'll approve.

The observant and analytical Virgo will find a lot to admire in Thomas Cromwell. From humble origins, the shrewd upstart became Henry VIII's most trusted adviser and the architect of the English Reformation. The ambitious, methodical and intelligent Cromwell was a ruthless fixer for the English King, and Mantel brings him to life in her critically acclaimed fictional trilogy starting with Wolf Hall.

On the flip side, kind-hearted and loyal Virgo excels at being a good friend. We're recommending Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. In this classic novel of the Harlem Renaissance, Janie returns to Eatonville, Fla., where the town's residents gossip about what has happened to her and her husband, Tea Cake. Janie confides in her best friend, the faithful and kind Pheoby, and narrates her life story in this poignant novel.

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