Murakami reading list: Books mentioned in Murakami’s short story collections

Ainoshima in Shingū, Fukuoka, Japan also known as Cat Heaven Island.

In the past months, I always read short stories whenever I head to the pool for my daily swim. I read one story after doing my laps, before I head back. Reading Murakami, there is always a character (mostly the main character) who likes to swim.

There are wonderful book moments in some of Haruki Murakami’s short stories like the woman reading Anna Karenina when she was unable to sleep; and the little brother reading Charles Dickens in a café on Tuesday morning and found out that the woman beside him is reading the same book.

Here are the book titles mentioned in Haruki Murakami’s short stories:

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Birthday Girl

Hunting Knife

Chance Traveler

The Elephant Vanishes


After the Quake

Men Without Women

Drive My Car



First Person Singular

With the Beatles


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