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First Impressions and the Book Club give BookBrowse members the opportunity to read and review or discuss books for free. Members who take part regularly tend to get assigned a book about every 3 months, sometimes more frequently, occasionally less so. For reasons of copyright and logistics the publishers who provide the books for First Impressions can only mail to US residents. Full FAQ.

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Each month BookBrowse offers free books to our US-resident members (including free shipping) with the understanding that the recipients will do their best to write a short review within about six weeks of receiving the book for "First Impressions" books. Or, participate in a discussion if it's a "Book Club" pick - discussions are open for at least six weeks so members can drop in at their convenience, but early participation is much appreciated.

We know that life sometimes has a habit of getting in the way of our best intentions, so if something prevents a member from being able to read a book in the time frame, there is always the option to opt out - reading should be fun, not a chore! With that said, the offers are almost always oversubscribed so we ask that members only request books that they are genuinely interested in, and they think they have time to read and review or discuss in a reasonably timely fashion.

This page has two sections - the first section displays books to read and discuss in BookBrowse's Book Club. Below that are books to read and review for First Impressions. Some members enjoy both reviewing and discussing books, but some are only interested in one or the other. If you are a member and are only interested in reviewing books, please only pick books from the First Impressions section. Likewise, if you are only interested in discussing books, please only pick books from the Book Club section.

Members who take part relatively regularly tend to receive about 3-4 free books a year. We do our best to allocate copies as fairly as we can, assigning books primarily on the length of time since a member was last assigned one. For example, if John and Jane both request Book A and John was last sent a book four months ago, while Jane was sent one three months ago, John has priority. Sometimes we will have a lot of copies of a particular book and relatively few requests and are able to assign books to members more frequently than average. Sometimes the opposite is the case.

There's no need to rush to request a book - the chance of being selected are the same whether applying in the first minute or the last. Members assigned to a particular book are sent an email within 2 days of the offer closing, and should receive a printed copy of the book in the mail within about three weeks.

The books sent for First Impressions are usually advance reading copies (ARCs). These are paperback editions produced some months ahead of publication. Sometimes the book will have its finished cover image, sometimes a temporary one, and sometimes just a plain jacket. As ARCs are produced before the final round of editing and proofreading they will sometimes include small errors that will be corrected in the final version. In some cases they maybe missing the finishing touches - for example, depending on the type of book, it might be missing photos, an index or author's note.

The books sent for the Book Club are usually finished copies, either hardcovers, or paperbacks. Occasionally they are ARCs - in which case please refer to the paragraph above.

Still Got Questions:
First Impressions FAQ
BookBrowse Book Club FAQ


Books to Discuss in BookBrowse's Book Club

  • Girls Burn Brighter Jacket
    Girls Burn Brighter
    by Shobha Rao

    Flatiron Books
    Publishes: 03/05/2019
    Genre: Novels
    416 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, for readers of Rupi Kaur, about the extraordinary bond between two girls driven apart by circumstances but relentless in their search for one another.

    This discussion will open on March 5 and will stay open for at least six week.

    More about this book

  • The Half-Life of Everything Jacket
    The Half-Life of Everything:
    A Novel
    by Deborah Carol Gang

    Bancroft Press
    Published: 09/04/2018
    Genre: Novels
    320 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    David and Kate are happily married fiftysomethings when she's diagnosed with early Alzheimer's. He has never been unfaithful, but after several years of losing Kate more each day, he wonders: What is a married widower supposed to do? Two strong-willed women intervene and everyone finds themselves making unexpected choices.

    This discussion will open on February 19 and will stay open for at least six week.

    More about this book

Click For More Information About First Impressions & The Book Club

Each month BookBrowse offers free books to our US-resident members (including free shipping) with the understanding that the recipients will do their best to write a short review within about six weeks of receiving the book for "First Impressions" books. Or, participate in a discussion if it's a "Book Club" pick - discussions are open for at least six weeks so members can drop in at their convenience, but early participation is much appreciated.

We know that life sometimes has a habit of getting in the way of our best intentions, so if something prevents a member from being able to read a book in the time frame, there is always the option to opt out - reading should be fun, not a chore! With that said, the offers are almost always oversubscribed so we ask that members only request books that they are genuinely interested in, and they think they have time to read and review or discuss in a reasonably timely fashion.

This page has two sections - the first section displays books to read and discuss in BookBrowse's Book Club. Below that are books to read and review for First Impressions. Some members enjoy both reviewing and discussing books, but some are only interested in one or the other. If you are a member and are only interested in reviewing books, please only pick books from the First Impressions section. Likewise, if you are only interested in discussing books, please only pick books from the Book Club section.

Members who take part relatively regularly tend to receive about 3-4 free books a year. We do our best to allocate copies as fairly as we can, assigning books primarily on the length of time since a member was last assigned one. For example, if John and Jane both request Book A and John was last sent a book four months ago, while Jane was sent one three months ago, John has priority. Sometimes we will have a lot of copies of a particular book and relatively few requests and are able to assign books to members more frequently than average. Sometimes the opposite is the case.

There's no need to rush to request a book - the chance of being selected are the same whether applying in the first minute or the last. Members assigned to a particular book are sent an email within 2 days of the offer closing, and should receive a printed copy of the book in the mail within about three weeks.

The books sent for First Impressions are usually advance reading copies (ARCs). These are paperback editions produced some months ahead of publication. Sometimes the book will have its finished cover image, sometimes a temporary one, and sometimes just a plain jacket. As ARCs are produced before the final round of editing and proofreading they will sometimes include small errors that will be corrected in the final version. In some cases they maybe missing the finishing touches - for example, depending on the type of book, it might be missing photos, an index or author's note.

The books sent for the Book Club are usually finished copies, either hardcovers, or paperbacks. Occasionally they are ARCs - in which case please refer to the paragraph above.

Still Got Questions:
First Impressions FAQ
BookBrowse Book Club FAQ


Books to Read & Review for First Impressions

  • Greek to Me Jacket
    Greek to Me:
    Adventures of the Comma Queen
    by Mary Norris

    W.W. Norton & Company
    Publishes: 04/02/2019
    Genre: Biography/Memoir
    240 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    The beloved Comma Queen returns with a buoyant and charming book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

    More about this book

  • The Last Collection Jacket
    The Last Collection:
    A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel
    by Jeanne Mackin

    Berkley Books
    Publishes: 06/25/2019
    Genre: Novels
    352 pages

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    About this Book
    An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this vivid novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American.

    More about this book

  • A People's History of Heaven Jacket
    A People's History of Heaven
    by Mathangi Subramanian

    Algonquin Books
    Publishes: 03/19/2019
    Genre: Novels
    304 pages

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    About this Book
    A politically driven graffiti artist. A transgender Christian convert. A blind girl who loves to dance. A queer daughter of a hijabi union leader. These are some of the young women who live in a Bangalore slum known as Heaven, young women whom readers will come to love in the moving, atmospheric, and deeply inspiring debut, A People's History of Heaven.

    More about this book

  • Courting Mr. Lincoln Jacket
    Courting Mr. Lincoln:
    A Novel
    by Louis Bayard

    Algonquin Books
    Publishes: 04/23/2019
    Genre: Novels
    352 pages

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    About this Book
    From the prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr. Lincoln, the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a young, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln's best friend, Joshua Speed.

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