Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

I just finished watching Gilmore girls for the first time so when I saw on Pinterest the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge I was intrigued. My plan is to read all the books on the list by the end of the year. (We’ll see how that goes; I tend to get distracted when I visit the library or bookstore and get all kinds of books that weren’t originally on my list!) I have already read some of the books (which I’ve bolded in the list below) so hopefully that will help. Below I’ve listed all the books on the list if you would like to participate in this challenge.

*Books highlighted in red were read in 2015.

*Books highlighted in blue were read in 2016.

The Challenge

  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. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  15. Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  16. Babe – Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash – Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  19. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  20. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  21. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  22. The Bhagava Gita
  23. The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  24. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  25. A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  26. Brave New World– Aldous Huxley
  27. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  28. Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner
  29. Candide – Voltaire
  30. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  31. Carrie –Stephen King
  32. Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  33. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  34. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  35. The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  36. Christine – Stephen King
  37. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  38. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  39. The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  40. The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  41. A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  42. Complete Novels –Dawn Powell
  43. The Complete Poems –Anne Sexton
  44. Complete Stories – Dorothy Parker
  45. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  47. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  48. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  49. The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  50. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  51. Cujo – Stephen King
  52. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  53. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  54. David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  55. David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  56. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  57. Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  58. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  59. Deenie – Judy Blume
  60. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  61. The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  62. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  63. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  64. Don Quijote – Cervantes
  65. Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  66. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson
  67. Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  68. Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  69. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  70. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  71. Eloise – Kay Thompson
  72. Emily the Strange –Roger Reger
  73. Emma – Jane Austen
  74. Empire Falls –Richard Russo
  75. Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  76. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  77. Ethics –Spinoza
  78. Eva Luna –Isabel Allende
  79. Everything is Illuminated –Jonathon Safran Foer
  80. Extravagance –Gary Kist
  81. Fahrenheit 451 –Ray Bradbury
  82. Fahrenheit 911 –Michael Moore
  83. The Fall of the Athenian Empire –Donald Kagan
  84. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  85. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas –Hunter S. Thompson
  86. The Fellowship of the Ring –J R R Tolkien
  87. Fiddler on the Roof –Joseph Stein
  88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven –Mitch Albom
  89. Finnegan’s Wake –James Joyce
  90. Fletch –Gregory McDonald
  91. Flowers of Algernon –Daniel Keyes
  92. The Fortress of Solitude –Jonathon Lethem
  93. The Fountainhead –Ayn Rand
  94. Frankenstein –Mary Shelley
  95. Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  96. Freaky Friday –Mary Rodgers
  97. Galapagos –Kurt Vonnegut
  98. Gender Trouble –Judith Baker
  99. George W.Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  100. Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  101. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  102. The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  103. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  104. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  105. Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  106. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  107. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  108. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  109. The Graduate –Charles Webb
  110. The Grapes of Wrath –John Steinbeck
  111. The Great Gatsby – Scott Fitzgerald
  112. Great Expectations –Charles Dickens
  113. The Group –Mary McCarthy
  114. Hamlet –Shakespeare
  115. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire –JK Rowling
  116. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone –JK Rowling
  117. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius –Dave Eggers
  118. Heart of Darkness –Joseph Conrad
  119. Helter Skelter –Vincent Bugliosi
  120. Henry IV, Part 1 –Shakespeare
  121. Henry IV, Part 2 –Shakespeare
  122. Henry V –Shakespeare
  123. High Fidelity –Nick Hornby
  124. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire –Edward Gibbons
  125. Holidays on Ice –David Sedaris
  126. The Holy Barbarians –Lawrence Lipton
  127. House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  128. The House of the Spirits –Isabel Allende
  129. How to Breathe Underwater –Julie Orringer
  130. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Seuss
  131. How the Light Gets In –MJ Hyland
  132. Howl –Alan Ginsburg
  133. The Hunchback of Notre Dame –Victor Hugo
  134. The Illiad –Homer
  135. I’m With the Band –Pamela des Barres
  136. In Cold Blood –Truman Capote
  137. Inferno –Dante
  138. Inherit the Wind –Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  139. Iron Weed –William J. Kennedy
  140. It Takes a Village –Hilary Clinton
  141. Jane Eyre –Charlotte Bronte
  142. The Joy Luck Club –Amy Tan
  143. Julius Caesar –Shakespeare
  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 Lover –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
  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 Moveable 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. The New Way 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. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Bornby Dawn Powell
  205. Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski
  206. Of Mice and Men –John Steinbeck
  207. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  208. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  209. On the Road –Jack Keruac
  210. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  211. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest– Ken Kesey
  212. One Hundred Years of Solitude– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  213. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life– Amy Tan
  214. Oracle Night– Paul Auster
  215. Oryx and Crake– Margaret Atwood
  216. Othello– Shakespeare
  217. Our Mutual Friend– Charles Dickens
  218. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War– Donald Kagan
  219. Out of Africa– Isac Dineson
  220. The Outsiders– S. E. Hinton
  221. A Passage to India– E.M. Forster
  222. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition– Donald Kagan
  223. The Perks of Being a Wallflower– Stephen Chbosky
  224. Peyton Place –Grace Metalious
  225. The Picture of Dorian Gray –Oscar Wilde
  226. Pigs at the Trough –Arianna Huffington
  227. Pinocchio –Carlo Collodi
  228. Please Kill Me –Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  229. The Polysyllabic Spree –Nick Hornby
  230. The Portable Dorothy Parker
  231. The Portable Nietzche
  232. The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  233. Pride and Prejudice –Jane Austen
  234. Property –Valerie Martin
  235. Pushkin –TJ Binyon
  236. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  237. Quattrocento –James McKean
  238. A Quiet Storm –Rachel Howzell Hall
  239. Rapunzel –Grimm Brothers
  240. The Razor’s Edge –W Somerset Maugham
  241. Reading Lolita in Tehran –Azar Nafisi
  242. Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  243. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm –Kate Douglas Wiggin
  244. The Red Tent –Anita Diamant
  245. Rescuing Patty Hearst –Virginia Holman
  246. The Return of the King –JRR Tolkien
  247. R is for Ricochet –Sue Grafton
  248. Rita Hayworth –Stephen King
  249. Robert’s Rules of Order –Henry Robert
  250. Roman Fever –Edith Wharton
  251. Romeo and Juliet –Shakespeare
  252. A Room of One’s Own –Virginia Woolf
  253. A Room with a View –EM Forster
  254. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  255. The Rough Guide to Europe
  256. Sacred Time –Ursula Hegi
  257. Sanctuary –William Faulkner
  258. Savage Beauty –Nancy Milford
  259. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller –Henry James
  260. The Scarecrow of Oz –Frank L. Baum
  261. The Scarlet Letter –Nathanial Hawthorne
  262. Seabiscuit –Laura Hillenbrand
  263. The Second Sex –Simone de Beauvior
  264. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  265. Secrets of the Flesh –Judith Thurman
  266. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  267. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  268. A Separate Place –John Knowles
  269. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  270. Sexus – Henry Miller
  271. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  272. Shane – Jack Shaefer
  273. The Shining – Stephen King
  274. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  275. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  276. Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  277. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  278. Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  279. Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  280. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  281. The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  282. Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  283. The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  284. Songbook – Nick Hornby
  285. The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  286. Sonnets from the Portuegese –Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  287. Sophie’s Choice –William Styron
  288. The Sound and the Fury –William Faulkner
  289. Speak, Memory –Vladimir Nabakov
  290. Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers –Mary Roach
  291. The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  292. A Streetcar Named Desire –Tennessee Williams
  293. Stuart Little –EB White
  294. Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  295. Swann’s Way –Marcel Proust
  296. Swimming with Giants –Anne Collett
  297. Sybil –Flora Rheta Schreiber
  298. A Tale of Two Cities –Charles Dickens
  299. Tender is the Night –F Scott Fitzgerald
  300. Term of Endearment –Larry McMurty
  301. Time and Again –Jack Finney
  302. The Time Traveler’s Wife –Audrey Niffeneggar
  303. To Have and to Have Not –Ernest Hemingway
  304. To Kill a Mockingbird –Harper Lee
  305. The Tragedy of Richard III –Shakespeare
  306. Travel and Motoring through Europe – Myra Waldo
  307. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  308. The Trial –Franz Kafka
  309. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters –Elisabeth Robinson
  310. Truth & Beauty –Ann Patchett
  311. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  312. Ulysses –James Joyce
  313. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  314. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  315. Unless –Carol Shields
  316. Valley of the Dolls –Jacqueline Susann
  317. The Vanishing Newspaper –Philip Meyers
  318. Vanity Fair –William Makepeace Thackeray
  319. Velvet Underground –Joe Harvard
  320. The Virgin Suicides –Jeffrey Eugenides
  321. Waiting for Godot –Samuel Beckett
  322. Walden –Henry David Thoreau
  323. Walt Disney’s Bambi– Felix Salten
  324. War and Peace –Leo Tolstoy
  325. We Owe You Nothing –Daniel Sinker
  326. What Colour is Your Parachute –Richard Nelson Bolles
  327. What Happened to Baby Jane –Henry Farrell
  328. When the Emperor Was Divine –Julie Otsuka
  329. Who Moved My Cheese?Spencer Johnson
  330. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Edward Albee
  331. Wicked –Gregory Maguire
  332. The Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  333. Wuthering Heights –Emily Bronte
  334. The Yearling –Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  335. The Year of Magical Thinking –Joan Didion
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