1. Gilgamesh, A New English Version, by Stephen Mitchell
I've actually finished this. It was an enjoyable read and easily finished in about a day or two. The Introduction took longer than the actual epic to read through, but it was very informative. There were some interesting images in the poem that I found to be echoes of images used in the book of Daniel, though I guess it would be more accurate to say that Daniel contains the echoes of Gilgamesh-ian images because Gilgamesh existed long before Daniel. I may have more to say on that later.
2. The Post Office, by Rabindranath Tagore
Another quick read. This short play about a young, sick boy longing to explore the world just outside of his window would be interesting to see performed rather than read. I picked this up on a whim merely because it was shelved in close proximity to Gilgamesh.
3. Yearnings; Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, by Irwin Kula with Linda Lowenthal
I've only begun reading this and there are immediately some refreshing points made in the first chapter. On the other hand, this is more of an inspirational book and I might soon tire of being inspired! I can only handle a certain amount of encouragement at one time.
4. The Confessions, by Augustine.
This is a second attempt for me. The first version I picked up was translated into a KJV-type English and it was too much for me to slog through. This is a more contemporary translation and much easier to read without being distracted by the anachronistic English of the other version.
5. The Republic, by Plato
This is the truly ambitious part of my reading list. I have never directly read Plato, or any of the Greek philosophers. I have been made familiar with some of their ideas through other works, or in a general way, but I haven't taken the time to read the original material. I don't know if I'll get through it because I find reading philosophy boring and obtuse beyond a very general presentation. Diving into endless details and arguments about the preciseness of terms and the perpetual "if-then" soon tires me. We'll see if I actually complete it.
On a side note, it was very odd that Plato's Republic was shelved near current political books, most of which I wouldn't consider serious works, like a book by Pat Robertson and other "authors" of his caliber. It seemed out of place to have Robertson and Plato side by side. Poor Plato, unable to defend himself or request better quarters for his works!