Today, we look back on the incredible selection of books our members have reviewed for First Impressions during the year - 45 titles in total.

Reader reviews abound on the web these days but it's difficult to know which to trust, especially when there are businesses who will arrange for glowing "reader reviews" to be posted and other reviews may be written by well-meaning family and friends.

BookBrowse's First Impressions program offers you a source of trustworthy reader reviews because only BookBrowse members can post reviews. Members indicate which books they're interested in but cannot prioritize, and copies are assigned by BookBrowse's algorithms. So, while it's conceivable that somebody connected to the book might be assigned a copy, the chances of there being enough people to influence the overall consensus is effectively non-existent.

Below are this year's books. You can see more First Impressions books on our Members Recommend page.

  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday
    Rating: 4.6/5
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • Rise
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • The Girl Before
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • Home Sweet Home
    Rating: 4.0/5
  • Next Year in Havana
    Rating: 4.7/5
  • A Piece of the World
    Rating: 4.7/5
  • Caught in the Revolution
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • I See You
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • The Fifth Petal
    Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Typewriter's Tale
    Rating: 3.5/5
  • Edgar and Lucy
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • The Barrowfields
    Rating: 4.0/5
  • Lola
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Mercies in Disguise
    Rating: 4.7/5
  • Our Short History
    Rating: 4.0/5
  • Castle of Water
    Rating: 4.6/5
  • My Last Lament
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Tell Me How This Ends Well
    Rating: 3.9/5
  • The Half Wives
    Rating: 3.7/5
  • If We Were Villains
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • Manderley Forever
    Rating: 4.0/5
  • No One Is Coming to Save Us
    Rating: 3.9/5
  • The Stars Are Fire
    Rating: 4.3/5
  • The Garden of Small Beginnings
    Rating: 4.7/5
  • The Book of Summer
    Rating: 3.9/5
  • The Scribe of Siena
    Rating: 4.3/5
  • Extraordinary Adventures
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • The Essex Serpent
    Rating: 4.3/5
  • The Gypsy Moth Summer
    Rating: 3.4/5
  • The Weight of Ink
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • The Almost Sisters
    Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Necklace
    Rating: 3.7/5
  • Happiness
    Rating: 4.7/5
  • The Heart's Invisible Furies
    Rating: 4.6/5
  • Young Jane Young
    Rating: 4.3/5
  • Stay with Me
    Rating: 4.3/5
  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • Love and Other Consolation Prizes
    Rating: 4.7/5
  • The Twelve-Mile Straight
    Rating: 4.8/5
  • Never Coming Back
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • Seven Days of Us
    Rating: 4.5/5
  • Strangers in Budapest
    Rating: 3.7/5
  • Wonder Valley
    Rating: 4.3/5
  • The Story of Arthur Truluv
    Rating: 4.4/5

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