Gilmores Read More

Gilmore Girls booksI have no shame in admitting that I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. I love the characters, the lightning-fast banter and the unique mother-daughter relationship. And as an avid reader, I love Rory, TV’s most lovable book nerd. The girl, who grows from a bookish and slightly awkward high school student into a confident, vivacious college graduate over the course of the series, always has her nose in a book (or several!). Her intelligence and love for the written word are wonderfully conveyed in the Commencement speech she gives as Valedictorian at her graduation from Chilton:

“I live in two worlds.  One is a world of books. I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. It’s a rewarding world, but my second one is by far superior.  My second one is populated with characters slightly less eccentric, but supremely real, made of flesh and bone, full of love, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything.  Richard and Emily Gilmore are kind, decent, unfailingly generous people.  They are my twin pillars, without whom I could not stand.  I am proud to be their grandchild.  But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be.  She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith.  As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.  Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything.”

For the other Gilmore Girls fans out there, here is a list of the books Rory talks about, is shown reading, or references throughout the series. This post was inspired by Free Page Numbers’ post a few days ago, although I think I have used a slightly different list. My list was compiled from the thread on Rory’s Book Club, rather than the CW’s list of books Rory would probably read. Just for fun, I have also included a list of the books Jess reads during the show! I don’t put a lot of faith in Rory’s choices of boyfriends (Dean was jealous and controlling, Jess was a bad-boy jerk, and Logan was an arrogant, rich-boy jerk) but you can’t deny Jess has good taste in books!

Note: The RBC thread says Rory mentioned having read every Oprah’s Book Club book, but I have chosen not to include those titles; I prefer to stick to the books that are actually present in the series.

Here’s the list! The (shamefully few) books I have read so far are bolded.


Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
The House of Spirits – Isable Allende
Vinegar Hill – A. Manette Ansay
Emma – Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen


The Scarecrow of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter – Simone De Beauvoir
The Second Sex – Simone De Beauvoir
Pushkin: A Biography – T.J. Binyon
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess


The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell
The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Living History – Hillary Rodham Clinton
Swimming with Giants – Ann Collet
Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook


The Manticore – Robertson Davies
Out of Africa – Isak Denisen
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
David Coopperfield – Charles Dickens
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
New Poems of Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson (I’m actually reading B&N’s Collected Poems of E.D.)
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Demons – Fyodor Dostoevsky


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers


Sanctuary – William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Room With a View – E.M. Forster


Howl – Allen Ginsberg
Dead Souls – Kikolai Gogol


The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation – Seamus Heaney
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Children’s Hour – Lillian Hellman
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
Snows of Kilimanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath – Seymore M. Hersche


The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion – Jim Irvin


Daisy Miller – Henry James


The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
The Portable Nietzsche – edited and translated by Walter Kaufmann
The Nancy Drew Stories – Carolyn Keene
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
The Shining – Stephen King


Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton


The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Group – Mary McCarthy
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Mencken Chrestomathy – H.L. Mencken
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay – Nancy Milford




Complete Stories – Dorothy Parker
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath – Sylvia Plath
Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/a Time to be Born/ – Dawn Powell
Selected Letters of Daw Powell: 1913-1965
Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust



The Fountainhead – Ayne Rand
Letters to a Young Poet – Ranier Maria Rilke


The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Othello – William Shakespeare
Rome and Juliet – William Shakespeare
Ethics – Spinoza
Europe Through the Back Door – Rick Steves
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neil – Ron Suskind


Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin – Mark Twain
The Art of War – Sun Tzu



The Rough Guide to Europe: various authors
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal


The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty – Eudora Welty
Roman Holiday – Edith Wharton
Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf




Books read by Jess:

Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
Howl – Allen Ginsberg
Ulysses – James Joyce
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk – Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews by Daniel Sinker
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72 – Hunter S. Thompson
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut


9 thoughts on “Gilmores Read More

    • Thanks! He has his flaws, but I can definitely see adoring Jess. He is probably my favorite of the boyfriends because of his love for books, and I feel like he was the only one who really “got” Rory. If only he didn’t act like such a jerk! She should have totally dumped Logan when Jess matured and wrote his novel, though.

      • I KNOW! Gosh, I could not agree more. Logan was so boring and bland. Jess had his moods and his moments when you wanted to smack him but he felt to me like the most believable character and the most exciting one at that.

  1. This is awesome! I’m a huge Gilmore Girl fan as well and have always identified with Rory, especially when she sniffs that book in the screenshot above. When I first saw it, I was like, “That’s me!!”

    Great to know there’s others out there 😉

    About the list, I would imagine she’s read books by Joseph Campbell since she and Paris were so in love with The Power of Myth documentary 😉

    • Haha there are definitely others who love Rory and smelling books! Really, they smell so good someone has made an “In the library” perfume that smells like wonderful old books!

      That’s a good point; I’ll add him to the list!

  2. Gilmore Girls! I often contemplate picking this list up as a challenge, but I never really committed myself yet.

    As for the boyfriends, I definitely liked Jess best. I think it must have been his reading. Also, I think that by season 6, Rory definitely should have picked him over Logan :/

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