Can you believe that August is almost half over? I cannot.
The good news is that I have finished three books so far, and am almost finished with two more. The bad news is that there are still ten more books on my list to finish all five of my N.E.W.T.s. I had better get reading.
I did mention that this month is black belt testing. Reading is more of a side project then an objective at the moment. Which could explain why I keep changing my TBR list. Yes - I changed it again.
Although it is only a small change this week.
I started reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. It is the second book by Ann Patchett that I have read, the first being Bel Canto. At first I did not enjoy the book. Although, I ended up bing listening to it and find myself drawn in. I will hopefully finish the book today.
The last book I have to finish is A Court of Mist and Fury. Like Commonwealth, I was put off at first but find myself enjoying the book as it got more involved.
Next I will move on to All Systems Red - the last book I need to finish Transfiguration. Then I will move on to finish all my A's. This includes The Raging Ones, Educated, and The Invention of Wings. The Invention of Wings is another book swap. It is replacing The Nothing Girl for Care of Magical Creatures. It is due back to the library in two days - so I will need to read it fast.
Yesterday I finished the last pre-test before my black belt test.
Usually at this point the black belts are ready and tied to a post in our dojan. It is an extra push - motivation to make it through the last stretch of testing.
Yet, our Grandmaster is in Korea and the belts are not there. Instead, I picture it in my head. The black belt with my name embroidered on it. It helps knowing I am so close. Yet, the closer I get the more my body seems to be falling apart. At least I know this is normal. You are pushing yourself harder and past your normal limits. It is worth it, even knowing I will not be able to walk the day after the test.
The next two weeks I need to push some more. I need to practice and perfect everything I need to know so I can preform it without thought. So, when the pressure hits I will not blank out and forget everything.
We have to create a binder for our black belt test. It is a collection of our training to this point, along with an essay detailing it all. The above picture is what I put on my title page. I think it is very fitting of my journey to black belt. I may not be the best, but I have kept on my journey. I know how much more room there is to grow.
At the same time I am feeling frustrated. There has been a lot of turn over in our dojan with Master's. It has allowed me to work with some amazing people, yet now, when I need it most, we have a Master who is less helpful, less disciplined, and extremely frustrating. He has been with us for a while now, but he has always been offset by a more disciplined Master.
Not only do I have to struggle to work hard for my black belt, I have to work hard to make it through is classes. I cannot wait until our Grandmaster is back from Korea.
The N.E.W.T.s are here!
What are the N.E.W.T.s? It is the second part of a reading challenge created by Book Roast. You can find out more about it HERE.
I spent all of last month creating a TBR for the various subjects. I have already changed most of them. What is worse that I am not even sticking to one subject. I have been skipping around three different subjects. I do plan on not detouring until the three are finished.
What are my new books?
For Aritmacy I am reading
A. The Collapsing Empire - this has not changed and is finished!
E. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter - this is a change. I have this checked out from the library and want to finish it before it is due back. So I had to work it into my TBR list.
O. A Court of Mist and Furry - I really was not a fan of the Raven series. When I read A Court of Thorns and Roses I wanted to continue on. So I picked up the second book. I have started this book.
For Transfiguration I am reading
A. All Systems Red - I decided to DNF my previous choice A Scanner Darkly. I will go into why in the review.
E. Children of Blood and Bones - an excellent book that I am still listening to. It is a bit longer then I realized. I guess I should have seen it was 525 pages.
O. A Court of Thorns and Roses - I loved this book so much I added the second book to my N.E.W.T.s list. I cannot believe it took me so long to read this. I devoured this book.
For Astronomy I am reading
A. The Raging Ones - I got this book on NetGally. It is a new release that I want to make sure to finish this month.
E. Star Trek: The Sky's The Limit - this book is still in place. However, I have not started it yet so who knows what will happen.
O. Tracing Shadows - I wanted to read this audiobook this month. This was a great read from a new to me author. It is finished with a review posted.
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