- Emma - Jane Austin. I found this mildly entertaining
- Walden - Henry David Thoreau. As much as I can appreciate the quest for simplicity in life, on the whole it came across as a snivelling, opinionated call for universal poverty and a rejection of human progress or dissenting opinion
- Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka. Entertaining
- Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad. Grim reading and a sad reflection on the time and place it was set in
- The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Long. Just long. But well worth the read. Unquestionably the highlight of this batch
With the exception of Walden, I enjoyed all of these books. I'm not sure what's next for the literary genre, possibly something a bit more contemporary.