You can't fake chemistry. Just as well as you can't promise eternity, buy love (although a mail order bride is sufficient for some) or fake an orgasm convincingly, a healthy relationship is based on all the right elements falling into place. They say you'll know right away if you're compatible — but there are those who worship at the altar of the zodiac. More often than not, our gut is followed by a simple Google search at a prospective partner's zodiac sign to confirm our best and worst suspicions. How many times have you heard that water can put out the more passionate of fires? Or how being with an "air" person feels like a breeze? 

With 10 books co-curated by our favourite indie bookstore BooksActually, we've highlighted titles that might suit the literary-lover who's leaning towards a particular element. Whether your still waters run deep or your love burns brighter than the sun, we have just the right tomes to tickle your fancy.

 

FIRE

You're born under the signs of...
Aries, Leo and Sagitarius.

You're likely to express love through...
extravagant displays of materialism and larger-than-life gestures.

People love you because...
you're ambitious, passionate and aren't afraid to live out loud.

We recommend... 
I Will Survive, short stories edited by Leow Yangfa
The Purity of Desire - 100 Poems of Rumi by Daniel Ladinsky

 

AIR

You're born under the signs of... 
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

You're likely to express love through... 
the best of friendships, with lighthearted conversations and an active joint social calendar.

People love you because... 
you're intellectually stimulating and you're great at engaging everyone you meet.

We recommend...
Making Love With Scrabble Tiles, poems by Joshua Ip


WATER

You're born under the signs of... 
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

You're likely to express love through... 
passive-aggressiveness and coy displays of affection.

People love you because... 
you're emotionally intuitive and have a knack for making people feel right at home.

We recommend...
Payday Loans, poems by Jee Leong Koh
Written on the Body, a novel by Jeanette Winterson
The Lover's Inventory, poems by Cyril Wong
Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair, poems by Pablo Neruda

EARTH

You're born under the signs of... 
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

You're likely to express love through... 
practical methods. You build a relationship from the ground up, and enter it with set goals in mind.

People love you because... 
you're down to earth, dependable, practical and unpretentious.

We recommend... 
From the Belly of the Cat, a collection of short stories edited by Stephanie Ye
When I Giggle In My Sleep, a collection of spoken word poetry by Deborah Emmanuel

Join us on 3 March, 7pm at the Buro Pop-up in Scotts Square for an intimate reading with poet and authors Deborah Emmanuel, Cyril Wong and Michelle Tan. Juice up with Juice Junkies' cold-pressed juices, canapés as well as door gifts from Aesop. Lounge on Airmocks and bring your literary loves (and cats).