From English Classics to Swiss sociologists. You’ll be surprised what people read in Korean Dramas

People in K-Dramaland read quite a lot – especially men. To see book shelves in somebody’s home is thus not a rare sight. Here are some books people read in K-Dramaland of which some became bestsellers. Books read in K-Dramaland Austen, Jane (1813) Pride and Prejudice -– Pride and Prejudice-2 Behrendt,Greg & Tuccillo,Liz (2004) He’s […]

People in K-Dramaland read quite a lot – especially men. To see book shelves in somebody’s home is thus not a rare sight.

Here are some books people read in K-Dramaland of which some became bestsellers.

Books read in K-Dramaland

  • Austen, Jane (1813) Pride and Prejudice -– Pride and Prejudice-2
  • Behrendt,Greg & Tuccillo,Liz (2004) He’s Just Not That Into You -– Marriage Not Dating
  • Carroll, Lewis (1865) Alice in Wonderland -– Secret Garden
  • Coelho, Paulo (2013) The Magical Moment -– Witch’s Romance
  • Dante Alighieri (1321) The Devine Comedy — The Legendary Witch-15
  • Daudet, Alphonse: Alphonse Daudet Selected Stories -– My Spring Days
  • Daudet, Alphonse (1969): Lettres de mon moulin -– Father I’ll Take Care of You (2016-16). Han Sung-Joon (Lee Tae-Hwan) reads his favorite essay “The Stars” – which is published in this book – to crush and aspiring writer Oh Dong-Hee (Park Eun-Bin) at the Forest of Wisdom [지혜의숲] — Library in episode 27. He also tells her about the writing difficulties of Hemingway and Murakami to ease her fear of writing.
  • Ekuni Kaori, Tsuji Hitonari Between Calm and Passion [Naengjung-gwa Yeoljeong Sa-i] — Plus Nine Boys
  • Greive, Bradley Trevor (2005): The Blue Day Book [누구에게나-우울한-날은-있다] -– Valid Love-1
  • Hardy, Thomas (1891): Tess of the D’Urbervilles — Love Detective Sherlock K-1
  • Hesse, Herman (1919): Demian -– Producer-5
  • Jeong Yu-jeong (2015): Sieben Jahre Nacht — Kim Min-Joon reads this book in episode 5 of Mad Dog (2017)
  • Müller, Max F. (1902): Memories: A Story of German Love — Glorious Temptation-5
  • Proust, Marcel: Finding Lost Time [In Search of Lost Time] — Bubblegum-10
  • Rinser, Luise (1956): Nina — Second Time Twenty Years Old-16
  • Ryu Shi-hwa – Love of the ONe-Eyed Fish [류시화 시집](Anthology of Korean Poet Ryu Shi-hwa) — The Time We Were Not in Love -1
  • Schumpeter (1912) Theory of Economic Development (mentioned in an university class) — Five Children-15
  • Tolstoy, Leo (1877): Anna Karenina — Because It’s the First Time-8; Jang Yoo-Sun (Lee Il-Hwa) reads this book in episode 6 of Chief Kim (2017).
  • Turgenev, Ivan (1860): First Love — Glamorous Temptation-7
  • Yūichi Kimura (1994): Arashi no Yoru ni [One Stormy Night] -– Master’s Sun
  • Ziegler, Jean (2000): La faim dans le monde expliquée à mon fils [왜 세계의 절반은 굶주리는가?] — Secret Garden [more]
  • 김남일 (2010): 천재토끼 차상문 — Secret Garden [more]
  • 진동규 (1999): 아무렇지도 않게 맑은 날 — Secret Garden
  • 홍영철 (1995): 가슴속을 누가 걸어가고 있다 — Secret Garden (on Kim Joo-Won’s bookshelf)
  • 황동규 (2003): 우연에 기댈 때도 있었다 — Secret Garden (on Kim Joo-Won’s bookshelf)
  • 황인숙 (1998): 나의 침울한 소중한 이여 — Secret Garden (on Kim Joo-Won’s bookshelf)
  • 김성규 (2008): 너는 잘못 날아왔다 — Secret Garden (on Kim Joo-Won’s bookshelf)
  • A Charming Adolescence — Reply 1988-7
  • A Hand to You — High School Love On
  • A Love that One Can Show is Actually Quite Small — Reply 1988-15
  • A Time of Famine — Endless Love
  • Cinderella — Oh My Venus-2
  • Dating Caféteria — Oh My Venus-10
  • The History of England –- Pinocchio
  • Poem Collection: When I look at a wheel, I want to roll them — Kill Me, Heal Me-13
  • Popular Remedies For Colon-Related Troubles — Reply 1988-16
  • Succeeding at Employment — Cheese in a Trap-10
  • The Populace’s Outcry. The history of the Korean People — Reply 1988-5
  • Writing Down Today’s Joys (This is not a book really, but a daily notebook where you write down happy moments) — Second Time Twenty Years Old-16

12 comments

  1. Pandaniella

    Dating Cafeteria is a real book right? Thank you in advance!😊

    1. Marion KDL

      Honestly, I have no idea. I couldn’t find it online but this doesn’t mean it isn’t’ real…

  2. Poorvikha

    Which book is on picture 2 I really want to know

  3. Marion KDL

    Hi Jade, actually you were right. The book’s title is 천재토끼 차상문 and it’s written by 김남일 (Kim Nam-il). There doesn’t seem to be an English translation but I leave that search up to you…
    http://book.daum.net/detail/book.do?bookid=KOR9788954609586

    1. Jade

      Thank you so much!!

  4. Jade

    Can someone please tell me what book he’s reading? I’ve been trying to find out for so long! (It’s not Alice in Wonderland right?) Thanks!

    1. Marion KDL

      Hi! As far as I know it is Alice in Wonderland …

      1. Jade

        The book at the very top with the white rabbit on the cover and the people passing by? I don’t think so…the Alice in Wonderland book that both characters read in Secret Garden looks totally different…Thank you for answering tho! 

  5. admin1

    Hi — I don’t think so. But would be a great book to write 😉

  6. Leisdy

    Hi… Is the book of “Dating Caféteria” an actual book? 
    and if it is, do you know where can i buy it or who’s the author? 😀 

  7. Umm………….the book from hi school love on is not real.

  8. Aya

    Is the ‘a hand to you – highschool love on’ book real ? If so, can i buy it online?

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