Hi guys! I feel like I owe you an apology for being so on and off with blogging here (I realize I don’t, but I feel obligated to do so), so here is my sorry! I have been extremely busy with life things and it’s hard to find the time to sit and write. I have been working on school and other things like Justine Magazine (more on that later).

So, I’m trying really hard to get back into the swing of blogging. I’ll be back again once I get things worked out and school starts to wind down (only 30 days left!!!!). This means I’ll be writing when I can and maybe not always on time, so please bear with me while I get through everything!

Since I last blogged here, I published a few more articles on Justine‘s website. The first is part of a series of articles I’ll have out about How to Bookstagram and I start with an interview with Nani (@booksthetics). The other one is a list of summery books to help you stay warm in these wintery days! I’ve read every one of the books listed and I enjoyed them all! The Loose Ends List was definitely one of my favorites on there, but all of them are ones you definitely want to check out.

I’ve gone to a few book signings in the past week! They were incredible and well worth the three hour drive to Chicago. I had the opportunity to meet Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Laura Ruby (Bone Gap) on Monday, and I met Cecilia Vinesse (Seven Days of You) and Jilly Gagnon (#famous) on the 30th. I also go to talk with them individually forย Justine and hopefully those pieces will be out soon!

I was accepted to New York University, and until financial aid comes through am not committed to a college. Things are falling together and I’m excited to see where this takes me! It has been a tough year for me, and I’m almost to the end. I honestly can’t believe how fast time has flown.

Until next time!

Happy reading,

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

General Update: Hi, there…

Hi, there! I haven’t blogged here in a few weeks, but I’ve been pretty busy! And tired. I was sick (like physically ill) and tired a lot, so I didn’t have the energy to blog. I have missed you all here! I’m glad to be back. Tomorrow I’ll have my review ofย The Sun is Also a Starย by Nicola Yoon up, and I’m excited for you to read it ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I started it off going to Chicago for a field trip. We went to go see a live performance ofย Romeo and Juliet.ย I loathe the play. I’ve read it a few times, and I just didย notย like it. Seeing the performance changed my entire perspective. I fell in love, and I am more forgiving of the characters and the story. I had a lot of fun hanging out with the AP kids too. Some of my friends were on the trip and we just got to hang out on Navy Pier before and after the play for a little bit. The rest of the week was pretty low key. My friends left on Thursday for New York city for a Model UN trip and I miss them.

Next week it’s just going to be pretty regular. One week closer to the end of the month which means one week closer to hearing back from 5 colleges. I’m anxious to hear back so I’ve been a bit stressed out. I’m doing my best to not think about it, so I’m throwing myself into reading.

Right now I’m currently readingย #famousย by Jilly Gagnon. This is a debut novel, and it’s cute, but I don’t quite like it as much as I thought I would. I’m also readingย Men Explain Things to Meย by Rebecca Solnit for my fem lit class. I finishedย Difficult Womenย by Roxane Gay on Monday and absolutely loved it.

Happy reading,

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

General Update: My Bookish Life no.8 vol. 2

General Update: My Bookish Life no. 7 vol. 2

Hi, guys! I don’t know what’s with people today but I cannot handle them. Work has brought in a special brand of stupidity and I can’t figure out why. I had someone ask me if we donate our pens. Yes, donate our pens. Time out here, if you just want our pens, take them. Don’t ask, and I probably won’t miss it. Second of all, why would we donate pens. What good do pens do for donation unless it’s specifically for schools? I totally get it if you want our nice pens, I do enjoy a good pen myself, but unless it seems like we’re selling them or donating them don’t ask about it.

Even though this week was only a four day week I felt exhausted by the end of it. I had my orchestra concert Wednesday night, and it went well, but it was extremely long. I also woke up with a cold on Wednesday and have had it through today. I can’t wait to be done with it. Thursday I had a senior class meeting where we took a class photo and got our caps and gowns. Except they messed up the gowns so we didn’t actually get them. Thankfully I have mine already because my sister graduated last year so I get the hand-me-downs. Last night I played at senior night for basketball. It made me nostalgic for time that hasn’t happened yet (I must credit this paraphrased line to We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which I started at the games last night). On the other hand, it might have been the book that was inspiring that mood in me. I went out with some friends after the game and it was fun to see them all again.

Last night my friend stayed the night and this morning we watched Gilmore Girls because she hasn’t seen it yet. Anyway, I worked today and then went home because I’m tired and sick. 

This week’s pretty low key so that’s good. I can’t believe it’s already March! 

Happy reading,

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

 P. S. This was written yesterday and posted today. 

Hello, welcome to the weekend! I’m so happy it’s Saturday. Unfortunately that means it’s my last full day of committee. I’m coming to you from the Windy City at the Model UN conference which is held by University of Chicago. This is my last overnight conference, and it’s a bit bittersweet.

This week I only went to school for three days and then we left for Chicago early Thursday morning. One of my favorite parts of the trip is riding the train. I’ve only ridden the train a few times but there is something about it that I love. It’s kind of like flying but you get to get up and walk around the whole time. Opening ceremonies was Thursday night so we got to spend the rest of the day wandering Chicago. Of course I went to a bookstore (57th Street Books – my favorite one located in Hyde Park). Friday was the first full day of committees, but they didn’t start until 1. Our school’s delegation is representing the Republic of Korea and we got to meet the Deputy Consulate of Korea Friday morning. It was super cool to meet a real diplomat. I have written two pieces already and am going for an award. I’m ready for this guys, I really want it.

Today I’m hoping to get more articles out again. It’s gonna be a long day full of more committee. I have to find more things to write about but since it’s the third day we’re really getting into the thick of debate. I can’t believe I’ll be going home tomorrow. These things always feel both long and short. It’s weird, but I like it.

This week I’ve gotta get back on track with my classes. I missed two school days but really all I missed in class was statistics. I wish I didn’t miss so much school but it’s totally worth it. I have a test on Monday already but I think I’m prepared. I’ll probably panic a bit more Sunday. We’ll get there when we get there. Otherwise it’s just a normal week for me.

Happy reading,

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

 

General Update: My Bookish Life no. 4 vol. 2

Hello there! Greetings from my Model UN conference. I’m over on the other side of the state (Michigan) right here *points to part of hand* I’m sure this is very helpful to you all, especially when you’reย notย from my homestate or not at all familiar with it.

This week was a super crazy week. I thought I was going to be busier than I actually was, so I wrote my philosophy paper ahead of time. It turns out that the music things I was supposed to do got cancelled. I was selected for my district’s honors band, but because the school was closed it was cancelled and rescheduled… to the first day of exams. I have to take my second hour exam that Friday now. Thankfully that worked out well because it’s the only one I have to worry about.

It’s my first real visit to University of Michigan (which is where the conference is), and I’ve been super excited. It’s one of the colleges I applied to so maybe it’ll be my home for the next four years. Who knows?

Next week I’m finishing up the last full week of my first semester. This is going to be the last time I have to take exams in high school. Our school has an exam waiver for the second semester and I intend to make good on that. It’s going to be epic next semester. I work a lot, but that’s alright because guess what, college is expensive!

How was your week guys?

Happy reading,

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

General Update: My Bookish Life (no. 1 vol. 2)

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General Update: I’m back – No really, for real now

Hi, there and Happy New Year!

I’ve been a bit of a slacker for the past couple of months when it came to blogging, and when I wrote that post back in December I sincerely thought I was ready to come back to blogging regularly. Alas, life didn’t work out that way. C’est la vie ma amie. Never fear though, I have made it a goal for myself this year to get back on the blogging band wagon.

Stay tuned for a review coming out this week and any fun things I can think of too.

Until next time, Happy reading!

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

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General Update: Farewell for now

Hey there! As you may have noticed, I have not been as active as I have been in the past. I used to follow my schedule to a T, and since school has started, I have lost the time I had before. It is with a heavy heart that I must say that I’m taking a hiatus from blogging.

This is temporary! I need to focus on school and especially on getting into college right now. It’s at the forefront of my mind, and while reading is still part of my life, I simply do not have the time I used to.

I don’t know how long this will be. Hopefully I will be back in November. At that point I should have sent in applications and can focus more on other things *cough* reading *cough cough*

I will still be a presence on Instagram (@mindofabookdragon) and Twitter (@bookdragonbooks)! That is something easier to keep up with and keeps me in touch with everything going on. Let me know if you’re on either site so I can check out your profile!

Please do not hesitate to contact us through our email (mindofabookdragon@gmail.com) or DM on Twitter or Instagram. I will do my best to keep up with everything.

Happy reading,

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 29

Hi, there! As you may have noticed, I took a bit of a hiatus this week. This week was a hard one for me, and blogging took a backseat to schoolwork, band, and my life in general. Don’t worry though! I will be back again this month, maybe not as often as I’d like, but I’m going to do my best to re-calibrate some sort of balance into my life – one that includes blogging and reading once again!

This week

I had my last orchestra rehearsal on Tuesday for a while. Although my orchestra is still meeting I will not be able to go all of October due to marching band rehearsal conflicts on Tuesday and we have games every week of October. It’s going to be a fun month though!

I went to the orchestra last night. It was fabulous. I love going to the orchestra, and I was so excited to go. It was a Heroes and Villains theme. Every year my school’s orchestra puts on a Halloween concert, and I have yet to be able to go, but hopefully I can this year.

I am so close to finishingย The Unexpected Everythingย and it’s pretty… okay. I’m still trying to work out my full feelings of the book so hopefully I will have a review out to you guys soon (along with the September Book Junkies chat!).

Today

It’s rainy and gross out today. I have to work a little bit, but after that I’m going over to a friend’s house and we’re just going to watch movies and make food. It’ll be a nice chill day for me after such a rough week.

This coming week

It’s Homecoming week! For those of you who don’t really know what Homecoming is, it’s a celebration that takes place all week that focuses on your school. Alumnae of the school come back on Friday for a football game to see how far the school has come along and stuff. There’s a dance on Saturday, and it’s really fun because everyone gets fancy. I love getting fancy, and the dance is okay. I don’t dance like most people do – I kind of flail and stuff when I dance. It’s much more fun that way. I promise I’ll have some pictures up when I get a chance.

So this was meant to be posted yesterday but I didn’t finish until today so… yay!

Have a great week, happy reading!

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow, hello there! I must apologize for being MIA yesterday. I unfortunately don’t have a prepared review for you either. I will have one next week though!

This week

I had my first two tests (statistics and philosophy). They both went pretty well, and I’ve got a psych test tomorrow. We had a football game Friday and an invitational yesterday. It was the first time we performed the whole show, and it was an improvement from Friday to Saturday. There are things we need to fix, but I know that we’ll be able to get them.

There’s a lot of buzz going around about Homecoming and the dance. It’s coming up a week from Monday (the whole week, not the dance). I’ve got my dress, and it’s gorgeous. I love it so much. I feel like a bit of a warrior in it if that makes any sense. I will share photos with you when I have some of the dance! My boyfriend and I are going together, and I’m really excited. It’s my first homecoming with a date – the last three years I went without one – and we’re going with a bunch of band kids so it’ll be really fun.

I may be a little off and on these coming weeks – band is really getting into full swing, and it’s hard to keep up with the blog and school. I will pop in as much as I can and I’ll still be active on Bookstagram. Thank you for your patience!

Today

I have a pretty busy day. First I have work then orchestra and then I have a college fair thing for Harvard, Stanford, Duke, and Georgetown. It’ll be interesting, and I hope it goes well!

This coming week

I have school all week. I’m going to orchestra rehearsal on Tuesday and I won’t be able to go for all of October. Unfortunately I’m tied up with band all month, but on the flip side I love band and it’s my last season with them. (It makes me sad to think about that but I have high hopes for us as a band.)

Okay farewell for now!

Happy reading!

Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚

General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 28