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Suntag: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

In honor of the 8th season of Gilmore Girls released very very soon on Netflix, I present you my take on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge!

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A few months ago, innocent and ignorant, I was reading posts on WordPress when something caught my eye. *suspense* My hero Kat @ Life and Other Disasters mentioned a TV show I had seen glimpses of over the years but always deemed a bit stupid. I know, I know! Don’t throw me virtual tomatoes just yet!!
Surprised that I had not even given a chance to this popular show, Kat urged me to watch. And it was the end of my free time for a few weeks. I binge-watched episodes faster than Lorelai can come up with witty remarks. And I don’t regret a thing. Gilmore Girls is TV show at its best and if you haven’t watched it yet, just get away from this page and go on Netflix!
Here is what you need to know, Rory Gilmore is the queen of bookworms. Every bookworm queen needs a reading challenge. Bookish fans of the show have made a list of all 339 books mentioned throughout the seven seasons to try and read them. Now, you’ll notice very soon that this list contained many classics, and you know how much I love them… (Lolita! 😡😠😡) There is no way I could survive this challenge. Instead, I decided to see how many of Rory’s books I have already read and maybe find a little inspiration for days when I feel brave enough to deal with books I would normally not pick.

Here are the 339 books in alphabetical order. I’ll check those I have read and those that are on my TBR.

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1. 1984 by George Orwell => An old-time favorite of mine!
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain => currently reading. Painful experience.
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank => school assigned reading
9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan => One of the first reviews I posted!
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath => On my TBR
21. Beloved by Toni Morrison => university assigned reading
22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23. The Bhagava Gita => Part of my work for the yoga teaching program
24. 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
25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley => On my TBR
28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30. Candide by Voltaire
31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32. Carrie by Stephen King
33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37. Christine by Stephen King
38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

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51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
52. Cujo by Stephen King
53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
61. Deenie by Judy Blume
62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
66. Don Quixote by Cervantes => Because it is mentioned so many times in The Newsroom
67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
75. Emma by Jane Austen
76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
79. Ethics by Spinoza
80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer => On my TBR
83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

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100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo => On my TBR because of Jill!
107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald => another painful assigned reading
115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling => HP love!
119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
137. The Iliad by Homer
138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
140. Inferno by Dante
141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte => one of the few classics I have actually enjoyed
145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

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151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir => Loved this one.
176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult => On my TBR
198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
206. Night by Elie Wiesel
207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen => On my TBR
208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
219. Othello by Shakespeare
220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen => On my TBR
237. Property by Valerie Martin
238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw => On my TBR
240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier => another miracle, a classics I did not doze off on
247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

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251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
270. Selected Hotels of Europe
271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275. Sexus by Henry Miller
276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
278. The Shining by Stephen King
279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298. Stuart Little by E. B. White
299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

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301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316. Ulysses by James Joyce
317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319. Unless by Carol Shields
320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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So 40 books read. Not too bad I guess! But all reading will have to wait once the new season is available! Don’t try to reach me, I’ll be eating junk food with my favorite family.

How many of Rory’s books have you read? Will you be watching the new season? Fancy trying the challenge? Let me know!

61 thoughts on “Suntag: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

  1. I recently discovered this reading challenge myself. Although I love classics, and that I have only dived into the world of books almost 2-3 years ago, I’ve only gotten through around 15 books. Probably going to check this list here and then to one day complete it! (woosh… that’s going to be in a far… far… future). You seem to have gotten through quite a lot as well though! 😛

    – Lashaan

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    1. I was surprised to see I had read 40 books on this list, I’ll never be a fan of classics! I blame school and the pressure to see classics as precious stories that only a few can truly understand. I think all the interpretations I heard of the few I studied left me with a taste of boredom and craziness. Good luck with this challenge, channel the Rory in you! 🙂

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  2. I’ve read about thirty-three books on the list and proud of it! Plus, a bunch of them are on my TBR. Can’t wait until Friday to find what she’s currently reading. Two books that I’ve read and highly recommend are To Kill a Mockingbird and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. You can’t go wrong with those two American classics.

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    1. Congratulations! It’s a big achievement just to finish one classic, haha! Thank you for the recommendations! To Kill A Mockingbird is on my TBR for 2017 and I will check A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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    1. Well, you know my “love” for classics! I was so shocked to see I’d reached 40! And a bit proud even though some reads were painful, haha! I know, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a blogger classic! I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, bad me! You know what, it’s now on my 2017 reading list!

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  3. “currently reading. Painful experience.” LOL

    My list would be so embarrassing I’m not even doing this posts. Haven’t read almost anything!! Not even 10!!! 😦

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    1. I only speak the truth :p I will never finish this book!
      Haha, don’t worry, lots of classics in that list, I can’t blame you for not having read them. Classics are never my first choice!

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  4. Confession time… I’ve never watched Gilmore Girls! Reading through this list of books has made me want to give the series a go so I might look out for it! I’ve read 143 books on the list and have lots more of them on my TBR so I quite like the sound of this challenge.

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    1. Well for this reason only, I consider my mission accomplished 😀 I hope you have a nice time if you decide to give the show a go. 143 books? That IS impressive! This challenge is definitely for you!

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  5. I’m doing this challenge, too! I haven’t read very many books on the list yet, but I’m hoping to tackle some over my upcoming winter break. Best of luck! 🙂

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  6. Not bad at all you, I’ve got a staggering 8 books read. My Sister’s Keeper is a really good one (read it before I saw the movie but both are good). I’ve read Sophie’s Choice (obligatory reading), The Kite Runner, Shadow of the Wind, Diary of Anne Frank and I think A Clockwork Orange (also obligatory). I’m not into the classics so that would have upped my score if I was, also R for Ricochet from Sue Grafton, I only read letters A and B yet I think so I’ll get there eventually :-). Mmm junk food, what a great family :-). Enjoy!

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    1. It was a nice surprise to see I had managed to read so many classics,haha! I have heard great things about My Sister’s Keeper! I wish they could use different books than classics for assigned readings.
      Junk food is the best 🙂 I eat way too much of it!

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  7. I will definitely be watching the new season of Gilmore Girls. It is one of my all time favorite shows and I am so ready for the 25th to be here already. I might have to go through and see how many of these books I have already read and how many I want to read. I don’t think I will ever try to read through all of them because some of them just don’t interest me. I probably haven’t read as many of them as you have but it would be cool to find out how many I have read.

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    1. I just can’t wait to see them all again! I’ve planned my weekend so I can binge-watch and not move from the couch, haha! It’s nice to compare your readings to the list, but I agree that many books there don’t interest me so I’ll never finish the challenge!

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      1. I am the same way I am anxiously awaiting for the 25th to get here. In all honestly I will probably sit in my couch all day Friday and binge watch every show LOL! I will probably do a post about what books I have read and which one I want to read like you did just to see how many of Rory’s books I have read.

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  8. YES! I am so glad you ending up loving Gilmore Girls. It’s one of my favorites and when it first came on Netflix I had like a mini freak out and binged watched for days lol. This is such a fun challenge too, I might have to do it.

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    1. haha, I keep replaying episodes in the background to wait for the new season 😀 I never expected to love it so much! It’s my go-to when I need something to watch to cheer me up or have some relaxing time!
      The challenge is great but I’ll never finish it xD

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          1. Ugh I know! I won’t be able to watch it right away either 😦 starting tomorrow afternoon until Sunday I am going to be swamped with family and work!! So many classics lol which I haven’t read a lot at all!

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  9. Great post! I always forget about this challenge, but then see it (like now) and think that it’s one I’d love to do! I think I’ve read 63 of the books on the list, but there are so many great books on here!
    I just finished The Bell Jar last night – that is such an excellent book! Highly recommended!
    I haven’t watched the whole series yet – I started watching it and got side tracked on the second season. Now it’s been too long I need to go back and start over!

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    1. 63 books read is awesome! 🙂 There are too many classics for me to try and complete the challenge but it was a fun way to celebrate the return to Stars Hollow!
      I came across The Bell Jar several times but never dared to pick it up, I might do it the next time I’m at the library!
      Lucky you, so many unseen episodes left! 😀

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    1. Lolita is my favorite book ever :p My love for it is endless, of course. To be honest, I thought I had read less than 10 of the books on that list, it was a nice surprise and a shock to see I’d actually read more classics than I thought!

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  10. 40 books! 🙌 This must’ve taken you ages to go through. Cool post. I think I saw a tag for this a while back, but this is a very cool take on the challenge. I haven’t watched Gilmore Girls yet. I think I saw about one episode. And I think Jared Padalecki was in it. Either him or one of the CW hotties. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the pilot. I’m happy to see so many King books on here. ❤️

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  11. I don’t even feel remotely guilty for getting you addicted to that show hahahaha Unfortunately, I’ve only read 15 of those books, but I do own like 50 I think. Well, contemporaries take up all my time.

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  12. I myself have not seen Gilmore Girls from start to finish, I watched little snippets when I was younger though. Perhaps I should look into it 😊 As for this TBR, it’s massive!! And why aren’t all the Harry Potter books featured?!

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    1. You should you should! 😀 I’m envious, I’d love to watch it again for the first time, haha! I think the character actually read all the HP but we did not get to see them in episodes and they weren’t mentioned. I can’t imagine Rory not reading them all, don’t worry!
      (Btw, your comment was in my spam folder, you might want to check if it happens with other bloggers 🙂 )

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      1. Oh no! Thanks for telling me 😊 That’s not cool, I’ve heard other bloggers complaining about that happening to them too. So maybe it’s just a WordPress glitch that they’ll fix soon 🙈 Yeah, I’m sure she would’ve read the entire series, its impossible not to read all the HP books 😊

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  13. I’ve never seen this reading challenge before but 40 books is a lot more than I can say I’ve read. Given a lot of these are classics and I am not a fan of classics at all I can probably say that’s why I haven’t picked many of them up. In fact the only reason I picked up Julius Caesar and Lord of the Flies was because it was required reading at my school and to say I did not enjoy those books feels like a massive understatement.
    However I can cross Harry Potter off for me, those are probably ones everyone can say they’ve read on this list!
    Forty is an amazing start, are you planning to try and get all 339 read at some point? 🙂

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    1. I am so happy not being the only one who doesn’t like classics! In university, I kept hearing how those books are the best, so I felt a little alone! 40 was a surprise, I mean, I hate classics. I do. I really do! I can thank school and uni for most of those readings, haha!
      I already know I won’t be able to complete the challenge, I’m not a masochist xD But I’ll try to read the few that were already on my radar.

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      1. Nope I never really got into them but part of me is wondering if that is just because I’m a mood reader and was never really in the mood to read them when we started them (not that I’m going to go back and re-read either Lord of the Flies or Julius Caesar, once was more than enough). Forty is a great number considering you don’t like classics. Guess recommended reading is good for one things right.
        Yeah, no point forcing yourself to read something you’re not going to like. 🙂

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  14. I have tried to do the Rory Gilmore challenge before and when I saw the sheer number of books this woman had read – including a million classics – I got a little overwhelmed. These Christmas holidays I am trying to force myself to read more classical novels, but we’ll see how that goes lol.
    I can’t wait to watch the new season, it’s going to be so amazing!

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    1. Good luck with the classics, I can’t say I love them xD I tolerate some, I enjoyed a couple, but most of them are a real pain for me!
      I know! I already planned my weekend so I can watch it all and eat as much as possible, haha!

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  15. 40 books is very impressive!
    I actually haven’t seen a full episode of this show. I too thought it sounded kind of silly even though I never knew what the shows was really about. x) But seeing that Rory is a huge booknerd makes me more interested! Unfortunately, I am not a fan of classics. At least not at the moment. lol, so this challenge is definitely not for me!
    Your take on the challenge was very creative. At a quick glance/count, I read 24 of the books. 🙂

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    1. I still can’t believe it. I had to check three times to make sure I was not doing it wrong. I’m pretty happy with those 40 and I will certainly never go over 50, haha! 24 is good considering you’re not a fan of classics either! I owe my score to assigned readings, so …
      Glad this post made you think twice about the show! It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s full of life lessons and witty remarks, it’s really a good show.

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  16. I never got into Gilmore Girls 🙈 I love that Rory is a total book nerd though, haha. You’ve read so many books on this list too! That’s awesome! I think I’ve read about 4 😂😂 I second what Marie said about The Perks of Being A Wallflower!! Also Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourites.

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    1. Don’t worry, I only discovered the beauty of it in May! I can’t believe how quick I was to judge when in the end this show has become a top 5 favorites!
      Hahaha, I am quite proud to have survived 40 books!! People never believe me when I say I have never read Alice in Wonderland 🙈🙊

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  17. Okay…Wow, that’s a long list! I just counted and (if I didn’t miss something) I read 44 books. Pretty happy with that actually. 😀
    I used to watch Gilmore Girls ages ago, it was one of my favourite shows. Definitely should re-watch it some time in the future, though I’m a bit afraid that I’m not going to enjoy it much now. We will see about that. Great post!

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    1. Congratulations! 44 is big! 😀
      Yeah, I know the feeling. Sometimes you love a show so much and you go back to it after a while and something is different, something’s off and you wonder why you actually liked it so much. I wouldn’t want that to happen to GG! 🙂

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  18. Haha i got to the end of that and saw your question how many have you read and was like “nope not gonna go back and count”- I’m so lazy!! But I will say that one day I need to read huck Finn… But it is not this day! I’ve never actually heard anyone say they actually like it! Also godfather on my tbr cos of Jill too!! I’ve been writing down a load of other ones to add to my tbr as well. Also I loled at your reaction to Lolita- that was my reaction!! What on earth possessed Nabokov to write that?! I just don’t get it!

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    1. Huckleberry Finn is slightly less terrible than Lolita. Just slightly xD I can’t believe I’ll have to read it if I have to take this semester’s classes again next year. I want the teacher to leave and the new one to have imagination and find something else!!! I’m so mad at Nabokov I’d kill him if he weren’t already dead.

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      1. Ahh well that’s not saying much lol!! 😉 Arghhh how horrible- I hate some of the things they put on uni syllabuses :/ hahahaha I understand- I felt the same way about Faulkner (I actually checked he was dead, cos I wanted to write him an angry letter asking WHY THE HELL HE WROTE AS I LAY DYING)… sorry that went off topic- point is, I understand your rage 😉 the only reason I wasn’t so furious about Lolita is cos I’d already gone through my rage quota on that course cos I’d read As I Lay Dying first 😉

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