Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge - What's To Read?

Okay, when I was watching The Gilmore Girls on the WB network, I knew Rory Gilmore was an avid reader surrounding by a smart mom and spent a lot of time in school. Stands to reason that there would be a lot of books around. But I had no idea how many that was until a friend guided me to a list of almost 300 books.

Now I know I'm slow getting this challenge up, but the good news about this challenge is that with this many books to choose from, it makes a great crossover challenge.

If you're reading the Women Unbound Challenge, you'll find on this list "The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir, "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf, "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen and and "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath. For "Woolf In Winter" you could also add Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway. Crossing over with All About The Brontes, you could read "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. The Shelf Discovery Challenge has crossovers with "Deenie" by Judy Blume and the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. If you're participating in the Really Old Classics Challenge, you can crossover "The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, "Bhagavad Gita," and "The Iliad" by Homer. Wow, I just figured out that I could sign up for about three more challenges!

For the Gilmore Girls challenge, there are three levels. The first level is "Emily." Emily Gilmore is the matriarch of the family and a pretty demanding old gal. But to reach her level, you'll only have to read five books from two categories between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

The second level is "Lorelei." Lorelei is a smart cookie who has devoted her life to making her daughter's life better. To reach her level, you'll need to read ten books from three of the five categories.

The highest level is "Rory." Rory is kind of a big deal in her small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut and the person most responsible for all of the books on the list. To join Rory, you'll need to read twenty books from four of the categories.

There will be a couple of mini-challenges along the way and at the end of the year, there will be a drawing for a book of your choice from the list or a DVD collection of a season of the television show.


  1. What a cool challenge! Many friends of mine love the show and I certainly see the appeal, though I've only watched maybe two episodes! Oh well!.

    I'm sure some day I"ll watch them. I look forward to seeing the books you read.

  2. I signed up for this challenge yesterday...can't wait and I love the range of books to choose from!!

  3. Oh, this is a good challenge for me because I can crossover books with this one and the 100+ reading challenge. :) And I get a great excuse to read some of my favorite books again. :)

  4. Wow you joined a lot of interesting looking challenges. I tried to join just 5 for starters, but I've already found several more I want to join...LOL

  5. Fantastic - I just popped over and got lost n your Gilmore post.... :) Cant wait to begin - I havent pre prepped my reads but I have an idea of the direction I will go!