What Books Does Yoo Ah In Have in His Bookshelf?

When Tom Paper 1st issue was out in November 2014, one of the most interesting parts inside the magazine is Yoo Ah In’s library.

As previously reported here, Yoo Ah In and Studio Concrete used his own home as the background of the magazine’s photoshoot and theme “Where Tom Lives”, and there’s one photo with a bookshelf as the background.



The hawk-eyed fans scrutinized that photo and found the name of several books that Yoo Ah In has in his bookshelf!

This could be one good reference to all fans who’s also an avid reader like Ah In ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s check the list of good reads our Master Sik has which captured fans eyes~


“TOMSEEK” Find The Books in The Bookshelf by Makgwi Hyung of DC Secret Love Affair gallery

[Note: No explanation about the order of the shelf, “1st shelf” could mean the shelf at the bottom left or top left of the picture]


1st shelf:
~Haruki Murakami – 1Q 84 : 1Q84 tackles themes of murder, history, cult religion, violence, family ties and love.

~Haruhiko Shiratori – Nietzsche’s Words (Choyaku Niche no Kotoba) : Nietzscheโ€™s Words is divided into ten chapters, respectively covering the concepts of the self, happiness, life, the heart, friendship, society, people, love, knowledge, and beauty.


2nd shelf:
Lee Yoon-ki – Greek and Roman Mythology : A series of Greek and Roman Mythology translated by prominent translator Lee Yoonki into Korean.


3rd shelf:
~Bernard Werber – Empire of The Ants (Les Fourmis) : This book sold more than two million copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It was also taken to video-game format.

~Osamu Tezuka – Buddha Series Vol. 1 and 2 : Youโ€™ve probably seen Tezukaโ€™s work before — perhaps the TV series Astro Boy. The story of Buddha goes beyond a simple biography of the Prince Siddhartha in comic series. The books are full of wry visual and verbal jokes, ranging from Tezukaโ€™s โ€œdirectorโ€™s cameoโ€ as a doctor to the depiction of King Prasenajit of Kosala as a wrestler in the La Lucha idiom.


4th shelf:
~Sin Gyeong Suk – The Phone is Ringing Somewhere Looking For Me : The book depicts a brilliant youth story with painful beauty, explores the meaning of love through the figure of the young people living in the gloomy social landscape who suffer from pain and loss of love, experience joy, moments of anxiety and loneliness.
~Salt Desert [author is not mentioned, but I guess this book is about a salt desert in Bolivia called Salar de Uyuni]

~Lee Oi Soo – The Heart of The Heart : Lee Oisoo is a Korean novelist and artist who has been described as โ€œan eccentric, a genius and a lunaticโ€œ. Even though he was named Korea’s most popular novelist (he is especially popular with young readers), he is little known outside of his country because his work has not been translated into other languages.

~Tim Burton – The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy : A quirky and witty compilation of adult poems with “Corps Bride” illustration style created by director Tim Burton. You can read the complete book here.


5th shelf:
~Yusuke Kishi – Blue Flame : it depicts a story of a high school student finding a way to get rid of his stepfather, who returns home and begins to terrorize his family. The book has been made to film with the same title in 2003. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France in the same year.

~Lee Dong Jin – Walk In The Film: This book is a travelogue essay which travels to the birth of cinema in a variety of landscapes, from movies like “Love Letter,” “Before Sunset,” “Love Actually,” “Mood For Love”, etc. It is written from the author’s personal point of view.


6th shelf:
~John Bunyan – The Pilgrim’s Progress : is a Christian allegory published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.

~Book of Youth by Wooseokhun, Noh Hee-kyung, Chin-gyu Sล, Hong Sehwa, Hye-nam Kim and many more : a compilation of short stories from 21 authors that contains courage, inspirational and life-changing stories for young people. Filmmaker Min Kyu Dong, the director of ‘Antique’, recommended this book as a must read.


7th shelf:
~Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code
~Michio Kaku – Escape to A Parallel Universe : Professor Michio Kaku is a famous theoretical physicist. Like many physicists, Michio Kaku thinks our universe will end in a “big freeze.” However, unlike many physicists, he thinks we might be able to avoid this fate by slipping into a parallel universe, like Alice in Wonderland.


8th shelf:
Yoshiie Goda – Happily Ever After (Jigyaku No Uta) Vol.1 : Yoo Ah In has posted this novel’s cover photo in his instagram before. It is originally a famous and pretty unconventional Japanese manga and has been adapted to a movie in Japan in 2007.

Such a diverse collection Master Sik has there! How many of you have read these books?


Translated by @Furbabe

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6 Responses to “What Books Does Yoo Ah In Have in His Bookshelf?”
  1. Jen says:

    Love Tim Burton’s! Good list!

  2. Laura says:

    It seems he likes Japanese authors. I wanna read some of these books too. Thanks for the article, Furbabe!

  3. Amanda says:

    Perfect article for a World Book Day! Happy World Book Day!

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