Top Ten Book Recommendations From Twitterers

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We love Twitter. It's a great way to keep in touch with authors and other book fans, hear what they're up to, share what we're up to and find out what's going on in the world of books. If you've not already seen the Bookbag Twitter feed, get clicking! Inspired by Judy Astley's self-proclaimed (and Bookbag-admired) media-tart cheek, we asked people on Twitter what their favourite Bookbag reviews were. Here's what they said. Huge thanks to Judy Astley, Elise Blackwell, Ray Beckerman, Agnieszka's Shoes, Nina Douglas, Steve Emecz, Tamsyn Tweetie, Benjamin Glover and Jason Mark Curley.


Other People's Husbands by Judy Astley

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Judy Astley's choice. Bookbag said: Conrad, a famous and successful artist is 25 years older than his wife and he wonders if he really wants to be there for his forthcoming seventieth birthday. A heart-warming and gentle look at the relationships between husbands and wives. Recommended. Full review...

The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

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Elise Blackwell and Ray Beckerman's choice. Bookbag said: Join Qfwfq as he narrates, from its very conception to its eventual dissipation, the course of the universe, the development of forms of life, and the tragedy of loneliness. Full review...

Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten

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Agnieszka's Shoes' choice. Bookbag said: An appealing, earthy fairy tale from the heart of Eurovision Song Contest land. Two women fall in love with the widowed village potter... which will he choose? Full review...

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

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Nina Douglas' choice. Bookbag said: Stunning retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale. It's ambitious and difficult with multi-layered prose that will work its way into your very soul and repay your effort a hundred times over. Full review...

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

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Another pick from Nina Douglas. Bookbag said: Densely written and chilling in every sense of the word, Revolver is a rare little gem for teens and adults alike. Marcus Sedgwick was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag. Full review...

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

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Steve Emecz's choice. Bookbag said: A fast paced thriller that feels a bit rushed at times. Good if you want a bit of light reading. Full review...

Seeing Spells Achieving by Olive Hickmott and Andrew Bendefy

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Another pick from Steve Emecz. Bookbag said: A simple method aimed at overcoming the disadvantages of dyslexic symptoms, delivered in a user-friendly book. Highly recommended. Full review...

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

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Tamsyn Tweetie's choice. Bookbag said: Completely gorgeous fantasy adventure set in a kind of afterlife limbo for children. It's exciting and pacy, but it's also irresistibly humorous and utterly serious. The final pay-off is superb. How you get all that into 384 pages, Bookbag doesn't know, but it does stand in awe. Full review...

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Benjamin Glover's choice - because he likes the review, not the book. Bookbag said: Even the normal devotees of self-help and devourers of New Ageish pseudo-scientific, pseudo-spiritual advice should keep away from this one: it contains about 4 points of advice on positive thinking repeated in a sequence of tautologies ad nauseam and wrapped in an astonishingly stupid amount of utter balderdash. Calling it pseudo-scientific is an insult to pseudo-science. Most 'scientific sounding' sentences there are not only not true, they don't even make sense. Keep away. Full review...

Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn

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Jason Mark Curley's choice. Bookbag said: Diagnosed with schizophrenia, a young teenager is sent to a psychiatric hospital at the very start of World War II. Full review...

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