Wedding of the Season – finished

I did finish this book, finally. I feel like I’ve been reading this and it’s taken forever because it just never got to the point where I was excited to read it and couldn’t put it down. I would probably give this book 2.5/5 stars. I honestly hate to be brutal, but I didn’t really care for the hero, and I didn’t really care for the heroine, either.

This book was a reconciliation book, which tends not to be my favorite trope within the genre, but the reason for the initial separation was because the hero was selfish. He comes back, and he’s still selfish. Just this time the heroine puts up with it. Guhrke tries to convince us that the heroine is both very by the books but also bursting at the bits to be adventurous. The end result is that I don’t really believe she’s either.

I was disappointed in this book because of the one by Guhrke that I read before this, Trouble at the Wedding, which I loved so much I put it on my all-time favorite list.

The good thing is that I’ve started the next book in this series (Scandal of the Year), and I’m already liking it much more than WOTS.

February Favorites (plus a few things I missed this month)

February has been a great month for both TV (we’re so great at binge-watching TV) and reading!


Mid-February, we finished Arrow (on Netflix, therefore we still have Arrow episodes we can binge as soon as we can get access to them).

Before Christmas, we watched our first superhero show, The Flash, and fell in love.

Books, books, books

In 2017, I originally wanted to read 26 books. One every other week. But I started off the year unemployed (I had just graduated with my teaching certification) and did a lot of reading. So much reading, in fact, that I decided that I needed to change my goal. I decided to go for 52 books in one year.

I did not read 52 books last year.

It looks like my final count on GoodReads was 36 books. I did, quite easily, hit my original goal of 26, so there’s that, but I didn’t hit the secondary goal.

I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to do another reading challenge this year. I hadn’t actually finished a book in 2018 until today, so I didn’t get off to a very good start. This year, I’m working, every day from at least 7:15 to 2:45, and some days from 7:15 to 5:00. I also started going back to school to get certified to teach English language learners. I don’t have a lot of free time.

Nonetheless, I’m going to try my hand at another reading challenge. I’m not sure how many I’m going to go for. Currently, I have my goal set at 32 books, which I made back in January when my goal was just to read more in 2018 than I read in 2017. However, I hadn’t finished updating my read list for 2017, so if I only read 32 books in 2018 then I would’ve actually read less than in 2017. I’m not going to focus on the number too much and just focus on the books.


Photo by Radu Marcusu on Unsplash

On interviews, rejection, and unemployment.

This time last fall I was student teaching and loving it. Starting January, I did some subbing, and finished up the year doing a longterm sub, which I loved. I ended the year very excited to get my first classroom for the 2017-2018 school year. By the time school ended, I had already had two pre-interview screeners, so I was fully confident I was going to find a job.

But then the interviews seemed to dry up. As of now, I have had 8 interviews/interview screeners plus a short meet and greet.

The last two weeks, I’ve had two interviews and two rejections. On Friday, when I got the email that I didn’t get the 3 or 4 job that I had interviewed for Thursday evening, it hit me pretty hard that I didn’t have a job yet; that school has been in session for almost four weeks now. It’s hard to get rejection after rejection and not wonder, “are these principals seeing something in me that I’m not?” Am I possibly not cut out for this? Would I be able to manage a class of kids? Did I go into the right profession?

It’s not the kids. It’s not them at all. I loved working with them. It’s just the fact that no one has wanted to hire me that has made me really freak out. I really thought I was a strong candidate! But…this has been a really hard hit to my self-esteem.

I keep putting off and putting off applying for paraeducator positions because I have a Master’s degree and I don’t really want to be an assistant. I’ve worked so hard for this and for so long, but it hasn’t paid off yet. But it’s almost to the point that I have to concede and take a (much) lesser paying job or reapply to Hobby Lobby again.

This is hard.