16 books for Geminis, the social butterflies of the zodiac

16 books for Geminis, the social butterflies of the zodiac

In Reading Lists by Lanie Pemberton

16 books for Geminis, the social butterflies of the zodiac

Geminis are the cosmic multitaskers and social butterflies of the zodiac. If you’re a Gemini, you’re always on the lookout for the next adventure, buoyed by a wit as sharp as your intellect and a curiosity that knows no bounds. Blessed with the gift of gab and an uncanny ability to adapt to any situation, Geminis bring a whirlwind of energy and excitement wherever they go. 

There’s a duality to the Gemini nature, as symbolized by the celestial twins representing this zodiac sign. You may flirt and gossip one moment and then find yourself in a deep, philosophical conversation the next. That’s why the best books for Geminis to read range from binge-worthy romances like It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey to nonfiction titles that teach important life lessons, like Dad at Peace by Chris Gethard.

So if you’re naturally curious what’s written in the stars for you, look no further than this list of books every Gemini should read. No matter which one you start with, you’ll probably dive in on the go (perhaps while traveling the world and making new friends), and that’s just fine — because there’s no wrong way to read.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My Gemini book recommendations begin with a timeless classic. If you haven’t read this one since high school, it’s time for a re-read. With mature eyes and your signature Gemini intelligence, you may finally figure out what the heck the green light symbolizes.

Take a trip back to the Roaring Twenties as Nick Carraway moves to West Egg, New York. His neighbor, the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby, loves to throw wild, raucous parties where Geminis would feel right at home. But beneath the glitz and glam is a story of intrigue, obsession, and deceit.


2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

For Geminis, living life in the fast lane comes naturally. The heroine of this book — part of Hibbert’s beloved Brown Sisters trilogy — hopes to channel that same spirit, and the antics along the way will leave you in stitches. 

Chloe Brown is a plus-sized woman of color suffering from a chronic illness who’s determined to let none of those factors hold her back any longer. To ensure she has a lot of flippant fun, Chloe makes a list of rebellious activities she has to do, and attaches herself to biker Redford for a hilarious ride.

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3. It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

L.A. socialite Piper Bellinger loves to party and pal around with A-listers (sounds like a Gemini to me). But after she’s cut off by her stepfather, Piper is forced to trade in her wild-child ways to manage a dive bar in rural Washington. There, she banters with Brendan, a surly, modelesque fisherman.

Geminis will love this grumpy/sunshine romance for its vivacious protagonist and small-town setting, where everyone loves to spill the hottest tea.

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4. A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron

What better book for the celestial twins than Geron’s queer YA charmer about … twins! They may have grown up in radically different worlds, but these siblings both long for something new and exciting.

Edward Dinnissen, the Crown Prince of Canada, discovers he has a long-lost twin in rural Montana. By secretly switching identities, the brothers get to experience life like never before (including an exciting new love interest for Edward).

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5. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

With kooky characters and zany settings (the world is flat and sits on the backs of four elephants as they ride atop the shell of a giant turtle hurtling through space), Pratchett’s beloved Discworld series is as charismatic as any Gemini. Dive in with book one, The Color of Magic.

Thanks to Pratchett’s ability to use wit and satire to explore real-world issues, this series opener is one of the most cleverly written fantasies of all time. As an added bonus, this is part of a completed 41-book series (!!), so you can start knowing you’ll never have to wait in agony for the next installment (since we all know Geminis are more playful and passionate than patient).


6. Infinity Alchemist by Kacen Callender

After being rejected by the Lancaster College of Alchemic Science, Ash Woods attempts to illegally teach himself the ways of alchemy. When upperclassman Ramsay Thorn discovers Ash’s secret, they team up on a quest to find an ancient spell book — but they aren’t the only ones with a vested interest in the text. 

The stakes are high and the world-building intricate in this wonderfully diverse fantasy by Callender (Felix Ever After). Geminis everywhere will appreciate Ash’s thirst for knowledge.

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7. Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera

As a Gemini, you’re endlessly curious. Mysteries and psychological thrillers are right up your alley for this very reason, so don’t be surprised if Tintera’s twisty story keeps you up all night as you await the explosive ending.

Ever since Lucy was found covered in blood with no recollection of how her best friend died, she’s lived under an inescapable shadow of suspicion. A popular true crime podcaster’s decision to revive the case could lead to answers for Lucy. Is she innocent? Or has she been lying all along? 

Listen for the Lie was the March 2024 Good Morning America Book Club pick.

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8. On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Ruled by Mercury, Geminis are enthusiastic communicators, making them excellent writers and orators. If you’re eager to share your own Gemini wisdom through the written word, check out Zinsser’s definitive guide — one of the best writing books to help you hone your craft.

Learn how to bring your message to life and avoid common pitfalls with this book’s thorough and thought-provoking advice. 


9. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

Intellectual, adaptable, collaborative, and creative — thanks to these traits and more, Geminis are natural innovators. Isaacson’s bestselling book may be of interest to entrepreneurial Geminis, as it highlights some of the biggest innovators of our time.

This story of the people who built some of the earliest computers and invented the Internet follows a winding path to the present through pioneers like Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Larry Page, and Bill Gates. It’s an inspiring tale that makes you appreciate the ingenuity that led to our connected world.

Looking for deep dives into other groundbreaking innovators? Isaacson profiles some of the most notable in Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk. You may see a bit of yourself in their stories, from Einstein’s brave creativity to Jobs’ and Musk’s mercurial brilliance.


10. How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

Have you ever noticed it's hard for you to sit still and settle into one clearly defined role? That’s because you’re a Gemini who loves to dip your toes into everything. Don’t worry, you’re not flaky: You’re a multipotentialite. 

Contrary to popular belief, this trait doesn’t have to harm your career or creative interests. How to Be Everything features wisdom and actionable exercises to help put your diverse interests and windy path to incredible use. 

So read this, then get out there and design the life you want — and don’t apologize for it.


11. World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

Books by the late, great Anthony Bourdain continue to bring us his infectious enthusiasm for the wondrous world he left all too soon. There’s no better travel companion for Geminis, who are known for having insatiable wanderlust.

Whether you’re globe-trotting IRL or armchair traveling, explore new locales and broaden your perspective with Bourdain’s book, where he bestows his best stories and recommendations culled from a lifetime of exploration.

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12. Goddess by Anthony Summers

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic career came to a tragic end upon her early death, but this Gemini’s legacy is timeless. Summers offers insight into the glamour and controversy that defined her life, from her notoriety in Hollywood to her relationships with Joe DiMaggio and multiple Kennedy men. 

Interviews with many who knew Monroe, as well as notes from her psychiatrist, reveal new details, some sordid and many sad. This definitive biography is the source material for the Netflix documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe.

Here’s a bonus recommendation for curious Geminis: Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde, a novelization of Monroe’s life. It has its own Netflix adaptation starring Ana de Armas and Adrien Brody.


13. Dad at Peace by Chris Gethard

Comedian Gethard (a Gemini) has led a relatively charmed life, able to make a living off his talents and travel the world making people laugh. But in this emotional and sobering piece, Gethard explains why he’s starting a new, quieter chapter, and how his son brings him a serenity he’s never experienced before. (Don’t worry, there are still poop jokes.) 

Geminis’ duality can lead to inner conflict. You’re compelled to continuously surround yourself with new people, places, and experiences, but you also want contentment. If you’ve ever felt at odds with yourself, this memoir offers a helpful perspective. 

Dad at Peace completes Gethard’s Everand Originals trilogy, following Dad on Pills and The Lonely Dad Conversations.

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Schumer is one of the funniest feminist comedians of our age. She’s a Gemini, so her success and wit are no surprise. 

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is one of my favorite celebrity memoirs of the past decade. A collection of Schumer’s most side-splitting stories from her past, it captures the Emmy Award-winning author’s unforgettable voice and will seamlessly remind you of her rollicking standup sets.


Your love of variety and change may not feel compatible with lasting romance — especially if you long to meet your match in wit and intelligence (a tall order for Geminis). The endless sea of options on dating apps only makes things more challenging. 

If you’ve all but given up on finding your soul mate, fret not. Comedian and award-winning writer Moore (of the hugely popular Tinder Live touring show) provides hilarious and helpful insights about how to make dating and finding “the one” a less arduous process. 

Trust your gut, stop mindlessly swiping right, and start reading this instead. And since you’re a Gemini who’s probably ever-hungry for insight, you can follow it up with Moore’s top four relationship books.

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16. Up Close and Personal Finance by Priyanka Mashelkar

Being smart and innovative, Geminis don’t tend to struggle with earning money, but your love of parties, travel, and new experiences (and your disdain for all things boring) can make sticking to a budget feel like torture.

Between paying off credit card bills and student loans, saving for retirement, contributing to an emergency fund, and setting a realistic day-to-day budget, it’s a bit of an understatement to say there’s a lot to juggle to keep your finances running smoothly.

However, according to Mashelkar, with the right systems and practices in place, you can achieve short and long-term financial goals and make your money work for you rather than the other way around. 

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(P.S. — looking to better understand your fellow star signs? Then explore the best books for Aries, Pisces, and Tauruses next.) 

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About the Author: Lanie Pemberton

Lanie is a San Diego-based freelance writer who loves reading crime thrillers and nonfiction about animals and the natural world. When not writing and reading (or writing about what to read), Lanie spends as much time as possible at the beach with her husband and pampered pittie, Peach.