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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge! I’m totally doing this. Because of reasons.

Written By: humarashid - Apr• 07•14

As many of you know, I’m a total bookworm. If I have free time, I’m either reading, or watching “Bob’s Burgers.” Sometimes I’m reading WHILE watching “Bob’s Burgers.” Every year, I embark on a Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books for the calendar year. Every year, I manage to overshoot. When I was still in law school and then later prepping for the Bar/being unemployed, I read 218 books, and then 252 books, respectively, per year. Then in 2013, the first year I had a full time job of being a harried little associate criminal defense attorney, I managed to read, like, 125 books? Somewhere in there?

And, as many of you also know, I’m part of a book club. We started it in late 2013, and it’s me and a couple friends from high school and a couple of our high school teachers. I know that sounds weird, because who hangs out on a Friday night with their AP teachers from back in high school, but the answer to that is, I DO. ME. RIGHT HERE. And it’s great.

(It’s a closed group, though, because it’s held in a private home and we’re at capacity, so, yeah, terribly sorry.)

But I was thinking about something on the drive to work and I decided that, since I don’t already have enough to do, obviously (ugh), I wanted to try to read all the books that Rory Gilmore referenced reading on “Gilmore Girls,” which was a great show until the last 2-3 reasons when Amy Sherman-Palladino totally fucked it up basically beyond repair, and I was just watching for the trainwreck value, to be honest. It was almost as bad as what Craig Thomas and Carter Bays did to “How I Met Your Mother” in the last episode of the series (FUCK THEM), but I’m not ready to discuss that and probably never will because I hate them and FUCK EVERYTHING TO HELL.

So I might keep you guys posted on my progress. There’s a total of 341 books. Most book lists for the Rory Gilmore Challenge have it at 339, but I noticed that they all seemed to somehow miss Oliver Twist and Thucydides’ On Justice, Power, and Human Nature. I read that back in college but I can’t remember much of it, so I figured I’d pretend I hadn’t read it and just go find it again.

Here are the books I’ve already read. There are additional ones that I’ve also read, but, like Thucydides’s treatise, I kind of forgot them so I’m just going to reread. But these are all the books on this list that I have read and have an excellent memory of reading.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  4. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  6. Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  7. A Christmas Carol by Dickens
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  10. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  11. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  12. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  13. The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
  14. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  15. Hamlet
  16. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Buliosi (I HIGHLY recommend the audio book read by Simon Brick – it sounds like an old timey mystery radio show!)
  17. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  18. The Iliad
  19. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  20. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  21. Macbeth
  22. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  23. The Metamorphosis by Kafka
  24. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  25. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  26. Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
  27. Othello
  28. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  30. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  31. The Raven by Poe
  32. Romeo and Juliet
  33. The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne
  34. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  35. Stuart Little by EB White
  36. The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
  37. A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
  38. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  39. Walden by Thoreau
  40. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brone


These are the ones that I’ve read, remember reading, probably reread, and don’t particularly feel like going back to read again just to prove myself. These are done – stick a fork in ’em.

There are others that I have read, but I think I could benefit from rereading them, or I just plain forgot like everything about them. So I’m looking forward to going back to those, and to finding some new great books that I’ve never touched before.

Yay! I can’t wait to make some headway in this list. My goal is probably to start with the smaller titles first so that when I can knock out five in a week or so, I feel like I’ve made some actual progress.

And no, I won’t be blogging about each one on here. That’s not the point of this blog. But I’m adding this to my List – that is, my giant list of things I want to do. Reading all or almost all of the books on the Rory Gilmore Reading List (let’s say, 300+ at the least?) is now one of the items on my huge list.


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