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Which Book Would You Like to Give to Your Best Friend as a Gift?

Crisp autumn breezes tend to make Kingos feel melancholy and lonely. During this emotional time of the year, Kingos can stabilize their moods by spending time with their best friends or reading a book. The Sungkyun Times (SKT) asked some Kingos which book they would like to give to their best friends as a gift. Before this autumn passes, it might be nice to exchange book gifts that are recommended by other Kingos with friends.

A Vessel of Humanity That Fills Up More (Kim Yun-na)
Lim Jae-hyuk (Junior, Electronics and Electrical Engineering)

I used to talk tough using quite aggressive language, but this book made me reflect on how aggressively I was speaking. It also gave me an opportunity to think about how speaking influenced relationships with others and even the society that we live in. Therefore, I would like to give this book to a friend who tends to use rough language as I did before.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Kwon Sun-jae (Sophomore, Economics)

This book makes the readers think about the justice that they should defend and follow. I want to give this book to one of my friends who dreams of becoming a lawyer. As a lawyer who fights for justice, he will need to fight against not only horrible crimes of psychopaths but also against discrimination and prejudice of ordinary people around us.

Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster)
Kim So-hee (Sophomore, Department of Acting for Theatre, Film and TV)

I would like to give Daddy-Long-Legs to my dearest friend who is going through a sophomore slump. This all-time classic is about the enlivening college days of a charming Judy. Reading this odyssey of learning from Judy’s admission to graduation, my friend will be more empowered and motivated.

I Will Never Know Your Mysterious Mind (Kim Eon)
Hong Seo-young (Junior, Library and Information Science)

Since my best friend’s favorite poet was Ki Hyeong-do, I tried to read his poems. The poems, however, were too difficult for me to understand. Instead, I found this book of poetry by Kim Eon. Still, it is a challenge for me to read and fully understand this book. Therefore, I would like to give this book of poetry to my best friend and tell her that I put a lot of effort into understanding her better. Hopefully she may understand the poems in the book so that we can talk about them together.

Making Hope Out of Sorrow (Kim Seung-Sup)
Jang Gwang-hyeon (Junior, Economics)

I would like to give this book to my friends whose hearts are broken by modern society. The book claims that society is responsible for people getting ill. The book discusses data that shows how social disorders like hate speech, job insecurity, discrimination, and other unexpected social disasters influence the members of a society. By reading this book, friends might get to know the reasons why they have felt hurt. Also, the book comforts the readers by telling them that it is not only them whose hearts are hurt and that they are not alone.

Baek Jong-won Home cooking recipe 55 (Baek Jong-won)
Kwak Yun-seon (Junior, Global Leader)

Whether on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul or on the Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon, many Kingos who live on their own, apart from their families, might need this book for cooking their own meals. In particular, I would like to give this book to a friend who has been living alone for the first time and having Kimchi stew and fried eggs for every meal. Since this book contains a variety of easy recipes, it will help my friend to have well-balanced meals.

No Flower Blooms Without Wavering (Do Jong-hwan)
Ko Hyeon-jeong (Freshman, Humanities Science)

My best friend is studying one more year for her second attempt at the university entrance examination. As she has less than a month left until the examination, she is having a hard time. Therefore, I would like to cheer her up with the comforting messages in this book.

Cosmétique de l’ennemi (The Enemy’s Cosmetique) (Amélie Nothomb)
Han Su-jin (Sophomore, Korean Literature in Classical Chinese)

This book consists of a conversation of two people, which turns out to be a conflict between two egos of a person. I read this book when I was a high school student, and it left a great impression. Since this book is originally written in French, I would like to give this book to my best friend who majors in French Language and Literature. It might be nice if we read this book together when we are going on a trip to Europe this winter.

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