Fiction Friday: Squad Goals by M.F Lorson and Jessica Butcher

Squad Goals: The Complete Series

Squad Goals: The Complete Series by M.F. Lorson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received an ebook copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
“Squad Goals” follows three best friends, Addy, Lucy and Nora as they tackle what they have deemed ‘squad goals'(basically goals that they complete as a group of friends) during their final year of high school.
Each girl gets a season and they determine a goal. Addy has always met her goals. Lucy sometimes meets her goals and Nora never does. All three girls are determined to finish their goals in time for graduation.

1) Hot by Halloween: Addy’s goal is to get hotter and make her scum bag ex-boyfriend jealous. To do this, she joins the school swim team. Addy is a horrible swimmer but she teams up with the hot new guy at school to practice and it isn’t long before sparks start flying between the two of them. This was my favorite story and I couldn’t read it fast enough.

2) Nerdy by New Year: Popular girl, Lucy decides that she wants to reinvent her image. Instead of being just a pretty face, she is going to show everyone that she is a nice person. Part of her goal is to apologize everyone she has hurt. Like her childhood best friend, Simon. Simon and Lucy were close until she embarrassed him in front of the entire school. To try and win him back, Lucy joins his club and the two of them start volunteering together. Lucy and Simon were an adorable couple from the get-go and I couldn’t stop rooting for them.

3) Promised by Prom: Oddball Nora has no plans after high school. But with her two best friends leaving to go to college, Nora is desperate to find someone to be with. So she makes the goal to find a serious boyfriend by Prom. Her friends assure her that it’s possible as long as she keeps her weirdness hidden at the beginning of her boyfriend hunt but Addy’s brother, Max disagrees. He thinks Nora should find someone who likes her for her. Someone like him.
Nora would never risk her friendship with Addy for Max no matter how well they get along. As the only two single people in the group, they are almost always paired off together and it sometimes seems like they’re dating but they are just good friends. Or are they?
This was my least favourite story possibly because Nora reminded me so much of myself. However I loved the chemistry between the two of them.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was great seeing the amazing friendship these girls had as well as the squad goals which were all so relatable. I kinda wanted the ending to be a big cliche “and they all lived happily ever after” which I don’t feel like I got. Nonetheless, definitely read this if you are looking for a fun and light romance.



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Fiction Friday: My (Secret) Youtube Life by Charlotte Seager

My [Secret] YouTube Life

My [Secret] YouTube Life by Charlotte Seager

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


YouTube beauty vlogger, Lily has the most perfect life. Perfect home, perfect boyfriend, countless sponsorships and a book deal.
Atleast that is the way it looks on the outside. Lily is constantly under pressure to look perfect and is stressed and anxious all the time. Her perfect home doesn’t belong to her and her boyfriend might be cheating on her.
Sixteen-year-old lifestyle blogger, Melissa is Lily’s biggest fan and has a less perfect life. No perfect London apartment, no perfect boyfriend and just one best friend. Melissa would do anything to have a life just like Lily’s and when that proves to be tough, she decides to just make things up on her blog. It isn’t long before Melissa has a life that looks to be as good as Lily’s.
But on a trip to see Lily at an event, Melissa stumbles across the truth about her perfect life. It isn’t long until both girls learn that being internet famous isn’t everything it is cracked up to be.
I started reading this book as soon as I bought it and I did not regret it one bit. “My Secret Youtube Life” was an entertaining read that I could not put down.



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Cover Reveal: Angry God by L.J Shen

“A top 2020 read hands down.”

–Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

Angry God, an all-new angst-filled new adult standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming February 18th and we have the smoking hot cover!

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Vaughn Spencer.

They call him an angry god.

To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.

His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.

All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.

Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.

I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.

But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.

A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.

They say this place is haunted, and it is.

Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.

Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

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L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

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5 Hacks Every Blogger Needs to Know

I miss the days when blogging was just a hobby I had on the side and I could choose how much (or usually, how little) effort I wanted to put in depending on my current workload at uni.

Now that I’ve been blogging for a while and Playground of Randomness seems to be a permanent part of my life, I’ve made it a priority to take it seriously. In doing so, there are lots of little tricks I use to blog more efficiently. Here are 5 hacks that every blogger should know:

1) Batch your work– Whether it’s generating ideas or creating graphics, make sure to batch your work so that you’re doing it all at once. I used to think of an idea, create the graphic and then write the blog post. Let me tell you- that got old FAST. It is far more efficient (not to mention easy) if you do similar tasks together.

2) Set up a system to respond to emails– I usually only reply to emails between 8AM and 5PM because those are my working hours. I also only ever reply to emails from work and usually from my cellphone (I am really lazy when it comes to switching the laptop on for anything that isn’t writing-related). If you are not swamped with too many emails, load your blog email on your phone or tablet so that you can reply to mails while you are on the go.

3) DO spend time on social media– A large portion of blogging is about writing but an even larger portion is about promotion. Put in the time and effort to promote your blog on social media. It will help you find new readers for your blog.

4) Have a content notebook– Have a notebook or an app where you can list content ideas. This helps if you ever get stuck with thinking about what to blog. This also helps you with deciding what content to publish when.

5) Use Google Analytics– I only learnt about Google Analytics when I signed up for a Digital Marketing course a year back. But from my very first second, I was glued. It was like magic. Google Analytics shows you what your readers are interested in so you can create the content that they want to read.

What other blogging hacks do you use? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I ordered this after seeing fanart of Feyre from “A Court of Thorns and Roses” reading it. This book certainly did not disappoint.
Lucy Hutton is everyone’s favourite good girl. Everyone except for her co-worker and office nemesis, Joshua Templeman.
From the very second that he walked into the office, Joshua has hated Lucy and so she has responded in kind.
When a promotion opportunity is announced, their competition kicks up a few notches. Lucy knows she cannot work under Josh and has to score that promotion at any cost.
But then Josh kisses her and IT IS A HELL OF A KISS.
Was it really hate between them or was it something more? And how will the promotion affect whatever it is that they have building between them?
I loved this book so very much! I devoured it and was really disappointed when it ended. Lucy and Josh have a very clear chemistry and lots of witty banter.
“The Hating Game” is well-written, funny and entertaining. This was everything!
I NEED SOMETHING SIMILAR AND IF YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS, HIT ME UP!!!



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The Importance of Self Care and How to Make Time for It

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A little while back, I read a life-changing book on skincare called The Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho. The book emphasized how important it was to make time for yourself and your skin. I followed the book religiously and it wasn’t long before I realized how much better I felt when I made time to take care of myself. Fast forward a few months and self-care is mentioned more and more often.

It goes beyond just the physical though. Whether it’s spending time with family and friends or just having a lazy day, self-care is what you make of it. It is taking time out to put your needs first.

What do we need self-care?

In today’s busy world, we put everyone and everything before ourselves which usually leads to burnout. By taking the time out for self-care, you put effort into making sure you’re running at perk performance. You cannot help others if you cannot help yourself first.

How to Make Time for Self-Care

  • Plan it in advance- Like I said before, self-care is important so if you need to actually schedule it in, do so. I have certain times and dates reserved for family or friends, Netflix and Chill or Korean sheet masks. Say it with me, “I deserve a break.”
  • Make it part of a routine- Maybe do your routine at a specific time or a specific day so that it lines up with your plans
  • Make it a priority- Life happens. If you miss out on your self-care once in a while it is no big deal but make sure you DO make sure you eventually get some down time.

What is your self-care routine? Do you make time to do it every week? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts (The MacGregors #1)

Playing the Odds (The MacGregors, #1)

Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When career-orientated Serena MacGregor refuses to find herself a husband, her father, Daniel MacGregor steps in and sends gambler, Justin Blade to the cruise ship where she is working.
Daniel is confused that Justin and Serena will suit and he is right. Sparks fly as soon as the two of them meet.
However when his scheme is discovered, Serena is reluctant to go along with his plans.
I had mixed feelings about this book as Justin is originally a forceful ass to Serena. He is unable to take no for an answer which made me put the book down the first time I read it.
However I loved the description of life on a cruise ship and exotic travel locations so I picked it up again, prepared to ignore Justin’s stubborn ways but he eventually won me over.
I thought this was a good read and I can’t wait to read more about the colourful MacGregor family.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

Finding Perfect

Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Daniel and Six once met in a closet and impulsively had sex which resulted in a pregnancy. Since it was dark and neither of them knew each other, Six gave the baby up for adoption only to unknowningly fall in love with Daniel a while later.
In “Finding Perfect”, Daniel and Six are going through a rough patch. She’s distant and he knows that their baby is part of the reason.
Desperate to reunite the woman he lives with their child, Daniel embarks on a journey to track down their baby.
I thought “Finding Cinderella” ended rather abruptly so this was the perfect ending for me. I loved returning to this world and seeing so many familiar characters especially from “All Your Perfects.”
I actually didn’t read all of “All Your Perfects” because I fell in love with Quinn and Graham from the very first page and couldn’t bear to see the sadness of their marriage in the first few pages but this book has more than made up for it.
If you’re looking for a short but emotionally charged read, this is your book.



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Fiction Friday: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Isla has had a crush on Josh ever since her freshman year in their school in Paris. They’ve barely spoken and Josh has always had a girlfriend. Until now.
When Isla runs into Josh during summer in New York, the two of them share a moment. Isla is excited t0 finally have some sort of connection with her longtime crush.
But as they start a real relationship, Isla and Josh have to deal with opposition from the staff at the school, their family, friends and a whole lot of drama.
This was a well-written, quick read that I enjoyed immensely.
Josh and Isla have very clear chemistry and it’s almost not to root for them. This book had me laughing and crying throughout.
Definitely give this a try if you are interested in a light, fun book.



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New Series: Previously On

How many times have you started a book in a series only to realize you don’t remember what happened in the previous book?

For me it has been happening far more than usual so I’ve decided to make a post recapping what happened in a book. Also I was watching “The Vampire Diaries” and I love the way they say “Previously On The Vampire Diaries”. (Be still, my Nian- shipping heart).

Usually I use Wikipedia for this however Wikipedia doesn’t have all the YA or Historical Fiction that I read.

So I am starting a new series called “Previously On” which does a quick review on what happened in the previous book.

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