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Year 1 – I Just Take a Book Everywhere With Me.

What Books Have You Read From Season One of Gilmore Girls?

These are all the books read, shown or mentioned during season one of the show. As you can see there are a lot of classics which can make the list seem very daunting. I try to just cross off at least one title from the challenge a month. I mean I might not finish it for several years but I’m at least making some progress.

I put some notes next to all the books that I’ve completed or that have something special about them.

Let me know in the comments which books you’ve already read.

xoxo, Mandy
  1. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – I read this in 2021 and I enjoyed it much more that I thought I would. It’s a short read (less than 200 pages) and definitely a book boys and young men would enjoy, which I think is awesome because there isn’t enough of those out there. I do want to see the 1993 film and see how it plays out against the book.
  2. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – I thought this one was just okay. It was so long, around 650 pages, that I think I lost interest.
  3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Not a fan of this one although it was a short and easy read. I would like to see the film though.
  4. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson – This one is a sweet little story and a short read with less than 35 pages.
  5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – This is another super long one. Almost 1400 pages! It took me almost eight months to complete this tome and man did I feel a sense of accomplishment when I hit the end. Did you know this was originally published as a serial in a local paper in 1865 before the entire works were published as a book in 1869?
  6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I read this in 2018 and I thought it was okay. I even watched the movie and thought the same. I’m thinking I’m just not a fan of Tolstoy.
  7. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – This is another one I read recently, in 2022. I had to push myself to get through it though, it definitely was not a favorite. So either its because it’s a classic or I’m not a fan of Dickens.
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – I read this a few years ago in 2020. I thought it was really slow but again, I think I have a difficult time getting into classics.
  11. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – This is just lumping all the original books together. Which even reading as an adult for the first time, I really loved. The movies were a lot of fun too. I still watch them with my kids (who are now adults). I think its a series that will continue to be read down through the generations.
  12. A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.R. Mencken
  13. My Life as Author and Editor by H.R. Mencken
  14. Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  15. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  16. Richard III by William Shakespeare
  17. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – I love this book. It’s my favorite work of Jane Austen. Which I’m sure is saying something about my own taste since it leans more towards the gothic romance genre.
  18. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  19. Metamorphoses by Franz Kafka
  20. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  21. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  22. Unabridged Journal of Sylvia Plath- I read this last year in 2022. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. And its long with 700+ pages.
  23. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I enjoyed this much more than I expected. It’s a short read with less than 250 pages although not light by any means. Plath definitely has a way with words.
  24. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams – This was okay but I think it was in the reading. I don’t say this often but I’d love to see this play or film. I think it’d show better than the book.
  25. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  26. Ulysses by James Joyce
  27. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  28. The Art of Fiction by Walter Besant

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