Thursday, February 28

What Is BTS Reading? BTS Reading List 2019

One of my 2019 Resolutions is to start reading again. And since I'm a huge fan of BTS and have no clue what to read, I decided to begin with the books that the members have been reading.

I can't seem to find an up-to-date BTS book recommendation list online, so I decided to make one myself. After lots of googling and twitter research, here's my BTS Reading List 2019: a list of books that the members have read recently (2018 - 2019).

BTS RM - Namjoon’s Books

- Denken wie Einstein by Theresa Bäuerlein and Shai Tubali
ARMYs spotted this book (along with a few more) in RM's studio during his Rkive work studio tour. The title means "Think like Einstein" and according to goodreads there are only 2 editions of this book: a German and a Chinese one. So, I won't even try reading this one as I don't speak either of these languages.
- Highly Sensitive People in an Insensitive World by Ilse Sand
This book helps highly sensitive people to overcome common difficulties like low self esteem and the exhausting effect of socialising.

Another one in RM's bookshelf, I actually purchased a paperback copy of this one and am planning on reading it very soon.

- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
This story is about a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles, to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.(source)
There is also a 1988 American film adaptation of this novel with the same title.

- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The plot circles around a quiet, young college student in Tokyo (Toru) who is devoted to a beautiful and introspective young woman (Naoko). Their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. 

I know that RM is a huge fan of Haruki Murakami's work; I personally haven't opened any of her books yet, I guess I'll start with this one.

- The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm,
Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding. (source

This is RM's book recommendation from the BTS Official Fanclub 5th ARMY Kit.

- 죽고 싶지만 떡볶이는 먹고 싶어 (I want to die but i want to eat tteokbokki)
This book was spotted on RM's bed and it's a story of a person who wants to be loved and loved comfortably without a doubt. (source) Unfortunately, there is only a Korean version of this one.

BTS JIN - Seokjin's Books

- I'm glad you lived like BonoBono by Kim Shin Hoi
I think this one's a comic book. Here's a short synopsis: There are similarities among the people that like Bonobono. They are people who live every day quietly without big dreams, people who prefer comfort to thrills, people who don’t live the life they dreamed of when they were young but do not despair about it, people who know how to give up knowing there are things that can’t get done no matter what, people who know how to listen to other people’s tears and sighs as much as their own, and people who sometimes look lazy without any drive… People who like Bonobono are not especially energetic or bright, but they live on. (source)

I'm so sad I can't read Korean, this sounds like a bittersweet story, but something uplifting to read. There is a quote from this book that I find so touching: “It’s okay to go the wrong way. You might discover something else.”

BTS SUGA - Yoongi's Books

- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I'm pretty sure we all have heard of the story about the shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. It's a pretty popular book, my sister enjoyed reading this one.

Suga recommended The Alchemist on the BTS Official Fanclub 5th ARMY Kit.

BTS JHOPE - Hoseok's Books

- Living, Loving & Learning by Leo F. Buscaglia
This one's a self-help/inspirational type of book. Apparently Jhope mentioned this in one of his solo Vlives and I've already added it to my to-read list. This seems like a book that gives you lots of insight about yourself and I'm quite exciting to delve into this one.

BTS JIMIN - Jimin's Books

- 냉정과 열정사이 Rosso (Between Calm and Passion - Rosso)
Jimin recommended this novel on the BTS Official Fanclub 5th ARMY Kit (Source). Unfortunately, there is no English edition of this book but thankfully someone wrote a blog post, so I can learn what it is about.

The plot of Between Calm and Passion circles two individuals, Aoi and Junsei, who made a promise to each other when they were 20 years old that on Aoi’s 30th birthday, they would meet again at the Duomo, located in Florence, Italy. (source - check out the full blog post it's really interesting)

Apparently there is a movie adaptation for us who can't read Korean. It's a 2001 Japanese film called "Calmi Cuori Appassionati"

BTS V - Taehyung's Books
- 말의 내공
V was seen at the airport holding this book. Again, there's only a Korean edition. The book is about how to talk to people in a way you can attract them, talk fluently, deeply, and thoughtfully. (source)

BTS JUNGKOOK - Jungkook's Books

- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This is JK's book recommendation for the BTS Official Fanclub 5th ARMY Kit. Some fans think that Serendipity MV was inspired by this book, so maybe that's why Jungkook recommended it. 

PLOT: The narrator introduces himself as a man who learned when he was a child that adults lack imagination and understanding. He is now a pilot who has crash-landed in a desert. He encounters a small boy who asks him for a drawing of a sheep, and the narrator obliges.

I Decided to Live As Me by Kim Soo Hyun

Jungkook was also seen reading this book, but unfortunately there's no English version. A wonderful fan translated the message behind the book for those who can't understand Korean.
- Save Me a Line Webtoon
I'm pretty sure that BTS members are reading this because we all know they're ARMYs just like us and they regularly keep up with whatever content BigHit puts out there. I haven't really read any webtoons before this one, but I must say the story is intriguing. I'm glad that all those BTS MV theory videos I'v watched are now being sewn together into a webtoon.



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