You could say that [books] expose you to a world that you wouldn't have otherwise known. Isn't that what great writing's all about? - Rory Gilmore, S2:E16

 

Australian blogger Patrick Lenton gets credit for being the one to originate this list, but we found it on Buzzfeed. Although we certainly aren't the first to dive into the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, we're definitely the most fun.

Just to prove how serious we are about this, we went back and re-watched all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls, plus the Netflix original A Year in the Life, just to verify Mr. Lenton's list. We're not saying he's wrong, but we did find nearly 50 additional books that didn't make the original list. We also found a few "books" that weren't really books, so we removed them from the list. Here is our new and improved Rory Gilmore Reading List, additions notated by an asterisk:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell

  2. The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain

  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  4. All the President's Men*

  5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

  6. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

  7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie*

  8. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  10. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  11. The Art of Fiction by Henry James

  12. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

  13. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  14. Atonement by Ian McEwan

  15. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

  16. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

  17. Babe by Dick King-Smith

  18. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

  19. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

  20. Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten

  21. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

  22. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  23. Beloved by Toni Morrison

  24. Beowolf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

  25. The Bhagavad Gita

  26. 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

  27. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

  28. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

  29. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  30. Brick Lane by Monica Ali

  31. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller*

  32. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney*

  33. Candide by Voltaire

  34. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

  35. Carrie by Stephen King

  36. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  37. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  38. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

  39. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl*

  40. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

  41. The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

  42. Christine by Stephen King

  43. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  44. Cinderella by Charles Perrault*

  45. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell*

  46. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

  47. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell*

  48. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

  49. Collected Poems by T.S. Eliot*

  50. The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats (1909-1962) by W.B. Yeats*

  51. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty

  52. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

  53. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock*

  54. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

  55. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

  56. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

  57. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

  58. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  59. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien*

  60. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

  61. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  62. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

  63. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

  64. Cujo by Stephen King

  65. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

  66. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  67. Daisy Miller by Henry James*

  68. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

  69. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

  70. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

  71. Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  72. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

  73. Deenie by Judy Blume

  74. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

  75. Dick Tracy by Chester Gould*

  76. The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

  77. The Divine Comedy by Dante

  78. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

  79. Don Quixote by Cervantes

  80. Dracula by Bram Stoker*

  81. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

  82. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  83. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

  84. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

  85. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

  86. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

  87. Eloise by Kay Thompson

  88. Emily the Strange by Rob Reger

  89. Emma by Jane Austen

  90. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

  91. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

  92. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

  93. Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order by Benedict de Spinoza

  94. Euclid's Geometry*

  95. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

  96. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

  97. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

  98. Extravagance: A Novel by Gary Krist

  99. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  100. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Reg Critser

  101. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

  102. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

  103. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

  104. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

  105. Fletch by Gregory McDonald

  106. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  107. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

  108. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  109. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  110. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

  111. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

  112. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

  113. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

  114. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

  115. Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas by Fredrick Kohner

  116. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry*

  117. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

  118. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

  119. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

  120. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

  121. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

  122. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn*

  123. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  124. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

  125. The Graduate by Charles Webb

  126. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  127. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  128. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  129. The Group by Mary McCarthy

  130. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift*

  131. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

  132. Hammerhead Sharks by Anne Welsbacher*

  133. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson*

  134. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

  135. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

  136. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

  137. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  138. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman*

  139. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

  140. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

  141. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

  142. Henry V by William Shakespeare

  143. Henry VI by William Shakespeare*

  144. He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo*

  145. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

  146. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

  147. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

  148. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

  149. The Holy Bible*

  150. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

  151. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

  152. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

  153. How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland

  154. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

  155. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer Adler*

  156. Howl by Allen Ginsberg

  157. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

  158. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron*

  159. The Iliad by Homer

  160. I'm With the Band by Pamela des Barres

  161. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  162. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust*

  163. Indiana by George Sand*

  164. Inferno by Dante

  165. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace*

  166. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

  167. Ironweed by William J. Kennedy

  168. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton

  169. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  170. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  171. Jordi, Lisa and David by Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin M.D.

  172. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

  173. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

  174. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton*

  175. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

  176. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

  177. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

  178. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  179. Lady Chatterleys' Lover by D.H. Lawrence

  180. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal

  181. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

  182. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

  183. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving*

  184. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

  185. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

  186. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

  187. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo*

  188. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  189. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis*

  190. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

  191. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder*

  192. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

  193. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

  194. Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray*

  195. Little Red Riding Hood by the Grimm Brothers*

  196. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  197. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

  198. Living My Life by Emma Goldman*

  199. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  200. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad*

  201. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

  202. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich*

  203. The Love Story by Erich Segal

  204. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

  205. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

  206. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

  207. The Manticore by Robertson Davies

  208. Marathon Man by William Goldman

  209. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

  210. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

  211. Memoirs of an Amnesiac by Oscar Levant*

  212. Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

  213. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

  214. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

  215. Mencken's Chrestomathy by H.R. Mencken

  216. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

  217. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

  218. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

  219. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare*

  220. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

  221. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  222. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

  223. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

  224. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

  225. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

  226. A Month of Sundays: Searching For the Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars

  227. The Mourning Bride by William Congreve*

  228. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

  229. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

  230. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

  231. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

  232. My Life as Author and Editor by H.R. Mencken

  233. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

  234. Myra Waldo's Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

  235. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

  236. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

  237. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

  238. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

  239. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

  240. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

  241. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

  242. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

  243. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens*

  244. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

  245. Night by Elie Wiesel

  246. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy*

  247. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

  248. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

  249. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell

  250. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

  251. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  252. Old School by Tobias Wolff

  253. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens*

  254. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  255. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn*

  256. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

  257. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  258. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

  259. Oracle Night by Paul Auster

  260. Oresteia by Aeschylus*

  261. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  262. Othello by Shakespeare

  263. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

  264. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War/The Archidamian War/The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition/The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

  265. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

  266. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  267. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

  268. Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz*

  269. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  270. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

  271. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

  272. Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America by Arianna Huffington

  273. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

  274. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

  275. The Poetry of Robert Frost (Collected Poems, Complete & Unabridged) by Robert Frost*

  276. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

  277. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

  278. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

  279. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind

  280. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  281. Primary Colors by Joe Klein*

  282. Property by Valerie Martin

  283. Psycho by Robert Bloch*

  284. Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon

  285. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

  286. Quattrocento: A Novel by James McKean

  287. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howell Hall

  288. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

  289. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

  290. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

  291. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

  292. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  293. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

  294. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane*

  295. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

  296. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

  297. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

  298. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

  299. Robert's Rules of Order by Henry Robert

  300. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

  301. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

  302. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

  303. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

  304. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

  305. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

  306. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

  307. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

  308. Sanctuary by William Faulkner

  309. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

  310. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

  311. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  312. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Lauren Hillenbrand

  313. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

  314. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  315. Secretariat by William Nack*

  316. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

  317. Selected Hotels of Europe

  318. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

  319. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

  320. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  321. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

  322. Sexus by Henry Miller

  323. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  324. Shane by Jack Shaefer

  325. The Shining by Stephen King

  326. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

  327. Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  328. Small Island by Andrea Levy

  329. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

  330. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers

  331. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

  332. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

  333. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

  334. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

  335. Songbook by Nick Hornby

  336. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

  337. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  338. Sophie's Choice by William Styron

  339. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  340. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

  341. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

  342. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

  343. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

  344. Stuart Little by E.B. White

  345. Style by Elsa Klensch*

  346. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

  347. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

  348. Swimming With Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

  349. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

  350. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

  351. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  352. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

  353. Time and Again by Jack Finney

  354. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

  355. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre*

  356. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

  357. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  358. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare*

  359. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  360. The Trial by Franz Kafka

  361. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

  362. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

  363. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

  364. Ulysses by James Joyce

  365. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

  366. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  367. Unless by Carol Shields

  368. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

  369. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

  370. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

  371. Velvet Undergound's The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third Series) by Joe Harvard

  372. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

  373. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

  374. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

  375. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

  376. We Owe You Nothing - Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

  377. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

  378. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell

  379. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

  380. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

  381. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

  382. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

  383. Wild by Cheryl Strayed*

  384. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike*

  385. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

  386. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

  387. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

  388. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings