Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

April 15, 2019

So you don’t know this but I’m a huge (HUGE) Gilmore Girls fan.

I started watching it two years ago, at a moment in my life where everything was pretty much going to shit and I wasn’t happy. It was my way out of reality, a different world I could dive in where nothing else really mattered. My problems weren’t mine anymore.

Gilmore Girls will always have a special place in my heart. Back when I started watching it, I could identify with Rory a lot, as I was never really a popular girl, but more on the introverted side. I always cared about school and grades, and getting into a good college and I loved seeing Rory as she went through all this process.

Even though I wasn’t exactly like her, I found inspirations in her actions : participating in school debates, standing up for herself… Granted, this might not mean much to you but as someone who has always been plagued with major shyness, I aspired to be more like her. 

Anyhow, after my binging of Gilmore Girls (all the seasons + the revival) during the summer of 2017 (or was it 2016 ? I can’t remember) I was in major Gilmore Girls withdrawal (it’s very serious, look it up). I magically (not really) happened to stumble upon this beautiful article called All 339 Books Referenced In “Gilmore Girls”

I decided to make it my goal to go through that list and read as many books on there as possible. I re-arranged the list between what I had read, what I want to read and what I don’t intend to read simply because it’s not a priority or because I’ve never heard of it. I’m gonna share this list with you today ! (Strangely enough, the total of books on my list is 336 and I don’t know where the three others have gone ?) 

Rory's List Read
Rory's List To Be Read
Rory's List I Don't Intend To Read Right Now


Out of the 339 books (or 336 in my case?), I have only read 31 of them. Most of them are classics. 

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  7. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  11. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  12. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  17. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  18. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  19. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  22. Carrie by Stephen King
  23. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  24. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  25. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  26. The Iliad by Homer
  27. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  28. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  29. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  30. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  31. The Shining by Stephen King

To Be Read

  1. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  2. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  3. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  4. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  5. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  6. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  7. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  8. Othello by Shakespeare
  9. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  1. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  2. Candide by Voltaire
  3. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  7. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  10. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  11. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  12. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  13. Emma by Jane Austen
  14. Ethics by Spinoza
  15. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  16. Inferno by Dante
  17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  18. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  19. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  20. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  21. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  22. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  23. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  24. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  25. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  26. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  30. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  6. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  7. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  10. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  12. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  13. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  4. Christine by Stephen King
  5. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  6. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  7. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  8. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  9. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  10. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  11. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  12. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  13. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  14. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  16. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  17. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  18. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  19. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  20. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  21. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  22. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  23. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  24. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  25. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  26. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  27. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  28. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  29. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  30. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  1. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  6. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  7. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  8. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  9. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Others I Don't Intend To Read (at least not right now)

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  2. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  3. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  4. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  5. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  6. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  7. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  8. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  9. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  10. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  11. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  12. The Bhagava Gita
  13. 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
  14. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  15. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  16. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  17. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  19. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  20. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  21. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  22. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  23. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  24. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  1. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  2. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  3. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  4. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  5. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  6. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  8. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  9. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  10. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  11. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  12. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  13. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  14. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  15. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  16. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  17. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  18. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  19. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  20. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  21. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  22. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  23. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  1. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  3. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  4. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  5. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  7. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  8. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  9. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  10. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  11. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  12. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  13. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  14. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  15. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  16. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  17. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  18. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  19. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
  20. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
  21. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  22. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  23. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  24. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  25. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  26. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  27. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  28. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  1. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  2. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  3. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  4. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  5. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  6. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  7. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  8. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  10. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  11. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  12. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  13. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  14. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  15. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  1. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  2. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  3. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  4. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  5. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  6. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  7. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  10. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  11. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  12. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  13. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  14. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  15. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  16. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  17. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  18. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  19. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  20. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  21. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  22. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  23. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  24. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  25. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  26. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  27. Night by Elie Wiesel
  28. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  29. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  30. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  31. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  32. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  33. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  34. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  35. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  36. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  37. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  1. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  2. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  3. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  4. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  5. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  6. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  7. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  8. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  9. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  10. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  11. Property by Valerie Martin
  12. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  13. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  14. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  15. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  16. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  17. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  18. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  19. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  20. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  21. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  22. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  24. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  25. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  26. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  27. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  28. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

161.Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

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

163.Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

164.The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

165.Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

166.The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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

168.Selected Hotels of Europe

169.Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

170.A Separate Peace by John Knowles

171.Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

172.Sexus by Henry Miller

173.Shane by Jack Shaefer

174.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

175.S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

176.Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

177.Small Island by Andrea Levy

178.Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

179.Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

180.The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

181.Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

182.The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

183.Songbook by Nick Hornby

184.Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

185. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

186.Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

187.Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

188.Stuart Little by E. B. White

189.Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

190.Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

191.Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

192.Time and Again by Jack Finney

193.To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

194.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

195.The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

196.Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

197.Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

198.Ulysses by James Joyce

199.Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

200.Unless by Carol Shields


201.Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

202.The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

203.Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

204.Walden by Henry David Thoreau

205.Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

206.We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

207.What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

208.What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

209.When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

210.Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

211.Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire


212.The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

213.The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

215.Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

216.Cujo by Stephen King

217.Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

218.Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

219.The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

Okay, so this was a REALLY LONG POST and I don’t blame you if you didn’t make it to the end. I can’t blame you, I probably wouldn’t have. If you’re still here, here’s a cookie 🍪 and a virtual hug ! 

Do you watch Gilmore Girls ? How many books in Rory’s list have you read ?

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