The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge


Anyone who is familiar with Gilmore Girls knows that Rory is literal bookworm goals everywhere. I have read a lot, but I haven’t read many classics, or books from the “canon”. As an English Major this is kind of something I definitely want to work on, so enter The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. This list was originally posted HERE, and features the 340 books that Rory either reads or references during the series. Watching Gilmore Girls from start to finish is also something I’m working on, having seen probably fifty scattered episodes but never all of them or in chronological order (so yay Netflix). Anyway, with the Gilmore Girls reboot on the horizon, what better time to give this a shot?

Similarly to my 101 Greatest Movie Quotes post/ challenge, I’m going to make it my goal to read all the books on this list… but that will definitely not happen all within this year. As of March 19th, 2016 all the books striked out are books I’ve read (only 19/340… yikes)! When I’ve made a bigger dent in the list, I will make future “check-in” posts!

  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

  25. a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy

  26. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

  27. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

  28. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  29. Brick Lane by Monica Ali

  30. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner

  31. Candide by Voltaire 

  32. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

  33. Carrie by Stephen King

  34. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  35. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 

  36. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

  37. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

  38. Christine by Stephen King

  39. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

  40. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  41. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

  42. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty

  43. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty

  44. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

  45. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

  46. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

  47. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

  48. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

  49. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père

  50. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac

  51. 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. Daisy Miller by Henry James

  57. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

  58. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

  59. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

  60. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown 

  61. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

  62. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  63. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

  64. Deenie by Judy Blume

  65. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that

  66. Changed America by Erik Larson

  67. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

  68. The Divine Comedy by Dante

  69. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

  70. Don Quijote by Cervantes

  71. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

  72. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  73. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

  74. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

  75. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

  76. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

  77. Eloise by Kay Thompson

  78. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

  79. Emma by Jane Austen 

  80. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

  81. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

  82. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

  83. Ethics by Spinoza

  84. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

  85. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

  86. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

  87. Extravagance by Gary Krist

  88. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

  89. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

  90. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

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

  92. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

  93. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

  94. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

  95. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 

  96. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

  97. Fletch by Gregory McDonald

  98. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  99. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

  100. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  101. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  102. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

  103. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

  104. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

  105. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

  106. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

  107. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner

  108. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

  109. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

  110. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

  111. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

  112. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

  113. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 

  114. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

  115. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom

  116. The Graduate by Charles Webb

  117. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  118. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  119. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  120. The Group by Mary McCarthy

  121. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

  122. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

  123. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 

  124. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

  125. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 

  126. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry 

  127. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

  128. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

  129. Henry V by William Shakespeare

  130. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

  131. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

  132. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

  133. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

  134. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

  135. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

  136. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

  137. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

  138. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland

  139. Howl by Allen Gingsburg

  140. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

  141. The Iliad by Homer

  142. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres

  143. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  144. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

  145. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

  146. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton

  147. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 

  148. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  149. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

  150. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

  151. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

  152. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

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

  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. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  164. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

  165. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

  166. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

  167. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

  168. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

  169. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  170. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

  171. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 

  172. The Love Story by Erich Segal

  173. Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

  174. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

  175. The Manticore by Robertson Davies

  176. Marathon Man by William Goldman

  177. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

  178. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

  179. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

  180. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

  181. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

  182. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

  183. The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare

  184. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

  185. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

  186. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

  187. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  188. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

  189. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

  190. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

  191. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

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

  193. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

  194. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

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

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

  197. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

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

  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. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

  216. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  217. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

  219. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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

  221. Oracle Night by Paul Auster

  222. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  223. Othello by Shakespeare 

  224. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

  225. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

  226. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

  227. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

  228. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

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

  230. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  231. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

  232. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

  233. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

  234. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

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

  236. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby 

  237. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

  238. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

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

  240. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

  241. Property by Valerie Martin

  242. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

  243. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

  244. Quattrocento by James Mckean

  245. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

  246. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers 

  247. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

  248. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

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

  250. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

  251. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

  252. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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

  254. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien

  255. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

  256. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

  257. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

  258. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

  259. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

  260. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

  261. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

  262. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

  263. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

  264. Sanctuary by William Faulkner

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

  266. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

  267. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  268. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

  269. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

  270. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 

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

  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. Walt Disney’s 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

What should I read first? Are any of your favourites on this list? Also, full credit to The Dauntless Dreamer for compiling this challenge!

If you’d like to keep up with what I’m reading as I go, you can find me on Goodreads!

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