One of the best ways to get to know someone is by looking at the books they read and recommend, and idols are no exception to that. Aside from RM, SUGA, also referred to as Min Yoongi, is the most bookish member of BTS. He has given us many book recommendations throughout the years and even said that he’d give us his booklist (it’s been two years, but we still have hope!). While we wait for more content to drop, we’ve listed five books SUGA has read so you can add them to your TBR!
by Sohn Won-Pyung
Back in 2020, both RM and SUGA read this YA novel during In The Soop. The story centers around a young boy named Yunjae who was born with Alexithymia, a condition that makes it difficult to process certain emotions. After a tragic incident, Yunjae’s loving home is shattered, and he is left on his own. However, when Yunjae and his bully, Gon, realize they have a lot in common (and a lot to learn from each other), they form an unlikely bond. The novel focuses on the impact that love and friendship can have on one’s life.
by Janet S. Klosko and Jeffrey E. Young
Seen walking out of Bang Bang Con with this book, SUGA has quite a few psychological reads that he’s shared. This one in particular deals with identifying damaging patterns and “life traps”. It asks the reader to look at their relationships with themselves as well as with others. Written by renowned American psychologists using case studies, this self-help book is informative and thought-provoking.
by Sigmund Freud
In the same vein as psychological books, SUGA has also expressed that he has also read General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Freud. In this work specifically, Freud discusses how dreams are the mind’s “unconscious wishes.” In the Vlive where he mentioned these works, SUGA explained how he is aware that many of Freud’s claims have been refuted, but he believes it is beneficial to understand the origins of these theories.
by Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga
During the second season of In the Soop, SUGA is seen reading this philosophical book. Alfred Adler was one of the fathers of 19th-century psychology, alongside Freud. The authors examine his theories and express how people’s futures can be changed if they let go of what has happened in their pasts or how they will be perceived. It focuses on having the courage to change and be free from the boundaries one puts on themselves.
For years, Yoongi has been recommending The Alchemist to us, whether it be for the 5th ARMY kit or on their fancafe. The author, Paulo Coehlo, acknowledged this and even sent the group signed copies of the book! The novel centers around Santiago, a young Andalusian boy journeying from Spain to Egypt to find buried treasure. During his travels, he is helped by a “king”, a Romany woman, and an alchemist. The story takes an introspective and emotional look at oneself and the journey to achieving their dream.
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