I Can’t Wait For…The Dream You Ordered is Sold Out by Mi-Ye Lee

Posted 11th October 2023 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 4 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For Book is The Dream You Ordered Is Sold Out by Mi-Ye Lee!

The Dream You Ordered is Sold Out (DallerGut Dream Department Store, #1) by Mi-ye Lee, Sandy Joosun Lee
Genres: Fantasy
Representation: Korean cast
Published on: 9th November 2023


In a mysterious town that lies hidden in our collective subconscious, there's a quaint little store where all kinds of dreams are sold . . .

Day and night, visitors both human and animal from all over the world shuffle in sleepily in their pyjamas, lining up to purchase their latest adventure. Each floor in the department store sells a special kind of dream, including nostalgic dreams about your childhood, trips you've taken, and delicious food you've eaten, as well as nightmares and more mysterious dreams.

In Dallergut Dream Department Store we meet Penny an enthusiastic new-hire; Dallergut, the flamboyant owner of the department store; Agnap Coco, producer of special dreams; Vigo Myers, an employee in the mystery department as well as the cast of curious, funny and strange clientele that regularly visit the store. When one of the most coveted and expensive dreams gets stolen during Penny's first week, we follow along with her as she tries to uncover the workings of this wonderfully whimsical world.

A captivating story that will leave a lingering magical feeling in readers' minds, this is the first book in a best-selling duology for anyone exhausted from the reality of their daily life.

The Dream You Ordered is Sold Out is the first book of the DallerGut Dream Department Store duology, originally written in Korean (where it was a HUGE bestseller) and now getting an English edition! For which I am extremely grateful, because it sounds ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL and my Korean is, to put it politely, non-existent.


To be honest, I’m a little confused as to what the title of this actually is – quite a lot of places are listing it as DallerGut Dream Department Store, or sometimes DallerGut Department Store: The Dream You Ordered Is Sold Out. ??? Since the second book is being listed as Dallergut Dream Department Store: In Search of Loyal Customers, I’m really thinking that Dallergut Dream Department Store is the series name. But it wouldn’t surprise me to be mistaken.

Even worse, I’ve seen the author’s name listed as Mi-Yi and Miye, which, uh. It seems terribly rude to have any confusion over the author name of a book. Or is it Korean convention that any name with a dash in it can have that dash removed…? I do not know. I’m going with the spelling from the sale-of-rights announcement in The Bookseller until anyone tells me differently.


I think this isn’t out in the USA until next year, but the UK is getting it next month – and I definitely plan on jumping through the necessary hoops to get my hands on it then! I am head-over-heels in love with the idea of a department store that sells dreams – especially one that sells dreams not just to humans, but animals as well! And from one early review, it seems like Lee has come up with in-world reasoning behind things like deja-vu and dreams where we’re visited by those who’ve passed away. That’s the kind of small-detail worldbuilding that I love!

Apparently there isn’t a whole lot of plot, but I don’t think I’d want any, with this premise. I am so very happy to dive in to a book that’s ‘just’ sweetness and whimsy and magic and vibes. That sounds PERFECT. Yes please!

Also, I think I need that cover framed for my wall. Just saying.


4 responses to “I Can’t Wait For…The Dream You Ordered is Sold Out by Mi-Ye Lee

  1. Mary

    I just finished reading it in one sitting! Wow what a beautiful story, amazing world building and just full of whimsical charm. I truly loved this book! Can’t wait to read the sequel!

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