Please be patient with this post, it does get to Latin after some "setting the scene".
After a long break from reading Latin in any particularly structured way at all, I have decided to recommence. Over the summer holidays I have been cramming in as much studying of Russian and Slovenian grammar as possible in order to prepare myself sufficiently for this academic year. I have been reading Russian fiction from Tolstoi and Dostoevskii and various fairy-tales in Slovenian. Over the summer I have found that throwing myself in at the deep end with both Russian and Slovenian has stopped my usual habit of procrastination and, although it is very hard going to begin with, I am now able to read short stories in Slovenian and am working my way, slowly, through Герой нашего времени (A Hero of Our Time) in Russian. I wish to take this exact approach with Latin, too. I began learning Latin because I believed that it would help me to expand my knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian, however now I have realised that's not a great reason to learn Latin, it should be learned because the learner has developed a love for Latin for Latin itself, and not because of a love of the languages which derive from Latin. I want to read Roman history, and I don't care how hard it is - now, I have no idea what still survives in terms of written Latin, however I am very interested specifically in miltary history - the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, Hannibal and the military conflicts involving Germania. I don't know who wrote about the Punic Wars, however does Tacitus' "De Origine et situ Germanorum" still survive?
Any other recommendations of writers to follow or books, papers, articles or speeches to read would be very much appreciated - again, I don't care how hard they are, I will soon get used to it after struggling through a little bit.