Marx is the only author you "need" to read, and his work doesn't need to be read studiously to be understood. (/leftypol/ is the ultimate indicator that pouring over a book doesn't lead to understanding.)
Take it at your own pace, but do read the original source. A lot will be intuitive and that understanding is more important than any number of quotations.
Also, I can't stress this enough: take it easy. You're no longer in school, this reading is purely for your own benefit and intellectual curiosity.>>339
Fully agree. Don't fall the one-upmanship that is the rule here.