Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

What happened to you, Rory? You used to be cool.

I LOVED Gilmore Girls for about 3 of its 7 season seasons, and tolerated it for another 3 before Rory’s transformation from smart, awesome, awkward nerd girl to entitled, snobby, and inexplicably lucky (I suppose there isn’t really another type of luck, but when it happens to people you like, it feels less like the work of Satan and more like karma) bitch turned me off for good.

So let’s remember when she was smart the way only a TV character can be, by taking a look at her reading list (EXCELLENT idea) and feeling suitably inferior.

The list is 250 books long; I have read 69 of them, own 25 more, and am currently reading 4. Two, I made excuses for. And this is out of 340.

*Update: 70, 24, and 4
*Update 2: 71, 25, 5
*Update 3: 73, 24, 4
*Update 4: 82, 28, 4
*Update 5 (5 years after original post): 84, 59, 5

1984 by George Orwell – read
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – Kindle
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – read
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon – reading
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – read
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Kindle
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – read
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu – own
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – reading
Atonement by Ian McEwan – Kindle
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin – Kindle
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie – read
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – own
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney – own
The Bhagava Gita
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
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – read
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire – own
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer – own
Carrie by Stephen King – read
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – read
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – read
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White – read
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – own
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – read
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse – read
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – read
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – read
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King – read
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – read
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende – Kindle
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – Kindle
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – read
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller – read
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson – read
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante – own
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells – read
Don Quijote by Cervantes – own
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – read
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe – own
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen – reading
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol – read
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – Kindle
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson – read
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien – read
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein – own
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – read
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – read
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – own
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – read
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger – read
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut – well, I’ve read almost everything else by him…
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg – read
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo – Kindle
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – read
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb – Kindle
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – own
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – read
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – read
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare – read
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – read
Harry Potter and the PHILOSOPHER’S Stone by J. K. Rowling – read
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – Kindle
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – read
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – read
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon – own
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris – read
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – Kindle
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg – read
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer – read
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – read
Inferno by Dante
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – read
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – read
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain – Kindle
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Kindle
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence – Kindle
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman – Kindle
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel – read
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens – Kindle
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen – read
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – read
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding – read
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson – read
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – read
The Love Story by Erich Segal 
Macbeth by William Shakespeare – read
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Kindle
The Manticore by Robertson Davies – read
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – own
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris – read
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – Kindle
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – own
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville – own
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – read
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – read
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – own
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri – read and reviewed Unaccustomed Earth, though
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin – read
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – read
Night by Elie Wiesel – own
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – own
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – read
Old School by Tobias Wolff
On the Road by Jack Kerouac – reading
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – read
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – own
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – read
Othello by Shakespeare – read
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens – Kindle
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton – read
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – read
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – read
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi – Kindle
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – read
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw – read
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – read
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – own
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – own
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien – read
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – read
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – Kindle
The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Kindle
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – own
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Hotels of Europe
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – read
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – own
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King – own
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – Kindle
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut – read
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron – Kindle
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – own
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – read
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller – read
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams – read
Stuart Little by E. B. White – read
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – own
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Kindle
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – read
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – read
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – Kindle
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – read
Ulysses by James Joyce – Kindle
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – Kindle
Unless by Carol Shields – own
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – read
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – Kindle
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – read
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett – read
Walden by Henry David Thoreau – Kindle
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson – own
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee – read
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – read
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum – read
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – read
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Which is great, because this list can act as inspiration if I’m ever allowed back in Chapters and I’ve run out of books. So, you know, never.

  1. Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

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