The Literary Lifestyle® by: Julianne Buonocore

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I’m Julianne Buonocore, a/k/a Jules. Welcome to The Literary Lifestyle® — your virtual reading corner.

Are you looking for the best books to read? Do you wish you had more time to read? Do you want to get more out of your reading life? Then, this is the place for you!

Millions of blog readers each year, as well as members of my digital communities, have utilized my content to live a more literary lifestyle! The Literary Lifestyle® is one of the top bookish blogs worldwide.

How The Literary Lifestyle® Helps You

Despite my lifelong love of reading, I’ve also struggled at times with common problems like how to find the time and energy to read when you are really busy and how to decide what to read next (especially in those pre-social media days).

Over the years, I’ve solved these problems for myself and now, I share all my best tips right here with you so that you can get the most out of your literary lifestyle too.

Julianne Buonocore and The Rory Gilmore Book Club in the book But I'm a Gilmore.

What You’ll Find Here:


  • 500+ blog posts containing personalized book recommendations from my library of 900+ books reviewed and comprehensive, updated reading resources designed to help you read better and more easily. Popular topics include Colleen Hoover, celebrity book clubs, Fourth Wing, ACOTAR, and Harry Potter.
  • Book recommendations and cozy lifestyle tricks based on a lifetime of literary education and experience
  • The Rory Gilmore Book Club — an engaged group of thousands of bookworms that read from the list of books referenced on Gilmore Girls
  • An email newsletter community that carefully curates the best of books and bookish lifestyle in your inbox
  • A digital shop that highlights currently bestselling books and top picks
  • A printable Reading Journal in our printable store and used books in our PangoBooks store to guide you on your literary journey.
  • A community that gives back and empowers others through books

Education and Experience

A former lawyer for 15 years, I now run The Literary Lifestyle® (Est. 2019) full-time.

The first time I read felt like a superpower, and that feeling has driven my life.

Upon graduating from Scranton Prep High School as an advanced placement English student, I received the Vincent J. Vanston Award for excellence in the literary arts.

As a University of Scranton student and summa cum laude graduate, I had an English minor and membership in the Sigma Tau Delta (English) Honor Society.

Thereafter, I earned a juris doctor degree at Villanova Law School, where I honed my research and writing skills.

Since 2015, I’ve cataloged 900+ personal book reviews on GoodReads. I also serve as an advanced review copy reader with NetGalley and numerous publishers.

Now, I read 100+ books of all types per year, from classics to current bestsellers, especially the books on the Gilmore Girls reading list. My essay about it was published in the book But I’m a Gilmore!

I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my husband and two cats. I’m a reader of literary fiction and epic family sagas, an introverted homebody, a classic-style lover, a mostly vegan eater, a Philly sports fan, and a Trader Joe’s enthusiast.

Favorite Books Throughout My Life

AS A CHILD

The Polar Express and everything on Reading Rainbow

as a preteen

American Girl books and The Baby-Sitters Club series

AS A TEEN

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

IN MY 20S

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

IN MY 30S

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

LOVE TO RECOMMEND

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Let’s Get Literary!