100 Books in 2021 Challenge!

100 Books in 2021 Challenge! Hello, everyone! We’re back again with a new challenge in 2021 to spruce up your life! With all the rain and bad weather we have been having in Australia recently it’s time to get under the bed covers and read some lovely books! So, we have a new challenge which… Continue reading 100 Books in 2021 Challenge!

The Vegetarian by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) – #BookReview

Synopsis of The Vegetarian (by Han Kang): In The Vegetarian (by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith), Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life before the nightmares began. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed,… Continue reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) – #BookReview

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (Translated by Sora Kim-Russell) #BookReview

Synopsis of The Hole (by Hye-Young Pyun): A Bestseller in Korea, a Psychological Thriller about Loneliness and the Dark Truths We Try to Bury In this tense, gripping novel by a rising star of Korean literature, Ogi has woken from a coma after causing a devastating car accident that took his wife’s life and left… Continue reading The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (Translated by Sora Kim-Russell) #BookReview

The Good Son Book Review – #YouJeongJeong

Synopsis of The Good Son: In The Good Son, The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the bestselling novelist known as “Korea’s Stephen King”. You Jeong Jeong is the master of creating thriller novels in Korea. Who can you trust if you can’t trust yourself? Early one morning, twenty-six-year-old Yu-jin… Continue reading The Good Son Book Review – #YouJeongJeong

The Impossible Fairytale by Han Yujoo – #BookReview

Synopsis of The Impossible Fairytale: The Impossible Fairytale tells the story of the nameless ‘Child’, who struggles to make a mark on the world, and her classmate Mia, whose spoiled life is everything the Child’s is not. At school, adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by… Continue reading The Impossible Fairytale by Han Yujoo – #BookReview

Pachinko Machine – what does Pachinko mean? #MinJinLee

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What exactly is a Pachinko Machine in Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko?  In Min Jin Lee’s latest book, there is a very interesting metaphor being used in the title. Her book is called Pachinko and describes Korean immigrants experiences and lives in Japan. But wait, you say – what exactly is a Pachinko machine? Add what does… Continue reading Pachinko Machine – what does Pachinko mean? #MinJinLee

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #HistoricalFiction

The Kinship of Secrets is Eugenia Kim’s second novel, which Min Jin Lee called “…a gorgeous achievement”. The Kinship of Secrets is inspired by a true story (based on Eugenia Kim’s own family history). Kim’s first novel The Calligrapher’s Daughter was also based on her grandmother’s own childhood. It is a story of two sisters:… Continue reading The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #HistoricalFiction

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon – #BookPreview #KoreanLit

“The Incendiaries” by R.O. Kwon is the latest book related to Korea that is highly anticipated and rated by readers. It is similar to Min Jin Lee’s book “Pachinko”, but it is especially similar to Min Jin Lee’s novel “Free Food For Millionaires”. “Pachinko” as well as “The Incendiaries” discuss the themes of religious belief… Continue reading The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon – #BookPreview #KoreanLit

White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #HistoricalFiction

White Chrysanthemum is the latest book about Korea that delves into its darker history. While Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko deals with the Korean Zainichi in Japan, White Chrysanthemum deals with the Korean ‘comfort women’ issue. Mary Lynn Brachet’s novel runs on two complementary narrative tracks. The first narrative is narrated by Hana – who is… Continue reading White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #HistoricalFiction

The Plotters by Un-su Kim – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #Thriller

The Plotters by Korean novelist Un-su kim is a new Korean thriller novel coming soon to Amazon in January 2019. It’s part of the new wave of Korean thrillers that the Guardian says might be “the next big thing”. (Check out the latest Korean fiction here! White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht) Korean novels that… Continue reading The Plotters by Un-su Kim – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #Thriller