Now That 'Gilmore Girls' Is Coming Back, Let's Revisit Rory's Reading List

"We could go to a bookstore!" = only smart thing Dean's ever said

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Much like Gilmore Girls is nothing without its rapid-fire pop culture references, Rory is nothing without her trusty booklist. Whether she's poring through Joan Didion or eye-rolling at Jess Mariano mansplaining Howl, Rory is literally never without a novel. 

Seriously, guys, this was her graduation speech: "I've been a resident of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina, and strolled down Swann's Way."

So yeah, girl is obsessed with reading. A whopping 339 books appear throughout the course of Gilmore Girls' seven seasons, and literature is so central to Rory's character in particular that The WB (may it rest in peace) provided fans with her reading list. Due to the fact that she's the coolest teen ever, Rory's list spans everything from Bel Canto to The Bell Jar, and we're revisiting it below. 

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (opens in new tab)

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (opens in new tab)

3. Emma by Jane Austen (opens in new tab)

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (opens in new tab)

5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (opens in new tab)

6. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (opens in new tab)

7. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (opens in new tab)

8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (opens in new tab)

9. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (opens in new tab)

10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (opens in new tab)

11. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (opens in new tab)

12. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (opens in new tab)

13. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (opens in new tab)

14. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (opens in new tab)

15. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (opens in new tab)

16. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (opens in new tab)

17. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (opens in new tab)

18. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (opens in new tab)

19. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (opens in new tab)

20. Night by Elie Wiesel (opens in new tab)

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My books look sad.  Can books look sad?

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21. Hamlet by Shakespeare (opens in new tab)

22. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (opens in new tab)

23. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (opens in new tab)

24. Flowers for Algernon by Keyes (opens in new tab)

25. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (opens in new tab)

26. The Awakening by Kate Chopin (opens in new tab)

27. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (opens in new tab)

28. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (opens in new tab)

29. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (opens in new tab)

30. 1984 by George Orwell (opens in new tab)

31. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (opens in new tab)

32. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (opens in new tab)

33. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (opens in new tab)

34. J (opens in new tab)ane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (opens in new tab)

35. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (opens in new tab)

36. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (opens in new tab)

37. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (opens in new tab)

38. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (opens in new tab)

39. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (opens in new tab)

40. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker (opens in new tab)

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Its a cool book, you've gotta admit.

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41. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (opens in new tab)

42. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (opens in new tab)

43. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (opens in new tab)

44. Beloved by Toni Morrison (opens in new tab)

45. Unless by Carol Shields (opens in new tab)

46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (opens in new tab)

47. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (opens in new tab)

48. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (opens in new tab)

49. Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett (opens in new tab)

50. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (opens in new tab)

51. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (opens in new tab)

52. Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut (opens in new tab)

53. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (opens in new tab)

54.The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (opens in new tab)

55. Brick Lane by Monica Ali (opens in new tab)

56. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (opens in new tab)

57. Oracle Night by Paul Auster (opens in new tab)

58. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (opens in new tab)

59. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer (opens in new tab)

60. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser (opens in new tab)

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Oh, do you see the books?

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61. The Bielski Brothers by Peter Duffy (opens in new tab)

62. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (opens in new tab)

63. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (opens in new tab)

64. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg (opens in new tab)

65. My Life in Orange by Tim Guest (opens in new tab)

66. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi (opens in new tab)

67. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (opens in new tab)

68. Rescuing Patty Hearst by Virginia Holman (opens in new tab)

69. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (opens in new tab)

70. Songbook by Nick Hornby (opens in new tab)

71. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall (opens in new tab)

72. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland (opens in new tab)

73. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Jensen (opens in new tab)

74. Extravagance by Gary Krist (opens in new tab)

75. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (opens in new tab)

76. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht (opens in new tab)

77. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (opens in new tab)

78. Small Island by Andrea Levy (opens in new tab)

79. A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars (opens in new tab)

80. Property by Valerie Martin (opens in new tab)

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Nothing, nothing smells like that

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81. Quattrocento by James McKean (opens in new tab)

82. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (opens in new tab)

83. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer (opens in new tab)

84. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka (opens in new tab)

85. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (opens in new tab)

86. Stiff by Mary Roach (opens in new tab)

87. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson (opens in new tab)

88. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (opens in new tab)

89. Empire Falls by Richard Russo (opens in new tab)

90. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan (opens in new tab)

91. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito (opens in new tab)

92. Old School by Tobias Wolff (opens in new tab)

93. Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac (opens in new tab)

94. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (opens in new tab)

95. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (opens in new tab)

96. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (opens in new tab)

97. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (opens in new tab)

98. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (opens in new tab)

99. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (opens in new tab)

100. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (opens in new tab)

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101. Time and Again by Jack Finney (opens in new tab)

102. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (opens in new tab)

103. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (opens in new tab)

104. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (opens in new tab)

105. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (opens in new tab)

106. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (opens in new tab)

107. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (opens in new tab)

108. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (opens in new tab)

109. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (opens in new tab)

110. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov (opens in new tab)

111. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker (opens in new tab)

112.The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (opens in new tab)

113. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (opens in new tab)

114. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber (opens in new tab)

115. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (opens in new tab)

116. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (opens in new tab)

117. Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe (opens in new tab)

118. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (opens in new tab)

119. The Code of the Woosters by  P. G. Wodehouse (opens in new tab)

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.