Reading Challenge: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life book list

I recently watched the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix…. so, of course, I have a new book list. Like so many other fans of the Gilmore Girls, I was looking forward to the new shows. They didn’t disappoint, and, of course, there were plenty of pop culture and book references. The lists below cover all four episodes in the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I have two lists posted below, one for books and one for authors, mentioned or referenced on the shows. The book, author and episode(s) they were mentioned in are included on the lists.

My goal is to read the books on the book list and at least one book by each author on the author list. To see what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads. Also, I created a Goodreads list for this book list. If you’re interested, click on over to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Books.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
Winter: One of Lorelai’s reasons for looking through Rory’s boxes was to find the prequel to Huckleberry Finn.
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
Summer: Rory read it at the pool.
The Art of War
Sun Tzu
Spring: Paris mentioned it during her talk at Chilton.
The Call of the Wild
Jack London
Fall: Lorelai said she had “your call of the wild right here, pal” when packing her backpack.
Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell
Spring: Rory says that Naomi’s book is not Cloud Atlas.
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
David Foster Wallace
Spring: Mentioned during Rory’s Conde Nast meeting.
Cyrano de Bergerac
Edmond Rostand
Winter: Lorelai called Rory ‘Cyrano’.
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller
Spring: Rory said Naomi thought he was an Aeschylus character.
Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert
Fall: A hiker said she was going to do it, but her miles were blacked out.
I Feel Bad About My Neck
Nora Ephron
Summer: Rory referenced it when she said, “I don’t want to say you’ve been filing that piece of paper for a long time, but when you started, Nora Ephron felt good about her neck.”
Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
Spring: Kirk referenced it when he said, “Et to, Luke.”
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo
Winter: Emily read it.
Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Fall: Sookie said Jackson was reading it to Martha.
Macbeth
William Shakespeare
Fall: A Life and Death Brigade member quoted it – “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”
Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Isaac Newton
Winter: Luke was using it to help understand a letter from April.
My Struggle
Karl Ove Knausgard
Fall: Jess was reading it at the Gilmore Girls house.
On the Road
Jack Kerouac
Winter: Lorelai said Rory was on the roading it.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
Fall: Lorelai said Emily had a picture in the attic that Dorian Gray was consulting copyright lawyers about.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
Summer: Taylor mentioned it.
Wild
Cheryl Strayed
Summer: Lorelai read it at the pool.
Fall: Lorelai wanted to do the Pacific Crest Trail.
Author Episode
Aeschylus Spring: Rory said Naomi talked about him at lunch.
Edward Albee Summer: Taylor said Albee was his mentor.
Carl Bernstein Fall: Christopher called Rory Mr. Bernstein.
Noam Chumsky Summer: April said she met him at MIT.
Leonard Cohen Winter: Lane mentioned him.
Gail Collins Winter: Rory met her.
Dave Eggers Summer: Rory and Jess talked about him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Spring: Paris quoted him – “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
Nora Ephron Summer: Rory mentioned her.
Jack Kerouac Winter: Lorelai said Rory is like him.
Marie Kondo Winter: Emily mentioned her.
David Mamet Fall: Lorelai mentioned a Mamet play.
John McPhee Winter: Rory mentioned him.
Dorothy Parker Spring: Paris mentioned her.
William Shakespeare Spring: Naomi mentioned him when at lunch with Rory.
David Foster Wallace Spring: Mentioned during Rory’s Conde Nast meeting.
Edith Wharton Spring: Lorelai said she’s not Edith Wharton.

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