15 Books Every Aries Bookworm Should Read
If you happen to be an Aries — or an astrology fan — you may know that Aries are relentlessly strong, notoriously self-reliant, and brimming with a fiery spirit. They're fiercely loyal, and are an inspiration to the people around them. They're also avid readers, and we have lots of book recs for those who identify as Aries. With that being said, each book in this roundup includes a theme that embodies the Aries spirit — either involving characters who have (or have to learn) independence, a storyline that fosters a sense of community, or a protagonist who displays their sheer determination to accomplish a goal. So whether you're an Aries yourself, or are just looking for a novel with these themes, we have an exciting roundup of entertaining page-turners that cover genres like thrillers, comedy, romance, and mystery.
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel features the story of Kate, who after heartbreak finds herself beginning a new career in the admissions department of a New York school. Amid a competitive environment, overbearing parents of students, and spoiled kids, Kate learns to stand strong and push through the challenges. For anyone looking for a book that's offering laughs, wit, and a character that embodies the strength of an Aries, this is definitely worth a read!
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
When her mother passes, Poornima takes on the role of caring for her siblings and prepares for her own arranged marriage. Then, Poornima meets Savitha — an untraditional, unapologetic, and ferociously independent woman — who inspires Poornima to change her own life. In true Aries spirit, Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao gives us a female lead who gains independence in a way that is sure to make you cheer.
The Assistants by Camille Perri
The Assistants starts off with Tina as a business titan's assistant who's making much less than she deserves, and is pinching pennies to pay back student loans. After years of being bored and underpaid, Tina finally gets lucky and uses it for herself and others to become a leader among the assistants. This smart, entertaining novel penned by Camille Perri includes relatable themes and features a main character that has the fierce Aries spirit.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
The Shark Club is about Maeve, a marine biologist who, despite being bit by a shark as a kid, continues to navigate life without fear and with an abundance of confidence. This New York Times bestseller takes us through Maeve's career, her romantic life, and her family matters — and in true Aries spirit, gives us a female protagonist with immense courage.
Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry
Opening Belle follows the story of Isabelle, a go-getter and Wall Street mogul. In this romantic comedy by Maureen Sherry, we follow Isabelle as she explores new relationships, deals with challenges at work, and enjoys her Upper West Side lifestyle in New York City. For the Aries who identifies with being ambitious and loves a laugh, this book is highly recommended.
Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Naomi is the wildly ambitious CEO of a jewelry empire, whose goal is to fit in with the Upper East Side elite in New York. In Passion on Park Avenue, we're taken on a ride as Naomi engages with her neighbor, Oliver, the son of an elite family her mother used to work for. We also see this career-driven woman grow her business and stay strong in who she is as she navigates the Upper East Side. This sassy romance by Lauren Layne encompasses themes of independence and a very determined woman — traits Aries are familiar with.
Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love is a thriller about a woman in a male-dominated gang who rises up to become a leader. Lola is courageous, ferociously ambitious, and never backs down from a challenge, earning her the respect she deserves. If you enjoy reading about fierce women paving their own path against all odds, this one's for you.
Swiping For Prince Charming by Sabrina Marzaro
In this illustrated romantic comedy by Sabrina Marzaro, we follow the journey of a woman experiencing the modern challenges of online dating, career, and the goal of having it all. Swiping For Prince Charming tells a witty and relatable story of finding independence and learning self-acceptance — all within the whimsical setting of Paris. If you're itching for a contemporary fairy tale with themes of self-discovery, this is the book for you!
Slay by Brittney Morris
Kiera, teen math whiz and one of a few Black students at her school, secretly joins a world-wide group of Black gamers to compete in a game called SLAY, unbeknownst to her family and friends. When her involvement in SLAY brings challenges and threats, we follow Kiera's personal journey in becoming true to herself and persisting in standing strong. If you're in search of a thrilling novel with a female character that exemplifies the courage of an Aries, look no further and pick up Slay.
Before Everything by Victoria Redel
Before Everything tells a story of loyalty — a strong Aries characteristic — as we follow the journey of a tight-knit group of friends. This touching novel, penned by Victoria Redel, takes us through the challenges the group faces when one of its members enters hospice, and how the others rally around to support her.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
When Bernadette goes missing right before her family's planned trip to Antarctica, her daughter Bee sets out to find her. In Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette? we follow as Bee grows into a braver, more confident young woman on her journey to locate her infamously strong-minded mother. For any Aries who's looking for a book with a smart, witty lead, this book will give you that, plus loads of heartwarming laughs.
The Event by Whitney Dineen
When Emmie graduates college and lands her dream job in New York City, she faces an unfortunate situation that sends her back home to Missouri to work for her family's business. In The Event, a fun romantic comedy, we follow Emmie as she exemplifies the Aries trait of courage to deal with gossip and judgment. If you're looking to be entertained by a novel filled with humor, unexpected twists, and relatable characters, this book is for you.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach tells the story of Anna, a self-reliant woman who becomes the first female civil diver in World War II. When Anna needs to rely on herself the most, she finds the strength and confidence to figure out why her father vanished. Just like an Aries, Anna is immensely strong and independent.
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
We Are the Wildcats tells the story of six girls on a field hockey team who stand their ground against a toxic coach. The story brings to light the importance of community and support, truly exemplifying the Aries spirit of loyalty.
A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields
When Lily goes missing, her sister Esme makes a big move to California to pursue being a ballerina. After years pass, a girl they believe to be Lily is found, and we then follow Lily's story as she gains independence and strength — strong Aries traits — in a life much different than her sister's. There may be themes of loss and deep emotion in Lily in the Light, but this harrowing novel by Kristin Fields also brings an element of hope and comfort as we watch Lily find her way.