The @abook4you website is linked to the @abook4you Twitter bot. The website also crossposts to Facebook and Tumblr. You can see a full description of the bot on the About page.

The content on all four is mostly generated on a fully-automated basis, focusing on book recommendations, alongside reviews from both critics and readers. Additionally, they all feature a stream of book-related quotes.

The bot is possible due to the explosion in access to public databases through APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), and scripting. The Twitter bot is able to respond autonomously to unique mentions requesting a book recommendation, as long as a genre is cited. However, the 140-character limitation does not allow for much, so the website vastly expands the amount of information that can be presented.

In addition to more data, the bot functionality has been enhanced to manage content on the website. Apart from posting, storing and indexing, it is now possible to solicit a genre-specific recommendations via a form request, and if the query is successful, a user-generated post will result. Similarly, a search query can be made via a separate form request, with a user-generated post also created if the query is successful. In order to assist with the search query, a Google custom search tool is also available. Lastly, fully functional membership and social tools have been deployed, and there is a forum for members to have their say. In summary, visitors, and members can populate the website with content that they generate.

Developed pro-bono, and for the fun of it, by @replies4u (feel free to see more bot examples at http://www.r4utools.co.uk).

A crime book recommendation: The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2FWSrEh.
However, if you’d prefer to simply enjoy a dark little detective story, the author delivers on that as well. There’s a twist, but it’s not obvious, nor is it manipulative…
Book description from Google Books:
Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adele Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air. When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl’s disappearance, Manfred’s repressed world is shaken to its core and he is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past. ‘The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau’ is a literary mystery novel that is, at heart, an engrossing psychological portrayal of an outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.
The book is rated 3.93/5 at goodreads.com, from 1417 ratings. See 193 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2HN5U1E.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2FVwKnU.

An action book recommendation: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2FUq8WM.
This is not the first fantasy book to take more interest in the world than the story – it certainly worked for Tolkien, and Beasts Made of Night could do much worse than to follow in those footsteps. Onyebuchi has created a world that will no doubt inspire many in turn.
Book description from Google Books:
“…The beginning of a great saga…” –NPR.org “This compelling Nigerian-influenced fantasy has a wonderfully unique premise and lush, brilliant worldbuilding that will consume you until the last page.”–Buzzfeed “…Unforgettable in its darkness, inequality, and magic.” –VOYA, Starred Review “…A paean to an emerging black legend.”–Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Black Panther meets Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch in Beasts Made of Night, the first book in an epic fantasy duology. In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts–lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves–and his own life. Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable series opener that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor. iBooks Most Anticipated YA Books of the Fall io9’s All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Keep On Your Radar This Fall BuzzFeed’s 22 YA Novels You’ll Want To Read From Cover To Cover This Fall A 2017 BookExpo Buzz Book A Junior Library Guild Selection
The book is rated 3.21/5 at goodreads.com, from 892 ratings. See 320 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2G4m89w.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2G785A1.

A comic book recommendation: Satania by Fabien Vehlmann

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2G3mI7s.
Satania may not be as weird as Beautiful Darkness, but Vehlmann has dreamed up some truly unexpected twists and trimmings for a quest tale that’s the antithesis of formulaic.
Book description from Google Books:
Charlotte–aka Charlie–a pretty redhead, sets up an expedition to find her brother. The young scientist, who disappeared underground several months ago, claimed, to everyone’s astonishment, to be able to prove the existence of Hell by using Darwin’s theory of evolution. The little group, led by Charlie, plunge underground in his pursuit. The deeper they progress into the entrails of our planet, the more they enter another world that hides other forms of life heretofore never experienced. The discovery changes them gradually in a way they cannot at first perceive…
The book is rated 3.49/5 at goodreads.com, from 226 ratings. See 70 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2HOvtzF.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2G6xEB6.

A travel book recommendation: Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets by Lars Eighner

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2FL1vjk.
By the end of “Travels With Lizbeth,” the author was, happily, no longer living on the streets. He sat and wrote this book, which has lost none of its wit or urgency. Even better, it appeals less to our sympathy than to our comprehension.
Book description from Google Books:
“Lars Eighner is the Thoreau of the Dumpsters. Comparisons to Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Hamsun’s Hunger leap to mind. A classic of down-and-out literature.” —Phillip LopateWhen Travels with Lizbeth was first published in 1993, it was proclaimed an instant classic. Lars Eighner’s account of his descent into homelessness and his adventures on the streets has moved, charmed, and amused generations of readers. As Lars wrote, “When I began writing this account I was living under a shower curtain in a stand of bamboo in a public park. I did not undertake to write about homelessness, but wrote what I knew, as an artist paints a still life, not because he is especially fond of fruit, but because the subject is readily at hand.” Containing the widely anthologized essay “On Dumpster Diving,” Travels with Lizbeth is a beautifully written account of one man’s experience of homelessness, a story of physical survival, and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity. In his unique voice—dry, disciplined, poignant, comic—Eighner celebrates the companionship of his dog, Lizbeth, and recounts their ongoing struggle to survive on the streets of Austin, Texas, and hitchhiking along the highways to Southern California and back.
The book is rated 3.75/5 at goodreads.com, from 440 ratings. See 69 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2G5EPJX.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2HM4Yed.