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From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century. Full of insight, advice and humor for every sign in the zodiac, the Astro Poets' unique brand of astrological flavor has made them Twitter sensations. Their long-awaited first book is in the grand tradition of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, but made for the world we live in From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century. Full of insight, advice and humor for every sign in the zodiac, the Astro Poets' unique brand of astrological flavor has made them Twitter sensations. Their long-awaited first book is in the grand tradition of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, but made for the world we live in today. In these pages the Astro Poets help you see what's written in the stars and use it to navigate your friendships, your career, and your very complicated love life. If you've ever wondered why your Gemini friend won't let you get a word in edge-wise at drinks, you've come to the right place. When will that Scorpio texting "u up?" at 2AM finally take the next step in your relationship? (Hint: they won't). Both the perfect introduction to the twelve signs for the astrological novice, and a resource to return to for those who already know why their Cancer boyfriend cries during commercials but need help with their new whacky Libra boss, this is the astrology book must-have for the twenty-first century and beyond.


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From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century. Full of insight, advice and humor for every sign in the zodiac, the Astro Poets' unique brand of astrological flavor has made them Twitter sensations. Their long-awaited first book is in the grand tradition of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, but made for the world we live in From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century. Full of insight, advice and humor for every sign in the zodiac, the Astro Poets' unique brand of astrological flavor has made them Twitter sensations. Their long-awaited first book is in the grand tradition of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, but made for the world we live in today. In these pages the Astro Poets help you see what's written in the stars and use it to navigate your friendships, your career, and your very complicated love life. If you've ever wondered why your Gemini friend won't let you get a word in edge-wise at drinks, you've come to the right place. When will that Scorpio texting "u up?" at 2AM finally take the next step in your relationship? (Hint: they won't). Both the perfect introduction to the twelve signs for the astrological novice, and a resource to return to for those who already know why their Cancer boyfriend cries during commercials but need help with their new whacky Libra boss, this is the astrology book must-have for the twenty-first century and beyond.

30 review for Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marijana➹

    Capricorn: I found a book you might like. Gemini: I’ve probably already read it. Capricorn: I doubt it. This is a very obscure text. Gemini: I’ve read every book ever written.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Boldon

    Like their Twitter, lovely and thoughtful, often spookily accurate. If only the chapters were a bit longer!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    okay, I think it's time to finally know a little about astrology...? thanks to the libroFM ALC program for the review audiobook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    4.5 stars. As delightful and poetic as you’d think coming from 2 poets. Go listen to their podcast too; the last episode featured a fantastic interview of Saeed Jones.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    4.5 stars - this was an absolute delight. Ive been following Astro Poets on twitter for years now, and their book definitely lives up. I have fully drunk the kool aid on astrology and I have no shame. Though not always perfect, astrology is so fascinating and often right. I would apologize for nagging everyone around me for their birthdays and birth times over the past week, but I’m not really sorry. can’t wait to come back to this time and again! 4.5 stars - this was an absolute delight. Ive been following Astro Poets on twitter for years now, and their book definitely lives up. I have fully drunk the kool aid on astrology and I have no shame. Though not always perfect, astrology is so fascinating and often right. I would apologize for nagging everyone around me for their birthdays and birth times over the past week, but I’m not really sorry. 😝 can’t wait to come back to this time and again!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    First of all this book is just about SUN signs. It starts out saying what a sun sign is,and the different modes and elements. And then a little about the moon and Saturn returns and mercury retrogrades and rising signs. If you have no knowledge of astrology I believe this would just confuse you rather then help. I felt like I was reading more of a fiction book rather then an astrology book. I did not feel like it was a guide at all. Every chapter starts out a different sun sign and tells about First of all this book is just about SUN signs. It starts out saying what a sun sign is,and the different modes and elements. And then a little about the moon and Saturn returns and mercury retrogrades and rising signs. If you have no knowledge of astrology I believe this would just confuse you rather then help. I felt like I was reading more of a fiction book rather then an astrology book. I did not feel like it was a guide at all. Every chapter starts out a different sun sign and tells about someone famous. I don't feel like you can explain a sun sign using a celebrity because there lives are nothing like an ordinary every day sun sign. Also it seamed to me the authors were taking there own perception of people they know as certain sun sign and making that all about that particular sign. People are not made up just by sun sign alone and I felt like most of this book was not accurate at all. All in all I was disappointed and don't feel its worth reading if your trying to learn astrology and its sun sign meanings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Received through FirstReads... I haven't read an astrology book for quite some time, and found this to be a nice, updated take on the subject. It was not too heavy, contained a good deal of humor, and was altogether an enjoyable read. This only goes over the sun signs, so if you want a more in-depth take on your chart, look elsewhere. Well done, in that it didn't drag on at all, was never boring; each section was just the right length. The sign-specific texts were especially amusing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Storribook

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is my all time favorite astrology book written by favorite astrologers (and poets). I couldn’t wait for my preorder so I listened to the audiobook & I’m so glad I did!! I want MORE please!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is such a profoundly frustrating book. It oscillates wildly between genuinely incredible and thoughtful insight (and some lovely poems), lazy and uninspired stereotypes (it’s my Aquarian lot in life for people to constantly tell me I’m an alien who likes to wear shower curtains), and baffling generalizations about astrology. (From the first chapter: “Many astrologers, us included, don’t put a lot of stock in a person’s rising sign.” I have followed astrology and a huge variety of This is such a profoundly frustrating book. It oscillates wildly between genuinely incredible and thoughtful insight (and some lovely poems), lazy and uninspired stereotypes (it’s my Aquarian lot in life for people to constantly tell me I’m an alien who likes to wear shower curtains), and baffling generalizations about astrology. (From the first chapter: “Many astrologers, us included, don’t put a lot of stock in a person’s rising sign.” I have followed astrology and a huge variety of astrologers closely for many, many years and I’d say that is by no means a popular opinion - at ALL.) Anyway, this is purely a sun-centric book, so it feels very dated in its approach, despite the unnecessarily long “how a sign texts” sections which are better suited to Twitter than three pages in each sign chapter. But I did feel compelled to give 3 stars (and not my original impulse of 2) because when the Astro Poets get it right, they get it frighteningly and intensely right. (I bitched about the Aquarius stereotypes earlier, but the Aquarius As A Friend section almost made me put the book in the freezer because TOO REAL.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)

    This is a fairly standard examination of the sun signs of astrology. It is often humorous and adds a millennial feeling twist to much of the analysis, but I suppose somewhat like a millennial, it is fairly surface level, more concerned with outward appearances, throwing some humorous shade, and turning in early for a nap.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Smith

    This was a very humorous book. I found the interpretations to be very accurate to what I’ve already heard about each sign. I recommend this book to all of my astrology loving friends, or simply people who are interested enough to read a book about it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This was an okay book. It had a different view on astrology.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    Fun, funny, offbeat, and dead on with what these two are selling at the astrology fair. Great gift idea for the offbeat astrology fan.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks as always to Netgalley for sending this to me! For anyone who follows my reviews, you’ll know that I’m not generally much of a non-fiction reader. When I heard about this book, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to branch out. I’m a huge fan of the Astro Poets Twitter account, and though I have only a passing interest in astrology and wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard believer, I figured it would be fun to learn more. I read I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks as always to Netgalley for sending this to me! For anyone who follows my reviews, you’ll know that I’m not generally much of a non-fiction reader. When I heard about this book, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to branch out. I’m a huge fan of the Astro Poets Twitter account, and though I have only a passing interest in astrology and wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard believer, I figured it would be fun to learn more. I read this book in kind of an unconventional way, which is basically my way of saying that I started with the signs that are of personal interest to me – my own sign, my family’s signs, my partner’s sign etc – and then went back to the others later. The most interesting part of the reading experience for me was getting to compare the claims made about each sign to my own personal experience of the sign. As expected, some of it hit home and some of it felt way off base, but I’d imagine that’s true of everyone. I definitely took it all with a pinch of salt, but I had fun comparing the book to my own experiences anyway. For example, the book states my boyfriend and I (Aquarius and Leo) are completely incompatible. He told me to stop reading at that point (I didn’t.) My main issue with the book was that it could be a bit repetitive. Each sign is divided into sections that tell you about the signs’ general personalities, what they’re like as friends, lovers and communicators, and while I appreciated that they covered a lot of ground, it got a bit tedious to read after a while. I found myself skimming certain sections – the texting parts in particular, because the messages were all so wildly abstract that I wasn’t sure what exactly they were trying to convey other than mild confusion for every sign – and wasn’t really motivated to pick up the book after I’d read about the signs I was most interested in, which I guess is my fault for hopping back and forth so much. I’d recommend reading this in chunks, because I think it’s a book better suited to being dipped in and out of rather than read all in one go, and I did get a little bored trying to power through large sections at a time, but that’s probably not the idea of it. It's meant to be a reference guide more than anything else, I think. Overall, this was an interesting reading experience. It was a little outside of my comfort zone, but I appreciated having the experience to broaden my horizons – and it made me realise that the MC of my NaNoWriMo novel is a textbook Aries – who knew?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book -- it's super funny and doesn't take itself too seriously, which is so refreshing in an astrology book. Astrology is really interesting, but can get a little too heavy-handed sometimes in my opinion. I honestly struggle to navigate its ubiquity in the queer community, and don't really know what my own relationship to it is; sometimes I think it's funny or convenient to pin personality I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book -- it's super funny and doesn't take itself too seriously, which is so refreshing in an astrology book. Astrology is really interesting, but can get a little too heavy-handed sometimes in my opinion. I honestly struggle to navigate its ubiquity in the queer community, and don't really know what my own relationship to it is; sometimes I think it's funny or convenient to pin personality traits or events or feelings to the zodiac, but I also don't really believe it's such a huge influence on everything? But regardless, this book is a really accessible and totally readable tour of the signs, with a ton of humor thrown in. Each chapter, which corresponds to a different sign, is divided into sections like "Texting with a Gemini, The Famous Taurus, Aquarius Fashion" etc. which I found endearing and hilarious. And I'll admit, while not all of it resonated, I for sure recognized myself and people I know in some of the descriptions. My mom is a Virgo, and I've never heard a truer description of her than the Virgo chapter of this book, ha. In my opinion, astrology is best as a light-hearted story framing device, which is how Astro Poets approaches it. Definitely recommend this read, it's fast and enjoyable for sure!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand the sun signs! Anyone with a passing interesting astrology can tell you which signs are fixed, cardinal, air, fire, etc etc etc and which planets rule them, but the experience to describe the actual CHARACTER of the signs is something that can only come with years of observation. Astrology is of course really trendy, so unless you've done that observation yourself, it's difficult to know who's speaking about the signs from real I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand the sun signs! Anyone with a passing interesting astrology can tell you which signs are fixed, cardinal, air, fire, etc etc etc and which planets rule them, but the experience to describe the actual CHARACTER of the signs is something that can only come with years of observation. Astrology is of course really trendy, so unless you've done that observation yourself, it's difficult to know who's speaking about the signs from real experience and who's regurgitating some ideas they got from some memes. Like basically anything in astrology, this book should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's a MUCH more practical introduction to the signs than you'll get from a dry inventory of planets and elements, or from some anonymous meme accounts on twitter. (A side note--the only chapter that didn't resonate with me was the one on Sagittarius, written by the Sag sun author. But that in itself is kind of an interesting case study. It feels very Sagittarius-like to both brag about your worst qualities and also painfully overestimate them.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    This book was a fascinating read, the accuracy in describing each zodiac is unparalleled. I was drawn to this book from the very moment I spotted it on the shelves in Barnes and Noble. It appeared that someone had put it down last minute on a shelf it didn't belong on, much to my delight, because otherwise I may have never discovered it. A quick read of a page I randomly flipped to and I knew that I had to have this book. I purchased it immediately. The very first thing I did was flip to the This book was a fascinating read, the accuracy in describing each zodiac is unparalleled. I was drawn to this book from the very moment I spotted it on the shelves in Barnes and Noble. It appeared that someone had put it down last minute on a shelf it didn't belong on, much to my delight, because otherwise I may have never discovered it. A quick read of a page I randomly flipped to and I knew that I had to have this book. I purchased it immediately. The very first thing I did was flip to the chapter about my zodiac sign, Libra, and I was floored at how accurate the words that described my zodiac sign were. It was, as the title implies, like reading poetry about myself. If you are in any way interested in astrology, you must read this book. I highly recommend it. I know that I will be reading this book a minimum of three times, no less. Way to go Alex and Dorothea! (The Virgo rising in me couldn't help but notice a small editing mistake when describing Virgo and Libra, states that they are both the seventh sign of the zodiac, which is only true for Libra, Virgo is the sixth)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire Christopher

    This book is a good distillation of all the signs if you struggle to remember the traits of any sign but your own, like I do. I appreciate the way this book was laid out, with the same subsections for each sign, including what they’re like as a lover and a friend, how they text and what their imagination is like, and a playlist of songs by artists with the same sign. Naturally, not every comment is right on the mark — but I will admit I recognized my dearest friends unmistakably in the sections This book is a good distillation of all the signs if you struggle to remember the traits of any sign but your own, like I do. I appreciate the way this book was laid out, with the same subsections for each sign, including what they’re like as a lover and a friend, how they text and what their imagination is like, and a playlist of songs by artists with the same sign. Naturally, not every comment is right on the mark — but I will admit I recognized my dearest friends unmistakably in the sections for their signs, albeit with some embellishments. And I like the levity of the book, given its subject matter. Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov are talented at weaving stories in print just as they are online via their Twitter account and podcast as the Astro Poets. Astrology is not an exact science, but it offers a beautiful way of looking at the world and the people in it. This book does a good job of showing you the poetry of the planets and their influence on us, whether it’s real or mythologized — or a bit of both. And yes, I did read the section on Leos twice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gina Hayes

    The zodiac is a mix of the eerily familiar and the "oh no, I'm definitely not THAT way." I take it with a grain of salt. But in reading the "Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac," I found information that was almost cringe-y. (Who knew that Aries have weird eating habits? Just because I avoid cooked/boiled/scrambled eggs like the plague, and currently have a strange sparkling water addiction...) But Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov, two poets that also host a Twitter feed about poems and The zodiac is a mix of the eerily familiar and the "oh no, I'm definitely not THAT way." I take it with a grain of salt. But in reading the "Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac," I found information that was almost cringe-y. (Who knew that Aries have weird eating habits? Just because I avoid cooked/boiled/scrambled eggs like the plague, and currently have a strange sparkling water addiction...) But Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov, two poets that also host a Twitter feed about poems and astrology, made learning about astrology and signs fun and edgy with a definite pop-culture feel. Although I didn't learn a lot of new things to apply to my sign (Aries), there was definite insight into my relationship with other signs. And while other readers may be annoyed at the references of celebrities and their signs- the Britney Spears-Sagittarius-breakdown was very detailed- I really enjoy that sort of thing, so it clicked with me. Entertaining and informative.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susie Dumond

    I'm a big fan of Astro Poets on Twitter, so I had high expectations for this book. And it exceeded them! This is such an engaging, approachable, and modern guide to astrology. Dimitrov and Lasky's voices are so strong and delightfully entertaining. Reading their overviews of the signs is like talking about the stars over coffee with your coolest hippie friend. The book starts with a general guide to astrology and their approach, then lays out a chapter on each sign, including compatibility, I'm a big fan of Astro Poets on Twitter, so I had high expectations for this book. And it exceeded them! This is such an engaging, approachable, and modern guide to astrology. Dimitrov and Lasky's voices are so strong and delightfully entertaining. Reading their overviews of the signs is like talking about the stars over coffee with your coolest hippie friend. The book starts with a general guide to astrology and their approach, then lays out a chapter on each sign, including compatibility, style, texting habits, a suggested playlist, and more. If you think astrology is garbage, then sure, you're not going to enjoy this book. But if you're open to learning more about the signs and how they relate to each other, I highly recommend Astro Poets as the place to start. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Astro Poets is an entertaining look at the Zodiac. It's a huge gap in my knowledge, and this book starts with a thorough and engaging description of the zodiac signs, explaining things like ascendant sign, moon signs, and how signs relate to elements. After the introduction, chapters are dedicated to each sign. This is when it starts to really get fun! They describe the personality traits associated with each sign, and how they get along with other signs. They cover relationships in the Astro Poets is an entertaining look at the Zodiac. It's a huge gap in my knowledge, and this book starts with a thorough and engaging description of the zodiac signs, explaining things like ascendant sign, moon signs, and how signs relate to elements. After the introduction, chapters are dedicated to each sign. This is when it starts to really get fun! They describe the personality traits associated with each sign, and how they get along with other signs. They cover relationships in the workplace, romance, and friendships. There are text message conversations in each chapter modeled on how a person will chat based on their sign. These texts feel hysterically accurate and was the first thing I shared with friends. This title is already making rounds at my workplace! Thank you Flatiron Books for an ARC copy of Astro Poets.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I should say right off the bat that I am not a believer in astrology; I am a hardcore skeptic. I won this book in a giveaway that I entered because a friend follows and often retweets Astro Poets on Twitter, and I find their tweets funny and charming. The book is less funny memes and more astrological analysis, but it was still humorous and fun. (The New York Times called it "whimsical astrological musings", which I would say is very apt.) I was surprised when I flipped to the section about my I should say right off the bat that I am not a believer in astrology; I am a hardcore skeptic. I won this book in a giveaway that I entered because a friend follows and often retweets Astro Poets on Twitter, and I find their tweets funny and charming. The book is less funny memes and more astrological analysis, but it was still humorous and fun. (The New York Times called it "whimsical astrological musings", which I would say is very apt.) I was surprised when I flipped to the section about my sign's style habits -- it's as if it was written while staring into my brain and my closet. I'm going to check with the rest of my coven to see if it's as spot-on for everybody.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Although I do not believe in astrology, I do enjoy educating myself about other viewpoints that exist. It was a fairly easy read but incredibly predictable. This was my introduction to astrology and I knew what their claim(s) would be about the successive signs. Also, this book was really disjointed because the two authors did not work together on all the signs. Instead, they each took half of the workload. That was frustrating as the information was inconsistent. Also, I just didn’t feel like Although I do not believe in astrology, I do enjoy educating myself about other viewpoints that exist. It was a fairly easy read but incredibly predictable. This was my introduction to astrology and I knew what their claim(s) would be about the successive signs. Also, this book was really disjointed because the two authors did not work together on all the signs. Instead, they each took half of the workload. That was frustrating as the information was inconsistent. Also, I just didn’t feel like what they were claiming was anywhere near being true based on the people I know. This book just reaffirmed to me that astrology is fake. #GoodreadsGiveaway

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Rogozan

    I did not know about Astro Poets before buying the book, therefore I did not have any expectations beyond finding out more about each zodiac sign. The text is decently written and entertaining (most of the time) but I found it to be a very personal interpretation of astrology, which is why I do not consider it the "perfect introduction to the twelve signs for the astrological novice" (as stated on the back page). I enjoyed the imagination exercises and playlist recommendations the most, they I did not know about Astro Poets before buying the book, therefore I did not have any expectations beyond finding out more about each zodiac sign. The text is decently written and entertaining (most of the time) but I found it to be a very personal interpretation of astrology, which is why I do not consider it the "perfect introduction to the twelve signs for the astrological novice" (as stated on the back page). I enjoyed the imagination exercises and playlist recommendations the most, they were a unique take on the topic.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mityl

    I am not sure why I entered a giveaway for this as I am not a believer in astrology. But I am going to review this book on writing style considering it a work of fiction. It could have been put together better. The writers have thrown in a lot of personal anecdotes so they should have titled it as something reflecting that it is their interactions(predominantly carnal) with the different signs. The poems seem written by someone just dipping their toes into the world of poetry. This is a book I am not sure why I entered a giveaway for this as I am not a believer in astrology. But I am going to review this book on writing style considering it a work of fiction. It could have been put together better. The writers have thrown in a lot of personal anecdotes so they should have titled it as something reflecting that it is their interactions(predominantly carnal) with the different signs. The poems seem written by someone just dipping their toes into the world of poetry. This is a book that I shall recycle. *I received this in a giveaway in return for an honest review*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I thought this was a super fun book. It was a really casual, modern and interesting look at the horoscope signs with lots of emphasis on the everyday behaviors of each sign instead of the more textbook characteristics you usually get. For instance, they provide examples of what texting would be like between two signs. And some of them were laugh out loud funny. In fact I resembled a couple of them :) Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy. This opinion is I thought this was a super fun book. It was a really casual, modern and interesting look at the horoscope signs with lots of emphasis on the everyday behaviors of each sign instead of the more textbook characteristics you usually get. For instance, they provide examples of what texting would be like between two signs. And some of them were laugh out loud funny. In fact I resembled a couple of them :) Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy. This opinion is entirely my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    Astro Poets on Twitter is my go-to for all my astrological needs. I'm Sagittarius AF as Alex speaks to my archer on a fundamental level. This will be a must-have for library zodiac collections. Each section is very thoughtfully laid out with familiar elements but the Astro Poet elan for language and description. I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    emma

    tbh I had low expectations for this book, and it was a nice surprise. As assumed, it is still just sun signs, but it’s in depth, well written, and spunky. It has again been confirmed that I’m a Taurus. Hello.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma Dresser

    For a bit of fun, this book is great. Told me I’m a passive aggressive Virgo with party tendencies, and my husband and I are useless at making decisions. Pretty funny, and kind’a true. Not sure I’d lay full price but it would be a book if definitely pick up if it was under $10.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kendria Henson

    Great basis for understanding of astrology and the signs are framed within the outline of astrology. Some of the celeb comparisons and descriptions of a sign's fashion characteristics/actions felt kinda random and out of place for astrological understanding. But overall enjoyed the read.

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