Where you lead

I’ve always been a massive fan of Gilmore Girls, something linked to wanting to be Rory I’m sure. So now, in honour of their Netflix revival, I’m taking on a mammoth task – reading all 335 books mentioned in the series. I’m ridiculously excited about this because I’m such a nerd!


To read: Books that I own but haven’t read are italicised.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  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. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  7. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  8. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  9. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  10. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  11. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  12. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  13. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  14. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  15. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  16. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  17. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  18. The Bhagava Gita
  19. 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
  20. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  21. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  23. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  24. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  25. Candide by Voltaire
  26. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  27. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  28. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  29. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  30. Christine by Stephen King
  31. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  32. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  33. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  34. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  35. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  36. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  37. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  38. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
  39. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  40. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  41. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  42. Cujo by Stephen King
  43. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  44. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  45. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  46. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  47. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  48. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  49. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  50. Deenie by Judy Blume
  51. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  52. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  53. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  54. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  55. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  56. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  57. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  58. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  59. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  60. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  61. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  62. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  63. Emma by Jane Austen
  64. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  65. Encyclopaedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  66. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  67. Ethics by Spinoza
  68. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  69. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  70. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  71. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  72. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  73. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  74. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  75. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  76. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  77. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  78. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  79. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  80. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  81. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  82. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  83. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  84. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  85. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  86. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  87. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  88. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  89. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  90. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  91. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  92. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  93. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  94. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  95. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  96. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  97. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  98. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  99. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  100. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  101. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  102. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  103. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  104. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  105. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  106. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  107. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
  108. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  109. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  110. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  111. Howl by Allen Gingsburg
  112. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  113. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  114. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  115. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  116. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  117. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  118. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  119. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  120. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  121. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  122. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  123. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  124. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  125. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  126. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  127. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  128. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  129. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  130. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  131. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  132.  Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  133. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  134. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  135. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  136. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  137. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  138. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  139. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  140. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  141. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  142. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  143. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  144. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  145. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  146. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  147. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  148. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  149. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  150. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  151. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  152. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  153. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  154. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  155. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  156. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  157. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  158. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  159. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  160. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  161. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  162. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  163. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  164. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  165. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  166. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  167. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  168. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  169. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  170. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  171. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  172. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  173. Night by Elie Wiesel
  174. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  175. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  176. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  177. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  178. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  179.  On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  180. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  181. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  182. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  183. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  184. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  185. Othello by Shakespeare
  186. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  187. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  188. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  189. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  190. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  191. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  192. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  193. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  194. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  195. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  196. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  197. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  198. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  199. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  200. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  201. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  202. Property by Valerie Martin
  203. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  204. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  205. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  206. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  207. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  208. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  209. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  210. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  211. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  212. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  213. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  214. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  215. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  216. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  217. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  218. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  219. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  220. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  221. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  222. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  223. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  224. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  225. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  226. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  227. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  228. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  229. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  230. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  231. Sexus by Henry Miller
  232. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  233. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  234. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  235. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  236. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  237. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  238. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  239. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  240. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  241. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  242. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  243. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  244. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  245. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  246. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  247. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  248. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  249. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  250. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  251. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  252. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  253. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  254. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  255. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  256. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  257. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  258. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  259. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  260. Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  261. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  262. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  263. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  264. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  265. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  266. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  267. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  268. Ulysses by James Joyce
  269. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  270. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  271. Unless by Carol Shields
  272. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  273. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  274. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  275. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  276. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  277. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  278. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  279. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  280. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  281. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  282. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  283. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  284. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  285. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  286. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  287. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  288. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion




  • Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  • Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten


  • Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky


  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White


  • Babe by Dick King-Smith
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens


  • Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling


  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum


  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare


  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers


  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey


  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult


  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe



  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


  • Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore


  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin


  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky




  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Shining by Stephen King





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