The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge

This is a challenge I first read about on Becky’s blog ( you should go check it out, you’ll definitely like it).

Rory Gilmore is one of the two main characters in a tv-show called Gilmore Girls, one of my favorite series of all times. If you haven’t watched it yet, I strongly suggest you do, because it’s awesome ( if you want more info, read about it here : Tv Shows: Old and New). One of the things that’s so cool and endearing (if you’re like me) about Rory is the fact that she’s a major reader, a bookworm. Throughout the series, she’s seen reading A LOT and many titles and authors are mentioned.

This challenge consists of a list of 300+ titles, that I got off Becky’s blog, books that Rory read and I’m planning to read too.  Who knows when I’ll finish it, as some of the books are definitely not light reading, but I’m a bookworm too so I’m giving it a shot.

Feel free to join me, everyone! 🙂

1.) 1984 by George Orwell  – Read
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – Read
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Read
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.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu – Read
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
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 – Reading now
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – Read ( Seriously though, hasn’t everyone?! Great book!)
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Read
49.) Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
50.) 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
56.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
57.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
58.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
59.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – Read
60.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
61.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
62.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
63.) Deenie by Judy Blume
64.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
66.)The Divine Comedy by Dante
67.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
76.) Emma by Jane Austen
77.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics by Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R.
Tolkien – Read 
91.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
94.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
100.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
101.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Read (You should probably read everything the man wrote, great works!)
115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Read ( Not really my cuppa tea)
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – Read 
120.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling  – Read
121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – Read
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence – Read
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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 by William Golding – Read
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Read
170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
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.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – Read ( Odd, odd novella)
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 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: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
203.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
204.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
205.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
206.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
207.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
208.) Night by Elie Wiesel
209.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
210.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke,
Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
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.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
213.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – Read
214.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
215.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
216.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
217.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
218.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
219.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
220.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
221.) Othello by Shakespeare
222.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
223.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
224.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
225.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
226.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
227.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
228.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
229.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
230.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Read
231.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
232.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
233.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
McCain
234.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
235.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
236.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
237.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
238.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
239.) Property by Valerie Martin
240.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
241.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
242.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
243.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
244.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers – Read
245.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Read 
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
250.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
251.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
252.) The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien – Read
253.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
254.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
255.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
256.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
257.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Read
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
270.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
271.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
272.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
273.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
274.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
275.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
276.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
277.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
278.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
279.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
280.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
281.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
282.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
283.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
284.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
285.) Sexus by Henry Miller
286.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
287.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
288.) The Shining by Stephen King
289.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
290.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
291.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
292.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
293.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
294.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
295.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of
the Modern World by Barrington Moore
296.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
297.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
Burgos
298.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
299.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
300.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
301.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
302.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
303.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
304.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
305.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
306.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
307.) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
308.) Stuart Little by E. B. White
309.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
310.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
311.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne
Collett
312.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
313.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
314.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
315.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
316.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
317.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
318.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
319.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
320.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
321.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
322.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
323.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
324.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
325.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
326.) Ulysses by James Joyce
327.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
328.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
329.) Unless by Carol Shields
330.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
331.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
332.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
333.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third
series) by Joe Harvard
334.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – Read
335.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
336.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
337.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten – Read
338.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
339.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
Sinker
340.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
341.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
342.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
343.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
344.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
345.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
346.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
347.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Read
348.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
349.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
 

Almost all of the books ( with the exception of the one I’m reading now) I’ve marked, I’ve read before knowing about this challenge. The titles I’ll read in the future will be in red so as to differentiate. 🙂

 
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2 thoughts on “The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge

  1. Yaaay for The Rory Gilmore Challenge! And thanks for the mention 🙂
    I have to admit that I haven’t read Catcher in the Rye – shameful I know. 😛 I’m impressed by how many you’ve already read, you’re off to a good start!

    • Of course:)
      I loved Catcher in the Rye. I admit, I only heard about it after watching hmm..an old Mel Gibson movie, The Conspiracy or something like that, which got me interested in the book. But it’s really good.
      I’ve read a few other books from the list, but I don’t remember much from them so I figured I’ll give them another go, then check them off.

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