Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

When I was growing up I watched Gilmore Girls every week. When the show ended and the reruns began on ABC Family I watched every season again and again. Now it's on Netflix and... well I'm sure you can figure the rest of that out. I can honestly say I've probably seen every season at least three times. (I'm thinking the number is closer or over five.) I loved the show and it struck home a lot. My mother enjoyed it too and often found herself saying that Rory and I shared a lot of the same characteristics (even the not-so-good ones). One such characteristic is that we were both bookworms and would lug books around with us where ever we went (including dates).


At least a year ago I saw a Gilmore Girls Book List on Tumblr and have long since lost the link but then, to my surprise and joy, I found it again on this blog. I had wanted to go and read through the books on the list but, well, it's kind of lengthy so we'll see how that goes.

How about you? How many have you read?


1984 by George Orwell
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - read
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - read
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare - read
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf - read
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
A Separate Peace by John Knowles - read
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams - read
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - read
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - read
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - read
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - read
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - read
Atonement by Ian McEwan - read
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Beloved by Toni Morrison - read
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire - read
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White - read
Christine by Stephen King
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - read
Cujo by Stephen King
Daisy Miller by Henry James 
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - read
Deenie by Judy Blume
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - read
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe - reading; I've completed the poems but not the tales
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson - read
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen 
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - read
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - read
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers - read
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky - read
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - read
Hamlet by William Shakespeare - read
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling - read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling - read
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry 
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris - read
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss - read
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - read
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - read
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott  - read
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding - read
Macbeth by William Shakespeare - read
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - read
Marathon Man by William Goldman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris- read
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - read
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - read
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson- read
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen- read
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - read
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac - read
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare 
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCainThe Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - read
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers - read
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - read
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen  - read
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
Shane by Jack Shaefer
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy 
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers - read
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
Songbook by Nick Hornby
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - read
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - read
The Bhagava Gita
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
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer - read
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - read
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - read
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - read
The Group by Mary McCarthy
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer - read
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - read
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen - read
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson - read
The Love Story by Erich Segal
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - read
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - read
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - read
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - read
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien - read
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - read
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd  - read
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shining by Stephen King
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare - read
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - read
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - read
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - read
Time and Again by Jack Finney
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  - read
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 
Ulysses by James Joyce - read
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - read
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire  - read
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - read

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