Jessica Duffield’s February 2017 TBR: Lisa Scottoline, W. Bruce Cameron and More

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Getting through my February 2017 TBR list is one of my many goals this coming month, especially since I would much rather read something more exciting than college textbooks right now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find the perfect spot on campus to ignore homework and tests, and finally submerge myself in a few good books this month.

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I’m very proud of this list since it has a mixture of so many different genres; it never hurts to mix things up a bit. So in hopes of making March a superb reading month, here are four books I plan to read until then:

The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Michelle Hodkin

Synopsis: The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past. She can’t. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t. She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Thoughts: Before you pick this one, you absolutely have to read the first book in this series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I promise you will have no regrets about it—you won’t be able to turn away from the collection, either! Michelle Hodkin‘s trilogypart dystopian, part sci-fi and sprinkled with just the right amount of romance—is definitely one I’ve been wanting to dive into, and I cannot wait to catch up with Mara’s crazy, surreal life again.

A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron 

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Forge Books/ Bruce Cameron

Synopsis: This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

Thoughts: Who doesn’t want to read a book all about the relationship between a dog and their owner? I’ve been wanting to read W. Bruce Cameron‘s book ever since I learned it was being adapted to film this year; so naturally, I knew this book would be the perfect addition to my list. I’m ready to experience all the feels this book has to offerthe good, the bad, and the sad.

One Perfect Lie, Lisa Scottoline 

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St. Martin’s Press/ Michael Cavacini

Synopsis: A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect, on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie. And he has a secret plan – for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.

Susan Sematov loves her younger son Raz, the quirky and free-spirited pitcher of the team. But Raz’s adored father died only a few months ago, and the family is grief-stricken. Secretly, Raz is looking to fill the Daddy-shaped hole in his heart.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who’s dedicated to her only son Justin, the quiet rookie on the team. But Justin’s shy and reserved nature renders him vulnerable to attention, including that of a new father-figure.

Mindy Kostis is the wife of a busy surgeon and the queen bee of the baseball boosters, where her super-popular son Evan is the star catcher. But she doesn’t realize that Evan’s sense of entitlement is becoming a full-blown case of affluenza, and after he gets his new BMW, it’s impossible to know where he’s going – or whom he’s spending time with.

The lives of these families revolve around the baseball team – and Chris Brennan. What does he really want? How far will he go to get it? Who among them will survive the lethal jeopardy threatening them, from the shadows?

Thoughts: This book is definitely one that is a bit different from the others on my list. Even though Lisa Scottoline‘s novel doesn’t come out until April 11, I feel honored to have received an advance reading copy of next novel before it releases. One Perfect Lie seems so interesting because it involves families who are drawn into the mystery surrounding a baseball team. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this mystery keeps me absorbed the whole way through.

You Have Seven Messages, Stewart Lewis

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Delacorte Books for Young Readers/ Stewart Foehl

Synopsis: It’s been a year since Luna’s mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in New York’s East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.

When Luna goes to clean out her mother’s old studio, she’s stunned to find her mom’s cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother’s life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she’s been told about her mother’s death may not be the whole truth.

Thoughts: You Have Seven Messages intrigued me because of the premise, what with her mother having received seven unheard messages following her death. I really want to know how this all plays out with her mother not being able to explain the messages to her daughter, Luna. Fingers crossed (again) that this book to turn out to be one of my favorites!

Have you read any of the books on this list?!

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Jessica Duffield
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I am a junior in college. Books are my passion and I hope to work in book publishing once I graduate from journalism school.