Pop-In@Nordstrom x Warby Parker Biblioscopes by Our Friends the AstroTwins
Astrology is more than a week-to-week, month-to-month guide to romance and finance (though hey—we rely on it for that, too). It can also be used as a way of understanding ourselves and those around us in all kinds of situations. Like, situations that involve getting lost in a book. So starting with Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker, expect to see us leaning on the AstroTwins, Olivia Kim’s favorite professional star gazers, in new and fun ways. Today they bring us a literary look at the signs; use it to to map your next trip to the bookstore, or to inform your gifting ideas. We’ll be doing the exact same.
Restless Rams don’t always have the longest attention spans when it comes to reading. You’ve probably amassed a pile of partially finished titles that you’ll get around to completing…one of these days. C’est la vie! But to experience the fulfilling fix of reaching “the end,” opt for short story collections like Alice Munro’s Dear Life or Junot Diaz’s Drown. Reading is not only fundamental, but practical for you too. As the zodiac’s go-getter, you’re constantly exploring new hobbies and activities so you’ll find motivation from “how I did it” titles by experts in your latest field of interest. As the first sign of the zodiac, you’re a free-thinking futurist so you might enjoy a title like Clive Thompson’s Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better. But rather than forcing yourself to read chronologically from cover to cover, try a little bibliomancy: Open to a “random” page of one of your books and take in that passage, as if that was exactly the message you needed for the day.
Traditional Taurus, you’re taken by anything and everything classic. Line your shelves with leatherbound — and even gold-tooled (hey, why not?) — editions of all the greats from Louisa May Alcott to Ernest Hemmingway. Historical novels rank high with you since you love to be transported back in time. But as much as you love an unflinching Jane Austen print edition, you’ve been known to tuck away with a Jackie Collins e-book as your guilty pleasure. (We won’t tell!) The zodiac’s Bulls are also luxury lovers who adore entertaining. Build a collection of cookbooks from your favorite chefs, like The Food Network’s Nancy Fuller and her Farmhouse Rules: Simple, Seasonal Meals for the Whole Family. Bring on the Sunday suppers and legendary dinner parties! Or serve yourself some “foodie fiction” with J. Ryan Stadals’ Kitchens Of The Midwest: A Novel.
For social butterfly Gemini, books are not merely meant for paging through in private. Your favorite titles must do double duty as conversation pieces. Curate a rotating collection of oversized, hardcovers for your coffee table and display shelves — heck, stack them around the floor — like Bowie Treasures (David Bowie) or the provocative black and white photography in Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills. You’ll love watching guests flip through your picks — the perfect jumping off point for a culturally enriching conversation. On your nightstand sits a stack of half-read paperbacks, in a range of genres. Since your moods can be mercurial, you’re likely reading three of them at once. Avant-garde classics like Jack Kerouac’s On The Road may sit atop an edgy biography like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, with a guilty pleasure thriller or chick-lit title wedged in between.
You’re the zodiac’s homebody who adores your alone time. So it’s no surprise that books are like favorite friends and companions for you. Curl up on the couch with a steaming cup of Earl Gray and a stirring work of fiction — preferably in print form since you’re a bit of a purist. Stories with strong dramatic arcs, epic timelines and heartfelt protagonists tick all your boxes. Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott could be a great autumn read. You get emotionally attached to the characters so dive into a series like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Since you’re a sentimentalist, memoirs are another favorite selection. And while nestled on the couch, it’s not rare for you to reach for one of your home décor hardcovers — The Bee Cottage Story perhaps? — and get inspired to start a project of your own.
You’re a colorful character with a rich imagination, Leo — your life is anything but boring! So it’s little surprise that you love to read about passionate people with storied lives. Hearing how other people found fame and fortune buoys your courage to go after your own dreams. Your first stop is often the Biographies section, so you can tuck into the true-life tales like I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai or Mindy Kailing’s Why Not Me? Fantasy ranks as high as reality for your imaginative sign and you can get lost in an epic series like George R.R. Martin’s Game Of Thrones, which is doubly appropriate for the zodiac’s royal. You’re a visual person so when you need a shorter read, head to the graphic novel section and delve into a series like Saga. As an eternally youthful sign, you might even have a collection of beautifully illustrated children’s books like Leo Leonni’s Frederick The Mouse.
As the zodiac’s analyst and sharp-minded critic you like to peek behind the curtain and find out how things are done. A page-turning insider’s tale like Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential can captivate you for hours, causing you to skip events and ignore beeping mobile devices until you hit the back binding. Invariably, you’ll return to the social scene with some real conversational gems! Many Virgos are crafty and hands-on. Sate your sartorial streak in the DIY section. Everything from felting to container gardening to analog photography can pique your interest — how about The Lego Architect or Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids? Being a perfectionist (who also hates to be wasteful), you prefer to read up on technique before you get your hands dirty with the actual process. And since you thrill when life is in an orderly groove, Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up could become a bible.
Where would we be without love — or great love stories? As the zodiac’s most quixotic sign you’re easily swept away by tales of epic romance. No lowbrow Fifty Shades for you, thankyouverymuch; you’re enchanted by characters with depth, complexity and jagged edges. You’ve no doubt made your way through some classics like Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights — and sure, the occasional Nicholas Sparks novel too. With your eye for beauty you are a curator of art books, some with a few missing pages that you’ve carefully clipped and set in frames. Peacekeeping Libra is the sign that rules justice and you connect to titles from the oft-unvoiced perspective like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or Suki Kim’s haunting memoir Without You, There Is No Us. You’re also concerned with wellness and can be a bit of a purist about what you consume. Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma could easily be parked in a prominent position in you pile of paperbacks.
Scorpio is the zodiac’s most mysterious and seductive sign. You’re drawn to the hidden realms of life — your sign governs everything from sex to the afterlife! It wouldn’t be surprising to find you slipping from the Mysteries and Thrillers section over to the Astrology aisle so you can look up friends, love interests and coworkers in The Secret Language Of Birthdays. Whatever the subject of fascination, you approach it from an esoteric perspective. For example, investing and money management rank high with your security-minded sign, so you might opt for Napoleon Hill’s Think And Grow Rich — a “law of attraction” primer on attracting abundance that’s been published and popular since 1937. You love puzzles and codes and could easily teach yourself a programming language simply by reading a tutorial. Relationships can be both important and intense for sensitive Scorpios. You may have a secret stash of nightstand titles about breaking up and making up like Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Mastery Of Love.
As the zodiac’s wisdom seeker and eternal student, the hunt for universal truths usually leads you straight to the Philosophy or Spirituality aisles. From timeless go-to’s like the Tao Te Ching to a more modern motivator like Brene Brown’s Rising Strong, you find yourself growing smarter and savvier with every page. It’s not unusual to find you pulling a dog-eared paperback from your tote, then, staking out at a coffeeshop to immerse yourself in an afternoon of reading. Being the outgoing type, you might even strike up a conversation about your book with the sipper seated at the table next to yours. Travel is another Sagittarius passion and novels like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild or Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club can transport you on a vicarious vacation. If you’re not practicing with foreign language guides you’re probably gathering cookbooks and global décor inspiration like Sibella Court’s Gypsy: A World of Colour and Interiors.
Goals, goals, goals! As the zodiac’s mountain goat, you’re forever climbing higher, Capricorn — and you need books to support you with your ascent. Make a beeline for the Business Strategies section and load up on motivating wisdom. From Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point to Happywork by Chris Reimer, you love authors who can carve out rules of the playing field and strategies for success. Your earthy sign is legendarily said to age in reverse — at least when it comes to your attitude about life. Staying fit and healthy can become Capricorn fascinations, guiding you to titles about nutrition like The Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig and the helpful lifehacks found in Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Raid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman.
As the zodiac’s futurist and seeker, you tend towards the rare titles on the shelves. Science Fiction is a favorite for many Aquarians — or just books on unusual scientific subject matter like wormholes and space travel. You’re a humanitarian at heart, inspired by thought-provoking works about social change like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me. Humor ranks equally high with your sign, so tuck into Amy Poehler’s Yes Please when you need some comic relief. Although you are a unicorn, you still want to understand what brings these strange human creatures together and makes them tick. Titles on neuroscience and psychology like can transfix, like Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself. And when you to chill out, grab your pencils and an adult coloring book like The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People.
You’re poetry in motion, Pisces, so it follows that you’d be enchanted by rhyming couplets, stanza and verse. Line your shelves with the work of timeless bards like Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Rumi, along with contemporary versifiers found in The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. The esoteric realm is your domain since your sign governs the subconscious mind. Along with selections on psychology and spirituality, you could find books about dream interpretation and self-hypnosis illuminating. As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces are often curious about the afterlife and spiritual plane. Brian Weiss’ Many Lives, Many Masters would give you lots to mull over. Art and music are Pisces passions. Stack your coffee table high with pictorial art catalogues including By Kurt Cobain: Journals and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum Of Art) — both who were Pisces, by the way. And since fantasy and romance are also big with you, keep some highbrow erotic near your pillow like Anais Nin’s Delta Of Venus.
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