Throwback: Books Rory Gilmore has Read (Or, At Least, Most of Them)

As I’m transitioning to the new space here, I’ll feature some throwbacks from my old blog. This post originally ran on January 1, 2015.

Like most people, I’ve got a Netflix problem, and right now (for me at least), it’s all about Gilmore girls.

I started watching Gilmore girls when I was little, maybe nine or ten. My sister and I watched the entire show while we lay down on the floor in front of our portable DVD player with a screen the size of the phone I now own. It was the first show I “marathoned,” and it was incredibly influential. I was already an avid reader; seeing Rory on screen eating books up (and becoming successful because of it) empowered me to want to do the same thing.

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No wonder I’m so obsessed with Virginia Woolf now. [Photo via Buzzfeed]
I had a very similar reaction while watching it this time around (and on a side note, I still hate Dean just as much as I did when I was ten). Luckily, both my reading level and my list of books have increased since that time, and I found myself picking up on many more of the references she and Lorelai made (and boy, am I proud about that).

Throughout the duration of the show, which lasted seven seasons, Rory is seen reading (or references reading) 339 books. Here’s a quiz where you can see how you measure up to Rory’s reading list; I was too much of a fraidy-cat to take it, but I looked over the list and divided it into my own categories. Not all of Rory’s books are listed (here’s where you can find the entire 339), but that would be exhausting for you to read, anyway.



Books I’ve Read and Liked or Even Loved

  • 1984 (I read this at the beach, actually. It is not a beach book.)
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Okay, I’ll admit it. I only read parts of this, as it was required reading for my freshman seminar, and who really has the time to read every assignment in the thick of the semester?)
  • Anne Frank
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Eloise
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Franny and Zooey
  • Freaky Friday
  • The God of Small Things—If you have not read this book yet, go get it. Now. I’ll wait.
  • Gone With the Wind (And with it, most of the summer of 2010)
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Great Expectations—I read this in eighth grade, and for the life of me I have no idea why I thought that was a good idea at the time (I did, however, love it).
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/Goblet of Fire
  • Henry IV/V/Macbeth/Othello/Romeo and Juliet
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Illiad
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • The Kite Runner
  • Life of Pi
  • Little Women
  • Lord of the Flies—I actually can’t remember if I liked this one or not. May be a re-read.
  • The Metamorphosis
  • Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, killin’ it.)
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Rebecca
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Northanger Abbey
  • The Bell Jar
  • A Room of One’s Own


Books I’ve Read and Hated

  • Ethan Frome—You wanna know what Ethan Frome is about? Look at the picture on the front of the book, and then read the last ten pages. That’s all you need to do.
  • Heart of Darkness—Screw you, Joseph Conrad.
  • Jane Eyre—I’ve tried reading this… four times? I want to love it so bad. I’m gonna try re-reading it again.
  • The Lovely Bones (This was not because the book was not well written; it’s because I am a giant baby and was scared. Out. Of. My. Mind.)
  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • Wicked


Books I’ve Read and Hated and then Re-Read and Loved because Tastes Change and So Do People

  • Emma


Books I Want to Read

  • Atonement (Although my roommate made me watch the movie and I think it traumatized me a bit too much.)
  • Beloved– It’s on my bookshelf, waiting. I’ve read Jazz, though…
  • Catch-22—How have I not read this yet?
  • The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Moby Dick (Should I even attempt this?)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude—I might get really ambitious and try to read it in Spanish. Then I’ll give up and read the English version.
  • The Outsiders
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray


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I finally got this one during a “Treat Yourself” Barnes & Noble spree. [Photo via Buzzfeed]
Alright, enough! Oy with the poodles already.


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