Booklover Mailbox – The Shadow Land, Moving the Birds, Good Luck Bag, I for Isobel

The Shadow Land, Moving the Birds, Good Luck Bag, I for Isobel

We have a very international mix of titles in this edition of Booklover Mailbox.

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Over a decade ago a dear friend gifted me Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel The Historian – I absolutely loved it and have recommended it to countless people since. Years pass between this author’s releases, but her 2010 release The Swan Thieves was worth the wait, and so it goes without saying that my expectations are high for her latest novel The Shadow Land. April 2017 release, review copy from Text Publishing.

PS: In case you’re wanting to go back and read The Swan Thieves before this new novel is released, I just noticed that Book Depository has it at 51% discount right now.

Moving the Birds and Good Luck Bag by Mitsuyo Kakuta

Having recently enjoyed Hiromi Kawakami’s The Nakano Thrift Shop, I went on the hunt for more Japanese literature of a similar style and found these delightful short stories (Kindle Singles) from the award-winning Mitsuyo Kakuta, English translation by Wayne P Lammers.

UPDATE: Read our 4 Star Review

I for Isobel by Amy Witting

I’ve had this little novel, widely considered a modern Australian classic, on my wish list for far too long.

Born into a world without welcome, Isobel observes it as warily as an alien trying to pass for a native. Her collection of imaginary friends includes the Virgin Mary and Sherlock Holmes. Later she meets Byron, W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot. Isobel is not so much at ease with the flesh-and-blood people she meets, and least of all with herself, until a lucky encounter and a little detective work reveal her identity and her true situation in life.

With Australia Day coming up this week I figured it was high time I get myself a copy.

UPDATE: Read our 3.5 Star Review

Which of these titles most interest you?

Linking to Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s The Sunday Post and Mailbox Monday

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19 Comments

  1. All of these look good; especially I for Isobel sounds intriguing. I think I have The Swan Thieves on my TBR shelves. I may have to pull it out for consideration.
    Happy Reading!

  2. I have read something by Amy Whitting but can’t think what it was… I feel envious of those more adventurous genre-wise than I am… (which is almost everyone I guess!).

  3. The Shadow Lands sounds so good. I really enjoyed The Historian but I haven’t read another book of her’s since so I might need to catch up first! :)
    Have a wonderful week!

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

  4. The Shadow Land sounds interesting to me, the premise appeals and I like the setting of Bulgaria. I’d like to read more fiction set in eastern European locations.