Great Stuff. Montaigne is a great writer. My favorite essay is the one about cannibals. (Yes, I have morbid interests.) I don’t recall whether or not I have read all of them but everything he says is in agreement with my own views.
I, myself, prefer Francis Bacon and I recommend him to the author. Start with On Studies. I believe that will get you started in the most elegant manner.
It is good to see someone arguing in favor of classical learning. The Great Books of the Western World still deserve attention!