If you’re about my age (18), maybe a bit older, maybe a bit younger, you’ll know of Sims 2. When I was younger I absolutely loved it. For a while I’ve been unable to play any PC game because I have a Chromebook for school, but more recently I’ve gotten a laptop. Now, it’s obviously not the best laptop in the world, but it runs sims 2 and I’m able to use Word and play some other games and it makes me very happy. Being able to play Sims 2 again has been like I’ve reopened and rediscovered my childhood. I have so many memories of playing that game. I loved sending sims off to university, I loved making big families, designing houses, creating stories and playing around with the pre-made families in their little houses and continuing on with their stories, and even looking up about the mystery behind the famous sim of Bella Goth.
I used to be a huge lover of custom content, I always found myself downloading nice clothes and skins and famous celebrities turned into sims from websites like Modthesims and even directly from the Sims 2 website. But playing it again, I realise I love just the original content and what got brought into each expansion pack and stuff pack. I’ll admit my favourite stuff pack was the H&M Stuff, and my favourite expansion pack was most likely Pets. I just loved being able to make pets and put them into my game, it to me added so much to the families. I’ve found myself now enjoying the more simple things within the game, I’ve not felt this need to download extra content into my game like I used to feel. I’ll admit, some more hair colour choices may be nice, I may benefit from those but in all I do enjoy the game how it is.
When I moved house I did struggle to find a lot of my packs for Sims 2, but it wasn’t until I think a few years ago I realised at the time Origin had been doing an amazing thing. I think it may have been to celebrate an anniversary of Sims 2 or something, but they released the entire collection out for FREE if you put in a certain code. I did it and that is how I’ve been playing the game. Thanks to the generosity of Origin, I’ve been able to play a game that meant so much to me in my childhood. I have played Sims 3, and as much as I loved the open world and the customisation options for every single item, I do prefer the simplicity of Sims 2. I haven’t had the chance to play Sims 4, as unfortunately I know my laptop won’t run it, but from what I’ve seen, although I know I’d enjoy it, I also know for certain that I’d go back to Sims 2 every single time. It’s a game that has meant a lot to me and honestly, I’m just glad to have it back in my life.
As someone who loves reading, I love being recommended amazing books and I love giving my opinions on books and telling people about books I’ve loved. Now that I have and use this blog, I felt inspired to tell you all about my favourite books of all time. They’re from a variety of genres and I hope you guys are interested enough to read some of them, or if you have, let me know what you thought! The only order of this is that the last one is my favourite book of all time. So here we go…
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I love this book because it is such a beautiful story and so well written. It really did make me emotional and I loved it to pieces and enjoyed it so much I had to watch the film (which I also loved) and had to read the sequel to it.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is such a cute little book filled with relatable characters and it’s just thoroughly enjoyable, and I’m pretty sure anyone who reads into the YA genre will have read this book as it’s very popular.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I adore Carrie Fisher and managed to get hold of this book (after wanting it for a little while) just after she died, and if anything it made me enjoy it more. It focuses more on her life and affair with Harrison Ford during the first Star Wars film and focuses in on a lot of Carrie’s poetry. It’s absolutely beautiful and written by an amazing woman who definitely impacted my life when I was little (all because of Princess Leia <3) who will most definitely be missed in this world.
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I read this a couple of years ago and it was a lovely book filled with such emotion and I think the way the book is written and the strong, emotional story behind it just made it so beautiful.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is a lovely book by Jane Austen and is a very well loved classic. I love classics and I just found this to be beautiful. I don’t think much explanation is needed.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A beautiful book of a difficult topic of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. It’s handled very well and is different being from the perspective of death. The film as well is fantastic but you really can’t beat the book. It’s amazing and it’s something I believe everyone should read.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This is something more recent and is the first book of a trilogy which absolutely is amazing. It’s just really interesting and mixes the real world with angels and other creatures and it’s amazing.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Again, another classic which I found beautiful, I don’t think it needs much explanation.
Skellig by David Almond. This may seem like a strange one to people who have read it, but this book is great. I read it at primary school with my teacher at the time (who even to this day probably about 10 years later is still my absolute favourite teacher ever!) and to me that just made it more interesting. The way he read it made it really exciting and it’s basically my childhood favourites and will always have a special place in my heart. The book basically helped me get into reading.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Another classic and my all time most favourite book ever. I loved the story of this and it’s been a part of me since I was little. I was also completely obsessed with the Oliver musical film from 1968. In general, I love the story and love Charles Dickens.
So, those are my favourite books and why. Please let me know your favourite books as a comment 🙂