Cover These K-Drama-related books will inspire you throughout the year (Photo: Lucia Macedo/Unsplash)

Sit down, relax, and take your love for K-Drama to the next level⁠—in this write-up we've listed Korean novels to keep you fueled throughout the year

If you love reading books as much as you love watching K series, chances are that at one point, you were torn between doing these two activities. Can anybody blame you? There are just too much interesting stories to consume out there.

But what if you can get the best of both worlds? In this article, we have gathered some of the most gripping K-Drama-esque reads that your shelf will thank you for. Which one of these do you have so far? 

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1. Pachinko, National Book Award Finalist

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With Korean actor Lee Min-ho as the lead, K-Drama Pachinko has garnered so many positive remarks days leading up to its official release.  But did you know that this show is an adaptation of Min Jin Lee's beloved historical novel?

Pachinko portrays the trials and tribulations of Korean immigrants in Japan. Set in the early 1900s, it follows the story of Sunja, the teenage daughter of a crippled fisherman who falls for a stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. The wealthy stranger promises Sunja the world but by the time he discovers the latter is pregnant, he leaves. 

Sunja decides to accept the marriage proposal of a gentle, sickly minister who is on his way to Japan. 

2. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is one of the most talked-about books right now. The novel, which sold more than a million copies upon its publication in 2016, tells the story of a young woman at the end of the 20th century. 

As the story goes, readers witness the plight of every woman who faces misogyny and institutional oppression. 

Tatler Trivia: A movie adaptation of Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 starring Gong Yoo premiered internationally at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival on November 1, 2019. 

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3. Skinship: Stories

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If you love K-Drama titles The World of The Married or Flower of Evil, perhaps you will love reading Skinship: Stories. This book follows the story of a long-married couple who visits their friend's painful past when a church revival comes to a nearby town.

The friend in question is in an arranged marriage and struggles to connect with the son she hid from her husband for a long time. 

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4. If I Had Your Face: A Novel

What is the real price of beauty? What does it take for women to fit into the unnatural expectations in Korea? 

The novel If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha explores the lives of four different women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty. Readers can step into the shoes of Kyuri, an achingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a Seoul room salon.

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5. The Korean Skincare Bible: The Ultimate Guide to K-beauty Secrets

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What's a K-Drama fan without his or her list of favourite skincare items? With The Korean Skincare Bible: The Ultimate Guide to K-beauty Secrets, readers are presented with an array of beauty products, tips, and routines that can possibly change the way they view skincare.

This handbook is curated by Korea's cosmetic experts who share their takes on tried-and-tested Korean skincare regimes. 

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6. Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking

Who doesn't love Korean food? With Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking guide, readers get to see the step-by-step process of making the country's best dishes. An internet sensation, Maangchi has won the hearts of renowned home cooks and chefs with her trademark combination of good technique. 

With this cookbook, readers can expect 800 food preparation photos and a full glossary with all the ingredients explained. 

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7. Frankly In Love

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The young adult fiction book Get Frankly In Love by David Yoon follows the story of Frank Li, a Korean American high school senior in Southern California whose parents emigrated from Korea. 

Frank's parents expect him to live up to their traditional expectations which include dating a Korean girl. The catch? he is already in love with a white girl. 

8. I Decided to Live as Me

Need a self-help book? Try reading I Decided to Live as Me by Soo Hyun-kim. This writing tackles the importance of being unapologetic and the value of living a truthful life. 

In this book, Hyun-kim is like a good friend assuring readers that they do not need to feel bad while looking at people's happy photos online. Readers need not work hard and succumb to the grind culture, everything will fall into place if one decides to live as their own. 

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9. The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Sixth Sense for Winning Friends and Influencing People

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Emotional intelligence, which includes the ability to 'read the room,' can get you places. It can get you that promotion you have been longing for, that dream job you have been talking about nonstop, and it can even get you your dream partner. 

Nunchi, a form of emotional intelligence, focuses on observing others rather than asserting yourself. Everybody with eyes and ears can learn it in a jiffy through the help of Euny Hong's The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Sixth Sense for Winning Friends and Influencing People

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