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The RM Book List: 10 Titles Recommended by Namjoon to Keep BTS ARMY Inspired

The RM Book List: 10 Titles Recommended by Namjoon to Keep BTS ARMY Inspired

Are you looking for a reading buddy? No need to search further! You can make BTS’ Namjoon as your (unofficial) partner as you fulfill your reading goals this year. If you are a certified ARMY and bibliophile, then you have come to the right place.

Aside from being the leader of the biggest boy band in the world today, RM also has a huge heart for reading and his expansive selection proves that he is one the biggest bookworms in the group.

Check out the 10 titles personally recommended by RM as released by Korea’s leading online shopping website, Interpark’s literary branch BookDB, to get you inspired to curl up and flip through the pages.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

A touching and gripping memoir, When Breath Becomes Air details Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s life as a neurosurgeon and his fight against advanced lung cancer. It is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

In The Midnight Library, Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

by Banana Yoshimoto

as Banana Yoshimoto's best loved book, Kitchen features two distinct stories–an enchantingly original and deeply affecting book about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan.

READ MORE: Five BTS-Recommended Books Every ARMY Should Read

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera tells the story of 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. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a magnificent novel that juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A satirical sci-fi classic that expounds on the absurdity of our place in the universe as the story focuses on a human fleeting to space. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a witty, inventive, and chaotic read: a masterpiece by Douglas Adams that has been adapted into various formats like stage shows, a TV series and feature film, comic books, and even a text-based computer game. 

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Award-winning writer Ted Chiang is considered to be the most honored young writer in modern science fiction. Stories of Your Life and Others is a collection of all seven of this extraordinary writer's short stories so far, plus an eighth story written especially for this volume. The distinguished author, equipped with intelligence and humor, shares to readers what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Behind the intrigue, Albert Camus explores what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd” and describes the condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of 20th century life. First published in 1946, The Stranger is a novella on the lesson in absurdity and investigative analysis of a life faced with the 'benign indifference of the world'.

1984 by George Orwell

George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian social science fiction novel published in 1949 as a warning against totalitarianism. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. 

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

A read on political philosophy, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? tackles affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, and the moral limits of markets as Michael Sandel relates the big questions to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Music: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook

In Music: A Very Short Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears. Drawing on a number of accessible examples, the author prompts us to call on our own musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performers and the listener, about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values we ascribe to it. 

Are you interested to know what Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook are reading? Head over to Fully Booked Online and check out Five BTS-Recommended Books Every ARMY Should Read.

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