Friday 30 November 2018

Weekend Blog Hops - 30 Nov 2018

It's the weekend once more. That means it's time for my book-blogger hopping.
If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?
The Woman Who Died of Robespierre by Hilary Mantel. Why? Because I've wanted to read it for ages, but I've never managed to track down a copy, even on secondhand sites. It's like gold dust. If I was there at the time of first printing, I could finally get my copy!

P.S. I am running a reading challenge in 2019. Only 25 prompts, so you don't have to be a speed-reader to take part. You can find out more HERE.
Opening sentence:
The old man is dying.


From page 56:
When Ren timidly asks William if his family is famous, William only laughs shortly and says something about black sheep, though what sheep have to do with silverware isn't clear to Ren.


My Current Read
The Night Tiger
Yangsze Choo

They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk amongst us...
In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever.

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.

As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.


  1. Sounds like a very interesting read!!! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  2. Well, this sounds different. Quite an adventure. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy:)

    My Friday 56 from Holly In Hiding

    1. Thanks Laura. It's been great so far. Hope to finish it tonight.

  3. My choice for a first edition has to do with wanting a copy of a book that I find rather unaffordable right now (although second hand copies of mine do exist.) Hope you have a great weekend. - Katie

    1. Hi Katie. Ah, yes, that's always a pain too: when you want it but the money just isn't there.

  4. I love that cover and the excerpt. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. This sounds like quite an interesting read. And I love that cover! Happy reading! :)