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South Korea's May Bestsellers

 

2019.06.10

 

A look at the bestseller lists at South Korea's biggest bookstore chains for the third week of May this year shows two Korean authors keeping a strong grip at the top. According to Kyobo Book Centre, YES24 and Aladin, Kim Young-ha's Why Travel (Munhakdongne) and Hong Chun-wook's The History of Money Through 50 Incidents (Rok Media) took the top spots, showing their popularity is still going strong. Meanwhile, Cho Hyun-ah's Yeon's Letters (Sonbom Books) surged quickly in the charts even before its official releasescheduled for May 27, thanks to pre-orders for the book version of the online comic series. This once again reflected the undying demand for online comics in South Korea. As for foreign books, Bernard Werber's Depuis l'au-dela (Open Books) easily found its way inside the top 10 list.
When comparing bestsellers among the three bookstore chains, essays were in vogue at Kyobo with Pooh Bear, Happiness Happens Every Day (RH Korea) in 3rd place and I Have Decided to Live as Me (Maumsup) taking 9th. Aside from essays, books dealing with self-help, philosophy and economy/management all received equal attention in May. At YES24, Seol Min-seok's Great Adventure Into Korean History 10 (IHuman), Magic Thousand Character Classic (Owl Book), Genius Butt Detective and the Curry Mystery (Mirae&Iseum) found themselves all top 10 bestsellers, showing young readers were influential in their performance. In the case of Aladin, comic books were popular as Haikyu!! 35 (Daewon CI), The Complete Edition of Battle Angel Alita 3, 4 (Ani Books) were among the top 10 bestsellers there.
A look at all three bestseller lists shows essays are still popular in South Korea, with famous authors Kim Young-ha and Bernard Werber enjoying steady popularity. The lists also showed online comic series and comics for children have been in demand, dotting the bestseller charts. Reader preferences and publishing trends of South Korea could easily be observed by comparing charts from the three bookstore chains.

 

* The following lists were provided from the official websites of Kyobo Book Centre, YES 24 and Aladin. The lists for YES24 and Aladin are for the 3rd week of May while for Kyobo, the list is for May 14 to 21.

 

〈South Korea's May Bestsellers〉

Kyobo Book Centre
1

 

Why Travel 
Author | Kim Young-ha
Publisher | Munhakdongne
Genre | Essay

2

 

The History of Money Through 50 Incidents
Author | Hong Chun-wook
Publisher | Rok Media
Genre | Economy

3

 

Pooh Bear, Happiness Happens Every Day
(Limited Cherry Blossom Edition)

Author | Original Pooh Bear
Publisher | RH Korea
Genre | Essay

4

 

Yeon's Letters
Author | Cho Hyun-ah
Publisher | Sonbom Books
Genre | Online serial comic

5

 

Depuis l'au-Dela 1
Author | Bernard Werber
Publisher | Open Books
Genre | Novel

6

 

Depuis l'au-Dela 2
Author | Bernard Werber
Publisher | Open Books
Genre | Novel

7

 

Atomic Habits
Author | James Clear
Publisher | Business Books
Genre | Self-help

8

 

How Philosophy Can Become A Weapon For Life
Author | Yamaguchi Shu
Publisher | Dasanchodang
Genre | Philosophy

9

 

I Have Decided to Live As Me
Author | Kim Su-hyun
Publisher | Maumsup
Genre | Essay

10

 

The Customer Decides My Fate
Author | Park Jong-yoon
Publisher | Song Books
Genre | Economy/Management

 

YES24
1

 

Why Travel 
Author | Kim Young-ha
Publisher | Munhakdongne
Genre | Essay

2

 

The History of Money Through 50 Incidents
Author | Hong Chun-wook
Publisher | Rok Media
Genre | Economy

3

 

Yeon's Letters
Author | Cho Hyun-ah
Publisher | Sonbom Books
Genre | Online serial comic

 

4

 

Seol Min-seok's Great Adventure Into Korean History 10
Author | Seol Min-seok, Story Box
Publisher | IHuman
Genre | Children's comics

5

 

Magic Thousand Character Classic 45
Author | Kim Hyun-su
Publisher | Owl Book
Genre | Children's comics

6

 

Reading Strategy for Studying
Author | Choi Seung-pil
Publisher |Chaek Guru
Genre | Humanities

7

 

My Monthly WageIndependence Project
Author | Yoo Mok-min
Publisher | Leaders Book
Genre | Economy/ Management

8

 

Genius Butt Detective and the Curry Mystery
Author | Troll
Publisher | Mirae&Iseum
Genre | Picture Book

9

 

The Irreversible Promise
Author | Gaku Yakumaru
Publisher | Book Plaza
Genre | Novel

10

 

Depuis l'au-Dela 1
Author | Bernard Werber
Publisher | Open Books
Genre | Novel

 

Aladin
1

 

Yeon's Letters
Author | Cho Hyun-ah
Publisher | Sonbom Books
Genre | Online serial comic

2

 

Why Travel
Author | Kim Young-ha
Publisher | Munhakdongne
Genre | Essay

3

 

The History of Money Through 50 Incidents
Author | Hong Chun-wook
Publisher | Rok Media
Genre | Economy

 

4

 

Exhalation
Author | Ted Chiang
Publisher | Elly Book
Genre | Novel

5

 

Haikyu!! 35
Author | Furudate Haruichi
Publisher | Daewon CI
Genre | Comics

6

 

Depuis l'au-Dela 1
Author | Bernard Werber
Publisher |Open Books
Genre | Novel

7

 

Depuis l'au-Dela 2
Author | Bernard Werber
Publisher | Open Books
Genre | Novel

8

 

Jin-Yi, Jinny
Author | Jeong Yu-jeong
Publisher |Eunhaengnamu
Genre | Novel

9

 

Battle Angel Alita Full Edition 4
Author | Kishiro Yukito
Publisher | Anibooks
Genre | Comics

10

 

Battle Angel Alita Full Edition 3
Author | Kishiro Yukito
Publisher | Anibooks
Genre | Comics

 

 


Written by Choi Ha-Yeong

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