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It feels like forever since I wrote a re-cap post. Back in June, I struggled with what seemed like a never ending stream of OK books, or books that just didn’t work for me. I’m SO glad July turned out a million times better! I took away all pressure I was putting on myself, and started to just read for me. It worked out so well, I loved every book I read this month! I've noticed I'm reading a lot slower and I'm connecting with the stories so much easier. Maybe this is just down to my book choice, who knows! It's so nice to be enjoying reading again. The only catch is I need to catch up on some ARC's and review requests, but hopefully I'll get around to them all in August.
The weather has been absolutely beautiful the past few weeks – average 26C (78F) – and clear blue skies most days. This is IRELAND!! What the heck is happening? We’ve actually had a summer this year! I did attempt to get a tan… but instead of going a beautiful golden brown… I turn pink. No word of a lie. Oh the joys of Irish skin! :D
Any Gamers? How about a free game?
I know some of my fellow readers are also gamers, and I wanted to give a little heads up on something I think is pretty sweet. And it’s free! Even better!
I’ve been a big gaming addict for as long as I had access to a computer, and one series I think the majority of people have heard of is The Sims franchise. Electronic Arts (EA) is retiring The Sims 2 before the release of The Sims 4 in September.
Origin (EA’s online platform) has released the entire Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for FREE and this includes all the expansion packs and stuff packs.
If you’ve been curious about the trying out the game (like me!), now is the perfect time. All you need is an Origin account (which is also free to set up), go to the product redemption page, and enter this code: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS
It does have a huge file size, 12+ GB’s, but you don’t have to download it immediately. The offer ends July 31st 2014, at 10am PDT, so if anyone is interested, use the code ASAP! As you can see from this clip, yes, I did take advantage of this offer myself. Also, if you know anyone who’d be interested, pass the code along!
On the Blog Recently
Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Five Friday Favourites: Five Favourite Secondary Characters
Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Review: Immortal City by Scott Speer
Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Discussion: How Realistic Do You Like Your Ficiton?
Life of a Blogger: Favourite Sports Teams
Books I Read Recently
Posts I loved
Eltoria Secrets: How To Make Your Own Lip Scrub -- So easy to make, and with stuff in the cupboard!
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Can Insta-love ever work?
Jenny @ Reading on the Farm: Signing up for NetGalley -- I love reading about other peoples experiences on NetGalley and the like. I know I went a bit mad when I first signed up, hence why I'm making myself stay away for as long as I can! It's way too tempting!
Cait and Mime @ Notebook Sisters: 55 Questions About Books, Part 1 -- I love these two, they always make my day!
Soundtrack for the Week
I honour of the summer, I've chosen the appropriate song:
Summer -- Calvin Harris