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KPop Songs that Remind Me of Certain Books

Soooooo, what’s a person gotta do to get out of the slump?

If you’re someone who thinks too much and often makes leaps like me (much to the consternation and exasperation of the people around me), well, the answer to the above question is: take a deeper dive in the lyrics and/or music video of some songs and start finding links 😂

That said, here’s a list of my recent favorite KPop songs and the books they remind me of 💜

Dear Sputnik by TOMORROW X TOGETHER
&
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Rounding the universe countless times
Our orbits are finally overlapping
We met like it was a miracle
Dear Sputnik, TOMORROW X TOGETHER

When the orbits of these two satellites of ours
happened to cross paths, we could be together.
Maybe even open our hearts to each other.
But that was only for the briefest moment.
In the next instant we’d be in absolute solitude.
Until we burned up and became nothing.
Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami

Published 
2002 by Vintage

Genre(s) 
Fiction, Magical Realism, Asian Literature

My Review
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Kinokuniya

SUMMARY
Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished…

⋅•✧────── ☾ ──────✧•⋅

Luna by ONEUS
&
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

It will flow with time
I follow you (By following the wind)
Luna, ONEUS

‘I will be waiting for you in the future.’
‘I think I understand.’
She was promising Kokoro she’d come to see her.
Lonely Castle in the Mirror, Mizuki Tsujimura

Published 
2021 by Doubleday

Genre(s) 
Asian Literature, Fantasy, Magical Realism

My Review
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Kinokuniya

SUMMARY
Seven students are avoiding going to school, hiding in their darkened bedrooms, unable to face their family and friends, until the moment they discover a portal into another world that offers temporary escape from their stressful lives. Passing through a glowing mirror, they gather in a magnificent castle which becomes their playground and refuge during school hours.

The students are tasked with locating a key, hidden somewhere in the castle, that will allow whoever finds it to be granted one wish. At this moment, the castle will vanish, along with all memories they may have of their adventure. If they fail to leave the castle by 5 pm every afternoon, they will be eaten by the keeper of the castle, an easily provoked and shrill creature named the Wolf Queen.

Delving into their emotional lives with sympathy and a generous warmth, Lonely Castle in the Mirror shows the unexpected rewards of reaching out to others. Exploring vivid human stories with a twisty and puzzle-like plot, this heart-warming novel is full of joy and hope for anyone touched by sadness and vulnerability.

⋅•✧────── ☾ ──────✧•⋅

NAKKA by AKMU ft IU
&
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Ooh show how we love
Let’s show these people who are ready to laugh
That nothing can ruin us
NAKKA, AKMU ft IU

Like snow covering the particulars of the city,
they will say we never happened, that our survival was a myth.
But they’re wrong. You and I, we were real.
We laughed knowing joy would tear the stitches from our lips.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

Published 
2019 by Penguin Press

Genre(s) 
Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

My Review
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Kinokuniya

SUMMARY
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

Is there a song that reminded you of a certain book?

As always, thank you so much for reading 💜

Until next time~

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