1. The Aeneid by Virgil. I'm very interested in reading this, having read the Iliad for the first time last year. Last year I also read Lavinia, by Ursula LeGuin, which is a retelling of the Aeneid from the point of view of Lavinia, a character who only merits a few lines in Virgil's epic. Lavinia was so beautiful that it made me want to read the work that inspired it.
2. Metamorphoses by Ovid. Metamorphoses is a verse treatment of classical mythology. Although I read it in college, I've retained almost nothing. A fellow homeschooler who is fluent in Latin raved about Ovid on a message board some time back, sparking my interest.
3. The Five Books of Moses, translated by Everett Fox. This has been recommended as a translation that really captures the flavor of the ancient Hebrew, and some of the drama of that civilization.
4. Bhagavad Gita. It's part of the founding epic (the Mahabharata) of Hindu civilization and religion, and a masterpiece of Sanskrit literature that should be read by any student of ancient history. I know nothing else about it but am eager to experience it.
5. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I'm already more than halfway through this book, but I expect to be reading it thoughout the summer (it's enormous). A wonderful epic of families and politics in 1951 India. Both intimate and panoramic. I'm loving it so far.
6. Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho. Basho, medieval Japan's pioneer of Haiku, recorded, in poetry and prose, his impressions of the landscapes and wildlife on his journey through Japan in search of spiritual enlightenment. I'm just about to start reading this book, and am so looking forward to some dreamy poetry.
7. Last Tales by Isak Dinesen. Dinesen is one of my favorite authors. Her stories combine gothic atmosphere and magical realism in nineteenth-century Scandinavian settings. Mystical, whimsical, sometimes heartbreaking, and often creepy--what's not to like?
8. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro. I discovered this author a few months back with his earlier novel An Artist of the Floating World, a subtle and ironic story set in postwar Japan. A Pale View of Hills is set in 1980s London, but is told in flashbacks to the same era.
9. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. A Victorian classic with a strong feminist bent, and hopefully moody and atmospheric like the other Bronte sisters' works.
10. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare. I want to see the Ralph Fiennes movie, but not without having read the play. So the play goes on the TBR list.
My first reaction on looking back over this list is that there is no way I'm going to read all these books in the next ten weeks! I predict that I'll read maybe half of them. But it's something to shoot for.