Rory Gilmore’s Reading Challenge

Yes, you’ve read that right. Lorelai “Rory” Gilmore, known for being the booknerd girl she is and every bookish little girl’s idol. I have admired her passion in reading for so long that I’m taking this challenge.

I remembered it was one of my New Year’s Resolution to read more classics. As I recall, I even wrote it down in my planner and I planned on reading at least 10 Classics every year. But I want to be honest here, I haven’t started with it yet. So I was hoping seeing this on my blog would at least help me achieve this and would give me that extra push I always needed. Plus, knowing that someone else was doing this really helps.

And the books are (drumroll please):

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

I know, it’s quite a mouthful isn’t it? I know it would take me a lifetime to cross everything off this list but just looking at it makes me all giddy with excitement. I’ll try making a book review every time I finish reading one. I won’t make any promises, but yes, I’ll try. I would love it if you guys joined in on this.

Wish me luck!

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