Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

My sister and I have decided to try to tackle the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge a couple of books a month at a time. It should only take thirteen years. Here is how I stand so far. This list I found is alphabetical (fancy fancy). Ones I’ve already read are in bold.

1984 by George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken

A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

A Quiet Storm: A Novel by Rachel Howzell Hall

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel by Dai Sijie

Bee Season: A Novel by Myla Goldberg

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Beloved by Toni Morrison


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty

Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Daisy Miller by Henry James

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable by Mark Dunn

Emma by Jane Austen

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2007: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves

Extravagance: A Novel by Gary Krist

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

Flowers for Algernon

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland

How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

Little Women by Louisa May Alcot

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

Night by Elie Wiesel

Dawn Powell: Novels 1930-1942 by Dawn Powell

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Old School by Tobias Wolff

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Oracle Night by Paul Auster

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Othello by William Shakespeare

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil

Property by Valerie Martin

Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Quattrocento by James Mckean

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

Sanctuary by William Faulkner

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Small Island by Andrea Levy

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway

Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

Songbook/31 Songs by Nick Hornby

Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Swimming With Giants: My Encounters With Whales, Dolphins, and Seals by Anne Collett

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Group by Mary McCarthy

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Holy Barbarians by lawrence lipton

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Little Locksmith: A Memoir by Katharine Butler Hathaway

The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Manticore by Robertson Davies

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

The Metamorphosis by Ovid

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

The Portable Nietzsche

The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Rough Guide to Europe 2006 by Various Authors

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

Unabridged Journals by Sylvia Plath

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Time and Again by Jack Finney

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Unless by Carol Shields

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (currently reading)

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells


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