Any Gilmore Girls fan knows that Rory is the inspiration for living our bookish lives. She always had a book with her and inspired many watchers to start reading.

Throughout the show, Rory references many different books and authors. In honour of it being Autumn now and we all know that Autumn is Gilmore Girls season, I thought it would be fun to share a list of all the books Rory Gilmore mentions and references.

Whether you just want to read a few books from this list or set yourself the challenge of reading all of them, now there’s a list of all the books in one place.

Here is a list of all the books on the Rory Gilmore reading list.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
  6. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  7. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  9. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  10. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  11. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  12. The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as a History by Norman Mailer
  13. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  14. The Art of Living by Epictetus
  15. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  16. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  17. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  18. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  19. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  20. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  21. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  22. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  23. Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
  24. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  25. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  26. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  27. Beowulf by Anonymous
  28. The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous
  29. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  30. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  31. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  32. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  33. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  34. Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  35. Candide by Voltaire
  36. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  37. Carrie by Stephen King
  38. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  39. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
  40. The Celebrated Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  41. Charlotte’s Web by E B White
  42. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  43. Christine by Stephen King
  44. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  45. Cinderella by Brothers Grimm
  46. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  47. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  48. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  49. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  50. Compact Oxford English Dictionary
  51. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  52. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  53. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  54. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  55. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  56. Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
  57. Contact by Carl Sagan
  58. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  59. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  61. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  62. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  63. Cujo by Stephen King
  64. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  65. Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  66. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  67. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  68. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  69. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  70. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  71. Deenie by Judy Blume
  72. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  73. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  74. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  75. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  76. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  77. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  78. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  79. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  80. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  81. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  82. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  83. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  84. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  85. Eloise at the Plaza by Kay Thompson
  86. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  87. Emma by Jane Austen
  88. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  89. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  90. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  91. Ethics by Spinoza
  92. Europe through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves
  93. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  94. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  95. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  96. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  97. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  98. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  99. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  100. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  101. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  102. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  103. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  104. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  105. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  106. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  107. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  108. Fodor’s Selected Hotels of Europe
  109. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  110. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  111. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  112. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  113. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  114. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  115. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  116. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  117. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  118. A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  119. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  120. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  121. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  122. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  123. Goldilocks and the Three Bears/Bears Should Share! (Another Point of View) by Alvin Granowsky
  124. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  125. Goodnight Spoon by Keith Richards
  126. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  127. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago
  128. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  129. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  130. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  131. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  132. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  133. Haiku, Volume 2: Spring by R.H. Blyth
  134. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  135. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  136. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  137. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  138. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  139. Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson
  140. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  141. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  142. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  143. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  144. Henry VI by William Shakespeare
  145. He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
  146. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  147. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  148. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  149. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  150. Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
  151. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  152. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  153. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
  154. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  155. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  156. How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland
  157. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  158. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
  159. The Iliad by Homer
  160. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
  161. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  162. Indiana by George Sand
  163. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  164. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  165. Ironweed by William J. Kennedy
  166. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  167. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  168. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  169. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  170. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  171. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  172. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  173. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  174. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony
  175. Bourdain
  176. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  177. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  178. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  179. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by
  180. William Manchester
  181. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 by William Manchester
  182. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume III: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester
  183. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  184. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  185. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  186. Letters of Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand
  187. Letters of Edith Wharton by R.W.B. Lewis
  188. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  189. The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus
  190. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  191. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  192. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  193. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  194. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  195. Lisa and David by Dr. Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D.
  196. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  197. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  198. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  199. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  200. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  201. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  202. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  203. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  204. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  205. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  206. Love Story by Erich Segal
  207. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  208. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  209. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  210. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  211. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  212. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  213. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  214. Memoirs of General William T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  215. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, Ph.D.
  216. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken
  217. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  218. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  219. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  220. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  221. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  222. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  223. Misery by Stephen King
  224. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
  225. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  226. The Mojo Collection: The Greatest Albums of All Time by Jim Irvin
  227. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  228. Molloy by Samuel Beckett
  229. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  230. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  231. A Month of Sundays: Searching for The Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars
  232. Motley Crue by Seamus Craic
  233. The Mourning Bride by William Congreve
  234. A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  235. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  236. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  237. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  238. My Life as Author and Editor by H.L. Mencken
  239. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  240. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe by Myra Waldo
  241. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  242. My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  243. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  244. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  245. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  246. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  247. Nancy Drew and The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene
  248. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  249. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  250. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  251. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  252. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  253. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  254. Night by Elie Wiesel
  255. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  256. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, et al.
  257. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  258. Novels, 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
  259. Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  260. Oedipus Rex by Sophicles
  261. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  262. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  263. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  264. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  265. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  266. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  267. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  268. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  269. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  270. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  271. Othello by William Shakespeare
  272. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  273. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  274. Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
  275. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  276. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  277. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  278. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  279. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  280. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  281. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  282. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  283. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and
  284. Gillian McCain
  285. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  286. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  287. The Portable Nietzsche by Fredrich Nietzsche
  288. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  289. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  290. Primary Colors by Joe Klein
  291. Property by Valerie Martin
  292. The Pump House Gang by Tom Wolfe
  293. The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate: Two Novels by Nancy Mitford
  294. Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon
  295. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  296. Quattrocento by James McKean
  297. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  298. Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
  299. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  300. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  301. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  302. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  303. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  304. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  305. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  306. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  307. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  308. Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem
  309. Richard III by William Shakespeare
  310. R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  311. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  312. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  313. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  314. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  315. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  316. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  317. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  318. The Rough Guide to Europe by Various Authors
  319. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  320. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  321. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  322. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  323. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
  324. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  325. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  326. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  327. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  328. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  329. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  330. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  331. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  332. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  333. Sexus by Henry Miller
  334. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  335. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  336. The Shining by Stephen King
  337. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  338. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  339. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  340. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  341. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  342. Snow White and Rose Red by Brothers Grimm
  343. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  344. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  345. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  346. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  347. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  348. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  349. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  350. Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  351. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  352. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  353. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  354. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  355. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  356. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  357. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  358. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  359. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  360. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  361. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  362. Summer of Fear by T. Jefferson Parker
  363. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  364. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  365. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  366. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  367. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  368. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  369. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  370. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  371. Tevya The Dairyman and the Railroad Stories by Sholem Aleichem
  372. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
  373. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  374. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  375. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  376. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  377. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  378. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  379. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  380. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  381. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  382. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  383. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  384. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  385. Ulysses by James Joyce
  386. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  387. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  388. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  389. Unless by Carol Shields
  390. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  391. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  392. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  393. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (33 1/3 Book 11) by Joe Harvard
  394. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  395. Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac
  396. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  397. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  398. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  399. We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews by Daniel Sinker
  400. What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
  401. What Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell
  402. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  403. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  404. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  405. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory
  406. Maguire
  407. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  408. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  409. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  410. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  411. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  412. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  413. Yoga for Dummies by Georg Feuerstein and Larry Payne

Have you read any of these books? Which of these books would you like to read?

One response to “The Rory Gilmore Reading List”

  1. thepunktheory Avatar

    I love this post, it’s such a nice idea!
    And it’s give me loads of reading inspo 😀

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