In the Korean entertainment industry it is the norm for bands and solo singers to release photo books. However, idol books aren’t always just companion pieces for albums or concerts where artists pose for the camera. Some idols have written actual fiction books, self-help books and others have even dwelled into nail art! Here’s a compiled list of idols with interesting books.
[F.T. Island] Lee Hong Ki
F.T. Island leader Hong Ki has never been shy about his love for nail art. If you don’t believe me, check his twitter. He penned a 144 page nail book, aptly called Lee Hong Ki Nail Book, which not only includes fashionable pictures of him in the latest trends, but also provides tips, visual tutorials and personal stories about his passion for nail art. To purchase the book for $42.99 go here.
Goo Hye Sun
Goo Hye Sun is not only a talented actress, singer and director, but she’s a bestselling author as well. She wrote Tango, a semi-autobiographical novel about love and break up that includes beautiful illustrations drawn by her. The main character Yun is an idealist who loves sweet cocoa and goes through a series of love and personal revelations. The book sold 30,000 copies in just one week! Hye Sun also held an 8-day art exhibit to showcase over 120 illustrations from the book. To purchase the book for $17.64 go here. To read an awesome review by a reader visit loveghs site.
Park Han Byul
Actress-model Park Han Byul, one of the stars of My Black Mini Dress and Se7en’s girlfriend, wrote a personal book about fashion, beauty, travel and photography. In Park Han Byul’s Tip Story, she wrote private stories about her life, including details about her (then) nine year relationship with Se7en. To purchase the book for $22.70 go here.
[Epik High] Tablo
Epik High’s Tablo is known for his soulful lyrics, so it was only a matter of time before he wrote a book. He wrote Pieces of You, a collection of short stories that sold over 50,000 copies in just one week! And don’t worry, there’s an English edition. To purchase the book for $24.99 go here. One of my favorite quotes:
“Cowards, I believe, are people who are afraid to embrace what they want or need in a natural, honest way. Bullies for example, replace their need for attention or care with irrational violence.”
Legendary artist Lee Hyori wrote the bestselling essay book Closer: The Story Started by Hyori and Soonshim. In the book, she wrote about a multitude of subjects; from her childhood as a barber’s daughter, to exercise tips, to animal rights. In addition, Hyori donates all the profits from the book to the Korean Animal Rights Advocates. To purchase the book for $20.53 go here.
Jang Geun Suk
Actor, singer and all-around entertainer Jang Geun Suk has a passion for cooking. He wrote a cookbook in Japanese called Jang Geun Suk Love Recipe. It contains his secret recipes, lifestyle tips, and photographs of personally-prepared dishes. To purchase the book for $61.99 go here.
SHINee’s Onew, Key & Taemin
SHINee’s Onew, Key and Taemin penned a vacation guidebook to Barcelona, Spain. The book is called The Sun’s Children (or Sons of the Sun). It contains personal experiences and tips from their visit to famous monuments, beaches, restaurants, and attractions in the city. The book also acts as a photo diary of the members for fans to enjoy the beautiful visuals. To purchase the book for $26.90 go here. Here’s a trailer for the book:
What other idols have written books? Which book is your favorite? Let me know below!