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Any Murakami fans?

Since summer of 2015, I've started working my way through the novels of Haruki Murakami. I "think" I really enjoy his books. Sometimes I have to struggle through them, but I'm always entertained by his crazy blend of extreme realism/analysis of the psyche and his whimsical fantastical side. Have any of you guys read his stuff? None of my reader friends have really read anything by him so I find myself not talking about one of my newly discovered favorite authors. List is the books I've read from him in order and digz.
1Sorority Noise
Joy, Departed


1Q84 - This was the first novel I read from him and it was such a weird journey. Parts of it, I thought, were flawless; parts were boring as hell, but all of it was weird, unique, and nothing like I've read before. It made me excited to read his other works if only to really figure out how he was able to keep me moving through 1000+ pages of a mess of a novel, but yet somehow make it profoundly thought provoking.
2Kanye West
The Life of Pablo


Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage - This story hit pretty close to him as the protagonists main fear is a fear that I struggle with. However, the lack of resolution (as I've come to learn Murakami is famous for) kind of threw me for a loop and certainly left me wanting.
3Anchor & Braille
Songs for the Late Night Drive Home


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Considered his "masterwork," this one was extremely interesting to me. I enjoyed most of it, but there were a few chapters that I felt really, really, dragged. I learned from this novel about how masterful of a tone-setter Murakami truly is. The entire book had a foreboding and eerie sense to it, even when things were seemingly okay.
4Beach Slang
The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel


Kafka on the Shore - I'm a little under halfway through this novel right now, and if it keeps on pace like it is, I believe it could definitely be my favorite work of his. While there is still a sense of disconnectedness and randomness to plot points, I definitely feel like this is the most "focused" novel so far that I've read from Murakami while, despite the seemingly random circumstances, he's able to really draw you into the moment and the reality of the world as he writes it.
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