Continuing on from What Reading Means to Me, Part I: The Early Years.
Secondary school (age 11-16) introduced me to the classics. Well, tragic classics:
- Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
- Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
- Macbeth (Shakespeare)
- The Lady of Shalott (Tennyson)
- The Signalman (Dickens)
- An Inspector Calls (Priestley)
The last was a stark lesson in the importance of treating people well, how you’d want to be treated, to avoid being responsible for harmful repercussions of my actions experienced by others.
But it wasn’t until I studied for my A-levels (age 16-18), after choosing English Literature and Psychology, that reading really changed me.