Book and Video Game Pairings by Suzanne Park


Suzanne Park’s latest book, Loathe at First Sight is out now! This #ownvoices rom-com tells the story of Korean American Melody Joo and her journey as a video game producer. Insufferable CEOs, sexist male coworkers in a male dominated industry, a distractingly handsome intern, and of course, an internet trolling scandal that could be career ending all add up to a hilarious story peppered with snark and witty banter. Micro-aggressions abound in this story but Park’s humor and clever writing tackles real life issues that will resonate with readers from all backgrounds. To celebrate the release of Loathe at First Sight, Suzanne took some time out to  give us a unique spin on book recommendations by pairing them with some of our favorite old school video games. Enjoy!

While friends and family members have turned to baking slabs of sourdough bread and making gallons of Dalgona coffee these last few months, I’ve turned to my old pastime stand by: video games. From my elementary school years through adulthood, going to the arcade with a stack of quarters or playing Mario Kart with my BFFs provided high-value, easy entertainment. Now, more than ever, I’ve been looking for the same kind of escapism in my life again, and I’ve found that in video games and reading new releases. Here are some feel good old-school video games and books I recommend that would pair well with your homemade bread and whipped coffee:

1. Ms PacMan & and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

By literature and video game standards, these are both classics in my book. They both feature fierce females in a stressful, cutthroat environment. A noteworthy mention: OPENING BELLE by Maureen Sherry, a book I read a few years ago that showcases a fearless investment banker navigating her way in Wall Street.

2. Mario Kart and The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

A fun ride with a wide cast of entertaining characters.

Candy Crush and Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Candy Crush has many enjoyable levels to clear, and Martin’s has four books in the Inercepted series that are a summer treat. The newest book in the series, Snapped, is releasing this October, so you have time to read the other three before that one comes out.

Words with Friends and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Addictive and nerdy, I love them both. When you’re paired with an opponent you’ve never met, and they’re…skilled in their ways…you can learn a LOT from their moves. 

Burgertime and A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee

Mmmm, burgers and baked goods. Perfect for foodies!

Just Dance and Alexis Daria’s Dance All Night

Entertaining and delightfully sweaty (and I mean that in the best way).

Animal Crossing New Horizons and Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Hear me out: yes, Animal Crossing is a new game, but it feels like it came out ages ago, right? Animal Crossing was and is the ultimate escapism game of 2020, and this book I paired with it was the first novel I was able to start and finish this spring, so I consider it my comfort read.

About the Author:

Suzanne Park is a Korean American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. As a comedienne, she was selected to appear on BET’s “Coming to the Stage.” Suzanne was also the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC’s “Stand Up For Diversity” showcase in San Francisco. She graduated from Columbia University and received an MBA from UCLA. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, female offspring, and a sneaky rat that creeps around on her back patio. In her spare time, she procrastinates.

Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park, out now!

Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—intern, Nolan MacKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss.”

Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project—and Melody’s running the show.

When Nolan is assigned to Melody’s team, she’s sure he’ll be useless. But as they grow closer, she realizes he’s smart and sexy, which makes Melody want to forget he’s her intern. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes, even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man.

With her project about to launch, Melody suddenly faces a slew of complications, including a devastating trolling scandal. Could the man she’s falling hard for help her play the game to win—in work and in love?

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