The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge

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The Rory Gilmore Challenge Bannerrrr

1.) 1984 by George Orwell
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – READ June 2016.
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 – READ 2010.
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 – READ November 2014 (Click here for my review).
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 Bhagavad Gita by Simon Broadbeck
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 – READ December 2017
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – READ January 2016 (Click here for my review.)
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 – READ December 2013 (Click here for my review.)
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
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – READ September 2016 (Click here for my review). 
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed
America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quixote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
76.) Emma by Jane Austen – READ June 2012 (Click here for my review.)
77.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics by Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – READ August 2015 (Click here for my review.)
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. 
       Tolkien – READ 2010. 
91.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
94.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
100.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
101.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – READ – August 2012 (Click here for my review.)
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – READ – June 2013 (Click here for my review.)
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – READ – Date
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – READ – Date
121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – READ March 2016 (Click here for my review).
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens – READ – October 2018 
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – READ – February 2018 (Click here for my review.)
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – READ – February 2014 (Click here for my review.)
170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke,
Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – READ 2009.
213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – READ December 2012 (Click here for my review.)
228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – READ July 2013 (Click here for my review.)
230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi – READ January 2017
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
237.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  – READ December 2011 (Click here for
my review.)
238.) Property by Valerie Martin
239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
243.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers – READ July 2012 (Click here for my review.)
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – READ March 2012.
245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien – READ 2018
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
256.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – READ 2009.
257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – READ April 2020
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – READ October 2019
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers – READ July 2012 (Click here here for my review.)
285.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of
the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E. B. White – READ – August 2014 (Click here for my full review.)
299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – READ – September 2015 (Click here for my full review.)
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald – READ – August 2019
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – READ – July 2014 (Click here for my full review.)
310.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
313.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316.) Ulysses by James Joyce
317.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319.) Unless by Carol Shields
320.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third
series) by Joe Harvard
324.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
330.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
334.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum – READ February 2019
337.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – READ 2009.
338.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

158 thoughts on “The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge

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  2. This is a weird list. I notice a lot of fairytales(?). I cant imagine Rory reading Walt Disney’s Bambi or Goldilocks and the three bears! Ha ha! And isn’t Poe’s The Raven a poem?

    Wuthering Heights is the very next book on my list, and Count of Monte Cristo and Atonement are two books I’m dying to read. Definitely next year…

    • Aha, yeah, it’s certainly diverse thats for sure! There is quite a lot of fairytales on there, but I know the Brothers Grim farytales I’ve been interested in reading for a while. Do you watch the Gilmore Girls?
      Yes the Raven is a poem, not that I’ve read it, I haven’t read any Edgar Allan Poe yet, but I will this year 😉
      I love Wuthering Heights! It’s one of my favorite books so I’ll be interested to see what you think of it. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    • keep on mind that it is a list of books or literature that are mentioned on the show- so many of the pieces of literature may just be popular culture references.

      • plus Rory was also the type to read for reading sake and probably didn’t stick to a genre ,etc. A lot of the books on here are classics, must reads if you call yourself a literary bugg

      • That’s a very good point, Heather, I agree! A lot of the books on here are ones that Rory and Lorelai have probably just mentioned in passing – and in many cases they may have mentioned a movie adaptation rather than the book!

  3. I followed your comment on my tv-show post and ended up on your page..imagine my surprise when I saw the Rory Gilmore book challenge. Love the idea! I’m so doing it. Here’s hoping I’ll finish reading everything this year, but ha..probably not. As you said, there are some authors on that list that I just don’t like or who say/do nothing to/for me, but I’ll give it my best.
    Also, not that I’m butting in, but you have to read some E.A. Poe! Of course, if poetry is your thing, but he’s great. The Raven, Annabel Lee, beautiful, awesome work. 🙂

    • Hellooo, thanks for popping over. 🙂
      Hahaa, yes I am entirely dedicated to the Gilmore Girls. I’m so glad that you’ll be joining in! Whoa, all of it in a year? That sounds challenging, best of luck to you! I’ve decided to just have mine as an ongoing thing, as I have so many books and most of them aren’t even on this list hehe.
      Your not butting in at all, I love suggestions, so feel free! I’m really looking forward to reading some Edgar Allen Poe, I’m not big on poetry but I do really like his poem the Raven and I’m really looking forward to exploring more of his work. I’ve actually got my eye on his Complete Works on Amazon, I think it’s the Barnes & Noble version 😉

      • It’s definitely going to be hard and I probably won’t finish in a year as I get easily side-tracked. I see a book in a library or store and I gotta have it and read it right then and there! Then the next couple of days I’ll be doing nothing but bury my head in that book. 🙂 Thank you and good luck to you too. Oh and btw..I really like your blog pleasure.

    • Poe’s short stories are great for the excellence in writing and, for some, the horror. I digested his “collection” in bits here and there rather than full blast so I could appreciate. The Raven is one I read over and over again.

  4. Only 9/349. We will have to work on this.
    There are so many lists of books to read going around. I don’t know what one to chose to follow.
    I have managed to read 13/349 which isn’t much better but oh well. Lol. I have a lot of them waiting for me to read them, it’s just getting round to them 🙂 x

    • Haha yes definitely, although once I’ve finished the Grimm Fairytales I can tick off two of these. Yay!
      I have tonnes of them on my bookshelf waiting to be read too, but since I’m behind in the Eclectic Reader Challenge I’m having to put that first at the moment 🙂
      Hehe you should definitely take part in this one! It is RORY GILMORE after all 😉 x

  5. God this is such a loooooooooooong list,probably the first challenge i have come across in which u have to read so many books.Hardly any of these are of my taste but best of luck to u. 🙂

    • Haha I know it is very random! But it was never intended to turn into a book list, it was just something that bookworms picked up on. So I guess that’s why. Nothing bad about being eccentric. 🙂

    • Haha, please feel free to! It’s great to see someone else joining in with the challenge!

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m just going to pop over to your blog now and check it out now.

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    • I’m glad I was able to connect you to this challenge, I think it’s so great that people’s love of Gilmore Girls (including my own) has spanned far enough to create a book challenge! 🙂 I hope if you decide to take part you enjoy doing it, and thank you so much for taking the time to look around my blog and subscribe! I’m off to check out yours now. 🙂

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  8. So…I’m obsessed with the BBC list of books to read and now you’ve introduced me to this list. You are officially my fave blogger! Seriously. I can’t wait to see how you progress with this. 🙂

    PS. I love the way you conduct your book reviews and your writing style so I nominated you for the Liebster Award (

    • Ahh yes I’ve come across that one as well on my blogging travels, it’s great isn’t it? 🙂 I came across it around the same time as I found this one, so I decided to go with the Rory Gilmore one instead because I’m a huge fan of the TV show.
      Awwwwh thank you!! *blushes* 😀 I’m glad I could be helpful. Do you think you will take up the challenge yourself?

      Thank you for the nomination! I will check it out straight away.

      • Yes it is! I’m still trying to finish it off…one of these days i’ll get there I suppose.

        I’ve never (believe it or not) watched Gilmore Girls but yes, I think I will take up the challenge :). I’ll let you know how it goes…. I forsee a lot of books in my future.

        You are most welcome!

      • Haha, well there are a lot of books on it! You’ll get there eventually, and just imagine how great it will feel when you’ve finally finished it!

        :O Never?!?! You are missing out! I beg you too watch it, it’s so good and I’m sure you’ll love it. 😀
        Yaay glad to see another person take up the challenge, I hope you have fun.

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  10. hi there thank you for laying this out so plain for my i will be borrowing the whole list but i am not making mine a challenge just casual reads
    Thanks for the list x

    • Hi Kay, no problem I’m glad I could help. I’m glad to see another person taking up the challenge and good luck, I hope you have fun. 🙂 I’m using it as a casual challenge too with no time limits or goals, that another great thing about this challenge, it has no rules!

  11. Great list! I have read around 60 of the books (that I can remember, I swear I read more but couldn’t tell you what the books were about any longer, so I can’t count them.) It looks like there should be a total of 350 books, Don Quixote is listed but without a number in the high 60s (can you tell I do a lot of quality checking at work?)
    I should do something like this, just to have something I am working towards. Maybe I will make my own list from the books in my TBR pile! lol
    Best of luck to you!!

    • Thanks Elisa! I stumbled across it by chance on another blog and immediately knew it was the reading challenge for me, I love Rory and there are so many noteworthy books on it I have been meaning to read.
      Wow, that’s amazing, so many! I hope I can get to that point one day, but I am a slow reader so I think it would take a very long time, lol. One’s thing for sure, I will never complete the list, but it is a nice fun goal to work towards. 🙂

      Ohh thanks for the heads up! I hadn’t noticed so I will make sure I change that. Haha, well it’s a good and very useful trait to have, I wish I was better at it.

      That sounds like a great idea, lots of fun! Thank you. 😀

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  13. Love this! Whenever I saw a book I’ve read appear on the show I would get excited so this is an awesome idea to read them all. I tallied mine & I’m at 42, so if I were to do this it’d probably take my entire life span! Haha

    • Me too! I’d always get excited and think how cool it was that I had read a book that Rory had read, it’s a pretty awesome feeling.
      Wow, you’re doing a whole lot better than I am, keep up the good work! I don’t think I will ever finish this list because like you say it would take a LOOOOONGGG time, but it’s fun to use it to take me out of my reading comfort zone. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Wow this list is humongous! I loved Gilmore Girls and was amazed by how much Rory knew even as a high schooler. I am a slow reader but I completed my first challenge last year and read 30 books. This year I’m aiming for 40 and I review all of them on my blog as well. It’s been a fun experience for me because I get to look back and remember how I felt about certain books after time has gone by. I don’t know when I will get in the mood to try completing a list type challenge, but maybe in the future I will ^^

    • It sure is, so daunting to look at too! (I don’t think I would ever be able to finish it, so I look at it as a fun little side project.) I think Gilmore Girls is going to be one of those great series that stands the test of time, I can see people watching it 50 years from now and Rory is such a great role model. 🙂
      Don’t worry, I’m a slow reader too so I totally feel your pain! 30 books in one year is great in my opinion! I feel exactly the same way about reviewing, I love reading back on old posts and remembering all the emotions a book put me though. Best of luck attempting your 40 books!

  16. Just found this list! Fantastic… only hitch… the list jumps from 260 to 270, are the books missing or is the numbering off?

    • Hello! First off, thank you for bringing that to my attention, I hadn’t noticed it at all. It was an error in the numbering. I probably got tired while typing it out and made a few mistakes. The books definitely aren’t missing, in fact, this is probably the most comprehensive list as this one has 369 titles where others Gilmore lists have 335-9ish. I went for this one so that it covered all the possible titles, but I don’t know which is more accurate. Hope that helps. 🙂

  17. I was hunting for a reading challenge a few days ago and Pinterest led to your Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge page and let me just say since that day I have been hooked on to your blog.I have already got a few books on this list and am going to start reading them pronto.
    I can’t wait to read more of your reviews and actually get down to reading the books that you have mentioned.
    I have just started my own blog a few days ago and your blog is a huge inspiration to me for developing my own blog. The books I am going to read from now on are going to find a place on my blog because its bloggers like you that inspired me to document my own reading journey and I am hoping my journey will flourish just as beautifully as yours has.


    • Hi Sushmita!

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I’m ecstatic to hear you’ve been enjoying my blog posts and I’m so glad you’re thinking of picking up a few of the books I’ve mentioned, you’ll have to let me know how you get on with them! The Rory Gilmore Challenge is awesome, I’ve been slowly making my way through it for years now and its great for taking you out of your reading comfort zone. I’ve discovered so many great books through it I would never have picked up otherwise. 🙂 I hope you enjoy taking part!

      Awwh, thank you so much. 🙂 Knowing that I’ve inspired anyone is the best feeling ever. The blogging world can feel a little lonely and intimidating when you start, but it’s such a great community and you’ll meet so many great people in it. Do let me know if you have any questions etc, and I will do my best to help!

      • Oh wow, you’ve been reading books from the challenge for a few years? And here I am just starting off with it. Feels a little intimidating.
        It does feel a little lonely but I am hoping I will meet amazing people soon as well. Thanks for the offer, I will surely ask you in case I am lost somewhere.

      • Yepp! But I use this challenge very much as a side thing with no pressure and tend to dip in and out of it. For instance, I read 6 books off the challenge last year but haven’t read any for this year yet (I’m slacking!). It depends what mood I’m in really. 🙂

        The best tip I can give is to search out and make meaningful comments on other people’s blogs, you’ll come across people with similar tastes in no time! You got this. 🙂

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  20. I’ve read about 28 of these books…..the biographies I wouldn’t read so I won’t get the whole list done in my lifetime .I prefer mysteries. Many of these are on my e-reader so as I go through each one….the list will dwindle down…
    Great show and terrific list!!

    • Woo, well done, go you! That a pretty darn good chunk. 🙂 I doubt I will ever read the biographies either, there are some things on here I will never read, but in general it’s a great list to refer back to and dip in and out of.

      Good luck if you decide to take it on!

  21. Hi, Have just discovered this list on Pinterest & spent my lunchbreak checking out which ones I have read. I have read 33 of them & there are a few on there that I have on my IPad – in particular the Count of Monte Cristo which i could do next but I was having a break from Dumas as I’ve recently read all the Musketeer books. Perhaps I’ll do the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn next – have read the Advertures of Tom Sawyer & that was good. Can definitely say that I won’t complete the list – I’m not a poetry fan so they can be crossed off although I might give Edgar Allan Poe a go too.
    Loved the Gilmore Girls, used to record it everyday & watch whilst I was having breakfast – a lovely show.
    I noticed you started this a few years ago so I hope you are still continuing with your reading. I’m quite a bit older than you & have had a book on the go every day of every year of my life. I have been to so many places that I would never visit for real, apart from the fact that most of them don’t exist – lol. I don’t know what I would do without books, my life would certainly be very dull.
    Funny thing about the list – apparently Rory read parts 1 & 3 of The Lord of the Rings but skipped part 2. Can’t say I blame her, the first time I read it I would’ve been about her age & god was it hard going. Much easier second time after seeing the films.
    I’m definitely going to start following your blog as I would love to have people to compare books with & to discuss books with, tried joining an on-line book club recently but that didn’t work, maybe this will be better.


    • Ohh yay! Isn’t Pinterest awesome? Love that you spent your lunch break looking at book related things. 🙂 33 is an amazing start! You’re further on than me and I’ve been doing this challenge for a few years now (although granted, I’ve been slacking this year). Like you, I own quite a few books on this list but have yet to get to them as well. I have The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn too! I saw the movie and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I’ll like the book as well. I don’t think I will ever fully finish this list either, like you I’m not a big fan of poetry but also want to give Edgar Allan Poe a go, and I also doubt I’ll get to any of the non-fiction, but hey, never say never. 🙂

      Haha, I used to record the Gilmore Girls too! Although I did come into it after the show had already been around for a few years, so luckily I didn’t have to wait impatiently for new seasons. I am definitely continuing with my reading and like you, always have a book on the go and read pretty much every day, I can’t imagine life without books, they keep me sane and I always love discovering new worlds.

      Yepp, I noticed that too and thought it was weird! I think maybe she referenced 1 and 3 in the series but not 2, hence it not being on here, but I think we have to assume she did read the second one even if she didn’t mention it, haha. The Lord of the Rings books are tough, I’ve read 1 and 2 but never got around to 3, I adore The Hobbit though!

      Awh, thank you so much! I look forward to chatting books and Rory with you (and I’m sorry for the delayed comment reply). 😀

  22. You Definitely need to do book 3. It’s a much easier read than 2.

    I’ve just started a book club page on my Facebook page which I hope will become popular. I’m hoping to get to know my Facebook family through book discussions. It’s only been going for a week but there are a few things going on with it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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  25. Like others, I found your blog through Pinterest. Thanks for this great list! I work in a high school library and it inspired a book display for fellow Gilmore Girls fans. 🙂

    • Hi Andrea!
      I’m so glad you found this list through the wonders of the internet and WOW, that is such an amazing idea, go you!!! I would have thought my school library was epic if they did something like that, and would probably have lost my words fangirling over it. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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    • Thanks, Patti! I didn’t actually create this list, so I presume the person who made it wasn’t aware of that. I do keep noticing little mistakes here are there that I correct as I go along. 🙂 I also think another flaw of the list is when one book in a series is on here and the others aren’t when Rory obviously would have read them – but then, I guess they weren’t mentioned in the show!

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  28. Hey so I just discovered your blog and I’m in love with it , you’re doing a really good job 👏👏. I’ve read 31 of the books on this list and I’m looking forward to reading every single book on this list. I know it will be a very long journey but I’m willing to try.

    • Thank yoouuuu, I’m so glad you like it! 31, WHOA. You’re doing awesome! Considering I’ve been picking books off this list for years, I still haven’t read many, but I wanted it to be something fun rather than an obligation. 🙂
      Good luck with the list, you’re certainly off to a good start!

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  31. My favorites are Frankenstein- I feel such empathy for the creature (its a completely different story than all those old black and white movies). Also To Kill a Mockingbird- I even named my son Atticus. War and Peace is also an amazing novel- its like a soap opera that involves multiple families, marriages and of course lots of conflicts and war. Its hard to keep track of the characters though because there are like three girls named Marie but some people called them by nicknames or just their last name. Its worth the effort though to read it. Some pages I stopped and read like 3 times in a row because of how beautifully it was written. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was excellent too. I burned through the whole series in less than 10 days during a Christmas break a few years ago.

    My least favorites are Anna Karenina- its hard watching all of the poor decisions that she makes and the train wreck her life becomes. I also dislike the Awakening because Edna is so selfish. I’m also not a fan of Vonnegut because of how he keeps bringing in aliens to all of his stories.

    Will do. Thanks.

    • I’ve heard from a lot of people that the book Frankenstein was not what they expected, I guess it’s one of those stories so ingrained in pop culture we have a lot of assumptions about it. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourites from the list too! And Atticus is a wonderful name. 🙂

      Whoa, 10 days to get through Lord of the Rings – it took me a lot longer. I’m still working up to War & Peace, I don’t feel quite ready for that one yet!

      I tried to get through the film version of Anna Karenina and gave up after about 30 minutes, sad to hear that the book doesn’t sound too much better!

  32. In defence of vonnegut’s aliens, in slaughterhouse five they are such an integral part in his vision of mental disorder, that who could not forgive a genius, when his aliens move next door and start probing the cat,
    But as yet i know nothing of the others.

  33. Hi, I was looking at your list and I noticed theres a mistake in the numbering right after 308. The order doesn’t make much sense.

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  35. How are you getting on with it? I’m definitely going to do it, but I having a real long term perspective on it! Haha And how fun that the Gilmore Girls made a comeback on Netflix!

    • I feel exactly the same way, Awa, I never wanted this to be a pressure task, instead, I just wanted to discover some great books and stray out of my comfort zone. 🙂

      I’m getting on with the challenge really well thanks, I guess it doesn’t look like I’ve made much progress in terms of the volume I’ve read, but I’ve discovered so many great books already! It’s great.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. 🙂

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  37. Thanks I’m obsessed with reading just like Rory. I’m going to have give a closer look to the list and really try this challenge myself.

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    • I think it would probably take me even longer than 20 years…. I am a slow reader too, and the thing is, there are a lot of other books I want to read that aren’t on this list so unless I committed to a total life of Rory Gilmore reading, I don’t think I stand a chance of ever completing it! 🙂

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  43. OMG, Becky, it`s huge list! Good luck!
    anyway, about “1984” by Orwell…

    This book will always be a terrifying look at what could be, or what is. Every time I listen to it, I notice more things that are coming true. Big Brother’s tele-screens are today’s social media, big data, and the advertising industry who sells information to the highest bidder, be they government, or corporate. Control of our mind is being achieved through the manipulation of what we are fed through video and advertising, either to cause us to buy things, or to alter opinion.

    So, I just recommended.

    • Aha, thank you, IT IS A BEAST.

      You know what, I’m actually really looking forward to reading 1984… to the point that I keep putting it off for a rainy day for when I need a really good book if that makes any sense? For that reason, I’m not sure when I will get round to it, I guess one day my fingers will trail along my bookshelf and I’ll feel drawn to 1984, and that will be the day!

      Thank you for reading. 🙂

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  46. There are at least 2 errors in this list. The Gospel According to Judy Blume (not Bloom) and Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller are NOT books. They are references to books. ” The Gospel according to Judy Blume” line was Anna exposing to Luke about the book Deenie, which is on this list. The “say goodbye to Daisy Miller” line was about Rory being in Europe with Emily. So apparently, whoever made the original list did a great job; just those 2 slip-ups as far as I can see.

    • Wow, you sure know your Rory Gilmore! Well done for remembering the context of these quotes! One day, I would like to try and put the episode that each of the books is mentioned in onto this list, a long-term project for me, perhaps. 😀
      I have to say I am in awe of the person who originally put this list together and I wish I could find who originally created it so that I could link back to them, but it has proved hard to trace… I’ve found a few mistakes on it over the years but not too many considering! Thanks for alerting me to these as I’ve never read a Judy Blume book so I would not have caught this. I will update it in the next couple of days!

  47. I don’t remember the number, but the books starting with letter b, it’s Bhagavad Gita. It will be nice to correct the spelling.

  48. I know you didn’t make up this list, but the person who did is obviously not a reader. There are more than several mistakes and it hurts my soul.

  49. I was so amazed to see two of Sue Grafton’s books on this list! Seriously?! I am an avid reader and I consider her books a beach read maybe. The kind of book you don’t mind leaving in the plane when you’re done reading it. I would never ever consider her books the kind of literature that people really needed to read in order to expand their minds or improve their lives. There are SO many other mystery writers that far surpass her in every way: P D James, Ruth Rendel, Peter Robinson, Stephen Booth, Colin Dexter, Deborah Crombie, etc, just to name a few.

    I did see quite a few of excellent books, though. And many I have never heard of before. Interesting list!

    • Oooh, I’ve never even spotted that name on there, it’s such a long list I feel like I see something new each time I look at it! Some of the books are definitely very random – the list was taken from somewhere else so unfortunately, I can’t account for its accuracy but it’s a fun resource! I think some of the books are specifically seen on the show and some are mentioned in pop culture references. I’m glad you found the list interesting. 🙂

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