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Explore the most comprehensive Rory Gilmore Reading List of 500+ books referenced in Gilmore Girls. It includes the revival on Netflix and some hidden gems. You’ll enjoy tracking your reading (and re-watching) with the free printable Rory Gilmore book list and our Instagram community. Let’s get literary!

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About The Rory Gilmore Book Club and Reading Challenge

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge took off after Buzzfeed highlighted 339 books mentioned across the episodes from all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. It sparked a frenzy among fans to tackle the extensive Rory Gilmore Reading List.

This compilation not only includes well-loved classics but also some of the best-selling books of all time.

I was inspired by Rory’s passion for literature, as showcased in her memorable Chilton graduation speech and her relationship with fellow book lover Jess Mariano. So, I launched The Rory Gilmore Book Club on my blog and my Instagram page (@TheRoryGilmoreBookClub) to read these books and re-watch the show.

The challenge expanded as I discovered the initial list omitted titles from the Netflix revival and other subtle references. This prompted me to create the most comprehensive and accurate Rory Gilmore book list available, now exceeding 500 titles.

I’ve written about the challenge in the book But I’m a Gilmore!, and I’ve been featured on many outlets discussing this challenge, including The Everygirl and Distractify. Over 15,000 followers read as part of our book club on Instagram, making it (to my knowledge) the largest community participating in this challenge.

The Full Rory Gilmore Reading List (in Alphabetical Order)

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Absolute Rage by Robert Tanenbaum
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  5. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  7. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
  8. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  9. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  10. American Steel by Richard Preston
  11. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  12. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  13. The Andy Warhol Diaries Edited by Pat Hackett
  14. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  15. Angels in America by Tony Kushner
  16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  17. The Apocalyptics – Cancer and the Big Lie: How Environmental Politics Controls What We Know About Cancer by Edith Efron
  18. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  19. The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as a History by Norman Mailer
  20. The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
  21. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  22. The Art of Living by Epictetus
  23. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  24. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  25. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  26. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  27. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  28. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  29. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  30. Bad Dirt by Annie Proulx
  31. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  32. Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
  33. Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche
  34. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  35. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  36. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  37. Beowulf by Anonymous
  38. The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Holidays by Martha Stewart Living
  39. The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous
  40. The Big Love by Sarah Dunn
  41. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  42. Billy Budd & Other Tales by Melville
  43. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  44. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  45. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  46. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  47. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  48. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  49. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  50. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  51. Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  52. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  53. The Brontes by Juliet Barker
  54. Call of the Wild by Jack Longdon
  55. Candide by Voltaire
  56. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  57. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  58. Carrie by Stephen King
  59. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  60. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
  61. The Celebrated Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  62. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  63. Charlotte’s Web by E B White
  64. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  65. Christine by Stephen King
  66. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  67. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  68. Cinderella by Brothers Grimm
  69. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  70. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  71. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  72. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  73. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  74. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  75. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  76. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  77. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  78. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  79. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  80. Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
  81. Contact by Carl Sagan
  82. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  83. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  84. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  85. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  86. The Crisis by David Harris
  87. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  88. Cujo by Stephen King
  89. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  90. Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  91. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  92. David and Lisa by Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin, M.D.
  93. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  94. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  95. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  96. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  97. Deenie by Judy Blume
  98. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
  99. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  100. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  101. Diary of Virginia Wolf, Volumes 1,3,4,5 Edited by Anne Olivier Bell
  102. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  103. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  104. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  105. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  106. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  107. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  108. Downpour by Nick Holmes
  109. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  110. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  111. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  112. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  113. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  114. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  115. Elements by Euclid
  116. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  117. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
  118. Eloise at the Plaza by Kay Thompson
  119. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  120. Emma by Jane Austen
  121. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  122. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  123. Essentials of Economics, 3rd. Edition by Bradley R. Schiller
  124. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  125. Ethics by Spinoza
  126. Europe through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves
  127. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  128. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  129. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  130. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  131. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  132. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  133. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  134. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  135. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  136. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  137. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  138. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  139. Firewall by Lawrence Walsh
  140. First Folio by William Shakespeare
  141. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  142. Flavor of the Month by Olivia Goldsmith
  143. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  144. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  145. Fodor’s Selected Hotels of Europe
  146. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  147. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  148. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  149. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  150. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  151. Frida by Hayden Herrera
  152. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  153. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  154. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  155. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  156. Gigi by Collette
  157. A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  158. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  159. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  160. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Marmet
  161. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  162. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  163. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  164. Goldilocks and the Three Bears/Bears Should Share! (Another Point of View) by Alvin Granowsky
  165. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  166. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  167. Goodnight Spoon by Keith Richards
  168. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  169. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago
  170. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  171. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  172. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  173. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  174. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  175. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  176. Guys and Dolls by Damon Runyon
  177. Haiku, Volume 2: Spring by R.H. Blyth
  178. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  179. Harrold & the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  180. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  181. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  182. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  183. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  184. Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson
  185. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  186. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  187. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  188. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  189. Henry VI by William Shakespeare
  190. He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
  191. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  192. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  193. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  194. The History of Tom Thumb by Anonymous
  195. Hockey for Dummies by  John Davidson and John Steinbreder
  196. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  197. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  198. Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
  199. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  200. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  201. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
  202. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  203. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  204. How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland
  205. How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers
  206. The Human Factor by Graham Greene
  207. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  208. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
  209. The Iliad by Homer
  210. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
  211. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  212. Indiana by George Sand
  213. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  214. In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower by Marcel Proust
  215. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  216. The Invitation by Oriah
  217. Ironweed by William J. Kennedy
  218. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  219. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  220. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  221. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  222. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  223. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  224. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  225. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  226. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  227. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony
  228. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  229. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  230. Larousse Wine by David Cobbold
  231. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  232. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by
    William Manchester
  233. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 by William Manchester
  234. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume III: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester
  235. The Last Word by Graham Greene
  236. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  237. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  238. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  239. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  240. Letters of Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand
  241. Letters of Edith Wharton by R.W.B. Lewis
  242. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  243. The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus
  244. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  245. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  246. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  247. Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
  248. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  249. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  250. Lisa and David by Dr. Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D.
  251. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  252. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  253. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  254. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  255. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  256. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  257. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  258. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  259. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  260. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  261. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  262. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  263. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  264. Love Story by Erich Segal
  265. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  266. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  267. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  268. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  269. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  270. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers and Mary Shepard
  271. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  272. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton
  273. Matisse the Master: A Life of Mattise by Hilary Spurling
  274. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  275. The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  276. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  277. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  278. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.
  279. A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken
  280. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  281. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  282. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  283. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  284. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  285. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  286. Misery by Stephen King
  287. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
  288. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  289. The Mojo Collection: The Greatest Albums of All Time by Jim Irvin
  290. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  291. Molloy by Samuel Beckett
  292. Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford
  293. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  294. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  295. A Month of Sundays: Searching for The Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars
  296. Motley Crue by Seamus Craic
  297. The Mourning Bride by William Congreve
  298. A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  299. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  300. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  301. My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
  302. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  303. My Life as Author and Editor by H.L. Mencken
  304. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  305. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe by Myra Waldo
  306. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  307. My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  308. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  309. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  310. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  311. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  312. Nancy Drew and The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene
  313. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  314. Native Son by Richard Wright
  315. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon
  316. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  317. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  318. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  319. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  320. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  321. Night by Elie Wiesel
  322. No Man is an Island by John Donne
  323. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  324. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, et al.
  325. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  326. Novels, 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
    Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born
    by Dawn Powell
  327. November of the Heart by LaVyrle Spenser
  328. The Odyssey by Homer
  329. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  330. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  331. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  332. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  333. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  334. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  335. On the Contrary by Mary McCarthy
  336. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  337. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  338. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  339. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  340. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  341. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  342. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  343. Orations by American Orators
  344. The Orestia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides by W.B. Stanford
  345. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  346. Othello by William Shakespeare
  347. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  348. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  349. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  350. Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
  351. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  352. The Oxford Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
  353. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  354. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  355. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  356. The Persian Puzzle by Kenneth M. Pollack
  357. Personal History by Katherine Graham
  358. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  359. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  360. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  361. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  362. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and
    Gillian McCain
  363. Plutarch’s Lives by Plutarch
  364. Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  365. Points of View by W. Somerset Maugham
  366. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  367. Pomeranian: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Happeth A. Jones
  368. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  369. The Portable Nietzsche by Fredrich Nietzsche
  370. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  371. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  372. Primary Colors by Joe Klein
  373. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  374. Property by Valerie Martin
  375. The Pump House Gang by Tom Wolfe
  376. Punk: The Definitive Record of a Revolution by Stephen Colegrave and Chris Sullivan
  377. The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate: Two Novels by Nancy Mitford
  378. Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon
  379. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  380. Quattrocento by James McKean
  381. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  382. Quiller Bamboo by Adam Hall
  383. Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm
  384. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  385. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  386. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  387. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  388. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  389. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  390. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  391. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  392. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  393. Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem
  394. Richard III by William Shakespeare
  395. R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  396. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
  397. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  398. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  399. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  400. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  401. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  402. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  403. The Rough Guide to Europe by Various Authors
  404. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  405. Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
  406. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  407. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  408. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  409. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
  410. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  411. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  412. Schindler’s List  by Thomas Keneally
  413. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  414. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  415. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  416. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  417. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  418. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  419. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  420. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
  421. Sexus by Henry Miller
  422. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  423. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  424. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  425. The Shining by Stephen King
  426. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  427. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  428. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell
  429. The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
  430. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  431. Sleeping Beauty by The Brothers Grimm
  432. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  433. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  434. Snow White and Rose Red by the Brothers Grimm
  435. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  436. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  437. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  438. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  439. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  440. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  441. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  442. Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  443. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  444. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  445. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  446. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  447. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  448. Stalin: A Biography by Robert Service
  449. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  450. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  451. The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  452. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  453. Story of O by Pauline Reage
  454. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  455. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  456. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  457. Summer of Fear by T. Jefferson Parker
  458. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  459. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  460. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  461. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  462. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  463. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  464. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  465. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  466. Tevya The Dairyman and the Railroad Stories by Sholem Aleichem
  467. Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham
  468. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
  469. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  470. Thunder by James Grady
  471. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  472. Timeline by Michael Crichton
  473. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  474. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  475. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  476. The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac
  477. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  478. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  479. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  480. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  481. Trouble in Our Backyard: Central America and the United States in the Eighties by Martin Diskin
  482. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  483. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  484. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  485. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  486. Ulysses by James Joyce
  487. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  488. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  489. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  490. Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky
  491. Unless by Carol Shields
  492. U.S. Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis by David Patrick Houghton
  493. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  494. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  495. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  496. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (33 1/3 Book 11) by Joe Harvard
  497. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  498. Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac
  499. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  500. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  501. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  502. We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews by Daniel Sinker
  503. What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
  504. What Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell
  505. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  506. When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
  507. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  508. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  509. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory
  510. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  511. The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil
  512. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  513. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  514. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  515. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  516. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  517. Yoga for Dummies by Georg Feuerstein and Larry Payne
  518. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantakis

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What is the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge?

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge encourages readers to read from the list of 500+ books referenced on the TV show Gilmore Girls. On the show, the main character, Rory, was an avid reader.

How many books are on the Rory Gilmore Reading List?

The most accurate and comprehensive Rory Gilmore Reading List contains over 500+ books on all seven seasons of the original TV show plus the Netflix revival.

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The Rory Gilmore Reading List can be downloaded at The Literary Lifestyle. The books can then be sourced from public libraries, bookstores, and online platforms like Amazon, Kindle, and Apple Books.

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How long does the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge take?

Since there are over 500+ books in the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, it should take five to ten years of dedicated reading to complete the challenge.

What books did Rory Gilmore actually read?

Rory Gilmore, a character from Gilmore Girls, is known for her extensive reading list. She famously read classics like Anna Karenina, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Swann’s Way. She was also seen reading The Portable Dorothy Parker, and The Year of Magical Thinking, among others.


The Rory Gilmore Reading List encourages readers to read from the list of 500+ books referenced on the TV show Gilmore Girls. On the show, the main character, Rory, was an avid reader.

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  1. Shouldn’t you include Etiquette by Emily Post for Season 1, Episode 9? Also, there was a Judy Blume reference in Season 1, Episode 8 but I’m not sure what book would cover that reference as I haven’t read very many of her books, but I thought maybe Forever?

  2. Why do you have The Lord of the Rings AND the three books in it? Once you read LoTR, you’ll have read The Fellowship, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. And the other way round – read those three and you’ve read LoTR. It just seems like unnecessary redundancy on an otherwise splendid list…

  3. Hello! Thank you so much for making this list! I’m really glad I can start this challenge!
    I have a question thought, if u find a book you haven’t added in the list how are you updating the list or when? (I just want to make sure i’ll know if any books are added throughout the days/months)

    1. I’m working on an update now, but I don’t anticipate it will be done until Fall. I plan to do it once and will definitely announce it on Instagram and to my email subscribers.

  4. Thank God you didn’t put the non-book The Gospel According to Judy Blume that all the other lists have. It’s not a book, its a snide comment.