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

The 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. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  15. Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  16. Babe – Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash – Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  19. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  20. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  21. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  22. The Bhagava Gita
  23. The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  24. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  25. A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  26. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  27. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  28. Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner
  29. Candide – Voltaire
  30. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  31. Carrie –Stephen King
  32. Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  33. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  34. The Celebrated Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  35. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  36. The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  37. Christine – Stephen King
  38. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  39. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  40. The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  41. The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  42. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  43. A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  44. Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  45. The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  46. Complete Stories - Dorothy Parker
  47. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  48. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  49. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  50. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  52. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  53. Cujo – Stephen King
  54. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  55. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  56. David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  57. David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  58. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  59. Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  60. Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  62. Deenie – Judy Blume
  63. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  64. The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  65. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  66. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  67. Don Quijote – Cervantes
  68. Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  69. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson
  70. Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  71. Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  72. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  73. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  74. Eloise – Kay Thompson
  75. √ Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  76. Emma – Jane Austen
  77. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  78. Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  79. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  80. Ethics – Spinoza
  81. Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  82. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  83. Extravagance – Gary Kist
  84. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  85. Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  87. Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  88. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  89. The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  90. Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  92. Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  93. Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  94. Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  95. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  96. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  97. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  98. Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  99. Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers
  100. Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  101. Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  102. George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  103. Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  104. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  105. The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  106. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  107. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  108. Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  109. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  110. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  112. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  113. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  114. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  115. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  116. The Group – Mary McCarthy
  117. Hamlet – Shakespeare
  118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  121. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  122. Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  123. Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  124. Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  125. Henry V – Shakespeare
  126. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  128. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  129. The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  130. House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  131. √ The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  132. How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  134. How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  135. Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  137. The Illiad – Homer
  138. I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  139. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  140. Inferno – Dante
  141. Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  142. Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  143. It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton
  144. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  145. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  146. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  147. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  148. Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito
  149. The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  150. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  151. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  152. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – DH Lawrence
  153. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  154. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  155. The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  156. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  157. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  158. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  159. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  160. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  161. The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  162. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  163. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  164. Living History – Hillary Clinton
  165. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  166. The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  167. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  168. The Love Story – Eric Segal
  169. Macbeth – Shakespeare
  170. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  171. The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  172. Marathon Man – William Goldman
  173. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  174. Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  175. Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  176. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  177. The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  178. Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  179. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  180. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  181. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  182. The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  183. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  184. The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  185. Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  186. A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  187. Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  188. A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  189. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  190. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  191. Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  192. My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  193. My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  194. My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  195. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  196. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  197. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  198. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  199. The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  200. Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  201. New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  202. The New Way Things Work – David Macaulay
  203. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  204. Night – Elie Wiesel
  205. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  206. The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  207. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  208. Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski
  209. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  210. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  211. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  212. On the Road – Jack Keruac
  213. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  215. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life – Amy Tan
  217. Oracle Night – Paul Auster
  218. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  219. Othello – Shakespeare
  220. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War – Donald Kagan
  222. Out of Africa – Isac Dineson
  223. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
  224. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition – Donald Kagan
  226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  227. Peyton Place Grace Metalious
  228. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  229. Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  230. Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  231. Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  232. The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  233. The Portable Dorothy Parker
  234. The Portable Nietzche
  235. The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  236. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  237. Property – Valerie Martin
  238. Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  239. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  240. Quattrocento – James McKean
  241. A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall
  242. Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  243. The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  244. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  245. Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  246. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  247. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  248. Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  249. The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  250. R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  251. Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  252. Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  253. Roman Fever – Edith Wharton
  254. Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  255. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  256. A Room with a View – EM Forster
  257. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  258. The Rough Guide to Europe
  259. Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  260. Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  261. Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  262. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  263. The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  264. The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  265. Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  266. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  267. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  268. Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  269. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  270. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  271. A Separate Place – John Knowles
  272. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  273. Sexus – Henry Miller
  274. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  275. Shane – Jack Shaefer
  276. The Shining – Stephen King
  277. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  278. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  279. Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  280. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  281. Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  282. Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  283. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  284. The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  285. Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  286. The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  287. Songbook – Nick Hornby
  288. The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  289. Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  290. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  291. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  292. Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  293. Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  294. The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  295. A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  296. Stuart Little – EB White
  297. Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  298. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  299. Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  300. Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  301. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  302. Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  303. Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  304. Time and Again – Jack Finney
  305. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  306. To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  307. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  308. The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  309. Travel and Motoring through Europe - Myra Waldo
  310. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  311. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  312. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  313. Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  314. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  315. Ulysses – James Joyce
  316. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  317. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  318. Unless – Carol Shields
  319. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  320. The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  321. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  322. Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  323. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  324. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  325. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  326. Walt Disney’s Bambi – Felix Salten
  327. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  328. We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  329. What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  330. What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  331. When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  332. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  333. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  334. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  335. The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  336. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  337. The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  338. 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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