Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

I like this Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge idea some friend posted to Facebook. (Sorry I can't remember who!) I like this list because it's quirky and somewhat less dude-centric than a lot of you-should-have-read-these-100-books-to-be-worthy types of lists. It is pretty white, though. The person I snagged the list from, snagged it from The Book Club Forum. I fixed a few obvious typos. I wish whoever compiled the list included only things that were actually read, preferably by Rory, not stuff like random movies titles or characters Lorelei blurts out.

The ones I haven't read are in bold, and I've added commentary to a few. By my count, I've read or started 182 of the 339 titles.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  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. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. 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
  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
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  23. The Bhagava Gita
  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. My dad really wanted me to read this. I might even have it at home somewhere.
  26. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  27. I might have started it.
  28. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  29. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  30. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
    I read a bunch of this one, well over the requisite 50 pages, but couldn't force myself to finish it.
  31. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  32. Candide by Voltaire
  33. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  34. Carrie by Stephen King
  35. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    I started this one a long time ago, and couldn't stay with it.
  36. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  37. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  38. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  39. Christine by Stephen King
  40. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  41. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  42. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  43. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  44. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
    I probably read one or the other of the EW volumes.
  45. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  46. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  47. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  48. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  49. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    Started, couldn't get into it.
  50. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  51. Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
  52. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  53. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  54. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  55. Cujo by Stephen King
  56. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  57. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  58. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  59. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  60. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  61. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  62. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  63. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  64. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  65. Deenie by Judy Blume
  66. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  67. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  68. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  69. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  70. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  71. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
  72. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  73. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  74. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  75. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  76. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  77. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  78. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  79. Emma by Jane Austen
  80. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  81. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
    Does it matter that I haven't read a lot of these books this century?
  82. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  83. Ethics by Spinoza
  84. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  85. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  86. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  87. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  88. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  89. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  90. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  91. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  92. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  93. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  94. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  95. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  96. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  97. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  98. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  99. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  100. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  101. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  102. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  103. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  104. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  105. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  106. George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  107. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  108. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
    I'm pretty sure I started this, but found it overwrought.
  109. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  110. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  111. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  112. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  113. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  114. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  115. The Gospel According to Judy Blume
  116. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  117. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    True story: I read the Cliff's Notes instead of the book in high school.
  118. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  119. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    I think so, anyway. Ask the NY State Regents board.
  120. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  121. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    I'm pretty sure having run follow spot a couple dozen times for a production in German counts. "Sein, oder nicht sein?"
  122. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  123. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  124. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
    The first part, anyway, but I'm pretty sure that's all most people read.
  125. Heart of Darkness by Joseph ConradMaybe? I've been reading 50-100 books a year for about 40 years, so I don't always remember.
  126. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  127. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  128. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  129. Henry V by William Shakespeare
    I think having worked on productions of the Henrys counts. I might or might not have run spot for Hank Cinq, but I definitely saw it a bunch of time.
  130. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  131. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  132. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
    This is the one where he's an elf, right? I read at least some of it on a plane home from Brazil.
  133. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  134. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
    Started reading it, but had to put it down because it was too miserable, or as my cousin and Grandmother described it, "dreary."
  135. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  136. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  137. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  138. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  139. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  140. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  141. The Iliad by Homer
  142. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  143. This seems like the kind of thing I would have read, but I don't remember it.
  144. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  145. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  146. Ironweed by William J. Kennedy
    The summer I lived in Albany, where a lot of his books take place.
  147. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  148. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  149. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  150. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  151. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  152. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
    Does a graphic novel version count?
  153. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  154. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  155. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  156. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  157. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  158. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  159. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  160. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  161. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  162. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  163. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  164. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  165. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  166. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  167. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  168. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    Bleh. I probably even got through it at some point.
  169. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  170. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  171. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  172. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  173. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  174. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  175. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  176. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  177. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  178. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  179. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  180. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  181. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  182. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  183. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  184. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  185. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  186. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  187. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  188. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  189. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  190. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  191. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  192. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  193. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  194. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  195. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  196. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  197. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  198. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  199. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  200. Maybe I should read this one.
  201. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  202. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
    I think so.
  203. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Tried.
  204. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  205. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  206. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  207. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  208. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  209. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  210. Night by Elie Wiesel
    I'm pretty sure I started it.
  211. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  212. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  213. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  214. Second reference to Dawn Powell. Maybe I should look into her books.
  215. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  216. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  217. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  218. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    I didn't just watch the movie or musical, either. I'm pretty sure I read this all the way through. Or maybe it was The Prince and the Pauper...
  219. On the Road by Jack KerouacI gave it a shot at some point.
  220. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  221. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  222. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  223. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  224. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  225. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  226. Othello by Shakespeare
  227. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  228. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  229. Out of Africa by Isak Dineson
    Probably started, even if I didn't get very far. Or maybe I read it all the way through. In the 1980s.
  230. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  231. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  232. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  233. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  234. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  235. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  236. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  237. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  238. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
    Definitely stuck a toe in.
  239. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  240. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  241. The Portable Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche
  242. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  243. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  244. Property by Valerie Martin
  245. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  246. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  247. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  248. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  249. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  250. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  251. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  252. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  253. Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierProbably started it.
  254. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  255. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  256. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  257. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  258. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  259. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  260. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  261. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  262. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  263. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  264. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  265. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  266. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  267. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  268. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  269. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  270. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  271. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  272. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  273. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  274. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  275. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  276. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  277. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  278. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  279. Sexus by Henry Miller
  280. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  281. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  282. The Shining by Stephen King
  283. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  284. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  285. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  286. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  287. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  288. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  289. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  290. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  291. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  292. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  293. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  294. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  295. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  296. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  297. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  298. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  299. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  300. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  301. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  302. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  303. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  304. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
    Started. Ditched.
  305. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  306. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  307. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensStarted. Ditched.
  308. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  309. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  310. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  311. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  312. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  313. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  314. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  315. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  316. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  317. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  318. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  319. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  320. Ulysses by James Joyce
  321. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  322. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Surely I gave this book a whirl at some point.
  323. Unless by Carol Shields
  324. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  325. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  326. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
    Started. You know how some people can't get enough of those rich descriptions? I can.
  327. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  328. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  329. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  330. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  331. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  332. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  333. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  334. Do I get points for having been interviewed in Punk Planet?
  335. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson BollesOkay, not the 2005 edition, but whatever.
  336. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  337. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  338. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  339. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  340. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  341. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  342. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  343. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
    Started. Couldn't get into.
  344. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

If I hadn't spent so much time going through this damned list just to note what I had and hadn't read--and adding formatting, because I'm a little compulsive, it would be fun to do some additional analysis of authors by gender, NJ jr. high and NY high school curricula, plays, etc.