All 339 Books Referenced In “Gilmore Girls”
“I live in two worlds, one is a world of books.” According to Australian writer Patrick Lenton, these are all the books that were mentioned in the entire Gilmore Girls series.
Anyone who’s watched an episode of Gilmore Girls knows that Rory is something of a book lover and aren’t surprised to find out that nearly 339 different texts were either read or mentioned throughout all seven seasons. From Rory’s time at Chilton to her graduation from Yale and everything in between — including her oh, so literary relationship with Jess — it’s abundantly clear to viewers that loving Rory also means loving her infatuation with literature.
A lot of us grew up watching Rory grow up and were unintentionally influenced by the books she read and talked about. They played a role in shaping the adult she became, and they also impacted viewers in a way that helped us become the people we are, too. When she graduated from high school, Rory eloquently addressed her love for books in her valedictorian speech.
“I live in two worlds, one is a world of books,” she said. “I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. It’s a rewarding world.”
Last year, Australian writer Patrick Lenton compiled a massive list of every single book that was referenced in the Gilmore Girls series, and set out to read each one in an attempt to complete what’s known as the “Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.” Lenton’s currently on book number 18 — Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress — and estimates if he reads one book every two weeks, it’ll take him two more years to complete the challenge.
Here is the full list of all 339 books:
1. 1984 by George Orwell2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner13. Atonement by Ian McEwan14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin16. Babe by Dick King-Smith17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath21. Beloved by Toni Morrison22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney23. The Bhagava Gita24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner30. Candide by Voltaire31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer32. Carrie by Stephen King33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman37. Christine by Stephen King38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller52. Cujo by Stephen King53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller61. Deenie by Judy Blume62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx64. The Divine Comedy by Dante65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells66. Don Quixote by Cervantes67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn73. Eloise by Kay Thompson74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger75. Emma by Jane Austen76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton79. Ethics by Spinoza80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer83. Extravagance by Gary Krist84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom112. The Graduate by Charles Webb113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens116. The Group by Mary McCarthy117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare125. Henry V by William Shakespeare126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo137. The Iliad by Homer138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote140. Inferno by Dante141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold169. The Love Story by Erich Segal170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies173. Marathon Man by William Goldman174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich206. Night by Elie Wiesel207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck212. Old School by Tobias Wolff213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood219. Othello by Shakespeare220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen237. Property by Valerie Martin
238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw240. Quattrocento by James Mckean241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman270. Selected Hotels of Europe271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill275. Sexus by Henry Miller276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon277. Shane by Jack Shaefer278. The Shining by Stephen King279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut282. Small Island by Andrea Levy283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker289. Songbook by Nick Hornby290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams298. Stuart Little by E. B. White299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry306. Time and Again by Jack Finney307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith312. The Trial by Franz Kafka313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom316. Ulysses by James Joyce317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319. Unless by Carol Shields320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
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