Illustrated zodiac crab and headline: Cancer Book Picks

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Books for Cancer: Our picks for the loyal readers of the zodiac


With the sun high in the sky for the Summer Solstice, we usher in Cancer, the first water sign in the celestial lineup, known for its emotional depths. If you were born between June 22 - July 22, it’s likely that you’re sensitive, highly intuitive, nurturing, and a loyal and caring friend. And while you’d do anything for a pal, you’re a homebody at heart and will always put your family first.

Symbolized by the crab, Cancerians can be a bit mysterious with their hard-to-crack exteriors, protecting themselves emotionally like the hard-shelled crustaceans. But once trust has been gained, their dedication and generosity overflows.

Being so in tune with others makes them excellent listeners (hello, audiobooks!), allowing them to multi-task while they go about taking care of others. This sensitive sign feels everything and needs their books to get on their level. Family dramas, romance, and feel-good plots best match these compassionate, creative, and emotionally curious thinkers.

Find a book horoscope below for Cancer, and subscribe to stay up to date on predictions for next month’s star sign.

The Making of Another Major Motion Picture MasterpieceThe Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom Hanks
🎧 Audiobook

Written by a famous Cancer, legendary actor Tom Hanks brings us a novel about the making of a star-studded multi-million dollar superhero action film and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking (catnip to a Cancer), this book captures the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

Family FamilyFamily Family by Laurie Frankel
🎧 Audiobook

The family-oriented Cancer is a natural caregiver and will appreciate a plotline with strong familial ties.

India Allwood, a successful actor and adoptive mom, challenges the stereotypical portrayal of adoption in her latest film by publicly denouncing it, igniting a media frenzy and highlighting the complex nature of family.

Late BloomersLate Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan
🎧 Audiobook

A heartwarming story of self-discovery with a family tie-in will tick all the boxes for Cancers.

Charming, funny, and moving, this book introduces a delightful new voice in fiction with the story of four individuals trying to understand how to be happy in their own lives — and as a family.

SensitiveSensitive by Jenn Granneman
🎧 Audiobook

Sensitivity can be a superpower. This paradigm-shifting look at a long-undervalued yet hugely beneficial personality trait, from the creators of the world’s largest community for highly sensitive people.

Lily and the OctopusLily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
🎧 Audiobook

Cancers are incredibly loyal to their loved ones — including pets. This poignant novel about Ted, a single, struggling writer, and his elderly dachshund, Lily, captures the essence of fierce love that is signature to a Cancer.

When Lily's health deteriorates, Ted is determined to save her, leading to a magical realist adventure that explores themes of love, loss, and the powerful bond between humans and their pets.

Peg and Rose Solve a MurderPeg and Rose Solve a Murder by Laurien Berenson
🎧 Audiobook

Cancerians love all things cozy — including this light, cozy mystery that’s been described as Murder, She Wrote meets The Odd Couple.

Laurien Berenson’s mystery series, spun off from her much-loved Melanie Travis Canine series features Melanie’s elderly aunts — tough-as-nails Peg and soft-spoken Rose — who’ll put their differences aside to stop a killer, if they don’t throttle each other first.

The Secret Book of Flora LeaThe Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry
🎧 Audiobook

Known for being a bit secretive, crabs will go for this nostalgic, historical fiction novel about hope, mystery, and familial love.

When a woman discovers a rare book with connections to her past, long-held secrets about her missing sister and their childhood in the English countryside during World War II are revealed.

Good InsideGood Inside by Becky Kennedy
🎧 Audiobook

The nurturers of the zodiac, Cancerians often find themselves in caregiving roles, striving to generously give the best to their children.

Offering perspective-shifting parenting principles, this book offers advice for a generation of parents looking for a new way to raise their kids while still setting them up for a lifetime of self-regulation, confidence, and resilience.

The Final Revival of Opal & NevThe Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
🎧 Audiobook

Their uncanny intuition and creative energy gives crabs an eye (or an ear) for artistic endeavors like photography or music.

Cancers will connect with this electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.

House BeautifulHouse Beautiful magazine

Home is a Cancer’s sanctuary. They’ll be especially drawn to magazines like this one that encourage creating peace, comfort, and beauty within their safe space.

The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is their bedrock. Happiness at home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Home is a gift to share with family and friends.

*Title availability may vary by library and region.


May 21 - June 20 | GEMINI: Our picks for the social readers of the zodiac

Apr. 20 - May 20 | TAURUS: Our picks for the sensual readers of the zodiac

Mar. 21 - Apr. 19 | ARIES: Our picks for the adventurous readers of the zodiac

Published Jun 19, 2024


About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga, or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers and buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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