On My Bookshelf is the first of a few new features here on My Life as a Teacup. For as much as I love writing book reviews, I realized there are so many more books I want to talk about. So on the first Friday of each month I’ll be rounding up four of my current book loves, which might be anything from great novels I’ve read, upcoming releases I’m excited for, or even the next book I want to check out from the library. You’ll still be able to find my reviews on Goodreads, however, so add me there if you’d like to get even more insights and recommendations on the books I’ve read.
I’d love for you to weigh in on the books listed here, whether you’ve read them or they’ve just piqued your interest; or even share what books are on your reading list. I hope you can find some great additions to your book shelf!
Dance in Shadow and Whisper (The Marionettes of Myth Saga)* – Sara Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis just recently published the first book in their Marionettes and Monster of Myth saga and is full of demons, vampires, and socially awkward situations – my favorite! Kali’s arrived at human high school in an AU Pittsburgh and must somehow manage watching over a reincarnated war lord while trying to wrap her head around “Angry Girls”.
I’ve known these two ladies since high school (hello, first period gym class!) and it feels as if they’ve been working on this series since then! I’ve been itching to read about the characters that came out of their brain attics and cherish like their own children (it’s an author thing) and am so glad I’ve finally gotten the chance. I’m still a bit confused in places – it’s such a rich world they’ve built – but the ending slowly let things come into focus, and I’m sure the rest of the series will do the same, in it’s snarky, humourous way. You can read my full review of Dance in Shadow and Whisper on Goodreads to get a better idea of the book!
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – My mom checked this out of the library, and though I had it on my ‘to read” list, it fell into my lap as a result a bit earlier than I planned. Sheryl Sandberg gives a pretty thorough overview of women in business and the working world, and issues with gender inequality in the workforce. It’s a pretty basic introduction to women’s issues, but really refreshing to see them framed in a business sense. It’s inspiring, and gets the gears turning, but even at the simplest level its a great primer for how to tackle certain business situations like mentorship, being honest with your employees, and questions to ask when looking for a job. It’s a light read trying to be heavy, but still manages to be though-provoking and helpful.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – I’ve always loved F. Scott Fitzgerald and remember sitting in junior year English class discussing Zelda and her kookiness with my best friend. It’s one of those things where you’re truly interested in something, but it just keeps getting pushed to the back burner, and that’s what happened with my wanting to learn more about Zelda Fitzgerald. With the recent boom of The Great Gatsby and my recently discovered love of the movie, Midnight in Paris, I’ve been on a Jazz Age kick, and to my delight, Zelda novels seem to be popping up everywhere! I’ve got a few bookmarked to read, but I’m between starting with either this, or Nancy Milford’s Zelda biography to get my toes wet.
The Great Night – My darling friend Madelin recommended this book to me as one of those, “the premise sounds really good but I’m not sure what I actually think of the book itself” reads. Supposedly a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the book itself sounds dreamy, bringing Oberon and Titania to San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park. As one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, I want to love this, but I also live in fear that modern adaptations will ruin my favorite classics.