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2nd Week, April 2021

Bestseller Trends in the Four Biggest Online Bookstores in Korea

 

2021.05.03

 

Various genres of literature have been greatly beloved by readers in Korea entering the second week of a warm April. The hottest topic among all was the Young Writer Awards Collection published by Munhakdongne. The ‘Young Writer Award’ is a representative literary award in Korea that connects Korean literature and readers, while encouraging authors who have been writing for under ten years since his/her debut. Seven writers and their works have been introduced in The 12th Young Writer Awards Collection. It has ranked high on the bestsellers’ list as readers highly anticipate the new wind young writers will bring to the publishing field.
New books have joined the bestsellers as well, especially heartwarming essays. For example, One Day, Death Spoke to Life is a book written by Keam Bhum-Suk, an oncologist at Seoul National University Hospital, where he describes his feelings as he met numerous cancer patients. It has been drawing sympathy from readers, asking ‘what is the thing that makes our remaining life meaningful?’ to everyone living in the middle of life and death. Also, I Am A Little, Shining Star by Soyoon is an essay filled with caring words. The writer pats readers on the back who have lost their light in their tough life with short but heartwarming sentences, awakening the glory hidden inside themselves.
Meanwhile, books written by famous figures among the top 5 history books catch readers’ eyes. Rhyu Si-Min, a former politician, has settled as a steady-seller writer for history and liberal arts. The revised and enlarged edition of his My Contemporary Korean History 1959-2020 has been published 6 years after its original release, with additional stories from those years. Also, Use of History by popular history instructor Choi Tae-Sung is a book with a sub-title of ‘22 insights to living a free, square life.’ It has been receiving positive reviews from readers as it kindly guides them to find clues for challenges in their life from historical incidents.

* The rank of bestsellers below was organized after integrating domestic best sellers in the second week of April from the four biggest online bookstores in Korea – Kyobo Bookstore, Aladdin, Yes 24, and Interpark.

 

〈Top 10 Bestsellers for the 2nd Week of April〉
1

 

1위

 

Beyond Order
Author│Jordan Peterson
Publisher│Woongjin Thinkbig
Genre│Liberal Arts

 

1위

 

The 12th Young Writer Awards Collection (2021)
Author│Jeon Ha-Young, Kim Mella, Kim Ji-Yeon,Kim Hye-Jin, Park Seo-Ryeon, Seo Yi-Je,Han Jeong-Hyeon
Publisher│Munhakdongne
Genre│Novel
3

 

3위

 

Dollagoot Dream Department Store
Author│Lee Mi-Ye
Publisher│Sam & Parkers
Genre│Novel
4

 

4위

 

Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 14
Author│Gege Akutami
Publisher│Seoul Media Comics
Genre│Comics
5

 

5위

 

One Day, Death Spoke to Life
Author│Keam Bhumsuk
Publisher│Next Wave Media
Genre│Essay
6

 

6위

 

I Am A Shining, Little Star
Author│Soyoon
Publisher│Book Romance
Genre│Essay

 

7위

 

The 77 Most Important Questions forNovice Stock Investors
Author│Yeom Seung-Hwan
Publisher│One & One Contents Group Publishing Co.
Genre│Economics & Business Administration

 

7위

 

The Little Prince (in Gyeongsang-do Dialect version)
Author│Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publisher│Ipap Books
Genre│Novel

 

9위

 

Seol Min-Seok’s Korean History Adventure #16
Author│Seol Min-Seok, Storybox
Publisher│I-Human
Genre│Children (Comics)

 

9위

 

See What They Mean, Say What You Mean:130 expressions to Start With Oh Eun Young
Author│Oh Eun-Young
Publisher│Gimm-Young Publishers, Inc.
Genre│Home & Childcare

 

9위

 

I am Caterpillar, a Third Grader in Class 2, No. 7
Author│Kim Won-Ah, Lee Ju-Hee(illustrator)
Publisher│Changbi
Genre│Children (Picture Book)

 

 

〈Top 5 History Books for the 2nd Week of April〉
1

 

1위

 

Metropolis
Author│Ben Wilson
Publisher│Maeil Business Newspaper Co., Ltd.

 

1위

 

My Contemporary Korean History 1959-2020
Author│Rhyu Si-Min
Publisher│Dolbegae
2

 

3위

 

Use of History
Author│Choi Tae-Sung
Publisher│Dasan Books Co., Ltd.
4

 

4위

 

Guns, Germs, and Steel
Author│Jared Diamond
Publisher│Munhaksasang
5

 

5위

 

Sapiens
Author│Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher│Gimm-Young Publishers, Inc.

 

 

 


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