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Be Like Rory

October 9, 2008

I admit that in high school I watched Gilmore Girls…with my mom. Too cute right? For the first few years I really loved the show, especially because how often do you see a pretty bookworm on tv that isn’t awkward and doesnt get made over to become “popular”? My mom loved the mother-daughter dynamics and took to saying things like, “Rory would never say that to her mother!” or “Rory is never embarrassed by Lorelei in front of her friends!”

The point of all this? I found the Rory Gilmore Reading List on Gilmore Girls Fanatics. I don’t know how complete or official it is, but it’s a fun list and incredibly well-rounded. Some of the books in their list were never mentioned on the show but are on the list from the WB somehow, so I just took the list of actual references. Have any additions to this list? 

Their list from watching the show:

Albom, Mitch “Tuesdays with Morrie”, 7.16
Allende, Isabel: Eva Luna 7.14
Andersen, Hans Christian “The Little Match Girl” 1.1
Austen, Jane 1.8
Beckett, Samuel 6.5
Bemelmans, Ludwig: Madeline 7.7
Beowulf 6.10
Bhagavad Gita 2.18
Blume, Judy 1.8 Deenie
Bronte, Charlotte 1.8
Bronte, Emily Wurthering Heights 4.5
Brown, Dan “The DaVinci Code” 5.2. 6.18

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett 1.16
Butler, Judith: Gender Trouble 7.14
Capote, Truman In Cold Blood 7.1
Carrol, Lewis “Alice in Wonderland” 1.2, 2.4
Cervantes
Chaucer 4.22
Cleary, Beverly Deenie 6.11
Clinton, Hilary It takes a Village 6.11
Crane, Stephen the red badge of courage
Dante 1.11
Dante, Inferno 2.22
Deepak Chopra 5.2
Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist 2.5
Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist 6.8
Dos Pasos 6.8
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan 7.13
Drew, Nancy 1.17
Ellis, Bret Easton: Less than Zero 5.9
Erdrich, Louise “Love Medicine” 7.17
Faber, Michael “The Crimson Petal & the White” 4.17
Faludi, Susan
Faulkner 2.7
Field, Syd 6.17
Flaubert, Gustave “Madame Bovary” 1.1, 2.11
Friedman, Milton: A Monetary History of the United States 7.13
Gallo, Donald R. “Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers ”
Gibbons, Edwards “The decline & Fall of the Roman Empire” 5.5
Gogol, Nikolai “Dead Souls” 3.3
Grafton, Sue R is for Ricochet, S is for Silence 7.11
Hathaway, Katharine Butler “The Little Locksmith” 2.19
Hellman, Lillian “The Children’s Hour”
Hemingway 6.8
Homer 1.11
Hornby, Nick “High Fidelity”
Inconvenient Truth, An 7.8
Irving, Washington 2.10
Jacqueline, Susann “Valley of the Dolls” 1.5
James, Henry “Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller” 5.1
James, Henry “The Art of fiction” 1.18
Janowitz, Tama 7.8
Johnson, Crockett Harold & the Purple Crayon
Johnson, Samuel 7.5
Johnson, Spencer “Who Moved my Cheese” 2.4
Joyce, James “Finnegans Wake” 1.5
Kafka 4.22, 6.8
Keene, Carolyn “Nancy Dres Mysteries” 2.11
Keller, Helen 7.3
King, Stephen “Carrie” 1.13, “Christine” 1.16, “Cujo” 2.1, “The Shining” 1.2, 2.10. 1.1
Kundera, Milan 7.21
Lebowitz, Fran 7.8
Lee, Harper “To Kill a Mockingbird” 2.8, 3.4
Lewis, C.S The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe
Lewis, Sinclair 2.2

Lofting, Hugh “Dr. Dolittle” 2.18
Lord Byron 2.2
Macaulay, David Macaulay The New Way Things Work 6.20
Mad Magazine
McCarthy Cormac 7.1, 7.13
McCourt, Frank Angela’s Ashes 6.11
McInerney, John Jr. 7.18
McNeil, Legs “Please kill me: the uncensored oral history of
Melville 7.17
Menken, “Chrestomathy” 1.3
Meyer, Phillip “The Vanishing Newspaper” 7.15
Miller, Henry 7.3
Mitchell, Margaret “Gone with the wind” 2.11
Mojo 2.5
Moliere’s Biography 2.8,3.15 Not the actual title just too lazy to find it
Musil, Robert 6.8
Norton Anthologies 7.9
Page Six
Plath, Sylvia “The Unabridged Journals of Syliva Plath” 1.12
Powell, Dawn “Selected Letters of Dawn Powell” 2.15
Proust, Marcel “Swan’s Way” 1.11
punk” 2.19
Rilke, Ranier Maria “Letters to a Young Poet” 2.15
Robert, Henry, Robert’s Rules of Order 6.14
Rodgers, Mary “Freaky Friday” 1.6
The Rough Guide to Europe
Rowling, J.K. “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” 1.2
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter 6.20

Salinger, J.D. “Franny & Zooey” 2.15
Satire, Jean-Paul 1.5
Sexton, Anne 2.7
Shakespeare 1.11
Sherman, William T. 2.17
Sobol, Donald “Encyclopedia Brown”
Steinbeck 6.11
Stephen, King Cujo 4.5
Steves, Rick Europe Through the Back Door
SunTzu “Art of War” 3.5
Tan, Amy “The Joy Luck Club’ 2.10
Tan, Amy “The Joy Luck Club’ 2.10, 7.2
Thompson, Emma Nanny McPhee 6.17
Thomspon, Hunter 1.8
Tolstoy 6.8, 7.5
Twain, Mark “Huckleberry Finn” 1.1, 7.20
Voltaire “Candide” 2.18
Wharton, Edith 1.6
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web 6.17, 7.3

Whitman, Walt 1.11
Wiggin, Kate Douglas “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm” 2.21
Wodehouse, P.G. 5.5
Yeats, William Butler 7.16

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