Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Pinterest is a wonderful place isn’t it? Full of recipes, fitspo, craft ideas, gloriously perfect people, humor, wedding inspiration, fandoms on fandoms on fandoms AND …… books. Recently I stumbled upon a post on Pinterest called the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge which linked to a post over at Blogs of a Bookaholic from 2012.

If you know anything about Rory Gilmore, the fabulously witty and studious daughter from Gilmore Girls, you know that she is a bookworm. Throughout the seasons, Rory was seen reading many a book and the list below contains all the books seen or mentioned on the show. I figured it would be fun to (a) figure out how many I have read and (b) take a stab at the “challenge”. Although, I’m not going to treat it so much as a challenge, but more as a solid reading list. A goal.

Anything marked by italics are books I have read BEFORE this post.

Anything marked in bold are books that I read since setting this goal.

Anything marked both bold and italic are books I have re-read since starting the challenge.

To be honest, I’m not sure I will ever finish this challenge, as this is an extensive list and my to-read pile is already several miles high, and well…Rory read some heavy things in her time. We shall see…

1.) 1984 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 & Clay by Michael Chabon

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 Chopin

16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith

17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

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.) Bridgadoon 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.G. 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 Anne 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 père

49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac

50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

52.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

53.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller

54.) Cujo by Stephen King

55.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

56.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

57.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

58.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

59.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

60.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

61.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

62.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

63.) Deenie by Judy Blume

64.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

65.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, America by Erik Larson

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. Hyde 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. Sobol

80.) Ethan Frome 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 Bradbury

87.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

88.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

89.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

90.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

91.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring 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 Keyes

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 Fredrick Kohner

106.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna 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.) Goldilocks 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 and Curt Gentry

125.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

126.) Henry IV, part II 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 (Lpr)

133.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

134.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

135.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

136.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland

137.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg

138.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

139.) The Iliad by Homer

140.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres

141.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

142.) Inferno by Dante

143.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

144.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

145.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton

146.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

147.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

148.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

149.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

150.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

151.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

152.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

153.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

154.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

155.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence

156.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal 157.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

158.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

159.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

160.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

161.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

162.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel

163.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

164.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

165.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

166.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

167.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

168.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

169.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

170.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

171.) The Love Story by Erich Segal

172.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare

173.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

174.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies

175.) Marathon Man by William Goldman

176.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

177.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

178.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

179.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

180.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

181.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

182.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare

183.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

184.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

185.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

186.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville

187.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

188.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

189.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman 190.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

191.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

192.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

193.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

194.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

195.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

196.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

197.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

198.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

199.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

200.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

201.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

202.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

203.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

204.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

205.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

206.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

207.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

208.) Night by Elie Wiesel

209.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

210.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

211.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell 212.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

213.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

214.) Old School by Tobias Wolff

215.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac

216.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

217.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

218.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

219.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster

220.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

221.) Othello by Shakespeare

222.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

223.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

224.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

225.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

226.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

227.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

228.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

229.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

230.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

231.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

232.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

233.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

234.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

235.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

236.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

237.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

238.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

239.) Property by Valerie Martin

240.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

241.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

242.) Quattrocento by James Mckean

243.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

244.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

245.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

246.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

247.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

248.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

249.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

250.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

251.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

252.) The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien 253.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

254.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

255.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

256.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

257.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

258.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

259.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

260.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

270.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

271.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

272.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner

273.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

274.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

275.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

276.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

277.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

278.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

279.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

280.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

281.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

282.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

283.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles

284.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

285.) Sexus by Henry Miller

286.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

287.) Shane by Jack Shaefer

288.) The Shining by Stephen King

289.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

290.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

291.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

292.) Small Island by Andrea Levy

293.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

294.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers

295.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

296.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

297.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

298.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

299.) Songbook by Nick Hornby

300.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

301.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

302.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

303.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

304.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

305.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

306.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

307.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams

308.) Stuart Little by E. B. White

309.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

310.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

311.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

312.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

313.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

314.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

315.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

316.) Time and Again by Jack Finney

317.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

318.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

319.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

320.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

321.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

322.) The Trial by Franz Kafka

323.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

324.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

325.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

326.) Ulysses by James Joyce

327.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

328.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

329.) Unless by Carol Shields

330.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

331.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

332.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

333.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

334.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

335.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

336.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau

337.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

338.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

339.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

340.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

341.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

342.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

343.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson

344.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

345.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

346.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

347.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

348.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

349.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion



    • No problem! I thought it was cool too. It might take me a few YEARS to get through some of them, as I haven’t read many either, but I always loved seeing Rory’s current book when I used to watch the show, and they did a good job of using an eclectic collection of books. Interesting collection for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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