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The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge!

Updated on October 3, 2014
Rory doing what she knows best!
Rory doing what she knows best!

The character of Rory Gilmore on the TV show "Gilmore Girls" has made audiences laugh, cry, and feel way behind on our their reading lists for years. Rory grew up a complete bookworm and always had a book in her hand. Although a fictional television character, Rory has either been seen on camera with, or talked about a book she has read, making a grand total of 316 books.

While 316 books to read is an amazing feet, it can definitely be attained if you truly have a passion for reading the most iconic works of literature to ever exist. If the books on this list don't suit your fancy, make a goal to develop your own book list to complete. Fill it with books you have always wanted to read, books others have suggested, and don't forget to add books that you have already read to start keeping track! If you find yourself gravitating more towards watching movie adaptations, make a goal to read the book before you watch the movie in theaters. If you are more into today's extensive technology, purchase a Nook or Kindle e-reader; growing your virtual library counts too!

Having a goal, such as a reading list, can be very rewarding and enlightening. No matter what you read, whether it be Pride and Prejudice, Freakonomics, the newest batman comic book, or the latest in teen fiction, it is time that is never wasted. Literature enriches our lives and pushes our imaginations to new heights. Continue to read, and remember that the gift of a book is never a bad present!

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And here is the wonderfully, and terribly long Rory Gilmore Reading List!

1. 1984 – George 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 Butler

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 Movable 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

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great reading list! As a teenager, I was a voracious reader. Family and work obligations mean less reading now, but this list gives me a new goal. Thanks!

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      2 years ago

      Small edit: Judith Butler wrote "Gender Trouble", not Baker.

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      Julia 2 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you!

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