To make matters worse, I went to summer school in the tenth grade and took English and Literature which means a year of course work was crammed into about eight weeks.
The upside was that I skipped the eleventh grade. The down side was "I SKIPPED THE ELEVENTH GRADE. I didn't read many of the books I should have read.
Many of the books that would have helped me with my mental development and to better understand a complex world, were left unread.
I thought I was being clever, but as it turns out, what I did was dumb and really short changed myself.
If I'd realized then that I wanted to be a writer, I would gone to school the full term. But, there's nothing I can do about that now.
So the last few years, I've been playing catchup. Here's a partial list of what I've read in the past few years:
Grapes of Wrath
Of Mice and Men
Catcher in the Rye (currently reading)
Stranger in a Strange Land
Biographies of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Einstein, Hannibal
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
On the Road
On the Road
Breakfast of Champions
Slaughter House Five
Pillars of the Earth
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Plus countless recent fiction and short stories.
My friend Grandpappy (http://granpappy31.blogspot.com/) suggested that a book by Larry McMurtry entitled "Books". I recently found a used copy and I will be reading it next. It's a memoir by the writer about his love affair with books. I can't wait to read it.
Anyhow, I can't do anything about taking a shortcut in high school, but I'm having fun now playing catch up.