Friday, April 5, 2013

the bookworm's ultimate reading list

 Did you ever watch Gilmore Girls growing up?  I was never into the show when it aired but I jumped on the bandwagon when they started playing marathons of reruns on ABC Family.  Such a good show.

I stumbled across the "Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge" on Pinterest the other day.  It's a list of all books that Rory is currently reading or mentions throughout the entire series.  Since I consider myself to be a bookworm like Rory, I figured I'd tuck this list away for future reference.  So far I've made it through 103 books.  It could take a while to make it to the end of this list, but I'm going to give it a try. 

If you're a bookworm like me (and Rory), take a stab at the list below!  You might be pleasantly surprised with how much you've read - or haven't read - and I think the list will not fail to disappoint any eager reader.  Happy reading!
  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The 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. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. 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 Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  43. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  44. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  45. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  46. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  47. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  48. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  49. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  50. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  52. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  53. Cujo by Stephen King
  54. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  55. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  56. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  57. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  58. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  59. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  60. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  62. Deenie by Judy Blume
  63. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  64. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  65. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  66. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  67. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  68. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  69. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  70. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  71. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  72. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  73. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  74. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  75. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  76. Emma by Jane Austen
  77. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  78. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  79. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  80. Ethics by Spinoza
  81. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  82. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  83. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  84. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  85. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  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: Book 1 of The Lord 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. Finnegan’s 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. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  103. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  104. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  105. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  106. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  107. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  108. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  109. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  110. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  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 Curt 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 Gingsburg
  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. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  140. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  141. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  142. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  143. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  144. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  145. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  146. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  147. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  148. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  149. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  150. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  151. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  152. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  153. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  154. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  155. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  156. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  157. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  158. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  159. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  160. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  161. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  162. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  163. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  164. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  165. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  166. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  167. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  168. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  169. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  170. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  171. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  172. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  173. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  174. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  175. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  176. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  177. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  178. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  179. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  180. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  181. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  182. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  183. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  184. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  185. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  186. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  187. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  188. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  189. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  190. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  191. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  192. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  193. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  194. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  195. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  196. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  197. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  198. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  199. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  200. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  201. Night by Elie Wiesel
  202. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  203. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  204. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  205. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  206. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  207. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  208. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  209. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  210. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  211. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  212. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  213. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  214. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  215. Othello by Shakespeare
  216. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  217. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  218. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  219. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  220. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  221. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  222. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  223. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  224. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  225. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  226. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  227. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  228. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  229. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  230. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  231. Property by Valerie Martin
  232. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  233. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  234. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  235. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  236. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  237. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  238. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  239. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  240. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  241. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  242. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  243. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  244. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  245. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  246. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  247. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  248. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  249. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  250. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  251. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  252. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  253. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  254. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  255. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  256. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  257. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  258. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  259. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  260. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  261. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  262. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  263. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  264. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  265. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  266. Sexus by Henry Miller
  267. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  268. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  269. The Shining by Stephen King
  270. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  271. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  272. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  273. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  274. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  275. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  276. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  277. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  278. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  279. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  280. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  281. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  282. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  283. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  284. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  285. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  286. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  287. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  288. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  289. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  290. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  291. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  292. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  293. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  294. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  295. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  296. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  297. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  298. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  299. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  300. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  301. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  302. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  303. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  304. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  305. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  306. Ulysses by James Joyce
  307. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  308. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  309. Unless by Carol Shields
  310. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  311. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  312. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  313. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  314. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  315. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  316. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  317. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  318. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  319. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  320. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  321. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  322. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  323. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  324. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  325. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  326. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  327. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  328. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  329. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Total read thus far: 103

1 comment:

  1. I love Gilmore Girls! It came on when I was in 8th grade, and I followed it through sophomore year of college---so I feel like it's a part of my growing up :) How awesome that you have already made it through so many of the books!!