What’s Up Zo? #8: Jump Right In!



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!


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

I’m super excited to be one step closer to what I really want to do in life. Not so excited about the homework, all-nighters, and overall stress that will undoubtedly come with being back in school.


Let’s hope I learned from my mistakes as an undergrad…


“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

41labpujbhlA hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin



A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

“Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James

51ohvh-l-ll-_ac_ul320_sr208320_A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice,electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.


(Because I need to find more podcasts to listen to, especially for my long commute to classes. Leave the name of your favorite podcast if you have any suggestions!)


I usually don’t like drama shows unless they have a serious helping of fantasy/science fiction thrown in, or are Austen period pieces (I blame my friend, she knows who she is). However, when I found out that the same woman who produced the movie Selma and will be directing the movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, the talented Ava DuVernay, I had to give it a shot. Plus, it’s on Oprah’s channel, OWN, and it’s NOT a Tyler Perry show? Yes!

The series, based on a book with the same title, is only about three episodes in but it’s intense in the real themes it presents. Queen Sugar tells the story of three adult siblings struggling to maintain their family’s land after the death of their father while also dealing with their own individual problems during this period of grieving. Only three episodes in and this show is already dealing with matters of racism, black masculinity, family heritage and tradition and other issues that not many shows – despite it being 2016 – have been able to pull off well. If at all…

It’s still pretty early on in the series but I have great expectations for it. Check out the trailer for Queen Sugar here.


“Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson

Well, that’s all for now, folks! Until next time!

This is my own version of the Sunday Post by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Don’t forget to check out the posts of others there!


2 thoughts on “What’s Up Zo? #8: Jump Right In!

    • zozo93 says:

      Thanks! It really is and the great thing about being a counselor is that there’s so many different groups of people you can work with so I’m still on this journey to figure out what group I should work with! 😀


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