The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Listed Alphabetically

  1. 1984 by George Orwell (Read in 2019)
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Read in 2008)
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  9. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  10. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  12. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  13. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  14. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  15. Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith (Read in 2016)
  16. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  17. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  18. Bambi by Felix Salten (Listed as Walt Disney’s Bambi on other lists…but the ones written by Felix Salten never list it as “Walt Disney’s” Bambi…do what you will with that information.)
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Read in 2019)
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
  23. The Bhagava Gita by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
  24. 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 Duffy
  25. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  30. Candide by Voltaire
  31. The Canterbury Tales
  32. Carrie by Stephen King
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  35. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain (On some lists as simply The Jumping Frog)
  36. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (Read in 1998 and 2019)
  37. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  38. Christine by Stephen King
  39. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Read in 2002)
  40. A Clockwork Orange
  41. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  42. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  43. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  44. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  45. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton (Read in 2018)
  46. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  47. The Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  48. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  49. The Count of Monte Cristo
  50. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  51. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  52. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  53. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  54. Cujo by Stephen King
  55. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Read in 2019)
  56. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  57. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  58. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  59. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  61. Deenie by Judy Blume (Also listed at # 111 as “The Gospel According to Judy Blume”)
  62. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  63. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  64. The Diary of a Young Girl
  65. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  66. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  67. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  68. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  69. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (Read in 2020)
  72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  74. Emily the Strange by Rob Reger (Read in 2018)
  75. Emma by Jane Austen (Read in 2019)
  76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  79. Ethics by Baruch Spinoza
  80. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  81. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  82. Extravagance by Gary Kristr
  83. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Read in 2017)
  84. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  85. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  86. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  87. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  88. The Fellowship of the Ring. R. R.Tolkien (Read in 2008)
  89. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  90. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  92. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  93. Flowers for Algernon
  94. Fodor’s Selected Hotels of Europe by Fodor’s Travel Publications Inc. (Listed as just “Selected Hotels of Europe” on some lists.)
  95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  101. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
  102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  106. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  107. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom (Deenie)
  112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  114. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  115. The Great Gatsby
  116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Read in 2008)
  118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (Read in 2005)
  119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (Read in 2005)
  120. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  121. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  123. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  124. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  125. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  126. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  127. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
  128. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  129. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  130. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  131. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (Read in 1998)
  132. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
  133. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  134. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
  135. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  136. I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela des Barres
  137. The Iliad
  138. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  139. Inferno by Dante
  140. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  141. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  142. It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  143. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  144. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  145. Julius Caesar
  146. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  147. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  148. King Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare (Listed as Henry IV, Part I on other lists)
  149. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  150. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (Read in 2018)
  151. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  152. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  153. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  154. The Last Lion 2: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-40 by William Manchester & The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester (#274 lists “Several Biographies of Winston Churchill”….which is not a book, but a line for indicating that Rory read multiple Churchill biographies…I selected these at random…If anyone has a solid set of titles she actually read; I’m all ears.)
  155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
  160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  161. Lisa & David by Dr Theodore Isaac Rubin M.D (This one has many names. Which is wholly frustrating….Goodreads has it as several variations of Lisa and David, Lisa & David Jordi, Lisa and David: Extraordinary Struggle of Two Troubled Adolescence Struggling to Find Their Place in the Real World….it is also listed as David and Lisa on some lists. I’ve linked to the page on Goodreads that lists the editions.)
  162. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  163. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  164. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  165. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  166. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  167. Lord of the Flies
  168. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  169. Love Story by Erich Segal
  170. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  171. Macbeth
  172. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  173. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  174. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  175. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  176. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  177. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  178. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  179. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  180. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  181. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  182. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Read in 2018)
  183. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  184. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  185. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  186. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  187. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  188. A Monetary History of the United States 1867 – 1960 by Milton Friedman
  189. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  190. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  191. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  192. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  193. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  194. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  195. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  196. My Life in Orange by Tim Guest
  197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  198. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe by Myra Waldo
  199. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  200. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  201. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  202. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  203. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  204. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  205. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  206. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  207. Night by Elie Wiesel
  208. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  209. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  211. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  212. Of Mice and Men
  213. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  214. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  215. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  216. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  217. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  218. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  219. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  220. Othello
  221. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  223. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  224. The Outsiders
  225. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  226. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  227. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  228. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  229. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  230. Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America by Arianna Huffington
  231. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  232. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  233. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  234. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  235. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  236. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  237. Pride and Prejudice
  238. Property by Valerie Martin
  239. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  240. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  241. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  242. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  243. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton (Read in 2018)
  244. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers (Read in 2018)
  245. The Raven
  246. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  247. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  248. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  249. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Read in 2018)
  250. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  251. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  252. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  253. Rick Steves’ Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves (Listed on other lists as just Europe Through the Back Door, 2003)
  254. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  255. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  256. Roman Fever and Other Stories by Edith Wharton
  257. Romeo and Juliet
  258. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  259. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  260. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  261. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition by Rough Guides
  262. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton (Read in 2018)
  263. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  264. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  265. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  266. [Say Goodbye to] Daisy Miller by Henry James
  267. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  268. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  269. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  270. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  271. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  272. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  273. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  274. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  275. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  276. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill (I chose two at random and listed them on line # 153)
  277. Sexus by Henry Miller
  278. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  279. Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  280. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  281. The Shining by Stephen King
  282. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  283. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Read in 2018)
  284. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  285. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  286. Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
  287. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  288. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  289. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  290. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  291. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  292. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  293. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  294. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  295. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  296. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  297. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  298. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Listed as just Dr. Jakyll and Mr. Hyde on some lists)
  299. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  300. Stuart Little
  301. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  302. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  303. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  304. Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  305. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  306. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  307. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  308. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  309. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  310. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  311. To Kill a Mockingbird
  312. The Tragedy of King Richard III by William Shakespeare
  313. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  314. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  315. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  316. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  317. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  318. Ulysses
  319. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  320. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  321. Unless by Carol Shields
  322. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  323. The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age by Philip Meyers
  324. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  325. The Velvet Underground & Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  326. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  327. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  328. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  329. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  330. We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker,Henry Rollins (contributor), Ian Mackaye (contributor), Steve Albini
  331. What Color is Your Parachute? 2005: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles (Rather than read the 2005 edition, I will likely try to read the most current edition…if I ever read it.)
  332. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  333. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  334. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  335. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  336. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  337. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  338. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  340. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

(It’s really more like 338 books since Deenie and “Several Biographies of Winston Churchill” get two lines)


The following books are not listed above but have been found referenced in – or in relation to – the television show.

The following were added after the Netflix short series was released.

Did I miss any? Know of specific titles that Rory read for Churchill or Aeschylus? Comment and let me know.

How many of these have you read?