What’s Up Zo? #8: Jump Right In!

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PERSONAL UPDATE

Hello everyone!!!

I know it’s been awhile and I apologize to those who check out my blog solely for the book reviews. Life has gotten pretty crazy and I haven’t been able to get ahead of my reviews like I’ve wanted to. Hopefully I should have a review up by next weekend.

Good news, though! I got through orientation for grad school and I have survived! The other people in my cohort all seem pretty cool. Classes start in a few days (scary!) and I’ve basically been told that once I get the okay from my clinical supervisor, I get to actually see clients for counseling as soon as possible (super scary!). I’m super nervous but also super excited as well! If the next two years go well, I’ll be a nationally certified counselor!

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This was basically me when I was younger, just wanting a piece of paper that said I was a head shrink. 

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The Saturday Reading List: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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The Stats:

  • Publication Date: July 31, 2016
  • Fiction, fantasy, magic, play based on a book series
  • 3.2/5
  • Warnings: I feel like this book could possibly divide the fandom into those who like the book and those who didn’t.

WARNING FOR THIS POST: There be possible spoilers below the cut.

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Pokemon Go Book Tag!

So usually I don’t do these type of things but I couldn’t resist!

This book tag was created by Read at Midnight.

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The Things with Wings by Greg Holch

I think this was the first, or one of the first, chapter books that I read all by myself when I was young. This is honestly one of the few books that I have read more than once for a non-school related reason.

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9780613722667_xlgThe Giver by Lois Lowry

Such a great book.

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divergent_book_by_veronica_roth_us_hardcover_2011Divergent series by Veronica Roth

I think I just found out about this series when there were so many dystopian type books and shows that I just felt really overwhelmed and then the movies really didn’t make me want to read the books either.

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Austenland book coverAustenland by Shannon Hale

I just really like Austen-themed/inspired stories especially when they’re referencing Pride and Prejudice. It’s honestly my guilty pleasure of book themes.

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61y-vyqyqyl-_sx258_bo1204203200_Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

My mom has the first few books collecting dust in her room so it’s not even that I don’t have access to the books. It just really intimidates me for some reason. Probably also because these type of fantasy series always seem really slow to me.

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25024487The Untold Tale by J.M. Frey

This book was so refreshing and totally aware of the stereotypes found in many popular fantasy series without seeming too overbearing. I just couldn’t put it down. It’s great and I would recommend it to anyone!

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IMG_20151204_000526Draco and Hermione from the Harry Potter series

I know, it’s weird and also really dysfunctional when you think about it but I’m a sucker for redemption stories and since the series has been ending all I’ve been reading are Harry Potter fanfics with these two. Also, for some reason, I really don’t have a Bookish OTP other than these two.

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51jmr8cd9olInfinity Lost by S. Harrison

This book really drew me in from the start!

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At one point, I would have said the Harry Potter series but honestly Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not meeting my expectations. The only redeeming thing in this instance is that The Cursed Child was not written by J.K. Rowling so I might give her upcoming spinoff books another chance. 

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514c8avv4gl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

So I originally had to read this book for my AP US History class and just fell in love with Erik Larson’s writing style.

Um…nothing comes to mind unfortunately…maybe re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia series.

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There’s so many books! I can’t decide! But I love beautiful covers like this and want to have a wall of pretty vintage looking books. I know, don’t judge a book by its cover but…IT’S SO PRETTY!!!

I don’t know…

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0fcd7-1428026872053Rainbow Rowell

I’m a sucker for Rainbow Rowell’s writing style it’s just the right amount of cute and awkward and romantic.

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Um…the fourth book of the Heartstrikers series is the current book that I feel like I’ve been waiting on forever…even though the third book just came out a week ago but Rachel Aaron left it on such a cliffhanger!!!!

Want to join this book tag? Then I choose you!!! Leave a link in the comments if you decide to do this as well so I can check it out!

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The Sunday Book Shuffle: July 31, 2016

Time for another “Sunday Book Shuffle”! Don’t know what the Sunday Book Shuffle is? Find out here!

Shuffled Song: Rock and Roll by Eric Hutchinson 

“If they wanna rock they rock
If they wanna roll they roll
They can roll with the punches
Long as they feel like they’re in control
If they wanna stay they stay
If they wanna go they go
They don’t care how they get there
Long as they get somewhere they know oh no
Ah na na na na na na na na na na na…”
Book: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
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