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The Rory Gilmore Reading Checklist

Reading List

  1. √ 1984 – George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  3. √ Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  8. √ Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  10. The Art of Fiction  - Henry James
  11. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  13. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  15. √ Babe – Dick King-Smith
  16. Backlash – Susan Faludi
  17. Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  18. √ The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  19. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  20. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  21. The Bhagava Gita
  22. The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  23. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  24. A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  25. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  26. Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner
  27. Candide – Voltaire
  28. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  29. √ Carrie –Stephen King
  30. √ Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  31. √ The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  32. √ Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  33. The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  34. Christine – Stephen King
  35. √ A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  36. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  37. The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  38. The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  39. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  40. A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  41. Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  42. The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  43. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  45. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  46. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  47. The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  48. √ The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  49. Cujo – Stephen King
  50. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  51. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  52. David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  53. David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  54. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  55. Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  56. Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  57. √ Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  58. √ Deenie – Judy Blume
  59. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  60. The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  61. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  62. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  63. √ Don Quijote – Cervantes
  64. Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  65. DrJekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson
  66. √ Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  67. Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  68. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  69. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  70. √ Eloise – Kay Thompson
  71. Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  72. Emma – Jane Austen
  73. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  74. √ Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  75. √ Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  76. Ethics – Spinoza
  77. Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  78. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  79. Extravagance – Gary Kist
  80. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  81. Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  82. The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  83. Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  84. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  85. √ The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  86. √ Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  87. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  89. Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  90. Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  91. √ Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  92. Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  93. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  94. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  95. Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers
  96. Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  97. Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  98. George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  99. Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  100. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  101. The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  102. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  103. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  104. √ Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  105. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  106. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  107. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  108. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  109. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  110. √ The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  111. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  112. The Group – Mary McCarthy
  113. √ Hamlet – Shakespeare
  114. √ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  115. √ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  116. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  117. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  118. Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  119. Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  120. Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  121. Henry V – Shakespeare
  122. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  123. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  124. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  125. The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  126. House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  127. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  128. How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  129. √ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  130. How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  131. Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  132. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  133. √ The Illiad – Homer
  134. I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  135. √ In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  136. Inferno – Dante
  137. Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  138. Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  139. It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton
  140. √ Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  141. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  142. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  143. The Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  144. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  145. Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito
  146. The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  147. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  148. √ The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  149. Lady Chatterley’s Love – DH Lawrence
  150. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  151. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  152. The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  153. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  154. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  155. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  156. √ Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  157. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  158. The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  159. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  160. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  161. Living History – Hillary Clinton
  162. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  163. The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  164. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  165. The Love Story – Eric Segal
  166. Macbeth – Shakespeare
  167. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  168. The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  169. Marathon Man – William Goldman
  170. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  171. Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  172. Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  173. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  174. The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  175. Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  176. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  177. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  178. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  179. √ The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  180. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  181. The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  182. Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  183. A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  184. Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  185. A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  186. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  187. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  188. Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  189. My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  190. My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  191. My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  192. √ My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  193. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  194. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  195. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  196. The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  197. Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  198. √ New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  199. Things Work – David Macaulay
  200. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  201. Night – Elie Wiesel
  202. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  203. The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  204. Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski
  205. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  206. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  207. On the Road – Jack Keruac
  208. Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  209. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  210. Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  211. √ Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  212. Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  213. The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  214. √ The Portable Dorothy Parker
  215. The Portable Nietzche
  216. The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  217. √ Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  218. Property – Valerie Martin
  219. Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  220. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  221. Quattrocento – James McKean
  222. A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall
  223. √ Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  224. The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  225. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  226. Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  227. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  228. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  229. Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  230. The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  231. R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  232. Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  233. Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  234. Roman Holiday – Edith Wharton
  235. √ Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  236. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  237. A Room with a View – EM Forster
  238. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  239. Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  240. Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  241. Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  242. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  243. The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  244. √ The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  245. √ Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  246. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  247. √ The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  248. Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  249. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  250. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  251. A Separate Place – John Knowles
  252. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  253. Sexus – Henry Miller
  254. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  255. Shane – Jack Shaefer
  256. The Shining – Stephen King
  257. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  258. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  259. Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  260. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  261. Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  262. √ Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  263. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  264. The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  265. Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  266. The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  267. Songbook – Nick Hornby
  268. The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  269. Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  270. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  271. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  272. Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  273. Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  274. √ The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  275. A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  276. √ Stuart Little – EB White
  277. Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  278. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  279. Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  280. √ Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  281. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  282. Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  283. Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  284. Time and Again – Jack Finney
  285. √ The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  286. To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  287. √ To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  288. The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  289. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  290. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  291. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  292. Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  293. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  294. Ulysses – James Joyce
  295. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  296. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  297. Unless – Carol Shields
  298. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  299. The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  300. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  301. Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  302. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  303. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  304. √ Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  305. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  306. We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  307. What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  308. What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  309. When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  310. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  311. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  312. √ Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  313. √ The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  314. √ Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  315. The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  316. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion


  1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss [x]
    I started reading The Name of the Wind in 2014, but I only finished it at the beginning of 2015. It wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying it, it was the very opposite of it: I was loving it so much I didn’t want it to end. The writing style is so beautiful it makes you wanna keep reading it forever. I’m planning on reading the sequel, The Wise’s Man Fear, in 2016 and I know I’ll make everything for it to last forever.
  2. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton [x]
    I always loved the Jurassic Park movies, and I knew it was a book, but I never care enough to read it - until the new movie was coming out, and I was totally pumped about it and we, Brazilians, got a totally stunning edition of the book. I bought it, I read it and I loved every second of it. I can’t wait to read its sequel as well.
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [x]
    I got this for my birthday this year and @violinwaist told me to read it. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story is heavy but told with such a delicacy you don’t even mind when it rips your heart out. 
  4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn [x]
    That might be funny but everytime I felt like no reading at all, or when I was hating everything, Gillian Flynn and her books were the ones that made me feel better again - I read her three books, and her novella (The Grownup), this year. I could put any of them or all of them in this list. I saved Sharp Objects, the only one I haven’t read by November, to the very end because I knew it would make everything better. But Dark Places was the one that fell closest to my heart. I love the dark sometimes even supernatural feel it has, I love the end, I love Libby with all her flaws and I love Lyle so much. 
  5. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent [x]
    Gina told me to read this (do you guys remember her? The loviest person alive? Her blog was paygeturner) last year I think. Or at the very beginning of this year. I was procrastinating reading it because I feel like I would enjoy it so much more if I read it in a physical copy. Now, at the end of the year, I decided to give it a shot and Burial Rites was the last book I’ve read. The writing is so beautiful and poetic, the main character, Agnes, is so fantastic and interesting. And it’s a quick read - if you start now you’ll probably finish it before midnight! The Goodreads says it was inspired by a true story, but it was more than that. The author, Hannah Kent, did a full and deep research about Agnes, she uses true letters at the beginning of the chapters, most of the names are real, the places she mentions still exist. I don’t have words to describe how much I fell in love with this book.
  6. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach [x]
    I love non-fiction books. I love books and essays about cadavers, serial killers, anatomy and everything in between. This book was a blast! Yes, Roach talks about cadaver and about lots of awful and disgusting things that happens to them, some experiments and such, but she does all that with humour and inserting fun facts here and there. I’ve learnt so much by reading this book and I couldn’t stop talking about it while I was reading it - my mother hated me for that, because I kept talking about how much someone can eat before the stomach explodes during dinner, and how some people tried making head implants (that was so horrifying).
  7. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day [x]
    I love Felicia Day, that was made me pick up her book to read, and I was so glad I did. It’s not that common to find memoir by someone like Felicia, someone who’s just like us nerds, who grew up on a computer, playing games and finding their best friends online. When I was growing up it the computer was starting to be something everybody could have, and when my parents bought us one I would spend hours playing on it. When the internet came, I would spend hours in forums and online games and taking to people - I still do that for the most part of my life. And it’s great to read someone you admire talking about it, and about the anxiety and depression. 
  8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell [x]
    Everybody knows I love Rainbow Rowell, and most of you know I’m actually rereading Carry On right now. There’s something about her writing that it feels like going home after a long time, and Carry On having that Harry Potter feel to it makes it even more intense. The World of Mages felt like something I knew all my life, and it helped that we already knew and loved Simon and Baz. 
  9. The Diviners by Libba Bray [x]
    I started reading this book in 2013, I think, but I put it down after a few chapters - again because I felt I would enjoy it more if I was reading it on a physical copy. But this year I got tired of waiting the day I’d be able to buy one and started reading my e-book of it, and I just couldn’t stop reading it. The writing is addicting and everything is so intense, you’re always wanting to know what’s going to happen. (But it didn’t scare me, which made me sad.)
  10. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell [x]
    What’s better than a book that talks about books and bookshops and people that are passionate about books?? Nothing, I can tell you that. This book made me feel so emotional (I swear, I cried so much reading it and there’s nothing sad about it, but I just couldn’t stop). I loved reading about people’s experiences with books, and how they fell in love with it. At the end, I eve sent Jen Campbell an e-mail thanking her and she was the sweetest!
It is astounding to me, and achingly sad, that with eighty thousand people on the waiting list for donated hearts and livers and kidneys, with sixteen a day dying there on that list, that more then half of the people in the position H’s family was in will say no, will choose to burn those organs or let them rot. We abide the surgeon’s scalpel to save our own lives, out loved ones’ lives, but not to save a stranger’s life. H has no heart, but heartless is the last thing you’d call her.
—  Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Some #readwomen recs


  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  • The Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle 
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black 
  • The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray 
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Anne Brashares 
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 
  • The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • The Sweep/Wicca series by Cate Tiernan 
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor 
  • The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl 
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • The Body Electric by Beth Revis 
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 
  • The Rose Master by Valentina Cano 
  • The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler 
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (I’ve only read the first 2)
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
  • The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
  • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen 
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
  • The Woodcutter by Kate Danley 
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Living With the Dead series by Jesse Petersen 
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Stacey Justice series by Barbra Annino
  • The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice 
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
  • Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Witching Pen series by Dianna Hardy
  • Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning (erotica)
  • Masters of the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair (erotica)
  • Badass Brats series by Sorcha Black (erotica)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (steampunk)
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Other Recs

  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (graphic novel)
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (non-fic)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (non-fic)
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black (children’s/middle grade)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (children’s/middle grade)
  • Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick (comics – I’ve only read issue 1)
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (poetry)
  • Gothic Charm School by Jillian Venters (non-fic)
  • Unteachable by Leah Raeder (NA)
  • The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath (poetry)
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (non-fic, memoir)
  • Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Edna St. Vincent Millay (poetry)

Some of these I absolutely loved, some I thought were pretty good, and some I remember really enjoying at the time but I have no idea what I think if I read it today. I know I’m forgetting tons of books and authors that I’ve enjoyed reading, but these were what I could think of without digging around on goodreads for a few hours.

*Updated July 7th, 2016 to add a few more I’ve read or remembered.

What does a Ph.D. student in comparative biology read when they go to the beach? We asked them! Below are picks for science beach reads from three of the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School students:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, recommended by Zac Calamari
    • The book is easier to follow than the movie of the same name. Arthur C. Clarke had an amazing ability for predicting future technology, including tablet computers. If you have time, read this and the sequel 2010: Odyssey Two. If you have a lot of time, read all four books in the series.

  • Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen Jay Gould, recommended by Zac Calamari
    • A book of short essays on natural history and evolution that showcases Gould’s talent for popular science writing. Great for when you need a short, entertaining read.

  • Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein, recommended by Allison Bronson
    • We often think of science as a process for seeking answers, but Firestein shows us that it’s really the pursuit of better questions. This is a short and informative book, and a perfect window into the way science really happens.
  • Letters to a Young Scientist by E.O. Wilson, recommended by Allison Bronson
    • This book is a quick read but a great way for young people to approach a life (or a dabbling) in biology. Emphasizing science as a vocation rather than simply a “job,” Wilson’s book will inspire readers to pursue their curiosity for the natural world.
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach, recommended by Aki Watanabe
    • The summer before taking human anatomy at medical school, I had the pleasure of reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. In her popular book, Mary Roach takes the gross subject of what happens to dead bodies and makes it engrossing by adding just the right amount of humor to her witty writing style.
  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, recommended by Aki Watanabe
    • Memory is a fascinating subject, but Foer takes it further by adding his personal experience of training for the U.S. Memory Championship. He provides tips for remembering the order of a deck of cards and long grocery lists. If you need to improve your memory, you can build an impressive memory palace by coming to the Museum.

Want more? Read the Serious Science Reads list, the Science for Kids list, and learn more about the recommenders!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any suggested reading for someone who's not interested in this sort of thing as a career, but just as a passing interest?

Of course! I actually just finished a book that was a good read. It’s called “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory” written by Caitlin Doughty, a Funeral Director/Crematory Operator. Though I don’t quite agree with all the points she makes, she does weave an interesting tale of her experiences and opinions during her life of, well, death.

I’ve also heard that “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach is worth the read. I have a copy but haven’t gotten a chance to look it over yet.

Lastly, “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” written by Judy Melinek MD. Yet another book I’ve yet to read, but it was highly endorsed by my embalming professor in college.

Hope these can hold your interest, happy reading!!

s-suigintoulampe  asked:

Woah, you really know about early medicine and it's history!!! Do you have any readings recommended? Or books? By the way what course did you take?

I don’t know anywhere near as much as I want to know! I’m always learning :D

I studied Biology and Dairy Science in school.

For some interesting History of Medicine stuff, the National Library of Medicine has a good site - check out their collections and education resources for some really quick and fun lessons.

If watching things is your bag, “Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery“ is one of my favorite BBC documentary series.

My favorite authors that you guys might love:

Everything by Mary Roach, especially Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Also everything Carl Zimmer, especially Parasite Rex

I’ve liked everything I’ve read by Richard Preston, too, especially The Hot Zone. Haven’t read every single one of his books, though.

Amy Stewart has the best bugs, plants, drinks…and illustrator. Wicked Plants is great.

Other good books:

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

Women in Science: Then and Now

Madame Curie: A Biography (by Eve Curie)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Zooborns (…shush)

A Little Book of Sloth (…stay shushed)

For fiction, Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore (especially Fluke and Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove), Terry Pratchett, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Marion Zimmer Bradley are my favorites.



Awesome reads for the casual geek monkey!

These are the types of books Cosima might give to one of her sisters (or her brother!) if they expressed an interest in a particular topic. I’ve picked out a few I’ve read in the last few years to make up this list!

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: A 500 page ‘cliff notes’ of all the sciency things humans have been getting up to. It covers everything from evolution to particle physics and does so in a highly entertaining way. 

Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne: A good look at the modern supporting evidence for evolution. 

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking: Yoouuu’ve probably heard about this one! For me it was a huge mental stretcher (I have to say I did not come away from this book with a complete understanding of what he was saying). It left me in complete awe that a human mind could sit down and work this shit out. 

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin: Another evolutionary book with a focus on human evolution and where some of our fancy physical features come from based on fossil record findings etc. 

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean: The periodic table, a history. Looks at the elements and the people surrounding their discoveries. Very interesting!

Stiff: The curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach: Could not make this list without a Mary roach title. She writes the best non fiction books. Try her books. TRRRYY THEM! Don’t like morbid? Maybe try Packing for Mars. Where was I? Oh right Stiff! This book basically looks at what 'jobs’ a body can get once it’s passed on. Humorous and fascinating. 


Parks and Recreation begins airing its final season on NBC January 13, 2015.  Over the past seven years, we have grown to love and care deeply about these amazingly crafted characters.  We laughed when Ron explained how the government functions to a 4th grade girl, rooted for Leslie to take down the pesky Greg Pikitis, had fun treatin’ ourselves with Donna and Tom, and cried tears of joy when Ben finally dropped down on one knee to propose to Leslie.  This graphic is a swan song dedicated to one of the greatest television comedies of all time.  We will miss you greatly Parks and Rec. However, in the meantime, check out some of these resources that we think your favorite characters would read or watch.

Leslie Knope

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics by Joe Biden

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The West Wing

Ben Wyatt

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir: The True Story of How a Comics-Obsessed Kid Conquered Hollywood to Bring the Dark Knight to the Silver Screen by Michael Uslan

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Twin Peaks

Ron Swanson

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

American Whiskey, Bourbon, & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit by Clay Risen

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Band of Brothers

April Ludgate

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Battle Royale

Dog Whisperer

Ann Perkins

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell

Fed Up

Getting On

Tom Haverford

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg

The Wolf of Wall Street

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Donna Meagle

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Next Generation Real Estate: New Rules for Smarter Home Buying and Faster Selling by Brendon DeSimone



Andy Dwyer

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Secrets of the FBI by Ronald Kessler

The Expendables

Reno 911

Chris Traeger

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Food, Inc

Man Vs. Wild