Karen's Back to the Classics challenge is on again for this year. (Yay!) Since my radical paring down of challenges a while back, this is one of the two I continue to do. You likely know the drill, so let's proceed directly to the categories and my predictions therefore. Which I will (almost!) immediately start to ignore...
19th Century Classic
Sir Walter Scott/Count Robert of Paris
-This was in the same slot last year and got pushed off. But this year for sure!
20th Century Classic
Willa Cather/A Lost Lady
-Been on a bit of a Willa Cather binge lately. I'm going to try to read this one soon.
A Classic by a Woman Author
Virginia Woolf/The Waves
-Another one from last year's list that fell away...
A Classic in Translation
Honoré Balzac/Cousin Bette
-Another...uh, oh, am I sensing a pattern here?
Classic by a BIPOC author
James Baldwin/Notes of a Native Son
-Whew! This time let's change things up.
-So many choices here...Karen suggests Brothers Karamazov, which I've read, but could read again, or In Cold Blood, which I haven't ever read. But it's likelier to be Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, or Rex Stout. Or I could obsessively blog about Edwin Drood one more time!
A Classic Short Story Collection
Thomas Hardy/Wessex Tales
-Ooh, a new category! Or is that 'a different kind of failure'? (T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, 'East Coker')
Edmund Wilson/The Shores of Light
-A ringer: I just finished this on Monday. Now I need to write it up. But this is the reason I won't immediately start to ignore my plans.
Classic That's Been on your TBR List the Longest
Edmund Wilson/Axel's Castle
-Ahem. Records from the ancient mists of time may be unreliable and in any case are incomplete. But I started this in my early 20s before realizing I just possibly oughtn't read a book about Proust, Joyce, and Stein, before I had read any of Stein, Joyce, or Proust...
Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit
-Well, you can't expect me to plan that in advance!
Which ones would you pick?
Thanks to Karen for hosting this again!