Life & Reading Update | Staying at home, Scribd free trial & Clearing my mind!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I don’t usually make weekly wrap ups, although I love reading yours so so much! [talking about you, guys! – Emer @A Little Haze Book Blog, Dini @Dini Panda Reads, and Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile – three of the most consistent bloggers who post their weekly wrap ups on Sundays!]

For the last 4-5 weeks I haven’t had the chance to interact with all of you as much as I would like to, due to busy work hours, preparations to the exams (that now  have been postponed until the end of the year due to COVID 19) and general stress. I tried making a few updated on Twitter, but it still feels like I’m social distancing myself even from my online friends and bookish community. 

So I thought I would pop up here, make a quick post telling you all what has been happening with me here in Portugal, and chat with you in the comments!

Also, thank you all so much for your comments on my latest posts!  I’m so glad that my Organization Routine, Part 1 received so much positive feedback, and I’m currently working on Part 2. 🙂 

My questions to all of you are: 

How are you all doing?? Are you working / studying from home? Have you read any new books recently? Watched any new movies you’d like to share? 💛

Most importantly, I hope that you’re all safe and healthy! 

I’ve been “working from home” from Thursday of this week, although I did go to the office on those days to see if I could get done things faster. I was the only one there, so still staying safe. 🙂 Other than that, we have been sitting home, doing multiple chores, reading books, watching movies and eating tons of food! 

My reading slump that has been haunting me since mid-February is finally stepping back. I still feel it hovering over me, and I need to pick my books wisely but I’m glad that I finally finished a couple of books this month [literally yesterday!]. 


On Friday evening [thanks to Merline’s tweets!] I subscribed to Scribd using their special link that offers free 30 days trial without the need to add credit card, and I’ve been loving it so far! I immediately started listening to «The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo», finished it on Saturday and then listened to the 2nd book in the Wayward Children series «Down Among the Sticks and Bones» by Seanan McGuire. 

«The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo» by Taylor Jenkins Reid was exactly what I expected it to be, as I heard so many things about it already. Can’t say that I loved it, but I didn’t dislike it either. Evelyn’s story was very intriguing, interesting and heartbreaking and I listened to the 12 hours of the audiobook very quickly. 

«Down Among the Sticks and Bones» by Seanan McGuire was alright. I read the first book last year and didn’t really enjoy it. I also mentioned that I wasn’t going to continue on with this series, but having free access to the audiobooks that are only 4 hours long… I couldn’t resist it. 😀 The second book was actually better than the first one (in my opinion), but still not great. Many people mentioned that the 4th one is their favorite, so I might listen to the 3rd just so I can get to the 4th one! Hopefully, it will be worth it. 😀 


My plan for this weekend was to catch up with the ARCs, but I didn’t make much progress in them. I’m currently ⅓ of the way through the «Chosen Ones» by Veronica Roth, her newest Adult Fantasy that is coming out on April 7th, and I also read a couple of chapters in «A Time of Courage», the 3rd and final book in “Of Blood and Bone” trilogy by John Gwynne. 

Other than reading, I played some Neverwinter, which is a free MMO-RPG game (you can download it from Steam!) and it was a lot of fun. I’m only level 25 but I’m finally starting to understand the mechanics of it, so doing quests and campaigns on my own has been very therapeutic. 

Now that my exams are definitely not happening in June, and should take place only in December of this year, I feel a little bit less stressed and have more time to prepare. My plan for today is to organize my studying routine: make sure I read all the chunky law books I need to, take notes and practice the exams of previous years while staying at home. 👍

In general, I’m going to take this time to catch up on cleaning and decluttering tasks, try to free my mind of all the worries, and keep things as normal as possible. 


19 thoughts on “Life & Reading Update | Staying at home, Scribd free trial & Clearing my mind!

  1. I find it hilarious that I got this pingback notification as I am in the middle of drafting my own weekly update LOL!!!! Yup always on a sunday with me :)))) I’m glad you’re able to make social distancing work with your work life…such scary times Alex! And that scribd freebie is great isn’t it. Signed up myself the other day. Hope this week is kind to you Alex <333

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  2. Aw, thanks so much for the shout, Alex! ❤ I enjoy wrapping up my weeks and writing the posts helps me recall things I did during the week that I probably would've otherwise forgotten (my memory is so shite)! 🤣 I've seen lots of people playing Animal Crossing since its release and it's giving me serious FOMO since I don't have a switch haha but Neverwinter looks like a good game to check out! I've been playing Fire Emblem and Story of Seasons on my 3DS in between reading and it's definitely helped tamp down my anxiety. Hope your current reads are more enjoyable than the ones you finished! Sorry to hear that Evelyn Hugo didn't wow you 😦 Have a wonderful week ahead, my friend!

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    1. 🙂 That’s so true! I love writing monthly wrap ups mostly because I get to look back on things I achived (or not 😀 ). I’d love to do weekly ones as well, but I feel like I don’t have enough to talk about other then “I worked, and worked some more”. Lol
      Thank you! I hope you’re having a good week as well. ❤


  3. I also used this opportunity to sign up for Scribd and the first book I read was… The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I read the book though, instead of listening to it. I agree that the story was very intriguing, heartbreaking and interesting. It didn’t totally live up to the hype for me, but I still really liked it!
    Hope you are staying safe, healthy and isolated! 🙂

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    1. What a coincidence! Lol I’m currently listening to the Grace Year, and it’s also very interesting (the romance bit did throw me off a tiny bit though). Thank you! I’m still going to the office while I can, I think a little trip home-car-office-car-home has been helping me to keep up with my routine. But other than that, staying home as everyone else 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the mention! Glad you enjoy my wrap ups! (Definitely some good motivation for me when I’m inevitably writing them at 10pm on Saturday.)

    Glad I discovered your blog! Hope you’re staying safe and sane during all of this

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  5. I’m glad you’re keeping safe! 💛
    I’m doing my internship work from home, and having online classes. Not all of my teachers have adopted ths online classes system tho, some just assign a LOT of homework (they probably think that we have more than 24 hours per day now) and others just upload the PowerPoint slides and expect us to teach ourselves (I’m especially worried about this last example, because even tho I have no idea yet if the exams will be postponed, I’ll have online quizzes and I don’t understand most of the material). I don’t have much free time for now, working 8 hours from Monday to Friday, but I’ve been reading and watching Netflix a lot. I need my schedule to calm down a bit so I can organize my life, probably when I’m done with the mandatory internship hours 😅

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      1. Mostly blogs (I write articles about the brands, products, events, trends, …) and a little bit of social media – so far, only Facebook (cleaning contacts, adding possible clients, …). Even tho social media is exausting, I actually kinda like everything! 🙂

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  6. I’m currently on maternity leave, which is nice and I feel incredibly thankful for it. I just started using Scribd, which I enjoy. I’m still pretty picky with audiobooks though. 😜

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    1. I hope you’re staying safe! 🙂 Oh yes… audiobooks. I have a very complicated relationship with them, lol. I can only seem to be able to focus on the words when driving, and I can’t possibly drive for hours just to listen to the book… 😀

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