MLA Platinum Award Press Release

Free copies of books to read and review, or read and discuss.

First Impressions and The BookBrowse Book Club

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.

Members: Please login and then return to this page to request a copy of a book or find out when these books will be available.

Not yet a member? Find out more!

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" articles
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $12 for 3 months or $39 for a year
  • More about membership!


Books to Discuss in BookBrowse's Book Club

  • The Shadow King Jacket
    The Shadow King:
    A Novel
    by Maaza Mengiste

    W.W. Norton & Company
    Publishes: 09/01/2020
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    448 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    Set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, Hirut overcomes rape, violence, and imprisonment, finding the strength to fight for her country's freedom and her own. The Shadow King is a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

    Those assigned this book will receive a print copy by mail. Please check the confirmation page after requesting to make sure your mailing address is correct.

    More about this book


Books to Read & Review for First Impressions

  • The Lost Apothecary Jacket
    The Lost Apothecary:
    A Novel
    by Sarah Penner

    Prospect Park Books
    Publishes: 03/02/2021
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    320 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary.

    Those assigned this book will receive a print copy by mail. Please check the confirmation page after requesting to make sure your mailing address is correct.

    More about this book

  • Piranesi Jacket
    Piranesi
    by Susanna Clarke

    Bloomsbury USA
    Publishes: 09/15/2020
    Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History
    272 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

    Due to Covid-19, this book is only available in e-book format. Please only request if you're willing and able to read ebooks.

    More about this book

  • The Thirty Names of Night Jacket
    The Thirty Names of Night
    by Zeyn Joukhadar

    Atria Books
    Publishes: 11/03/2020
    Genre: Novels
    304 pages

    Members, please login to request this book.

    About this Book
    The author of the "vivid and urgent…important and timely" (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.

    Due to Covid-19, this book is only available in e-book format. Please only request if you're willing and able to read ebooks.

    More about this book

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.