Out of all the zodiac signs, Tauruses are true cinnamon rolls, which makes sense given that they probably run a foodstagram account and have watched every season of The Great British Baking Show. Those born between April 20 and May 20 are just as reliable as the classic pastry, and they balance their sweetness with their stubbornness. As temperatures rise and flowers bloom this spring, we are so excited to watch their down-to-earth, well-grounded souls thrive in tune with nature.

To celebrate our cottagecore friends’ birthdays, we’ve rounded up 6 books that hit the bullseye of the Taurus personality and are perfect for cozy reading days in with a cup of tea.

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A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Speaking of foodstagrams, spoiler alert: you WILL be hungry as you read Laura Taylor Namey’s heavenly paragraphs about Cuban food. In this sweet contemporary romance, Lila’s a baker and prefers having plans as predictable as her recipes. But when her grandmother passes away, her boyfriend breaks up with her, and her best friend wants nothing to do with her anymore, her parents send her to spend the summer with family friends in Winchester, England for a mental health break. While Lila doesn’t immediately warm up to the rainy weather, the cute teashop clerk nearby helps show her how charming the English countryside can be – and that sometimes the best parts in life are the ones we never could have imagined for ourselves. If you have perfecting your chocolate raspberry cake recipe on your bucket list, then you’ll happily eat up Cuban Girl’s Guide.

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Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

We know that you or the Taurus in your life probably has preferred systems of organizing their bookshelves and their niche playlists. Love Radio is a win for all music and book lovers, and the romantic DJ x ambitious writer pairing will have you wondering “me when?” At just 17, Prince hosts a popular radio segment where he acts as a love doctor and offers advice for the lovesick even though he’s never fallen in love himself. That is, until he meets Dani, a straight-A student with little desire for romance focused on moving to NYC to become an author. She gives him three dates to win over her heart, but you’ll only need to read a few chapters before adding Spotify’s “love hopeless romantic evening” daylist to your queue.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Tauruses who love a relaxing self-care day will see themselves in Lara Jean, who is often written with a book, baked good, or crafting tool in hand. When Lara Jean has an intense crush, she releases her feelings in a love letter and keeps it in her hatbox, never to be seen again. She loves staying in her daydreams, but she’s forced to face her nightmare in real life when her letters get sent out. Just as the Netflix film series has become Gen Z’s go-to comfort romcom trilogy (there’s a reason why all the top “Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky” videos on YouTube have at least 2 million views), To All the Boys is the perfect read when you’re in the mood for a fluffy, fake dating story.

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

If you’re in your dark fantasy era, you’ll find yourself at home in 1900s London with Cordelia and Alastair Carstairs. When the brother and sister duo reunite with childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale, they enter the alluring world of the supernatural. Cordelia is really going through it as her father has been accused of being a criminal, her mother is eager to marry her off even though she is love with James, who's betrothed to someone else, and demon attacks sweep London. Cordelia must battle her inner and outer demons at once, but she stays tenacious and loyal to her friends through it all, just like our Taurus besties.

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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Joan of Arc meets her match in Artemisia, a Gray Sister nun-in-training responsible for cleansing dead bodies so their souls can pass on. During an attack by possessed soldiers, she uses a saint’s relic that allows a powerful revenant to share her body. The fight of dark magic against evil spirits takes Artemisia and the revenant to cathedrals and crypts across Loraille, pretty much making Vespertine required reading for any fans of atmospheric books. Artemesia’s game of uncertain trust with the revenant will keep you flipping each page as fast as you can and also redefine your impression of what a soulmate is.

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Powerless by Lauren Roberts

If Katniss Everdeen was your first YA role model, you’ll love this romantasy Hunger Games readalike and root for quick-witted, stubborn Paedyn. In the wake of the Plague, the Ilyan people were split into the gifted Elites and powerless Ordinaries. As an Ordinary, Paedyn’s presence is against the law, which aims to maintain a distilled population entirely of Elites. Paedyn channels her inner Sherlock Holmes and Shawn Spencer as she poses as a Psychic to blend in, but after unknowingly saving an Ilyan prince, she is suddenly entered as a contestant of the Purging Trials, a dangerous competition branded as a celebration of powers. The banter, longing stares, and ballroom scene will have you invested in the slow-burn romance all the way until the “who did this to you” moment.

If you were born during Aries season (March 21 – April 19), how does it feel to be the best-dressed person in the room? You style each outfit with your curiosity, accessorize with your energy, and top it all off with your confidence. If you are besties with an Aries, then you have found someone who will correct the waiter when they get your order wrong, spam you with unhinged TikToks, and always be down for a spontaneous late-night drive (TL;DR: you’ve won the friend lottery).

To honor the season of the GOAT, we have curated the ultimate TBR for all Aries looking for loyal main characters to relate to, passionate romances to fall in love with, and motivating stories to encourage them to reach for the stars.

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
If a demon attacked you on the way to class and your first reaction would be distracting the fiend to protect your friends, get ready to join the BreeHive. Through her search to know what kind of creature ambushed her, Bree discovers the magical world of the Legendborn secret society, whose members are all descendants of King Arthur’s knights. Legendborn really has it all, from a fierce heroine with a soft side to its dark academia vibes and a rich magic system. Oh, and did we mention the golden retriever and black cat love interests?
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Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
This rec is for anyone who has memorized Elle Woods’s final court scene. Blaine has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect artsy after-school job, and the perfect friend group – until he experiences his own “You’re breaking up with me because I’m too… blonde?!” moment IRL on their one-year anniversary. When told he is too unserious, Blaine enters the senior student council president race to show that he can be the focused and driven kind of guy his ex is looking for. If you’re a fan of cozy books with vulnerable mental health conversations, cheerleader aunts, and slowburn romances, we’re sure that Blaine for the Win will earn your vote.
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Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
Is that the element of fire we see in the distance? Oh, that’s just Liz’s auburn hair. You could say that Liz wears her heart on her sleeve because her trademark locks serve as a physical manifestation of her inner Aries personality. When her childhood crush moves back to town, Liz is determined to get on his radar – so determined, that she will even fake date her annoying(ly handsome) next-door neighbor. Liz is never ashamed of her vintage style, love song playlists, and rom-com DVD collection, and watching her fall for someone who loves these things about her will have you clutching your heart even after the credits of her own rom-com roll.
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The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare
Aries may be skilled at completing a bunch of errands at once, but Magnus Bane and Alex Lightwood take multitasking to another level as their romantic getaway doubles as a death-defying mission. Shadowhunter fans will get a glimpse of the dads’ new domestic life in a New York loft just before they must save the world again. Against the backdrop of sparkling Shanghai, the couple learns that the stolen Book of the White isn’t their only problem, and they have to deal with unstable powers and raging demons when all they really want is to return to their kid.
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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Cue the classical piano enemies-to-lovers playlists as mood music for Margaret Rogerson’s masterpiece steeped in whimsical fairy folklore. Passionate artists will see themselves in Isobel, who paints portraits for the fair folk since they cannot create art for themselves without disintegrating. Her ability to paint so realistically ends up offending Rook, the autumn prince, when she paints his sorrowful gaze, and she must defend herself in a world where love is a forbidden emotion according to the fair folk’s merciless laws.
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The Ballad of Darcy & Russell by Morgan Matson
While anyone else might hesitate to ask a stranger at a rundown bus station in the middle of nowhere to borrow their phone charger, Darcy takes on the challenge. But even as a longtime romance enthusiast, she never could have expected her love at first sight moment with kind and charming Russell. Making the most of the short time they have together, they experience the spark of meeting someone who just deeply gets you and the heartbreak of realizing that someone might not be who they say they are. Throw in some cute dogs, big family chaos, and a football field picnic, and you’ve got another classic from Queen Morgan Matson of summer romance.

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