Here Is BTS RM’s Massive Book List Inspiring Koreans To Curl Up And Read This Winter – KpopHit

Of all the things BTS members have contributed to selling out, from outfits to household items, RM‘s “it” product is — well, as ARMYs have put it — “so Namjoon“.

As Korea’s leading online shopping website Interpark‘s literary branch BookDB revealed RM’s reading list, comprised of all books he has mentioned and/or was seen reading so far, ARMYs are feeling inspired to curl up in a cozy blanket and read away this winter.


Note: The full list is provided at the bottom of the article.

The list, as BookDB explained, is “like a rainbow, covering a wide spectrum of genres.” From fictional novels to poetry, timeless classics to self-improvement essays, RM fueled his brain with anything and everything!


In an interview, RM once introduced author Hwang Kyung Shin’s 11PM and commented that he was surprised to read [his] thoughts expressed so accurately in words.

— BookDB

As apparent from his all-inclusive preference of reading material, RM seems to understand and appreciate how books can feed inspiration and creativity. It is no wonder, with all these great works in his head…


A person’s bookshelf tells a lot about that person… And these books have had somewhat of an influence in making RM who he is today.

— BookDB


… that he is able to produce BTS’s hottest hits!


Here is BTS RM’s Reading List for your consideration, with asterisks marking English and/or English-translated pieces:

1. Essays

11PM, One Bite Elephant by Hwang Kyung Shin

Days At The Small Store Buying Happiness With Coins by Lee Me Kyeoung

* When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokpokki by Baek Se Hee

I’m Glad to Live Like Bonobono by Kim Sin Hoi


2. Novels

* Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

* Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami

* Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara

* Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

* The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

* Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

* Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang​

* Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-ju

* The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

* Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang


3. Poems

For This Short WhileWe From Some Star, Dear Daffodils by Jung Ho Seung

If I Knew Then What I Know NowLove As If You’ve Never Been Hurt by Ryu Shiva

Seoul-Si by Ha Sang Wook


4. Classics

* The Stranger by Albert Camus

* Demian by Hermann Hesse

* The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

* 1984 by George Orwell

* Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson


5. Others

Broad And Shallow Knowledge for Educated Conversations by Chae Sa Jang

How To Live by Rhyu Si Min

* Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel

* Breaking Out of the “Man Box”: The Next Generation of Manhood by Tony Porter

* The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

* Don’t Take It Personally by Barbel Wardetzki

Art in Literature by Kim Tae Jin

* Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche

* Music: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook

* A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gayford

Denken wie Einstein by Theresa Bäuerlein

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