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Susie Dumond

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Susie (she/her) is a queer writer originally from Little Rock, now living in Washington, DC. She is the author of QUEERLY BELOVED and the forthcoming LOOKING FOR A SIGN from Dial Press/Random House. You can find her on Instagram @susiedoom.

Looking for the next book to add to your TBR? Let the stars be your guide with our December horoscopes and book recommendations! Find your astrological sign below for your December horoscope, perfectly paired with a newly released book.


While December may be a difficult month for your family relationships, it will be a great time for your career and ambitions. It’s the perfect time to pursue a new goal or start a new business, but be sure your new pursuits are compatible with your spiritual needs. Read Djinn City (The Unnamed Press, November 28) by Saad Z. Hossain, where Bangladeshi kid Indelbed learns his father’s wizardry has put him in the center of an ancient Djinn war. You’ll see how family conflict can lead to an unexpected new world.


December will be all about success for you, Pisces. You’ll find yourself challenged, but your natural intuition along with a little luck will help you overcome those challenges. The planets forecast special growth in your career. Try The Girl in the Tower (Del Rey, December 5), Katherine Arden’s sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. Russian heroine Vasilisa has been condemned as a witch and driven from her home by frightened villagers, but she chooses to meet the challenge and set off on a grand adventure to protect Moscow.


This month you will find yourself invested in spiritual growth. Aries can often be intellectual and curious; you will see that manifested in philosophy and religion in December, perhaps encouraging you to explore overseas travel opportunities for 2018. You might enjoy Three Daughters of Eve (Viking, December 5) by international bestselling author Elif Shafak. The novel takes place at a dinner party in contemporary Istanbul, where Turkish woman Peri reflects on faith, love, and the effects of time in an unpredictable world.


Some may call you stubborn, but your persistent nature will pay off for you in December. You’ll see resolution to long-standing conflicts and rewards for your hard work in 2017. Remain grounded as you see your labors rewarded. Check out The Last Black Unicorn (Gallery Books, December 5) by comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish. It’s a hilarious and brutally honest memoir of how Haddish made it from foster care in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles to the big screen as a breakout star in movies like Girls Trip.


This month, you’ll find your career and professional goals taking precedence over your family. This will be challenging during the holidays. While you may see great career growth in December, don’t forget to consider the needs of the important people in your life as well. Try In the Fall They Come Back (Bloomsbury USA, December 12) by Robert Bausch, where an idealistic English teacher fresh out of graduate school becomes so devoted to “saving” his most challenging students that he finds himself in complicated territory.


The December Mercury Retrograde will cause confusion for you in major decisions, Cancer. I’m sorry to say that you’ll experience some pandemonium this month. Remain adaptable and be open to compromise, and you’ll make it through to 2018. Read Year One: Chronicles of the One (St. Martin’s Press, December 5) by Nora Roberts, a fantasy novel where a sudden sickness and governmental collapse lead to chaos. In a world of survivors, magick and witchcraft shape a new social order for those who remain.


Your creativity will be running wild in December, Leo. The stars show great opportunities for growth and exploration this month. Look for places to express yourself in your work and your hobbies and you will reap the benefits. Check out Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, December 5) by Sam Wasson, which explores the rise of improv in the U.S., including the history of improv groups like Second City, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and SNL. Wasson argues that improv deserves to be recognized as the most influential American art form of today.


This month will be all about family and relationships for you, Virgo. It is holiday season, after all! Your professional aspirations will have to take a back seat as you focus on communication and compromise with your loved ones, especially with the December Mercury Retrograde adding a degree of unpredictability. I recommend Mother of All Pigs (The Unnamed Press, November 14) by Malu Halasa. It follows the Sabas family, three generations of women in a small Jordanian town, as they navigate the everyday realities of life in the Middle East.


December will be a chaotic month for you, Libra. You’ll find yourself challenged to balance your independence and your reliance on others to address your problems. Lucky for you, you’re masterful at balancing acts! There might also be love for you in the stars. Try A Hope Divided (Kensington, November 28) by Alyssa Cole, a romance novel set during the Civil War where scientist spy Marlie and philosopher soldier Ewan are thrown together in their search for hope, freedom, and love.


You will find yourself pulled in many directions by demands from career and family this month, Scorpio. Everyone wants something from you, but you’ll find that you still have the autonomy to meet these demands your own way. Remember to say no when needed and practice self-care. Try reading The Only Girl in the World (Little, Brown and Company, December 12) by Maude Julien, a dark yet magical memoir of a traumatic childhood. Julien’s fanatical parents subjected her to endless drills to “eliminate weakness”. However, she taught herself to survive through inner compassion and love.


Happy Birthday, Sagittarius! This month will be all about love and relationships, old and new. While the December Mercury Retrograde brings a little chaos, it also brings an opportunity for you to explore your feelings and choose to live life on your own terms. Read The Chaos of Standing Still (Simon Pulse, November 28) by Jessica Brody, where Ryn finds herself stranded overnight at the Denver airport on New Year’s Eve. This twist of fate leads her to Xander, a stranger who helps her overcome personal challenges and embrace adventure.


As the year comes to a close, you’ll find yourself in your head often in December. This will be an analytical and emotional month for you. Use this time to find harmony in the family and career segments of your life and prepare for growth next year. Check out No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, December 5), an essay collection from acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin. Now aged 88, Le Guin reflects on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.


Check out your November 2017 horoscope and book recommendation here.