The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

If you’ve met me, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the Gilmore Girls — one of the best shows that was on TV, in my opinion! One thing I loved about the show was that one of the main characters, Rory, was such a huge reader. It seemed that on every show there was a reference to a book she was reading (or two!). Honestly, she was one of my main reasons for wanting to read so much more … I wanted to be just like Rory!

I’ve seen this challenge posted on a few blogs and thought I’d post the list on my own so that I can try to tackle the books on it (the list is from It’s Time to Read).

Rather than set a time limit on this (there are some HUGE books on the list), I’m going to make it an ongoing challenge! If you want to join me, feel free!


So far, I’ve read 47 / 341 books.


    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 **
    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
    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, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
    65. The Divine Comedy by Dante
    66. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells **
    67. Don Quijote 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 **
    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 **
    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
    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 – Read. Read my review HERE. **
    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 **
    116. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens **
    117. The Group by Mary McCarthy
    118. Hamlet by William Shakespeare **
    119. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling **
    120. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling **
    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 ** 
    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
    163. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
    164. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
    165. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    166. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
    167. Lord of the Flies by William Golding **
    168. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson – Read. Read my review HERE. **
    169. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold **
    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 – Read. Read my review HERE.
    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. Read my review HERE. **
    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 – Read. Read my review HERE. **
    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
    228. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
    229. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    230. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
    231. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
    232. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
    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 ** 
    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
    244. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
    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: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
    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
    257. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf **
    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
    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 Hotels of Europe
    272. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
    273. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen **
    274. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    275. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
    276. Sexus by Henry Miller
    277. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    278. Shane by Jack Shaefer
    279. The Shining by Stephen King
    280. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    281. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
    282. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    283. Small Island by Andrea Levy
    284. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
    285. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
    286. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
    287. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
    288. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
    289. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
    290. Songbook by Nick Hornby
    291. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
    292. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    293. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
    294. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    295. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
    296. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
    297. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
    298. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
    299. Stuart Little by E. B. White
    300. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway **
    301. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
    302. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
    303. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
    304. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens**
    305. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    306. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
    307. Time and Again by Jack Finney
    308. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger **
    309. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
    310. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    311. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
    312. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith **
    313. The Trial by Franz Kafka
    314. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
    315. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
    316. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    317. Ulysses by James Joyce**
    318. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
    319. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    320. Unless by Carol Shields
    321. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
    322. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
    323. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
    324. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
    325. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides **
    326. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    327. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    328. Bambi by Felix Salten
    329. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy **
    330. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
    331. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
    332. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
    333. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
    334. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
    335. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
    336. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
    337. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
    338. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ** 
    339. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
    340. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    341. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

** denotes books I own

Other Bloggers Participating in the Challenge

Lisa at Dizneeee’s World of Books
Margie at Bumbles and Fairy-Tales


5 thoughts on “The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge”

  1. What a fun list! I was a huge fan of the show too! I always try to re-watch episodes whenever I can! I think I might join you in this, there are quite a few that I’ve read already, but I don’t know if I’ll get to review them all… think, think, think…
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Margie! That would be awesome if you joined in! I know Lisa (Dizneeee’s World of Books) has already joined in the challenge! I think the great thing is that I’m in no way putting a time limit on it, or I would for SURE back out of it. There are some super heavy titles on the list!

      Keep me posted!

  2. This is such a fun idea! I absolutely love(d) Gilmore Girls!! I may put this challenge up on my blog soon, but I went through and I’ve read 22 books on the list, but want to read 48 of them (based on knowledge of the book and recognizing the title).

    I can’t believe you have read 31 but aren’t counting them until you review them, and are possibly re-reading all of them – that’s a LOT of work girl!!! But I’m interested to see your opinion on quite a few of these!

    1. I’m interested in revisiting the titles! I was so busy in university that there’s a handful I can’t really remember when I think about it …

      I’m glad you’re going to join in! It’ll take YEARS, but I hope to cross a lot off the list!

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