The Rory Gilmore Reading List

Rory Gilmore reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

TV’s quintessential girl-next-door, Rory Gilmore, is an interesting character who not only knows so much about pop culture but reads a lot, too. (Hmm..wouldn’t you say she knew so much from reading a lot? Oh well, we can only speculate.) And the books she read or are featured on the show has spawned a lot of lists and reading challenges and even book clubs. As I am a huge fan (which if for any other celebrity I wouldn’t have openly admitted), I’m joining in on the bandwagon.

THE LIST

  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • Mencken Chrestomathy – H.L. Mencken
  • A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister – Julie Mars
  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • A Quiet Storm: A Novel – Rachel Howzell Hall
  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Atonement: A Novel – Ian McEwan
  • Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel – Dai Sijie
  • Bee Season: A Novel – Myla Goldberg
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Beowulf
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty – Eudora Welty
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Cousin Bette – Honoré de Balzac
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Daisy Miller – Henry James
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • Demons – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable – Mark Dunn
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • Extravagance: A Novel – Gary Krist
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  • Finnegan Awakes – James Joyce
  • Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  • Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Holidays on Ice: Stories – David Sedaris
  • How the Light Gets In – M. J. Hyland
  • How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  • Howl – Allen Ginsberg
  • Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito
  • Leaves of Grass – Walt Witman
  • Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Living History – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  • Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  • Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath – Seymour M. Hersh
  • My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru – Tim Guest
  • Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature – Jan Lars Jensen
  • New Poems of Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson
  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • Dawn Powell: Novels 1930-1942 – Dawn Powell
  • Old School – Tobias Wolff
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • Oracle Night – Paul Auster
  • Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  • Othello – William Shakespeare
  • Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen
  • Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk – Legs McNeil
  • Property – Valerie Martin
  • Pushkin: A Biography – T.J. Binyon
  • Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  • Quattrocento – James Mckean
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – Azar Nafisi
  • Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad – Virginia Holman
  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  • Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  • Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  • Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  • Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay – Nancy Milford
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Laura Hillenbrand
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories – Ernest Hemingway
  • Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos – Julia de Burgos
  • Songbook – Nick Hornby
  • Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  • Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  • Swimming With Giants: My Encounters With Whales, Dolphins, and Seals – Anne Collett
  • Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Tender Is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews – Peter Duffy
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Larson
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem
  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Group – Mary McCarthy
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar – Robert Alexander
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  • The Little Locksmith: A Memoir – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  • The Lottery: And Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  • The Manticore – Robertson Davies
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  • The Opposite of Fate – Amy Tan
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker – Dorothy Parker
  • The Portable Nietzsche
  • The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • The Scarecrow of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Second Sex – Simone De Beauvoir
  • The Secret Life of Bees –Sue Kidd
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  • The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  • Unabridged Journals – Sylvia Plath
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  • Time and Again – Jack Finney
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship – Ann Patchett
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Unless – Carol Shields
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire

Big thanks to gioiello-icons for the above list.

Out of the 50 or so books on the list, I think I’ve only read one and that was Maguire’s Wicked which at that I didn’t like so much. I have yet to read it again and see if my opinion would change.😉

If you also want to take on the challenge, you may download this google doc.
I have James Furbush of The Sly Oyster to thank for that one.

And still another: you can join Rory’s Book Club or the one on Goodreads or read with Devina on The Gilmore Book Marathon.

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Image courtesy of The Sly Oyster.

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