The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Here’s one of my favourite booklists of all time: every single book read or referenced by Rory Gilmore over the course of seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls”. I spent way too much time putting this together from various sources on the internet because I’m completely unsatisfied by the version that is all over the internet – it contains loads of books that make no sense whatsoever. This still doesn’t only contain books Rory read, but also some read by Jess and others or just generally referenced, but I really like the variety.
I do plan to not only update this list whenever I finish another book, but also link to the reviews I’m planning to write on some of the books mentioned…

Currently read: 41 out of 247 books

x  1984 – George Orwell  /  read in October 2015, reviewed here

o  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain  /

o  Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll  /

x  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon  /  read in June 2016, reviewed here

o  An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser  /

o  Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt  /

o  Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoi  /

o  The Art of Eating – Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher  /

o  The Art of Fiction – Henry James  /

o  The Art of War – Sun Tzu  /

o  As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner  /

o  Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand  /

x  Atonement – Ian McEwan  /  read in April 2016, reviewed here

o  The Awakening – Kate Chopin  /

x  Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women – Susan Faludi  /  read in June 2016, reviewed here

o  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sije  /

o  Bel Canto – Ann Patchett  /

x  The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath  /  read and proclaimed to be the best book ever written in August 2016

o  Beloved – Toni Morrison  /

o  Beowulf: A New Verse Translation – Seamus Heaney  /

o  The Bielski Brothers – The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest and Saved 1200 Jews – Peter Duffy  /

o  Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel  /

o  A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays – Mary McCarthy  /

x  Brave New World – Aldous Huxley  /  read in May 2017

o  Brick Lane – Monica Ali  /

o  The Brontës – Juliet Barker  /

o  Candide – Voltaire  /

o  The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer  /

x  Carry On, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse  /  read in September 2016, reviewed here

o  Catch-22 – Joseph Heller  /

x  The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger  /  read in April 2016, reviewed here

o  Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White  /

o  Chikara – Robert Skimin  /

o  The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman  /

o  A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens  /

o  A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess  /

o  The Collected Stories – W. Somerset Maugham  /

o  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty – Eudora Welty  /

x  A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare  /  read in June 2016

o  Complete Novels – Dawn Powell  /

o  The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton  /

o  A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole  /

o  The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas  /

o  Cousin Bette – Honor’e de Balzac  /

o  Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky  /

o  The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber  /

o  The Crucible – Arthur Miller  /

x  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon  /  read in March 2016, reviewed here

o  Daisy Miller – Henry James  /

o  David Copperfield – Charles Dickens  /

o  Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol  /

o  Death of A Salesman – Arthur Miller  /

o  Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky  /

o  The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Larson  /

x  Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank  /  read in June 2016

o  The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume One to Five – Virginia Woolf  /

o  The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri  /

o  Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells  /

o  Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhry  /

o  Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook  /

o  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe  /

o  Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters – Mark Dunn  /

o  Emma – Jane Austen  /

o  An Enquiry Concerning the Human Understanding/An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals – David Hume  /

o  Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton  /

o  Ethics – Spinoza  /

o  Eva Luna – Isabel Allende  /

o  Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer  /

o  Extravagance – Gary Krist  /

x  Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury  /  read in January 2017

o  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson  /

o  Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce  /

o  The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom  /

o  Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes  /

o  The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem  /

o  The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand  /

x  Frankenstein – Mary Shelley  /  read in August 2016

x  Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger  /  read in June 2016

o  Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut  /

o  Gender Trouble – Judith Butler  /

o  A Girl from Yamhill – Beverly Cleary  /

o  Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen  /

x  The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy  /  read in March 2016, reviewed here

o  Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell  /

o  The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford  /

o  The Graduate – Charles Webb  /

o  The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck  /

x  Great Expectations – Charles Dickens  /  read in March 2017

x  The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald  /  read in February 2016

x  The Group – Mary McCarthy  /  read in September 2016

o  Hamlet – William Shakespeare  /

o  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers  /

o  Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad  /

o  Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Mansom Murders – Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry  /

o  Henry IV, Parts One and Two – William Shakespeare  /

o  Henry V – William Shakespeare  /

x  High Fidelity – Nick Hornby  /  read in April 2016, reviewed here

o  The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton  /

o  House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III  /

x  The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende  /  read in March 2016, reviewed here

o  How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer  /

o  How The Light Gets In – M.J. Hyland  /

o  Howl and Other Poems – Allen Ginsberg  /

o  The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo  /

o  The Iliad – Homer  /

o  In Cold Blood – Truman Capote  /

o  Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence  /

o  Ironweed – William Kennedy  /

o  It Takes A Village – Hillary Clinton  /

o  James Joyce’s Ulysses – Stuart Gilbert  /

x  Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë  /  read in April 2016, reviewed here

o  The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan  /

o  Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare  /

o  The Jungle – Upton Sinclair  /

o  Just A Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito  /

o  The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini  /

o  Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence  /

o  The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal  /

o  Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman  /

o  Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis  /

o  Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke  /

o  Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken  /

o  Life of Pi – Yann Martel  /

o  Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel  /

o  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis  /

o  Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens  /

o  The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway  /

x  Little Women – Louisa May Alcott  /  read as a child

o  Lord of the Flies – William Golding  /

o  The Lottery and Other Stories – Shirley Jackson  /

o  The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold  /

o  Macbeth – William Shakespeare  /

o  Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert  /

o  The Manticore – Robertson Davies  /

o  The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov  /

x  Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir  /  read in May 2016, reviewed here

o  Mencken’s Autobiography (which part is not specified) – H.L. Mencken  /

o  A Mencken Chrestomathy – H.L. Mencken  /

o  The Merry Wives of Windsor – William Shakespeare  /

x  Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris  /  read in August 2016

x  The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka  /  read in May 2016

o  Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides  /

o  Mistress of Mellyn – Victoria Holt  /

x  Moby-Dick – Herman Melville  /  read in July 2016, reviewed here

o  Monsieur Proust – Céleste Albaret  /

x  A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway  /  read in September 2016

x  Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf  /  read in November 2016, reviewed here

o  My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath – Seymour M. Hersh  /

o  The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer  /

o  The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri  /

o  Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature – Jan Lars Jensen  /

o  New Poems of Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson  /

o  Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich  /

o  Night – Elie Wiesel  /

o  Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen  /

o  Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski  /

o  Novels, 1930-1942 – Dawn Powell  /

o  Notes Of A Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski  /

o  Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham  /

o  Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck  /

o  The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway  /

o  Old School – Tobias Wolff  /

o  Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens  /

o  On The Road – Jack Kerouac  /

o  On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction – William Zinsser  /

o  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey  /

o  One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez  /

o  The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life – Amy Tan  /

o  The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty  /

o  The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin  /

o  Oracle Night –  Paul Auster  /

x  Oryx and Crake  – Margaret Atwood  /  read in June 2016

o  Othello – William Shakespeare  /

o  Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens  /

o  Out Of Africa – Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)  /

o  Paradise Lost – John Milton  /

x  A Passage to India – E.M. Forster  /  read in May 2017

o  The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky  /

o  Personal History – Katharine Graham  /

o  Peyton Place – Grace Metalious  /

o  The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux  /

o  The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde  /

o  Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk – Legs McNeil  /

x  The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby  /  read in April 2016, reviewed here

o  The Portable Dorothy Parker – Dorothy Parker  /

o  The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill – Ron Suskind  /

o  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen  /

o  Property – Valerie Martin  /

o  Pushkin: A Biography – T.J. Binyon  /

o  Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw  /

o  The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe  /

o  The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham  /

x  Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – Azar Nafisi  /  read in September 2016, reviewed here

x  Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier  /  read in June 2017

o  Richard III – William Shakespeare  /

o  Roman Fever and Other Stories – Edith Wharton  /

o  Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare  /

o  A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf  /

o  A Room with a View – E.M. Forster  /

x  Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin  /  read in July 2016

o  Savage Beauty : The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay – Nancy Milford  /

o  The Scarecrow of Oz – L. Frank  Baum  /

o  The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne  /

o  The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir  /

o  The Secret History – Donna Tartt  /

o  Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette – Judith Thurman  /

o  Selected Letters, 1913-1965 – Dawn Powell  /

x  Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen  /  read in April 2016, reviewed here

o  Siddharta – Hermann Hesse  /

o  Slaughter-house five – Kurt Vonnegut  /

o  Small Island – Andrea Levy  /

o  The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories – Ernest Hemingway  /

o  Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World – Barrington Moore Jr.  /

o  Song of the Simple Truth: the Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos  /

o  Songbook – Nick Hornby  /

o  The Sonnets – William Shakespeare  /

o  Sonnets from the Portugese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning  /

o  The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner  /

o  Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabokov  /

o  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach  /

o  The Story Of My Life – Helen Keller  /

o  The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson  /

o  A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams  /

o  Summer of Fear – T. Jefferson Parker  /

o  The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway  /

o  Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust  /

o  A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens  /

o  Tender Is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald  /

o  Terms Of Endearment – Larry McMurtry  /

o  Thoughts from Walden Pond – Henry David Thoreau  /

o  To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway  /

x  To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee  /  read in February 2016

o  A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – Betty Smith  /

o  The Trial – Franz Kafka  /

o  Ulysses – James Joyce  /

o  The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-62 – Sylvia Plath  /

o  Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe  /

o  Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann  /

o  The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age – Philip Meyer  /

o  Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray  /

x  The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides  /  read in May 2016

o  Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett  /

o  War and Peace – Leo Tolstoi  /

x  When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka  /  read in May 2016

x  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – Edward Albee  /  read in April 2017

x  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum  /  read as a child

x  Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë  /  read in May 2016

o  The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion  /

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