Gilmore Girls: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

During the six seasons of Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore mentioned more than 300 books in passing, implying that she had read or was in the process of reading all of them. Rory’s bookworm tendencies and absolute love for the written word has sparked The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, in which readers attempt to conquer all of the books Gilmore mentioned on the show.

It is my plan to join the ranks for Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge finishers!

There, I said it. I’m in!

The Gilmore reading list is extensive and filled with complicated and dense texts, so I think this will take me a while to complete — especially when you consider that I am typically only able to get through 50 or so books a year! It wouldn’t be a challenge if it wasn’t difficult though, and I believe I’m up to the task!

With the Gilmore Girls revival coming to Netflix, I fully expect this list of books to grow. In fact, I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t! Rest assured, I’ll be adding the books Rory mentions in the Gilmore Girls revival to the list, as well.

Here’s how I’ve set it up: We know that I am not a book re-reader, so if I’ve previously read the book before starting this blog, I simply crossed if off the list. If I read the book after the beginning of this blog, I wrote a review and linked to it.

Happy reading! Tell me, have you ever attempted the Gilmore Girls reading challenge? How many of Rory Gilmore’s books did you conquer?

  1. Gilmore Girls revival1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chaban
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  15. The Awakening by Kate Chapin
  16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash: The Undercover War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Pratchet
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  23. The Bhagava Gita
  24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  30. Candide by Voltaire
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  32. Carrie by Stephen King
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  35. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  37. Christine by Stephen King
  38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  40. The Code of the Woosters by P.D. Wodehouse
  41. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  43. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  44. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  45. The Complete Poems by Anna Sexton
  46. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  47. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  48. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre-Dumas Pere
  49. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  50. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
  52. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  53. Cujo by Stephen King
  54. The Curious Incident to the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  55. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  56. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  57. David and Lisa by Dr. Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D.
  58. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  59. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  60. Dead Souls by Nickolai Gogol
  61. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  62. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  63. Deenie by Judy Bloom
  64. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness of the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  65. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee et. al
  66. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  67. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  68. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  69. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  70. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyfe by Robert Louis Stevenson
  71. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  72. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  73. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  74. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel In Letters by Mark Dunn
  75. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  76. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  77. Emma by Jane Austen
  78. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  79. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. School
  80. Ethan From by Edith Wharton
  81. Ethics by Spinoza
  82. Europe Through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  83. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  84. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  85. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  86. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradberry
  87. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  88. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donal dKagan
  89. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Krister
  90. Fear and Loathing in Lad Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  91. The Fellowship of the Rings: Book 1 of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  92. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  93. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  94. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  95. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  96. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys
  97. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  98. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  99. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  100. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  101. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  102. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  103. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  104. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  105. Gidget by Frederick Kohner
  106. Girl, Interrupted by Susann Kaysen
  107. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  108. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  109. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  110. Goldilicks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  111. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  112. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  113. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  114. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  115. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  116. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  117. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  118. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  119. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  120. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  121. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  122. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  123. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  124. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
  125. Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare
  126. Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
  127. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  128. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  129. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  130. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  131. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  132. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  133. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  134. How to Breath Underwater by Julie Orringer
  135. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  136. Howl by Allen Gingsburg
  137. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  138. The Illiad by Homer
  139. I’m With the Band by Pamels des Barress
  140. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  144. Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigonto
  150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  151. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  152. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  153. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  154. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  155. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  156. Letters by a Young Poet by Ranier Maria Rilke
  157. Lies and Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  158. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  159. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  160. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  161. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  162. The Little match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
  163. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  164. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  165. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  166. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  167. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  168. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  169. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  170. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  171. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  172. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  173. The Master and the Marganta by Mikhail Bulgakov
  174. Memories of a Dutiful Daughter by Simoe de Beauvoir
  175. Memoirs of W.T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  176. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  177. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  178. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H.R. Mencken
  179. The Merry Lives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
  180. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  181. Middlesex by Jeffred Eugenides
  182. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  183. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  184. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  185. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  186. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  187. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  188. A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars
  189. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  190. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  191. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  192. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersch
  193. My Life As Author and Editor H.R. Mencken
  194. My Life In Orange: Growing Up With the Guru by Tim Guest
  195. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  196. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  197. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  198. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  199. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  200. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind In Literature by Jap Jars Jensen
  201. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  202. The New Way Things Work by David McCaulley
  203. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  204. Night by Elie Wiesel
  205. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  206. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, et al.
  207. Novels 1930-1942 by Dawn Powell
  208. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bulkowski
  209. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  210. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  211. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  212. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  213. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  214. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
  215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  219. Othello by William Shakespeare
  220. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  221. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  222. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  223. A Passage to India by E.M. Forester
  224. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  225. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  226. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  227. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  228. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  229. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  230. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeill and Gillian McCain
  231. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  232. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  233. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  234. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  235. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  236. Property of Valerie Martin
  237. Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon
  238. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  239. Quattrocento by James McKean
  240. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  241. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  242. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  243. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  244. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  245. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  246. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  247. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  248. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories from a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  249. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3 by J.R.R. Tolkien
  250. R is for Richochet by Sue Grafton
  251. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  252. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  253. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  254. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  255. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  256. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
  257. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  258. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  259. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  260. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  261. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  262. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  263. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  264. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  265. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  266. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Collette
  267. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  268. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  269. A Separate Place by John Knowles
  270. Winston Churchill Biographies
  271. Sexus by Henry Miller
  272. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  273. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  274. The Shinning by Stephen King
  275. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  276. S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  277. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  278. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  279. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  280. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  281. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  282. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  283. Song of Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julie de Burgos
  284. The Songreader by Lisa Tucker
  285. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  286. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  287. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  288. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  289. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  290. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  291. Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  292. The Story of my Life by Helen Keller
  293. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  294. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  295. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  296. Swans Way by Marcel Proust
  297. Swimming With Giants: My Encounters With Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  298. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  299. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  300. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  301. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurty
  302. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  303. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niggenegger
  304. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  305. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  306. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  307. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  308. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  309. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  310. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  311. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  312. Ulysses by James Joyce
  313. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962
  314. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  315. Unless by Carol Shields
  316. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  317. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  318. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  319. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Undergroud and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third Series) by Joe Harvard
  320. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  321. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  322. Walden by David Henry Thoreau
  323. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  324. We Owe You Nothing — Punk Planet: The Collective Interviews by Daniel Sinker
  325. What Colour Is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  326. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  327. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  328. Who Moved My Cheese? Spincer Johnson
  329. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  330. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  331. The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
  332. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  333. The Yearlings by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  334. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Have you read many of these books? Which ones? Care to join me in the Rory Gilmore reading challenge?

As always, Happy Reading!

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