Reading Challenge: Gilmore Girls Season 1

Gilmore Girls season 1 book list

One of my favorite shows is Gilmore Girls. Since they announced they were doing a reunion show on Netflix, I thought it would be fun to read the books shown and/or mentioned on the show. There are a lot of different book lists for this show. Rory always had a book with her and they referenced a lot of books and authors during the series. I read through different book lists online and watched some of the series over the summer. I’m posting the list I came up with to help me keep track of the books. This book list was compiled by watching the show and researching other people’s book lists found online. I added the books to my Goodreads “to read” or “read” lists, but didn’t elaborate on the details. On the list below, I list the book and which episode it was in. Gilmore Girls was on for seven seasons, so I’ll do a list for each season instead of one really long list. My lists leave off reference books, travel guides, and cookbooks. I’ve already read most of the books on my Season 1 book list.

10/22/2016 UPDATE:
I did create a Goodreads list for this book list. If you’re interested, click on over to Gilmore Girls: Season 1 Books.

1/21/2017 UPDATE:
I finished reading the books on this list!

Gilmore Girls: Season 1

Book Episode
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
Episode 1
Rory’s class assignment.
Moby Dick
Herman Melville
Episode 1
Rory and Dean discussed it.
Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
Episode 1
Dean said he saw Rory reading it.
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Andersen
Episode 1
Rory asked “Do we go in or do we just stand here reenacting The Little Match Girl“.
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
Episode 16
Rory and Dean discussed it.
David Copperfield
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
Episode 2
Miss Patty referenced it – “Walk smooth, that’s a new Harry Potter on your heads”.
Peyton Place
Grace Metalious
Episode 3
Richard referenced it at the club.
A Mencken Chrestomathy
H.L. Mencken
Episode 3
Rory mentioned it – she and Richard talked about it and he found a copy.
The Complete Works
William Shakespeare
Episode 4
Rory studied it for her class.
Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
Episode 4
Lorelai read it while Rory studied.
A Room of One’s Own
Virginia Woolf
Episode 5
Rory read it on the bus.
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Episode 8
Dean returned it to Rory.
The Group
Mary McCarthy
Episode 9
Rory read it while waiting in line
to buy tickets to the dance.
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker
Episode 9
Rory took it on her date with Dean.
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Episode 10
Rory bought it to give to Dean.
Swann’s Way
Marcel Proust
Episode 11
Max loaned it to Lorelai.
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Episode 11
Rory read it in cafeteria on Parent’s Day.
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath
Episode 12
Rory read it while waiting for Dean.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
Episode 14
Lorelai named Rory’s chick Stanley/Stella.
Horton Hears a Who!
Dr. Seuss
Episode 15
Christopher said “all is not right in Whoville.”
Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Episode 16
Paris referenced it – “Right behind Belle Watling.”
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
Episode 17
Lorelai said “Honey, why don’t you just stay home and read ‘The Bell Jar’? Same effect.”
The Art of Eating
Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher
Episode 17
Rory took it to a party.
William Shakespeare
Episode 18
Trix said “You know Shakespeare once wrote ‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be'”.
The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
Episode 19
Emily said “It’s the Grapes of Wrath” in reference to the Gilmore Girls’ refrigerator.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Episode 19
Lorelai refers to Roon as ‘Boo Radley’.
James Joyce’s Ulysses
Stuart Gilbert
Episode 20
Rory read it while waiting for Lane.
Out of Africa
Isak Dinesen
Episode 20
Lorelai bought it for Luke to give Rachel.
The Art of Fiction
Henry James
Episode 20
Mr. Medina recommended it to his class.
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette
Judith Thurman
Episode 21
Rory was carrying it when Tristan took her books.

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