A heart breaking into pieces, the broken pieces merge with pieces of tteokbokki

Depression, eat tteokbokki

New series: Books to read in 2024. Today: Baek Sehee's 'I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki'.

Tanmoy Goswami
Today I'm starting a new series based on popular demand: books to read this year. I begin with a review of a hit South Korean therapy memoir. Pick it up if you want a refreshing break from the usual, intense fare that this genre is known for.

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Picture of my Kindle with the cover of the book, in the background you can see my laptop screen with the Sanity website open on it
I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki
Baek Sehee | Translated by Anton Hur | Bloomsbury

Trigger warning

Mentions suicide. If you need help or know anyone who does, this website lists helplines from around the world.

There’s something calming about watching a blockbuster show or reading a bestseller long after the hype around it has cooled. When something sucks up all the space around you — like a viral meme, or depression — it can be hard to process things objectively. You need time and distance from the noise to regain your orientation. That’s why I watched Breaking Bad 12 years after its release. Or why I have carefully avoided the K-drama and K-pop wave washing over the world. It’s also why I’d put off reading Baek Sehee’s hit therapy diary I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki — “as recommended by BTS” — until now.

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