Book List

There are a million “Must Read” book lists out there. I chose one from Gilmore Girls, mainly because I adore that show! Also because I liked that it has old and new classics. I haven’t read too many of these. I read a lot several summers ago when I began the list and then kind of tapered off on reading them. Hopefully I can get a few more crossed off the list soon! My goal is to read one per month. (This may be harder than it sounds…) I’m also going to write what I thought of the book and link it up to here.


A Month of Sundays- Julie Mars

Small Island- Andrea Levy

My Sister’s Keeper- Jodi Picoult

A Quiet Storm- Rachel Howzell Hall

My Life in Orange- Tim Guest

Truth and Beauty- Ann Patchett

The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Polysyllabic Spree- Nick Hornby

How to Breathe Underwater- Julie Orringer

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters- Elisabeth Robinson

Nervous System- Jan Lars Jensen

The Meaning of Consuelo- Judith Ortiz Cofer

The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini

How the Light Gets In- M.J. Hyland

Oracle Night- Paul Auster

Quattrocentro- James McKean

The Opposite of Fate- Amy Tan

Holidays on Ice- David Sedaris

Sacred Time- Ursula Hegi

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers- Mary Roach

The Five People You Meet in Heaven- Mitch Albom

The Fortress of Solitude- Jonathan Lethem

Old School- Tobias Wolff

The Namesake- Jhampa Lahiri

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon

The Bielski Brothers- Peter Duff

Brick Lane- Monica Ali

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books- Azar Nafisi

The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger

Oryx and Crake- Margaret Atwood

The Song of Names- Norman Lebrecht

Property- Valerie Martin

Rescuing Patty Hearst- Virginia Holman

The Devil in the White City- Erik Larson

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress- Dai Sijie

The Kitchen Boy- Robert Alexander

Just a Couple of Days- Tony Vigorito

Bee Season- Myla Goldberg

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World- Greg Critser

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: Gregory Maguire

Unless- Carol Shields

Autobiography of a Face- Lucy Grealy

When the Emperor Was Divine- Julie Otsuka

Songbook- Nick Hornby

Middlesex- Jeffrey Eugenides

Extravagance- Gary Krist

Empire Falls- Richard Russo

The Song Reader- Lisa Tucker

Bel Canto- Ann Patchett

A Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay- Michael Chabon

Me Talk Pretty One Day- David Sedaris

Life of Pi- Yann Martel

The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy

The Red Tent- Anita Diamant

The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd

The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

Ella Minnow Pea- Mark Dunn

Seabiscuit: An American Legend- Laura Hillenbrand

The Nanny Diaries- Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus


The Razor’s Edge- W. Somerset Maugham

A Passage to India- E.M. Forster

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

Ethan Frome- Edith Wharton

Siddhartha- Hermann Hesse

Speak, Memory- Vladimir Nabokov

The Name of the Rose- Umberto Eco

David Copperfield- Charles Dickens

The Lottery: And Other Stories- Shirley Jackson

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest- Ken Kesey

Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia De Burgos- Julia De Burgos

The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Vanity Fair- William Makepeace Thackeray

Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury

The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

Night- Elie Wiesel

The Code of the Woosters- P.G. Wodehouse

Hamlet- William Shakespeare

Complete Tales and Poems- Edgar Allan Poe

Beloved- Toni Morrison

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith

A Separate Peace- John Knowles

Pygmalion- George Bernard Shaw

Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes

The Story of My Life- Helen Keller

The Awakening- Kate Chopin

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank

Time and Again- Jack Finney

Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

the Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas

Uncle Tom’s Cabin- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sybil- Flora Schreiber

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson

Cousin Bette- Honore De Balzac

Heart of Darkness- Joseph Conrad

Galapagos- Kurt Vonnegut

The Master and Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov

The Jungle- Upton Sinclair

Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen

The Hunchback of Notre Dame- Victor Hugo

1984- George Orwell

The Portable Dorothy Parker- Dorothy Parker

The Sun Also Rises- Ernest Hemingway

An American Tragedy- Theodore Dreiser

Death of a Salesman- Arthur Miller

Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Lord of the Flies- William Golding

The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath

The Sound and The Fury

The Metamorphosis- Franz Kafka

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy

Emma- Jane Austen

On The Road- Jack Kerouac

The Fountainhead- Ayn Rand


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