As someone who doesn’t totally understand Astrology, I am very here for how well many of my personality traits line up with being a Libra sun sign. From the being interested in fairness and justice elements to the imbalanced expressions of indecisiveness and people-pleasing, there are a lot of elements of my sun sign that ring true. So today, I’m not focused exclusively on romance novels and this is going to be a little more quick and dirty focused more on books that might appeal to you based on different elements of Libra traits. So, let’s dive in!
Focused on: Fairness and Justice
There are a lot of books that I think would work for someone interested in exploring this aspect of life, whether they are a Libra or not. Some of the most popular books I think hit some of these elements are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, American Love Story by Adriana Herrera, and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. There’s also the learning about some of the less obvious mechanisms of injustice, like by reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall and thinking about things like hunger and housing as justice issues. And then there are immigration issues and issues of fairness surrounding immigration, specifically to the United States. Recently, there have been a number of YA books related to this topic and Lobizona by Romina Garber is the one that’s at the top of my list. But there’s also American Street by Ibi Zoboi. There’s the way in 40-Love, Tess is worried about making sure her students are being taken care of appropriately, without having to worry about the over policing of teenagers (particularly those of color) that contributes to the school to prison pipeline. There’s gender violence and how that makes a whole host of things incredibly unfair. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow and She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey both explore Hollywood’s complicity and cover ups in the name of art throughout a period of many years. There are many marginalizations that result in people being treated unfairly and I think a lot of Libras may feel alternatively overwhelmed by how much work there is to do and comforted in learning more and more about how people with marginalizations like and separate from ours live so that we can do our own personal best to help dismantle the systems of oppression operating. So, some books that are on my personal TBR aside from the few I mentioned already are Disability Visibility by Alice Wong, The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Reece Taylor, White Rage by Carol Anderson, Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig, and Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.
Focused on: Charming, Refined, and Artistic
I mean, it’s really hard to not say Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid here, as well as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by the same author, so honestly, why deprive myself? I do actually think there’s a good chance both Daisy and Evelyn were Libras, so do tell if you agree with me! I’m also going to go with Rosie from Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey because the way that Dom talked about her was like she was truly the greatest person in the world. And she was certainly artistic in at minimum the culinary arts field. I love Rosie and I think she’s such a great character. Her friendships with Georgie and Bethany and the other women in this club really seem to let her shine so that you can see these traits in their fulness. And finally, I’m going with Kincaid from The One for You by Roni Loren. Kincaid is, in my opinion, the best character in the entire The Ones Who Got Away series. She is funny and outgoing and charming. She has an eye for beautiful things and she has the biggest heart for those she cares about. I think she is absolutely a Libra because she also has some of the energy in the next section that is… “bad.” Content warning for the entire series that the leads are with the exception of one, individuals who survived a mass shooting at their high school prom. That trauma still has an impact on them now as adults and while I think the books are careful with that representation, it’s definitely something I want to flag!
Focused on: People-pleasing, Indecisive, and Passive-Aggressive
For me, Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn spoke so strongly of these aspects of my personality in ways that made me both more aware of some bad thought patterns I can find myself slipping into and being a little more aware of why conflict avoidance is bad. I also think Hannah from Maybe in Another Life has some of these traits. The entire book is predicated on her not really knowing what to do with her life anymore and I just, (a) related so strongly and (b) think that getting to see her come into her own in the alternating storylines is really wonderful. Also, now I have another book I’m desperate to reread. Also, I know I talked about Marcus from Spoiler Alert as having his Venus sign in Libra, but I think Libra might also be his sun sign. He a little bit plays into each of these more negative traits, with his passive-aggressive behaviors really leaning into writing fanfiction fixing all of the stupid crap the writers of his show keep making happen. He’s also creative and wonderful in every way, obviously, but he certainly has a few of these more negative traits as well.