Here’s just a quick book recommendation. Though I don’t own it yet (wish I did), I borrow it from my mom every time I visit her.
Susan Wise Bauer, who with her mom wrote The Well-Trained Mind, outlines a vast literary curriculum, and shows the reader how to interpret the material like a scholar. The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had is basically a manual for homeschooling yourself as an adult. If you follow most of the book’s guidelines, it can provide you with the equivalent of a master’s degree, minus the diploma.
I plan on one day actually finishing the book, along with all the reading. Then I will be at ease around snooty intellectuals and hold my own at stuffy art galleries and cocktail parties. I do dream big.