Reading Like Rory Gilmore

I’ll admit it, I watch the Gilmore Girls all the time. I get made fun of mercilessly for watching it, but I think its a fun show. I like the fact that Rory is a bookaholic, and somewhat like me when I was in high school. I also like that this show leans on the intellectual side by throwing out references to literary works as well as classic and contemporary pop culture fads. Everytime I watch an episode, even if its for the 12th time, I learn or pick up on something new from the show. Its the type of show that ages well. The ensemble cast means that there are plenty of personalities to latch onto over a lengthy span of time (in my case 10 years).

This list is for Rory’s book list, movie and music list mentioned on the show. Her list includes the official list from the WB website, as well as her own contributions of titles mentioned on the show that were not on the WB list. Quite a few titles on this list I believe are referenced in their movie/TV show form on the show, but since they originated from a book, I figure its safe to put on the list.

Other Rory Resources

The titles with check marks are the books that I have read. You can click on the hyperlinks to read my reviews. I will keep adding titles as I find out about them. If you know of any, let me know! I’ll also try to add the season and episode that the reference took place, to add some validity to the list. =p

1.1 – The Pilot

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior

1.2 - The Lorelie’s First Day of School

  • Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • David Coperfield – Charles Dickens

1.3 – Kill Me Now

  • Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken

1.4 – The Deer Hunters

The List

Reading List

  1. 1984George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  10. The Art of Fiction  – Henry James
  11. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  13. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  15. Babe – Dick King-Smith
  16. Backlash – Susan Faludi
  17. Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  18. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  19. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  20. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  21. The Bhagava Gita
  22. The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  23. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  24. A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  25. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  26. Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner
  27. Candide – Voltaire
  28. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  29. Carrie –Stephen King
  30. Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  31. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  32. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  33. The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  34. Christine – Stephen King
  35. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  36. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  37. The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  38. The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  39. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  40. A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  41. Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  42. The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  43. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  45. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  46. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  47. The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  48. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  49. Cujo – Stephen King
  50. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  51. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  52. David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  53. David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  54. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  55. Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  56. Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  57. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  58. Deenie – Judy Blume
  59. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  60. The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  61. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  62. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  63. Don Quijote – Cervantes
  64. Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  65. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson
  66. Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  67. Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  68. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  69. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  70. Eloise – Kay Thompson
  71. Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  72. Emma – Jane Austen
  73. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  74. Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  75. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  76. Ethics – Spinoza
  77. Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  78. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  79. Extravagance – Gary Kist
  80. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  81. Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  82. The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  83. Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  84. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  85. The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  86. Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  87. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  89. Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  90. Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  91. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  92. Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  93. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  94. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  95. Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers
  96. Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  97. Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  98. George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  99. Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  100. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  101. The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  102. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  103. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  104. Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  105. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  106. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  107. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  108. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  109. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  110. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  111. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  112. The Group – Mary McCarthy
  113. Hamlet – Shakespeare
  114. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  115. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  116. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  117. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  118. Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  119. Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  120. Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  121. Henry V – Shakespeare
  122. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  123. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  124. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  125. The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  126. House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  127. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  128. How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  129. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  130. How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  131. Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  132. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  133. The Illiad – Homer
  134. I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  135. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  136. Inferno – Dante
  137. Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  138. Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  139. It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton
  140. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  141. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  142. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  143. The Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  144. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  145. Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito
  146. The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  147. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  148. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  149. Lady Chatterley’s Love – DH Lawrence
  150. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  151. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  152. The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  153. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  154. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  155. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  156. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  157. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  158. The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  159. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  160. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  161. Living History – Hillary Clinton
  162. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  163. The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  164. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  165. The Love Story – Eric Segal
  166. Macbeth – Shakespeare
  167. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  168. The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  169. Marathon Man – William Goldman
  170. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  171. Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  172. Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  173. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  174. The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  175. Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  176. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  177. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  178. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  179. The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  180. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  181. The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  182. Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  183. A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  184. Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  185. A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  186. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  187. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  188. Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  189. My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  190. My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  191. My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  192. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  193. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  194. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  195. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  196. The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  197. Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  198. New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  199. Things Work – David Macaulay
  200. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  201. Night – Elie Wiesel
  202. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  203. The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  204. Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski
  205. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  206. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  207. On the Road – Jack Keruac
  208. Peyton Place Grace Metalious
  209. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  210. Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  211. Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  212. Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  213. The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  214. The Portable Dorothy Parker
  215. The Portable Nietzche
  216. The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  217. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  218. Property – Valerie Martin
  219. Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  220. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  221. Quattrocento – James McKean
  222. A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall
  223. Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  224. The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  225. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  226. Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  227. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  228. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  229. Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  230. The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  231. R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  232. Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  233. Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  234. Roman Holiday – Edith Wharton
  235. Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  236. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  237. A Room with a View – EM Forster
  238. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  239. Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  240. Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  241. Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  242. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  243. The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  244. The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  245. Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  246. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  247. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  248. Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  249. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  250. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  251. A Separate Place – John Knowles
  252. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  253. Sexus – Henry Miller
  254. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  255. Shane – Jack Shaefer
  256. The Shining – Stephen King
  257. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  258. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  259. Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  260. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  261. Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  262. Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  263. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  264. The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  265. Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  266. The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  267. Songbook – Nick Hornby
  268. The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  269. Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  270. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  271. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  272. Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  273. Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  274. The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  275. A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  276. Stuart Little – EB White
  277. Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  278. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  279. Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  280. Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  281. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  282. Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  283. Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  284. Time and Again – Jack Finney
  285. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  286. To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  287. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  288. The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  289. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  290. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  291. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  292. Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  293. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  294. Ulysses – James Joyce
  295. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  296. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  297. Unless – Carol Shields
  298. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  299. The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  300. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  301. Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  302. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  303. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  304. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  305. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  306. We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  307. What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  308. What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  309. When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  310. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  311. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  312. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  313. The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  314. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  315. The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  316. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

36 responses to “Reading Like Rory Gilmore

  1. That’s quite an endeavor! When the boxed set for the entire series came out several months ago, it included a glossary of Gilmore terms & literary references…if you’re that big of a fan, you might check it out, though I wouldn’t be surprised if there are websites for this as well.

    p.s. Thanks for adding me to your blog roll! I like your site as well.

    • Just FYI, (and I’ve seen this on a lot of people’s blogs) But The Fountainhead is by Ernest Hemingway; not Ayn Rand… Well, it might be by them too, but not the version Jess and Rory talk about… So, yeah. (:

    • I think they may have been referring to another book by Hemingway. I don’t see anything that lists a book titled The Fountainhead being written by him.

  2. unfinishedperson

    I have a friend who loves The Gilmore Girls. I’ll have to pass this on to her, if she isn’t already aware of it. Whether or not it is accurate, it’s still a great list with which to start.

  3. thanks for passing it on to me unfinishedperson – definitely something I’ll look into going through

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  5. woow, I have read some of the list too and some are on my must-read list… very good! I’m not a fan of the program either but it is good to know they showed cultural things too beyond the mother breaking up and coming back with her boyfriends and so on hehehe. I had noticed that in American movies they always show people reading or in libraries what is really hard to find in Brazilian’s movies or soap-operas.
    =D

  6. It’s too bad you find the mother/daughter dynamic to be corny. If you really examine it, it’s a tightly knit relationship that resulted from Loreali being a single mother as well as a third movement feminist. Please, be careful to mock and do your research.

  7. Melissa,

    I wasn’t mocking the dynamic. I do understand the relevance of the mother-daughter relationship. I just find the writing and a lot of the jokes to be really corny. I think its awesome for any mother-daughter to be that close.

  8. I love this list too – and The Gilmore Girls in general, I think the writing is fantastic and very intelligent. :-)

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  11. my mother is a single mom who got me at an early age, and we are very much alike the gilmore girls weve been told. when it comes to the jokes, yes they are kind of corny, but so are people too! and they are made to be corny; oy with the poodles already, is a fine example!

    love the book list though! ;)

  12. This is such an amazing list! I just finished uni for the year, so I have been wanting to compile a list of summer reading. Looks like I have found it!

  13. Hi Nariii, I have been contemplating to add this list on my blog for a while… can I copy from yours?
    ctrl c + ctrl v
    I have read some of the list, not as many as you, but it is an inspiration isn’t it?
    xoxo

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  26. I love the Gilmore Girls and owe the entire series! Wow, I can’t believe you’ve analyzed all the books mentioned in the show. I’ve seen the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge on other blogs, but never seen the books. Thanks for the info

  27. This list is amazing but as far as i can tell you missed out atlas shrugged and fountain head by Ann rand!

  28. I miss my daily dose of Gilmore Girls. It used to be my regular go-to working late afternoons in the kitchen. I am somewhat surprised at the depth of this list, but several titles brought back memories of various episodes, so thanks for that. No I’ll find myself asking, “Would Rory have read this?”

  29. I’m currently reading all books mentioned on Gilmore girls. The below list seems to be the best one I was able to find so far. I love that so many fans have come together to try to compile this list! Good luck and happy reading!

    http://blackwhitereadbookchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/09/official-list.html

  30. Just checking off everything I’ve read so far….wow I’ve put a decent dent in it.

  31. Which was the book jess stole rory in season 2? :)
    And thanks a lot for uploading all this books i’m already starting to read some of them.

  32. I loved The Gilmore Girls, but haven’t seen any in ages. I have the first few series on DVD, I should get them out again. I need to copy the reading list too, am a great fan of lists. I have seen this one before, but not made any serious effort to read through it, of course I have read some, it would be fun to count them up.

  33. This list is great! I absolutely loved the show and have always been envious of Rory’s reading list.

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