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The Ultimate Gilmore Girls Book List

The Ultimate Gilmore Girls Book List

Since we all seem to have a lot more time on our hands than ever before with COVID, it seems a good time as any to whittle down a book list. As a lifetime Gilmore Girls fan I stumbled upon a list of apparently every book they mention in all the episodes and this bibliophile is humbled. This blog post is a list, just a list of these books. 🙂 I highlighted the ones I have read. Instead of inspiring me to read, this list is shaming me – what have I been doing with my life?

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JMF

UPDATED 7.4.2021

  1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  3. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  4. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  7. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  8. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  10. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  11. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  12. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  13. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  14. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  15. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  16. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  17. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  18. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  19. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  20. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  21. The Bhagavad Gita
  22. 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
  23. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  24. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  25. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  26. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  27. Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  28. Candide by Voltaire
  29. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  30. Carrie by Stephen King
  31. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  32. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  33. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  34. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  35. Christine by Stephen King – SEEN THE MOVIE
  36. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  37. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  38. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  39. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  40. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  41. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  42. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  43. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  44. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  45. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Père
  46. Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
  47. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  48. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  49. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  50. Cujo by Stephen King
  51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  52. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  53. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin, M.D.
  54. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  55. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  56. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  57. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  58. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  59. Deenie by Judy Blume
  60. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  61. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  62. The Divine Comedy by Dante (get the Mark Musa translations in you can)
  63. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells – SEEN THE MOVIE
  64. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  65. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
  66. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  67. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  68. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  69. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  70. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  71. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  72. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  73. Emma by Jane Austen
  74. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  75. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  76. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  77. Ethics by Spinoza
  78. Europe through the Back Door by Rick Steves – I’ve read enough Rick Steves to count this in my opinion!
  79. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  80. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  81. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  82. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  83. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  84. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  85. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  86. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  87. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  88. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein – SEEN THE MOVIE
  89. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  90. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  91. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  92. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  93. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  94. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  95. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  96. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  97. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers – SEEN BOTH MOVIES
  98. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  99. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  100. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  101. Gidget by Frederick Kohner
  102. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen – SEEN THE MOVIE
  103. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  104. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo – SEEN THE MOVIE
  105. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  106. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  107. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  108. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  109. The Graduate by Charles Webb – SEEN THE MOVIE
  110. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  111. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  112. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  113. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  114. Hamlet by William Shakespeare – SEEN THE PLAY
  115. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  116. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  117. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  118. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  119. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  120. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  121. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  122. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  123. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  124. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  125. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
  126. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  127. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  128. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  129. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  130. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  131. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  132. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  133. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo – SEEN THE MOVIE & THE PLAY
  134. The Iliad by Homer – I’VE TAUGHT IT THE PAST 6 YEARS, STILL HAVEN’T READ IT
  135. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  136. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  137. Inferno by Dante
  138. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  139. Ironweed by William J. Kennedy
  140. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  141. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  142. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  143. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  144. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  145. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  146. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  147. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  148. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  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. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  159. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  160. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  161. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  162. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  163. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  164. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  165. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  166. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  167. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  168. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  169. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  170. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  171. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  172. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  173. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  174. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  175. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  176. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  177. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare 
  178. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  179. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  180. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  181. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  182. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  183. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  184. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  185. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  186. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  187. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  188. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  189. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall – SEEN THE MOVIE
  190. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  191. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  192. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  193. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  194. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  195. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  196. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  197. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  198. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  199. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  200. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  201. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  202. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  203. Night by Elie Wiesel
  204. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  205. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  206. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  207. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  208. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  209. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  210. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  211. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  212. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  213. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  214. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  215. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  216. Othello by Shakespeare – SEEN THE PLAY
  217. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  218. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  219. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  220. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  221. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – SEEN THE MOVIE
  222. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  223. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  224. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  225. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  226. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  227. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi – in Italian no less!
  228. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs by McNeil and Gillian McCain
  229. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  230. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  231. The Portable Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche
  232. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  233. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  234. Property by Valerie Martin
  235. Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon
  236. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  237. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  238. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  239. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  240. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  241. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  242. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  243. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – SEEN THE MOVIE
  244. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  245. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  246. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  247. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J.R.R. Tolkien
  248. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  249. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  250. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  251. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton – SEEN THE MOVIE
  252. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  253. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  254. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster – SEEN THE MOVIE
  255. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – SEEN THE MOVIE
  256. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
  257. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  258. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  259. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  260. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
  261. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  262. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  263. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  264. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  265. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – SEEN THE MOVIE
  266. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  267. Selected Hotels of Europe
  268. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  269. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  270. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  271. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  272. Sexus by Henry Miller
  273. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  274. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  275. The Shining by Stephen King – SEEN THE MOVIE
  276. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  277. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  278. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  279. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  280. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  281. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  282. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  283. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  284. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  285. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  286. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  287. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  288. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  289. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  290. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  291. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  292. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  293. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  294. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  295. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  296. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  297. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  298. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  299. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber – SEEN THE MOVIE
  300. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  301. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  302. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  303. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  304. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  305. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  306. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  307. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  308. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  309. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  310. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  311. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  312. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – SEEN THE MOVIE
  313. Ulysses by James Joyce
  314. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  315. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  316. Unless by Carol Shields
  317. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – SEEN THE MOVIE
  318. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  319. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  320. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  321. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  322. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  323. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  324. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten – SEEN THE MOVIE
  325. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  326. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  327. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  328. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  329. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  330. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  331. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  332. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  333. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  334. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  335. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  336. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  337. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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