Rory Gilmore’s Guide to Reading

My first semester of grad school is officially finished so back to the list!


I had to take a break from Mrs. Dalloway. To be continued.

Up Next: The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman in anticipation of watching the movie with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine


Then: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (because CHRISTMAS) (someone lost my library’s copy)

and The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander (because ANASTASIA) (can’t find it anywhere…)

Latest update: Just finished The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (officially one of my new favorites)

Up next: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (new favorite author alert)


Dreaming on a Busy Street

I’ve been in a book-reading rut lately, so I’ve decided to tackle Rory Gilmore’s Book List, as compiled by Australian writer Patrick Lenton. And Buzzfeed. It was a little alarming to realize I haven’t read some classics, like Alice in Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice. But I do have somewhat of a head-start. Since the list is in alphabetical and not chronological order, I feel okay about skipping around.

First up: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Second: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Third: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (slight veer to Breakfast at Tiffany’s first)

Fourth: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Fifth: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

  1. 1984 by George Orwell 
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

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“Song of Myself,” Verse 52

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me – he complains of my gab and my loitering.

I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

The last scud of day holds back for me;
It flings my likeness after the rest, and true as any, on the shadow’d wilds;
It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

I depart as air—I shake my white locks at the runaway sun;
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

I bequeathe myself to the dirt, to grow from the grass I love;
If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am, or what I mean;
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged;
Missing me one place, search another;
I stop somewhere, waiting for you.

Walt Whitman

33 Introspective And Inspiring Books Every Old Soul, Dreamer, And Artist Should Read

Thought Catalog

Books on creativity are one of my favorite genres of book. Anytime I’m feeling uninspired or restless in my creative routine I seek out one of my favorite books or look for a new read to inspire me. Then there are times when it’s not so much a book on creativity that gets my heart pumping fast and the urge to create, but rather a book that looks at the world in an entirely new way or a book written by an author who dared to experiment and write in an unusual format. Books for creatives aren’t there to give us all of the answers or provide a solution to our creative blocks – they’re there to re-set the creative flow and remind us why we’re passionate for creating at all.


Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way – Shauna Niequist


“Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a…

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