My greatest year abroad challenge is to catch up on almost a decade of reading. For somebody bent on becoming a writer, I’ve been dreadfully neglectful of the essence of my craft for too long. So it’s time I put my nose to the grindstone and got reading, if I’m ever to get to the stage where I can be happy with any novel of my own. Here’s my list for the year. I’ll tick them off as I go along:

  1. King Solomon’s Mines
  2. The Wizard
  3. The Lost World
  4. The Ghost Kings
  5. Montezuma’s Daughter
  6. Too Few for Drums
  7. Rebel
  8. The Virgin and the Gypsy
  9. Flashman
  10. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  11. Moby Dick
  12. Sergeant Verity and the Imperial Diamond
  13. Marie
  14. My Zulu, Myself
  15. Treasure Island 
  16. The Viking
  17. Things Fall Apart
  18. White Fang
  19. Child of Storm
  20. Allan’s Wife
  21. The Boy Slaves
  22. Mughal
  23. Shadow of the Moon
  24. Dominion
  25. Maiwa’s Revenge
  26. The People of the Mist
  27. Cloud Mountain
  28. Carribee
  29. She
  30. Indalo
  31. The Tea Planter’s Wife
  32. Finished
  33. Flashman’s Lady
  34. Flashman and the Great Game
  35. Copperhead
  36. Cry, the Beloved Country
  37. She
  38. Allan Quatermain
  39. For the Term of His Natural Life
  40. Heart of Darkness
  41. The Cossack
  42. Robinson Crusoe
  43. Petra
  44. Three Sisters
  45. King of the Khyber Rifles
  46. Trade Wind
  47. Bayonets along the Border
  48. The Knife of Never Letting Go
  49. My Driver
  50. Zemindar
  51. Cutting for Stone
  52. Seven Days for an Eternity
  53. Confessions of a War Child
  54. The Pharaoh’s Daughter
  55. The Crescent Moon Kingdoms
  56. The Last Armada
  57. Saladin
  58. Last of the Mohicans
  59. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  60. Lady of Skye
  61. Full Tilt
  62. The Man in the High Castle
  63. The Winter King

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