Book List – Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Book List for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life | rainerlife.com

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 covers 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.

For the book list, I included my rating for the book if I have read it, and for the author list, I included books I’ve read by the author. My goal is to read the books on the book list and at least one book by each author on the author list. I will update these lists as I read more books. To see what I rated books I’ve read or to see what I’m currently reading, click over to my Goodreads. 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.

For more Gilmore Girl books, click on the season to see the book list.
Season 1    Season 2    Season 3    Season 4    Season 5    Season 6    Season 7
Authors (Seasons 1-7)

Book Episode My Rating (☆☆☆☆☆)
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. Not Read
The Call of the Wild – Jack London Fall: Lorelai said she had “your call of the wild right here, pal” when packing her backpack. Not Read
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell Spring: Rory says that Naomi’s book is not Cloud Atlas. Not Read
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays – David Foster Wallace Spring: Mentioned during Rory’s Conde Nast meeting. Not Read
Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand Winter: Lorelai called Rory ‘Cyrano’. Not Read
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. Not Read
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.” Not Read
Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare Spring: Kirk referenced it when he said, “Et to, Luke.” Not Read
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. Not Read
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. Not Read
My Struggle – Karl Ove Knausgard Fall: Jess was reading it at the Gilmore Girls house. Not Read
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. Not Read
Wild – Cheryl Strayed Summer: Lorelai read it at the pool.
Fall: Lorelai wanted to do the Pacific Crest Trail.
★★★

 

Author Episode Books I’ve Read
Aeschylus Spring: Rory said Naomi talked about him at lunch. Not Read
Edward Albee Summer: Taylor said Albee was his mentor. Not Read
Carl Bernstein Fall: Christopher called Rory Mr. Bernstein. Not Read
Noam Chumsky Summer: April said she met him at MIT. Not Read
Leonard Cohen Winter: Lane mentioned him. Not Read
Gail Collins Winter: Rory met her. Not Read
Dave Eggers Summer: Rory and Jess talked about him. The Cicle
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.” Not Read
Nora Ephron Summer: Rory mentioned her. Not Read
Jack Kerouac Winter: Lorelai said Rory is like him. On the Road
Marie Kondo Winter: Emily mentioned her. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
David Mamet Fall: Lorelai mentioned a Mamet play. Not Read
John McPhee Winter: Rory mentioned him. Not Read
Dorothy Parker Spring: Paris mentioned her. The Portable Dorothy Parker
William Shakespeare Spring: Naomi mentioned him when at lunch with Rory. Hamlet
Macbeth
Othello
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
David Foster Wallace Spring: Mentioned during Rory’s Conde Nast meeting. Not Read
Edith Wharton Spring: Lorelai said she’s not Edith Wharton. Ethan Frome

 

Author / Book List – Gilmore Girls

Book List for Authors on Gilmore Girls | rainerlife.com

I previously posted book lists for each season of the Gilmore Girls, but sometimes authors were mentioned without referencing a specific book. Below is a list of authors mentioned on the show. This list covers all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. The author and the episode(s) they were mentioned in are included on this list. My goal is to read at least one book by each author. With each author on this list, I include the books I have read by them. To see what I rated books I’ve read or to see what I’m currently reading, click over to my Goodreads.

For more Gilmore Girl book ideas, click on the season to see the book list.
Season 1    Season 2    Season 3    Season 4    Season 5    Season 6    Season 7

Author Episode Books I’ve Read
Mortimer Adler 6.7 Richard mentioned him. Not Read
Dante Alighieri 1.11 Max mentioned him on parent’s day. Not Read
Isabel Allende 7.14 Rory mentioned her at bookstore. Not Read
Hans Christian Anderson 4.6 Lorelai mentioned him. Not Read
Jane Austen 1.8 Rory & Dean discussed her.
2.16 Paris and Jess discussed her.
3.22 Mentioned in Rory’s valedictorian speech.
Emma
Mansfield Park
Persuasion
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Francis Bacon 1.4 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Not Read
Honoré de Balzac 1.2 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Cousin Bette
Simone de Beauvoir 3.22 Lorelai mentioned her. The Second Sex
Samuel Beckett 6.5 Richard was reading a book him. Not Read
Judy Blume 1.8 Lorelai mentioned her. Not Read
Jimmy Breslin 5.19 Mitchum mentioned him. Not Read
Charlotte Bronte 1.8 Rory & Dean discussed her.
6.7 Sookie mentioned her.
Jane Eyre
Elizabeth Browning 1.16 Paris mentioned her. Not Read
Bill Buford 5.7 Logan mentioned him. Not Read
Charles Bukowski 2.16 Paris and Jess discussed him. Not Read
Judith Butler 7.14 Paris mentioned her. Not Read
George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron) 2.3 Rory used a quote by him on Lorelai’s wedding invitation.
7.20 Rory has a final on him.
Not Read
John le Carré 6.6 Richard mentioned him. Not Read
Miguel de Cervantes 1.14 Richard mentioned him.
6.1 Finn mentioned him.
Don Quixote
Geoffrey Chaucer 4.21 Rory mentioned him. Not Read
Michael Crichton 1.11 Lorelai mentioned him. Airframe
The Andromeda Strain
Congo
Disclosure
Eaters of the Dead
The Great Train Robbery
Jurassic Park
The Lost World
Micro
Next
Pirate Latitudes
Prey
Rising Sun
Sphere
State of Fear
The Terminal Man
Timeline
Noam Chomsky 5.21 Rory mentioned him. Not Read
Robertson Davies 3.3 Mentioned at Harvard alumnus dinner. Not Read
Charles Dickens 1.2 Mentioned in Rory’s class.
1.15 Lorelai mentioned him.
4.15 Lorelai mentioned him.
4.17 Paris mentioned him.
5.4 Rory compared Paris to ‘Dickens characters’.
5.17 Lorelai mentioned him.
5.22 Taylor mentioned ‘Dickens’ day’.
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Little Dorrit
A Tale of Two Cities
Emily Dickinson 1.8 Max was grading a paper about her.
3.18 Paris wrote a paper about her.
6.22 Lorelai mentioned her.
The Complete Poems
Joan Didion 3.11 Paris mentioned her. Not Read
John Dos Passos 6.8 Logan mentioned him. Not Read
Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1.2 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Crime and Punishment
T.S. Eliot 6.5 Paris quoted him. Not Read
Nora Ephron 6.13 Logan mentioned her. Not Read
Louise Erdrich 7.18 April mentioned her. Not Read
Euclid 4.21 Rory mentioned him. Not Read
William Faulkner 2.7 Rory is reading a book by him.
3.3 Rory and Lorelai discussed authors for Rory’s essay section on the Harvard application.
3.22 Mentioned in Rory’s valedictorian speech.
The Sound and the Fury
F. Scott Fitzgerald 4.5 Rory’s class studied him. The Great Gatsby
The Short Stories
This Side of Paradise
Tender Is the Night
Zelda Fitzgerald 2.1 Lorelai mentioned her.
3.20 Lorelai mentioned her.
Not Read
Gustave Flaubert 2.12 Richard mentioned him.
7.5 Rory mentioned him.
Madame Bovary
Milton Friedman 7.13 Logan mentioned him. Not Read
Robert Frost 3.22 Mentioned in Rory’s valedictorian speech.
5.3 Richard mentioned him.
Not Read
Nikolai Gogol 3.3 Mentioned at Harvard alumnus dinner. Not Read
Tony Griffiths 7.14 Paris mentioned him at bookstore Not Read
Ernest Hemingway 2.13 Rory and Jess discussed him.
4.5 Rory’s class studied his books.
5.16 Rory and Logan discussed him.
6.8 Logan mentioned him.
The Sun Also Rises
Seymour Hersh 5.12 Logan and Rory discussed him. Not Read
Homer 1.11 Max mentioned him on parent’s day. Not Read
David Hume 5.11 Rory’s class is studying him. Not Read
Washington Irving 2.10 Sookie mentioned him. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville
Henry James 1.20 Rory’s class assignment.
2.4 Lorelai mentioned him.
5.1 Rory mentioned him.
The Art of Fiction
Ben Jonson 1.4 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Not Read
Franz Kafka 2.16 Rory mentioned him.
4.21 Rory mentioned him.
6.8 Logan mentioned him.
The Metamorphosis
Helen Keller 7.3 Rory mentioned her. The Story of My Life
Jack Kerouac 1.1 Lorelai mentioned him.
2.16 Paris and Jess discussed him.
4.12 Luke mentioned him.
On the Road
Stephen King 4.3 Rory mentioned him. 11/22/63
The Shining
The Stand
Milan Kundera 7.21 Speaker at Rory’s graduation. Not Read
Tony Kushner 5.17 Rory and Logan discussed him. Not Read
Sinclair Lewis 2.3 Rory used a quote by him on Lorelai’s wedding invitation. Not Read
Niccolò Machiavelli 4.21 Rory mentioned him. Not Read
Norman Mailer 5.6 He guest starred in this episode.
5.21 Sookie mentioned him.
Not Read
Christopher Marlowe 1.4 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Not Read
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez 5.6 Lorelai mentioned him. Not Read
W. Somerset Maugham 6.14 Lorelai mentioned him. Not Read
Cormac McCarthy 7.1 Lorelai bought a book by him for Luke. The Road
Dennis McInerney 7.18 April mentioned him. Not Read
Herman Melville 5.21 In episode title.
7.18 April mentioned him.
Moby Dick
Arthur Miller 5.6 Sookie confused Norman Mailer with Arthur Miller.
5.12 Celine said she dressed Marilyn for her wedding to him.
Death of a Salesman
Henry Miller 7.3 Rory and Lane talked about him in the bookstore. Death of a Salesman
John Milton 7.20 Rory has a final on him. Not Read
Molière 3.15 Richard mentioned him. Not Read
Robert Musil 6.8 Logan mentioned him. Not Read
Edna O’Brien 1.11 Max mentioned him on parent’s day. Not Read
Dorothy Parker 2.20 Rory mentioned her.
6.16 Rory mentioned him.
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Sylvia Plath 3.3 Rory and Lorelai discussed authors for Rory’s essay section on the Harvard application.
4.13 Lorelai mentioned her.
The Bell Jar
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
George Plimpton 5.7 Logan mentioned him.
7.8 Logan mentioned him.
Not Read
Edgar Allan Poe 3.17 The Poe Society stayed at the Independence Inn. The Cask of Amontillado
Complete Tales and Poems
The Raven
The Tell-Tale Heart
Dawn Powell 2.20 Rory and Lane discussed her. Not Read
Marcel Proust 1.11 Lorelai mentioned him and Max mentioned him on parent’s day.
2.14 Rory mentioned him.
5.5 Richard and Lorelai discussed him.
6.8 Logan mentioned him.
Swann’s Way
Alexander Pushkin 5.10 In episode title & Rory mentioned him. Not Read
Ernie Pyle 5.7 Logan mentioned him. Not Read
Ayn Rand 2.13 Rory and Jess discussed her. The Fountainhead
J.D. Salinger 2.16 Rory mentioned him. The Catcher in the Rye
George Sand 1.2 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Not Read
Anne Sexton 2.7 Rory mentioned her. Not Read
William Shakespeare 1.2 Mentioned in Rory’s class.
1.4 Mentioned in Rory’s class.
1.11 Max mentioned him on parent’s day.
1.18 Trix mentioned him.
2.9 Mentioned in Rory’s class.
2.19 Rory and Jess were studying him.
3.2 Paris mentioned the Shakespeare section of the school library.
3.3 Mentioned at Harvard alumnus dinner.
3.20 Mrs. Kim mentioned him.
5.3 Paris said Asher was teaching a Shakespeare class.
Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Congwen Shen 7.14 Paris mentioned him at bookstore. Not Read
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 6.11 Paris mentioned him. Not Read
Harriet Beecher Stowe 3.22 Rory mentioned her. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Jonathan Swift 5.17 Lorelai mentioned him. Not Read
Geoff Tabin 7.14 Paris mentioned him at bookstore. Not Read
Dylan Thomas 6.1 Luke mentioned him. Not Read
Hunter Thompson 1.8 Rory & Dean discussed her.
5.7 Logan mentioned him.
Not Read
Henry David Thoreau 7.1 Rory mentioned him.
7.14 Paris mentioned him at bookstore.
Walden and Other Writings
Leo Tolstoy 1.2 Mentioned in Rory’s class.
3.3 Mentioned at Harvard alumnus dinner.
4.12 Luke mentioned him.
6.8 Logan mentioned him.
Anna Karenina
War and Peace
Ivan Turgenev 3.3 Mentioned at Harvard alumnus dinner. Not Read
Mark Twain 2.18 Rory mentioned him.
7.20 Rory mentioned him.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Roughing It
Sun Tzu 4.21 Lorelai mentioned him.
5.5 Rory mentioned him.
Not Read
Gore Vidal 2.7 Rory is reading a book by him.
5.6 Lorelai mentioned him.
Not Read
David Foster Wallace 6.16 Rory mentioned him. Not Read
John Webster 1.4 Mentioned in Rory’s class. Not Read
Eudora Welty 2.7 Rory is reading a book by her.
3.22 Mentioned in Rory’s valedictorian speech.
The Optimist’s Daughter
Edith Wharton 1.6 Lorelai mentioned her.
5.17 Lorelai mentioned her.
Ethan Frome
Walt Whitman 1.11 Max mentioned him on parent’s day. Not Read
Oscar Wilde 3.1 Lorelai mentioned him.
3.16 Rory quoted him in a speech.
4.7 Sookie mentioned him.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tennessee Wiliams 3.7 Taylor mentioned a ‘Tennessee Williams’ look-alike contest. A Streetcar Named Desire
P.G. Wodehouse 2.6 Rory said “Thank you, Jeeves”.
5.5. Rory said she was “very into P.G. Wodehouse right now.”
Not Read

 

Book List for Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge Book List | rainerlife.com

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the books I read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge, but I also did another 2016 reading challenge. The Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge is a list of 40 categories of books to read. Once again, I winged it throughout the year, so I didn’t have a set reading list before I started out on this challenge. This list covers a broad range of topics, and some were easier for me to fill than others. Since I sometimes draw a blank when coming up books to complete reading challenges, I thought I’d post what I read in case anyone was looking for book ideas. I’m not posting any reviews or ratings for these books, but if you want to see my reading list, click over to Goodreads and check it out.

1. A book based on a fairy tale – Beastly by Alex Flinn
2. A National Book Award winner – Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
3. A YA bestseller – Paper Towns by John Green
4. A book you haven’t read since high school* – Moo by Jane Smiley
5. A book set in your home state – Rumble on the Bayou by Jana Deleon
6. A book translated to English – Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
7. A romance set in the future – The One by Kiera Cass
8. A book set in Europe – The Dinner by Herman Koch
9. A book that’s under 150 pages – The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
10. A New York Times bestseller – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year – The Circle by Dave Eggers
12. A book recommended by someone you just met – Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
13. A self-improvement book – Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay
14. A book you can finish in a day – The Guard by Kiera Cass
15. A book written by a celebrity – Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
16. A political memoir – And the Good News Is… by Dana Perino
17. A book at least 100 years older than you – Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
18. A book that’s more than 600 pages – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
19. A book from Oprah’s Book Club – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
20. A science-fiction novel – Wool by Hugh Howey
21. A book recommended by a family member – George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
22. A graphic novel – The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
23. A book that is published in 2016 – The Witnesses by James Patterson
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
25. A book that takes place during Summer – Soldiers of Fortune by Jana Deleon
26. A book and its prequel – The Selection and The Prince by Kiera Cass
27. A murder mystery – Watchdog by Laurien Berenson
28. A book written by a comedian – Yes Please by Amy Poehler
29. A dystopian novel – Four by Veronica Roth
30. A book with a blue cover – Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
31. A book of poetry – The Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson
32. The first book you see in a bookstore – Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster
33. A classic from the 20th century – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
34. A book from the library – The Murder House by James Patterson
35. An autobiography – Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
36. A book about a road trip – An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with – Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
38. A satirical book – Animal Farm by George Orwell
39. A book that takes place on an island – Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – The Crown by Kiera Cass

Halloween 2016

We had a very happy Halloween!

This was Gavin’s first year trick or treating, and he loved it. It was cute how he would get really excited when would get to a house. He would start saying “trick or treat” and run up to the front door, but when they opened the door he got really shy and wouldn’t say anything. When they held the bowl out for him to take a candy, he would take as much as he could get… so, this kid knows how to do it right! Since he’s a cute little kid, they’d give him extra candy and talk to him for a little bit. He usually said “bye” when we left, so that’s something.

We had a family themed costume this year – Gavin was a police officer and Michael and I were the burglars he had nabbed.

Halloween - Cops and Robbers | rainerlife.com

Halloween - Police Officer | rainerlife.com

Halloween - Checking his loot | rainerlife.com

Monthly Recap (October 2016)

At the first of the month, we went to Dogtoberfest – a craft beer and animal adoption event. It was a lot of fun! Michael and I got to taste some beers, and we all enjoyed walking around the event and seeing the different animals. They had a firetruck and police car there too, so Gavin got to visit with the police and firefighters and look around the vehicles.

Dogtoberfest | rainerlife.com

Gavin and I stopped at a local church’s pumpkin sale to get a few pumpkins for the house. The people working the sale were very friendly, and Gavin had a lot of fun looking at the pumpkins and picking out a couple to keep.

Since we had pumpkins, I thought it would be nice to get a few mums and decorate around our front door. I don’t normally decorate for the different seasons, but I thought it would be fun to do, plus it makes our front door look more inviting.

Gavin picking out a pumpkin | rainerlife.com

Front door fall decor | rainerlife.com

One of the storytimes we went to this month was for fire safety. They had a few firefighters there to talk with the kids about fire safety and show them what the firefighter’s wear. They also had a firetruck and let the kids get on it and learn about how it worked. Gavin loved it! He kept wanting to get in the firetruck. Gavin even made the local paper. They were there to write a story about the fire safety storytime, and Gavin’s picture ended up being in the paper. It was a photo of him touching one of the firefighter’s helmet. Of course, he was interested in touching the helmet. That little boy of mine does love hats!

Gavin on a firetruck | rainerlife.com

Gavin in the newspaper | rainerlife.com

I started rearranging Gavin’s room. He’s getting close to transitioning to a toddler bed, so I’ve been making a few changes to his room to prepare for that. One change I made was moving his dresser into his closet to free up more floor space. I took down the poster sized map that hung on the wall over the dresser, and made a vinyl alphabet design to hang on the wall. Gavin loves all types of transportation (boats, trucks, planes, etc.), so I used vinyl to cut a boat, plane, bicycle, car, train, and motorcycle to hang on the wall around the alphabet. Gavin likes it. He helped me hang everything up. The alphabet went up first, and he would say the different letters and seemed to like it. But, when the transportation designs started going up, he got a big smile and kept saying “Neat!” – I think the new wall art was a hit with him.

Wall art in Gavin's room | rainerlife.com

Wall art in Gavin's room | rainerlife.com

Our local library had a special Halloween storytime. The kids could come dressed in their Halloween costumes, and they got a treat – a free book. Gavin went dressed as a lumberjack. He had a good time, and he liked looking at all the costumes. Also, the book he got has been a favorite one all week.

Gavin as a lumberjack {Halloween} | rainerlife.com

Gavin as a lumberjack {Halloween} | rainerlife.com

Our church hosted a trunk or treat event for the kids. We took Gavin, but it was around his nap time, so he wasn’t too excited. Gavin went dressed as Saint Francis, but I didn’t take any photos. He was a little fussy – mainly he wanted to be held the whole time. But, he did get the hang of saying trick or treat, plus he got some candy and stickers.

Happy Halloween!