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Every year, a vast number of readers feel left out when the Nobel Prize is awarded to an author whose work they’ve never read. One day, inevitably, Haruki Murakami will win. So, if you haven't yet gotten into his books yet, you ought to start now — not least because they are perfect for anyone who loves cats, alcohol, eating carbs, or unsolved mysteries. (Which is to say, anyone on the internet.) And, there’s a perfect opportunity to catch up with his new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage coming out this month.
Murakami has written a ton of books — which you could spend the rest of the year reading (and you probably should). But, there are so many that it’s hard to know where to start — and some of them are phone-book sized. (Fair warning: Some among us who started his last novel, 1Q84, have yet to find the energy to finish it.) Here’s where you should get started before moving on to his more challenging stuff.