namjoon books

This is a list inspired by Namjoon’s reading list. Namjoon books

Who is Namjoon?  books

BTS is a 7-member boy band from South Korea that has taken the world by storm. All of the members like to show and share their interests with their fans. BTS’s leader Kim Namjoon, also known as RM, has repeatedly expressed his love for reading. According to him, some of these books have also inspired most of their songs and music videos.

If you are curious about them, check the list below.

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1. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

‘’Help out? What is it with you and ‘’helping out?’’ You’re going to ‘’help out’’ with chores. ‘’Help out’’ with raising your baby. ‘’Help out’’ with finding me a new job. Isn’t this your house, too? Your home? Your child? And if I work, don’t spend my pay, too? Why do you keep saying ‘’help out’’ like you’re volunteering to pitch in on someone else’s work?’’

This a story of inequality, custom and society in South Korea. A story about women and how they’re still oppressed within the stifling confines of a society that still isn’t ready to let go of gender role traditions. And at its centre is the story of a woman, driven to acting ‘strangely’ due to the lonely existence she has been forced into because of the decision to stay at home with her child.

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2.1984 by George Orwell

“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now, do you begin to understand me?”

It is not a very easy book to digest, 1984. It is a book that makes you think too much. It takes a long time for you to fully understand what you are reading and to accept what happened. It takes effort to remove even the heavy atmosphere it creates. My journey of reading this book was also long, fulfilling, exhausting at times and even suffocating.

A life that is shaped by the manipulation of the system. Even children are so brainwashed that they betray their own parents. A nightmare of a world.
The subject is of course exaggerated, but it definitely has a real core to it. Above all, it invites you to go attentively through the world, to think for yourself, to question and not always nod off everything.
The story was really exciting, written with humour and even had a twist that surprised me.

3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

This book, strange and bewitching at the same time, literally transported me to another world, to the heart of Japan where an atmosphere oscillates between the normal and the supernatural. A teenager, whose real name we will never know, decides to run away following an Oedipal curse launched by his father. An old man named Nakata, who became illiterate after a childhood accident, could not read or write but spoke perfectly the language of the feline race. At first glance, these two stories seem to be perfectly independent of each other, no link seems to unite them, and yet … Their destinies will intertwine to form one. This book is a marvel.

4. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” Namjoon books

Unbelievable that a story that is more than 100 years old is still so terribly relevant because anxiety and depression have always been here and yes, one day you will wake up from restless dreams and realize that you have turned into a kind of terrifying insect

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