Must Read Korean Books

Chanchal Bharti, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Are you a bookworm who enjoys reading a variety of novels? And are you a fan of Korean culture or Korean books? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Whether it’s raining or snowing outside, whether you’ve recently broken up or are in a relationship, whether you’re a student or a busy office worker, a book can transport you to another world of fantasy, thriller, drama, romance, and so on. Today, I’m going to tell you about some Korean books that you should read:

‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

‘The Vegetarian’ is usually my first recommendation for Korean novels. This is the tale of two sisters and their spouses, as well as one woman’s disturbing dreams. This isn’t just a story of a woman who abstains from eating meat and animal by-products; it’s a narrative about having control over one’s body and life, and the consequences of not having it. The writing is lovely, with many great sections. If you are a bookworm, you must read this book.

‘Please Look After Mom’ by Kyung-sook Shin

The life of a loving, selfless mother is shown in this book, which is marked by sacrifice, poverty, misery, and loneliness. Even though this is an extremely sad story to read, I can’t put it down. The translation is excellent, maintaining Shin’s original writing style. If you want to appreciate your mothers even further, I would strongly suggest this book.

‘The Plotters’ by Un-su Kim

‘The Plotters’ is the first novel by prize-winning Korean author, Un-su Kim, in English. Reseng has been an assassin for fifteen years. His facilitator is Old Raccoon, who operates out of the library he calls The Doghouse. His instructions come from the Plotters who take orders from the Contractor. An assignment will often see Reseng presenting a body to his friend Bear who runs a pet crematorium but will, for a fee, cremate a human body with due reverence and ceremony. There is no doubt that this book is odd and quirky. I highly enjoyed it.

‘The Disaster Tourist’ by Yun Ko-eun

‘The Disaster Tourist’ is award-winning South Korean writer Yun Ko-eun’s first novel to be translated into English and one of the most original thrillers.  Interesting concept that shows the tourism industry and human damage to the environment.

‘Drifting House’ by Krys Lee

‘Drifting House’ is the debut collection of Krys Lee that contains many good short stories and some truly exceptional ones. This collection of short stories gave me all the feels. If you liked Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ or you’re looking for something similar to read, this is a great book to pick up.

I hope you will enjoy reading these amazing books. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

46 Comments Add yours

  1. Moumita Mondal says:

    I wanna read all the books mentioned here because the stories are different from each other and looks so much interesting. Thanks for all this recommendations ♥️

    1. Susmita Samanta says:

      All books I have already….I also want to add more books as Crushed Bunny written by Bora Chung & Kim Ji Young Born 1982 written by Cho Nam Joo…Almond, Pachinko also are fabulous novels…Please give more recommendation on Historitical related books & thank a ton for recommendation of these greatest books!!!

  2. I’m really looking forward to ‘Please Look After Mom’ by Kyung-sook Shin and ‘Drifting House’ by Krys Lee.

    1. Samiya Parvez says:

      These all look very promising 🤟🏻

  3. Gonna recommend these to those ik who loves reading

    1. sheetal says:

      Looking forward to read ‘The Disaster Tourist’ by Yun Ko-eun.

  4. Read The vegetarian and the plotter rlly nice

  5. Dikshitha says:

    Books can open minds …these books are definitely going to help me change my mind. ..they’re so good will definitely love to read all of them especially The Vegetarian by Han Kang

    1. Devanshi Bisht says:

      Great Article 💜💫

  6. Susmita Samanta says:

    All books I have already, Han Kang is one of famous & fabulous Korean writer in South Korea….I also add the Kim Ji Young Born 1982 has written by Cho Nam Joo….Kindly please add more books…I want to also historitical related books review…Thank you so much…

    1. Shilpa says:

      Thanks for this ❤️❤️💜

  7. Sonia says:

    Amazing book ❤❤

    1. Hema Srinivasan says:

      Wow! All the recommended books looks amazing to read!

  8. As a book lover I definitely loved these choices that is listed here. Books are our best friends and no doubt that they take half of our pain away apart from music and of course writing ❤️

  9. Asma Pandey says:

    Amazing 😍

  10. Devanshi Bisht says:

    Interesting! I would love to read all these novels as soon as possible! Great article ❤️

  11. asmapandey12 says:

    It is definitely so good

  12. Gangavathi S says:

    These books look so promising to read. I am definitely adding all these to watchlist so that I can read after completing d current ones.

  13. Sruthi E P says:

    Well written 🫰

  14. Gangavathi S says:

    The books look so promising. I hope to complete my current ones n jump right on these. I am so excited to read specifically the plotters novel.

  15. Pranjul Sharma says:

    I’m willing to read , the vegetarian Han Kang 🤩

  16. areezasaifi1 says:

    Nice suggestions

  17. Sanchita Ambasta says:

    🤩🤩 thanks for suggesting 🩵🩵

  18. Sabitri Manna says:

    Not a book lover but I wanted to read to this books. Thank you for the recommendations ☺️

  19. dasbandita288 says:

    This is really a very good article with excellent suggestions of books.

  20. aqsazea12 says:

    Feels like entering Book Paradise for every book lover. Thanks for all these lovely recommendations 😘

  21. Navya Sharma says:

    Thank you for the recommendations😍❤️

  22. shaikhanjum999xy says:

    So amazing 😍

  23. Mamoni says:

    The book collection is diverse. Thank you for the recommendations❤

  24. Manya says:

    These seem to be so interesting

  25. Malika says:

    Although, all the books seems fantastic, but “The Vegatarian Han Kang” and “Please Look at mom” are my favourite

  26. Jayati Vyas says:

    Great article 👌🏻

  27. Hoping to read them someday :))

  28. would love to read some of these.. if time permits… thanks for the suggestions

  29. Goldigajbhiye says:

    Informative 👍

  30. priyadharsini2884 says:

    Thanks for the recommendations

  31. priyadharsini2884 says:

    Loved the article

  32. DJ says:

    Thankyou for recommending💜

  33. rynwrsi says:

    Loved this article

    1. Neha Tarekar says:

      I liked the disaster tourist, as it shows how tourism is affecting our environment, and it makes us think what to do about it

  34. Aayushi mishra says:

    Hoping to read these someday!!

  35. So helpful 🌻

  36. Janakavi says:

    Drifting house I want to try this book

  37. Anonymous says:

    Thank for giving us the knowledge!!! The article is so good 👍

  38. svt says:

    These Korean books are literary treasures! 📚🌟 They offer a captivating glimpse into Korean culture, history, and storytelling. 🇰🇷✨ Thanks for the recommendations, I’m diving into these reads ASAP!

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