Here are a list of some of my favorite books. If you have any recommendations, please comment below. I’m always keen to expand my palette.
This is my favorite Haruki Murakami novel. The chapters alternate between a strange fantasy land and an equally strange city where a man has developed a technology to remove sound for anything (or anyone).
As a side note, I hate the sound of chewing, so I’d love this ability.
In my opinion, this is one of his most creative works. That being said, you can’t go past:
This was actually the first of Haruki Murakami that I ever read. I remember watching the book trailer and being intrigued enough to read it.
Imagine two souls staring up at the same green moon only they can see as they work through the mess in their lives with a deep hope that one day their paths will cross again.
I haven’t been able to read this more than once. It’s so deep.
A young girl becomes a nurse in the Vietnam war just so she can be closer to the love of her life. Do you think he feels the same way?
It’s especially tragic because this isn’t a work of fiction. This is a diary. A real girl in a terrible situation.
I read this because it was mentioned in A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemmingway. It was one of the most refreshing reads I’ve ever had. Every sentence is poetry. I can’t recommend this enough. It’s a light read filled with depth, emotion and imagination.
Norwegian Wood, on the other hand, is not a light read. It has a deep sadness and tells the story of a young third wheel who’s best friend commits suicide, leaving him and his best friends girlfriend left to deal with the pain.
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges is like the Rick and Morty of literature. For my young 17 year old self it was mind blowing. It’s a collection of short stories that will take you on a journey down a spiraling staircase of infinite number of dizzying possibilities until you are left thinking, “What if?”
Read the words of a devil written in the year 1438. He will talk with you, plead with you, seduce you and corrupt your mind if you aren’t careful. It’s a very dark novel and you might want to balance it out with this:
More letters from Devils. I think one of the greatest tragedies in our lifetime is that C. S. Lewis is best known for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He has so much more to offer. Including my favorite of his fiction:
I remember listening the Iron Maiden’s Out of the Silent Planet on repeat when I realised how amazing the novel was. Maiden are great like that. But, in all seriousness, the Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis is so captivating that you’d have to be crazy not to read them.
If you read this blog, you know it can get quite dark. Yet, It doesn’t get nearly as dark as Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Speaking of, bring on the Russian Classics:
When you finish Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, you’ll feel 100 times smarter. It’s long, it’s full of complicated names and the morals of the story and the consequences are so profound you’ll be stuck on Tolstoy for the rest of the year.
Again, Dostoevsky is DARK, but I love it. Speaking of murder, don’t watch this movie:
If you pick the ending, you’re smarter than me. Well, smarter than the 15-year-old Randall. It’s a quick read and again, you feel smarter (or dumber) when you’re finished.