Today is the last day for N.E.W.T.s. I will not be finishing any new books today, so I decided to post my test results. I read some AMAZING books this month - so make sure to check out the reviews.
I had low expectations for my N.E.W.T.s. I was honestly more focused on my black belt test. I felt that this reading challenge fell in the worst possible month. It obviously did not. I ended up reading 17 books this month. I received five Outstandings and one Excellent on my exams. I fell short of receiving O's on all my O.W.L.s exams by only four books. I think the most important part is that I am fired up for reading. I read so many excellent books this month that my excitement for reading is extremely high.
Also, thank goodness for audiobooks!
I am lost in a surreal world. I have been working towards my black belt for four years. I have been training for six months. I have been actively testing for two months. Now the test is finished, well mostly finished. There is one part left - an interview with our Grandmaster that I will leave with the results.
The test started at five last Friday and ended a little before ten. I expected there would be moments of rest in-between the activities. In reality there was barely even moments to catch our breath. We had less water breaks and less waiting on 2nd degree testing then my daughter did in her test. Yet I persevered. The best part is that everyone did amazing well. I am so proud of all the hard work everyone put in to pull out the test. We started with 43 and test with 27, it was a long road and we all persevered.
The test consisted of (I may be missing some things)
300 jumping jacks - split up throughout the test
30 Takewondo Push-ups (burpies to the rest of the world)
4 Taekwondo forms (we passed the rest off earlier)
3 Taekwondo techniques (blocking, striking, and kicking)
100? various kicks
10 board breaks (5 hand techniques and 5 kicking techniques)
100 pushups (in a row on Grandmasters count)
50 jump squat kicks
300 Squat kicks
100 group squats
I am pretty sure I forgot a few things. We just kept moving from one thing to the next. I planned on being pretty soar after the test. My daughter could not move without hurting for over a week. I was only mildly soar. I think my preparation and my years of resilience paid off in that regard. It also helped that my daughter paved the way for me, so I knew to be able to do 300 squats before testing.
The amazing thing is that when I went to class on Monday I had this massive dose of confidence. I may not be the best, and I may still be overweight, but I passed all of that. I can handle one hour of training no matter what they ask of us to do.
I find out the results in about two weeks.
Last week was a crazy week. I am amazed that I was able to get any reading done at all. Yet, not only have I gotten reading done - I have completed for O's for my N.E.W.T.s. That is a total of 12 books. It may not be my highest read month, but it is a pretty nice list considering how busy this month has been.
The best part is that I think I will have no problems finishing up one more O for my N.E.W.T.s bringing the total of books to 15. I am currently working on History of Magic. I have finished one of the three books and am almost finished with another. Here is my updated TBR.
History of Magic
A. Educated - nearly finished. Wow. Just wow.
E. Incognito - An audiobook that I will start today, hopefully.
O. The City of Brass - An audiobook finished today. I was massively in love at the start of the book, but not as in love at the end. Still a great read.
I think I will at least start reading a Kindle book after I finish Educated, and attempt to obtain an A in either Muggle Studies or Charms. However, I am uncertain what book that would be as of yet. I plan to start posting my next five reads latter this month. It will coincide with the end of N.E.W.T.s by at least a book.
How are your N.E.W.T.s going?
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