Book List – Gilmore Girls Season 1

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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 read most of the books on my Season 1 book list, and have included my ratings for each of the books I read. As a way to keep track of which books I’ve read, I’ll update this list with my ratings as I finish reading the books.

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 My Rating
☆☆☆☆☆
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.
★★★★
Hamlet
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.
★★★★

 

Author: Darinda

Darinda lives in East Texas with her husband and son. She loves reading and traveling.

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