Rory Gilmore’s Guide to Reading

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 (Update: taking a break for…a while)

Sixth: The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

Seventh: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (but first, The Hobbit)

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

Eighth: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Ninth: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides



  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
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  23. The Bhagava Gita
  24. 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
  25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  30. Candide by Voltaire
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  32. Carrie by Stephen King
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  37. Christine by Stephen King
  38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  48. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  52. Cujo by Stephen King
  53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  61. Deenie by Judy Blume
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  66. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  75. Emma by Jane Austen
  76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  79. Ethics by Spinoza
  80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  92. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  111. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  112. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  113. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  114. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  115. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  116. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  117. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  118. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  119. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  120. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  121. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Cut Gentry
  122. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  123. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  124. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  125. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  126. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  127. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  128. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  129. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  130. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  131. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  132. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  133. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  134. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  135. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  136. The Iliad by Homer
  137. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  138. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  139. Inferno by Dante
  140. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  141. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  142. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  143.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  144. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  145. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  146. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  147. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  148. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  149. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  150. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  151. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  152. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  153. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  154. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  155. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  156. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  157. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  158. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  159. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  160. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  161. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  162. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  163. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  164. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  165. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  166. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  167. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  168. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  169. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  170. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  171. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  172. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  173. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  174. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  175. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  176. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  177. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  178. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  179. The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
  180. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  181. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  182. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  183. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  184. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  185. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  186. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  187. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  188. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  189. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  190. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  191. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  192. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  193. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  194. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  195. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  196. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  197. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  198. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  199. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  200. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  201. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  202. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  203. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  204. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  205. Night by Elie Wiesel
  206. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  207. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  208. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  209. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  210. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  211. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  212. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  213. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  214. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  215. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  216. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  217. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  218. Othello by Shakespeare
  219. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  220. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  221. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  222. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  223. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  224. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  225. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  226. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  227. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  228. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  229. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  230. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  231. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  232. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  233. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  234. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  235. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  236. Property by Valerie Martin
  237. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  238. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  239. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  240. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  241. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  242. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  243. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  244. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  245. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  246. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  247. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  248. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  249. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  250. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  251. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  252. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  253. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
  254. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  255. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  256. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  257. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  258. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
  259. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  260. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  261. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  262. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
  263. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  264. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  265. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  266. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  267. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  268. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  269. Selected Hotels of Europe
  270. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  271. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  272. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  273. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  274. Sexus by Henry Miller
  275. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  276. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  277. The Shining by Stephen King
  278. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  279. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  280. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  281. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  282. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  283. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  284. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  285. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  286. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  287. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  288. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  289. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  290. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  291. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  292. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  293. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  294. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  295. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  296. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  297. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  298. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  299. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  300. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  301. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  302. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  303. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  304. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  305. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  306. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  307. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  308. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  309. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  310. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  311. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  312. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  313. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  314. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  315. Ulysses by James Joyce
  316. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  317. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  318. Unless by Carol Shields
  319. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  320. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  321. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  322. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  323. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  324. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  325. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  326. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  327. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  328. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  329. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  330. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  331. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  332. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  333. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  334. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  335. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  336. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  337. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  338. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion