The best books about K-pop

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First

By Crystal Liechty,

Book cover of First: Get Caught, A Stalker's Guide to Love

What if you were secretly sketching the cutest boy in school and he accidentally found your notebook? First: Get Caught, A Stalkers Guide to Love tackles this very question. Abigail doesn’t mean to be a stalker, but the whole situation places her in an adorably hilarious situation. I loved that when it came to the true romance of this book, Ben fell for her first. He wasn’t just attracted to her, he fell for her—as she was. I loved that Ben was Korean and we really got to see inside his head just as much as we got to see Abigail. Truly one of my favorite all-time reads.


Who am I?

Ever since I watched my first K-drama, Heartstrings, on Netflix in 2011 I’ve become fascinated with Korean Pop Culture. I created one of the largest K-drama discussion groups on Facebook (KDA: Kdrama Anonymous) and published seven K-pop and K-drama-related Novellas. I traveled to Korea with my family in 2017 and was a panelist at Kcon in 2018. My passion for Korean Pop Culture has ventured into Webtoons and I often spend my time there catching up on all my favorite stories. I truly love Korean Culture and I’m happy to have participated in even a small part of it.


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#fangirlproblems: A KPop Romance Book

By Jennie Bennett,

Book cover of #fangirlproblems: A KPop Romance Book

What is my book about?

When a fangirl meets her celebrity crush, a series of events turns her dreams into reality.

Tabitha is a typical nineteen-year-old trying to make it on her own. Although she has a good job at a catering company, she doesn’t have the resources to attend the concert for her favorite Kpop group XO. She’s disappointed until she comes face to face with Chansol—her ultimate celebrity crush—at a private catering event. When paparazzi crash the party, she ends up bringing Chansol to the safety of her apartment where she finds herself closer to Chansol than ever. But a K-pop star must please their fans and Talitha needs to either face the media or stay a happy memory in Chansol’s life forever.

How to Date a Nerd

By Cassie Mae,

Book cover of How to Date a Nerd

Nerds are the new sexy in this adorable young adult rom-com. This story has an excellent character focus. Both Zoe and Zak have true character traits that don’t leave anything as fill-in-the-blank. It’s like reading about your two best friends getting together and giggling through the whole thing. Cassie Mae is a pro at comedy. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. Even if the characters aren’t Korean—they are true nerds—so the fangirl-like pop-culture references of the characters make it amazing. There’s nothing to dislike about this book, it’s an all-around good time.


Who am I?

Ever since I watched my first K-drama, Heartstrings, on Netflix in 2011 I’ve become fascinated with Korean Pop Culture. I created one of the largest K-drama discussion groups on Facebook (KDA: Kdrama Anonymous) and published seven K-pop and K-drama-related Novellas. I traveled to Korea with my family in 2017 and was a panelist at Kcon in 2018. My passion for Korean Pop Culture has ventured into Webtoons and I often spend my time there catching up on all my favorite stories. I truly love Korean Culture and I’m happy to have participated in even a small part of it.


I wrote...

#fangirlproblems: A KPop Romance Book

By Jennie Bennett,

Book cover of #fangirlproblems: A KPop Romance Book

What is my book about?

When a fangirl meets her celebrity crush, a series of events turns her dreams into reality.

Tabitha is a typical nineteen-year-old trying to make it on her own. Although she has a good job at a catering company, she doesn’t have the resources to attend the concert for her favorite Kpop group XO. She’s disappointed until she comes face to face with Chansol—her ultimate celebrity crush—at a private catering event. When paparazzi crash the party, she ends up bringing Chansol to the safety of her apartment where she finds herself closer to Chansol than ever. But a K-pop star must please their fans and Talitha needs to either face the media or stay a happy memory in Chansol’s life forever.

Flower Boy Tour Guide

By Shannon Kent,

Book cover of Flower Boy Tour Guide

This book is almost better than watching a K-drama. Hasn’t every K-drama fan wished to be toured around the country by a hunky Korean man? Maybe the fan hasn’t pictured doing it alongside a bunch of old ladies, but she’ll take what she can get, won’t she? This super-funny, extra-flirty, good-times book is exactly the type of read I like to escape into. It truly took me on my own Korea tour right from my living room, with all romance included.


Who am I?

Ever since I watched my first K-drama, Heartstrings, on Netflix in 2011 I’ve become fascinated with Korean Pop Culture. I created one of the largest K-drama discussion groups on Facebook (KDA: Kdrama Anonymous) and published seven K-pop and K-drama-related Novellas. I traveled to Korea with my family in 2017 and was a panelist at Kcon in 2018. My passion for Korean Pop Culture has ventured into Webtoons and I often spend my time there catching up on all my favorite stories. I truly love Korean Culture and I’m happy to have participated in even a small part of it.


I wrote...

#fangirlproblems: A KPop Romance Book

By Jennie Bennett,

Book cover of #fangirlproblems: A KPop Romance Book

What is my book about?

When a fangirl meets her celebrity crush, a series of events turns her dreams into reality.

Tabitha is a typical nineteen-year-old trying to make it on her own. Although she has a good job at a catering company, she doesn’t have the resources to attend the concert for her favorite Kpop group XO. She’s disappointed until she comes face to face with Chansol—her ultimate celebrity crush—at a private catering event. When paparazzi crash the party, she ends up bringing Chansol to the safety of her apartment where she finds herself closer to Chansol than ever. But a K-pop star must please their fans and Talitha needs to either face the media or stay a happy memory in Chansol’s life forever.

My Summer In Seoul

By Rachel Van Dyken,

Book cover of My Summer In Seoul

In just a matter of a few years the world has been overtaken by Kpop sensations. Their pretty, quirky, and incredible artistic styles have made them garner massive fans all over the world. Behind the scenes of the boy band culture is where My Summer in Seoul shines to show us what it’s like for someone who is new to the country and its culture. It is difficult, funny, sad and the romance is a breath of fresh air.

My recommendation shares a theme with my book about young Kpop/ boy band romance. However, as someone who relates personally to moving to a new country at a young age, I’m fascinated by how people with different backgrounds adjust to new environments. There are challenges with food, weather, and sometimes language, which can be daunting. The worst part is not understanding what is being said to you or about you. This…


Who am I?

My debut novel was geared toward Young Adults because I’m fascinated by young people discovering themselves in different environments. Although I enjoy reading and writing other genres, I'm arguably more interested in YA. This is a genre that is in need of good writers because it is like an introduction to youngsters who pick up novels that they deem safe for their ages and consumption. It is a fun and exciting genre. I’m trying to contribute to it and hopefully lessen the bad reviews out there for YA books. 


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Notice Me

By Emem Uko,

Book cover of Notice Me

What is my book about?

Anders joins a band in a foreign country and becomes part of the sensation. While he enjoys the adulation of the fans, the girl he’s in love with may not love him back. His public persona clashes with his private life, which poses a huge problem with getting close to the girl he wants. Notice Me reveals the struggles of young boy band members who have to adhere to strict rules while trying to navigate growing up and experiencing romantic feelings. 

The War in Heaven

By Kenneth Zeigler,

Book cover of The War in Heaven: The Chronicle of Abaddon the Destroyer (Tears of Heaven)

This is actually the second book of Zeigler's Tears of Heaven series, but I read this one first and it stands perfectly on its own. There's so much I love about it, from the concept of rebel dark angels working to overthrow Satan with the help and ingenuity of human scientists and soldiers they rescue from Hell's torments to Zeigler's masterful world-building based on scripture and classic depictions of Hell. He pulls no punches in vividly describing the agonies of damnation. But it's his clever use of scientific principles to explain Hell's supernatural rules as well as arm his protagonists that truly stands out for me. I strove to achieve that level of logic in my book, but Zeigler manages to weaponize it as only a trained scientist could.


Who am I?

I've always been fascinated by the idea of the war in Heaven. As a storyteller, the eternal struggle between angels and demons fighting for the fate of creation has been a source of perpetual inspiration for me. But finding stories about angels that aren't YA or paranormal romance can be challenging. So, channeling my love of historical fiction and action-packed adventure, I set out to craft a thrilling, realistic tale that puts the reader right on the front lines beside a peaceful angel forced into becoming a warrior fighting against his former brothers. This list reflects my favorite books that paved the way and inspired my own work.


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The Sabrael Confession

By Stephen J. Smith,

Book cover of The Sabrael Confession

What is my book about?

Sent to Earth as part of a secret force to protect the newborn Christ from fallen angels eager to kill the would-be Savior, the angel Sabrael and six of his brothers soon discover the fallen are searching for a lost gateway that would allow them to bypass Heaven’s fortified walls and mount a direct attack on their former home. 

Deciding to stay until they locate and destroy the portal, the angels embark on a hunt that leads Sabrael around the world and through the ages on an action-packed journey from first-century Jerusalem to the present-day United States, battling fallen angels and masquerading as a human, culminating in a massive confrontation between Heaven and Hell's forces that will change his life—and the fate of mankind—forever.

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