Today, we look back on the incredible selection of books our members have reviewed for our early-reader program, First Impressions during 2018 - 39 titles in total.

Reader reviews abound on the web, but it's difficult to know which to trust, especially when there are businesses who will arrange for glowing reviews to be posted for a fee, and other reviews may be written by 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 on our Members Recommend page.

  • The Chalk Man
    Rating: 4.3 / 5
  • The Days When Birds Come Back
    Rating: 3.9 / 5
  • Eternal Life
    Rating: 4.1 / 5
  • Our Lady of the Prairie
    Rating: 3.2 / 5
  • The Milk Lady of Bangalore
    Rating: 4.3 / 5
  • Mothers of Sparta
    Rating: 4.5 / 5
  • As Bright as Heaven
    Rating: 4.3 / 5
  • Force of Nature
    Rating: 4.5 / 5
  • Next Year in Havana
    Rating: 4.7 / 5
  • Only Child
    Rating: 4.7 / 5
  • The French Girl
    Rating: 4.0 / 5
  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
    Rating: 3.8 / 5
  • The House of Broken Angels
    Rating: 4.5 / 5
  • Sometimes I Lie
    Rating: 4.4 / 5
  • Anatomy of a Miracle
    Rating: 4.2 / 5
  • Other People's Houses
    Rating: 4.1 / 5
  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads
    Rating: 4.4 / 5
  • A Place for Us
    Rating: 4.7 / 5
  • Me, Myself and Them
    Rating: 4.1 / 5
  • The Summer Wives
    Rating: 4.1 / 5
  • Clock Dance
    Rating: 4.4 / 5
  • The Family Tabor
    Rating: 3.9 / 5
  • America for Beginners
    Rating: 4.5 / 5
  • Fly Girls
    Rating: 4.3 / 5
  • Meet Me at the Museum
    Rating: 4.4 / 5
  • Our House
    Rating: 4.3 / 5
  • So Much Life Left Over
    Rating: 4.3 / 5
  • Vox
    Rating: 4.2 / 5
  • French Exit
    Rating: 3.6 / 5
  • Red, White, Blue
    Rating: 3.7 / 5
  • Sold on a Monday
    Rating: 4.0 / 5
  • The Devoted
    Rating: 3.6 / 5
  • Gone So Long
    Rating: 4.2 / 5
  • The Kennedy Debutante
    Rating: 4.0 / 5
  • Listen to the Marriage
    Rating: 3.6 / 5
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles
    Rating: 4.6 / 5
  • Paris Echo
    Rating: 3.9 / 5
  • The Kinship of Secrets
    Rating: 4.5 / 5
  • A Ladder to the Sky
    Rating: 4.5 / 5

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