the five people you meet in heaven

How many have you read?

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

i noticed y’all have been enjoying my novel masterposts. so im just going to keep posting because im obsessed with books like that T.T

for my study-like-rory studyblr friends who want to read all the books mentioned in gilmore girls (because hello?? who doesn’t??), here’s a list! pls let me know if i missed a book, but i think it’s quite a complete list! enjoy!!

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  • 1984 – George Orwell

A

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  • Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  • The Art of Fiction  – Henry James
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy

B

  • Babe – Dick King-Smith
  • Backlash – Susan Faludi
  • Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  • The Bhagava Gita
  • The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  • Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  • Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner

C

  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  • Carrie –Stephen King
  • Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  • Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  • The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  • Christine – Stephen King
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  • The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  • Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  • The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  • Complete Stories – Dorothy Parker
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  • Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • Cujo – Stephen King
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon

D

  • Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  • David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  • David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  • The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  • Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  • Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • Deenie – Judy Blume
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante
  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  • Don Quijote – Cervantes
  • Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson

E

  • Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  • Eloise – Kay Thompson
  • Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  • Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • Ethics – Spinoza
  • Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  • Extravagance – Gary Kist

F

  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  • The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  • Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  • Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  • Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  • Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  • Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  • Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers

G

  • Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  • George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  • Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  • Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  • The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  • The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Group – Mary McCarthy

H

  • Hamlet – Shakespeare
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  • Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  • Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  • Henry V – Shakespeare
  • High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  • Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  • The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  • House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  • How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  • Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

I

  • The Illiad – Homer
  • I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • Inferno – Dante
  • Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  • Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  • It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton

J

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito

K

  • The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  • Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

L

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – DH Lawrence
  • The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  • Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  • Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  • The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  • The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  • Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  • Living History – Hillary Clinton
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • The Love Story – Eric Segal

M

  • Macbeth – Shakespeare
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  • Marathon Man – William Goldman
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  • Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  • The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  • Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  • A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  • Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  • A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  • My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  • My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  • My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  • My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

N

  • The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  • Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  • New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • The New Way Things Work – David Macaulay
  • Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  • Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  • Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski

O

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Old School – Tobias Wolff
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • On the Road – Jack Keruac
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life – Amy Tan
  • Oracle Night – Paul Auster
  • Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  • Othello – Shakespeare
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War – Donald Kagan
  • Out of Africa – Isac Dineson
  • The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

P

  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition – Donald Kagan
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  • Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  • Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  • Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  • The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker
  • The Portable Nietzche
  • The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Property – Valerie Martin
  • Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  • Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw

Q

  • Quattrocento – James McKean
  • A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall

R

  • Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  • The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  • Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  • The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  • R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  • Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  • Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  • Roman Fever – Edith Wharton
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • A Room with a View – EM Forster
  • Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  • The Rough Guide to Europe

S

  • Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  • Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  • Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  • Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  • The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  • Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  • Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • A Separate Place – John Knowles
  • Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  • Sexus – Henry Miller
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • Shane – Jack Shaefer
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  • S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  • Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy
  • Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  • Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  • Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  • The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  • Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  • The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  • Songbook – Nick Hornby
  • The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  • Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  • Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  • The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  • A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  • Stuart Little – EB White
  • Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  • Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  • Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber

T

  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  • Time and Again – Jack Finney
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  • To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  • Travel and Motoring through Europe – Myra Waldo
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  • Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  • Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

U

  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Unless – Carol Shields

V

  • Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  • The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

W

  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Walt Disney’s Bambi – Felix Salten
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  • What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  • What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  • When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  • Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  • Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  • The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Y

  • The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

OTHER RESOURCES:

There’s usually some stigma that the novels published in our current century aren’t as literary & thought-provoking than previous centuries’ novels. Here are some novels published from 2001-Present that are incredibly literary/outstanding!! Feel free to add on & enjoy!!

MAINSTREAM / WELL-KNOWN (these novels can also be critically acclaimed)

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Thriteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Me Before you by Jojo Moyes
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

FICTION YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled housseini
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Foer
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

LITERARY FICTION / CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

SERIES

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twilight Series
  • The Game of Thrones Series
  • The Divergent Series
  • The Percy Jackson Series
  • TheHeroes of Olympus Series
  • The American Gods Series

OTHER RESOURCES:

People say they ‘find’ love, as if it were an object hidden by a rock. But love takes many forms, and it is never the same for any man and woman. What people find then is a certain love. And [he] found a certain love with [her], a grateful love, a deep but quiet love, one that he knew, above all else, was irreplaceable
—  Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Gilmore Girls Reading List

Here is the list I will attempt to get through. I don’t think I will follow it in order but I will definitely number the book commentaries.

1.       1984 by George Orwell

2.       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.       The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

9.       The 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.   Bridgadoon 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 Stories by Eudora Welty

42.   A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

43.   Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

44.   The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

45.   Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

46.   A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

47.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

48.   Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

49.   Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

50.   The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

51.   The Crucible by Arthur Miller

52.   Cujo by Stephen King

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

54.   Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

55.   David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

56.   David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

57.   The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown

58.   Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

59.   Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

60.   Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

61.   Deenie by Judy Blume

62.   The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

63.   The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

64.   The Divine Comedy by Dante

65.   The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

66.   Don Quixote by Cervantes

67.   Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

68.   Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

69.   Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

70.   Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

71.   The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

72.   Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

73.   Eloise by Kay Thompson

74.   Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

75.   Emma by Jane Austen

76.   Empire Falls by Richard Russo

77.   Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

78.   Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

79.   Ethics by Spinoza

80.   Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

81.   Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

82.   Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

83.   Extravagance by Gary Krist

84.   Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

85.   Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

86.   The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

87.   Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

88.   Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

89.   The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

90.   Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

91.   The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

92.   Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

93.   Fletch by Gregory McDonald

94.   Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

95.   The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

96.   The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

97.   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

98.   Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

99.   Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

100.   Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

101.   Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

102.   George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

103.   Gidget by Fredrick Kohner

104.   Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

105.   The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

106.   The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

107.   The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

108.   Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

109.   Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

110.   The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

111.   The Gospel According to Judy Bloom

112.   The Graduate by Charles Webb

113.   The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

114.   The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

115.   Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

116.   The Group by Mary McCarthy

117.   Hamlet by William Shakespeare

118.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

119.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

120.   A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

121.   Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

122.   Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

123.   Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

124.   Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

125.   Henry V by William Shakespeare

126.   High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

127.   The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

128.   Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

129.   The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

130.   House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

131.   The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

132.   How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

133.   How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

134.   How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland

135.   Howl by Allen Ginsberg

136.   The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

137.   The Iliad by Homer

138.   I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres

139.   In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

140.   Inferno by Dante

141.   Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

142.   Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

143.   It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

144.   Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

145.   The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

146.   Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

147.   The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

148.   The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

149.   Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

150.   The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

151.   Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

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.   Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

162.   The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

163.   The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

164.   Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

165.   Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

166.   Lord of the Flies by William Golding

167.   The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

168.   The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

169.   The Love Story by Erich Segal

170.   Macbeth by William Shakespeare

171.   Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

172.   The Manticore by Robertson Davies

173.   Marathon Man by William Goldman

174.   The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

175.   Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

176.   Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

177.   Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

178.   The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

179.   Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

180.   The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

181.   The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

182.   Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

183.   The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

184.   Moby Dick by Herman Melville

185.   The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

186.   Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

187.   A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

188.   Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

189.   A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

190.   A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

191.   Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

192.   Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

193.   My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

194.   My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

195.   My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

196.   Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

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, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

209.   Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell

210.   Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

211.   Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

212.   Old School by Tobias Wolff

213.   On the Road by Jack Kerouac

214.   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

215.   One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

216.   The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

217.   Oracle Night by Paul Auster

218.   Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

219.   Othello by Shakespeare

220.   Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

221.   The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

222.   Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

223.   The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

224.   A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

225.   The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

226.   The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

227.   Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

228.   The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

229.   Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

230.   Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

231.   Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

232.   The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

233.   The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

234.   The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

235.   The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind

236.   Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

237.   Property by Valerie Martin

238.   Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

239.   Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

240.   Quattrocento by James Mckean

241.   A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

242.   Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

243.   The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

244.   The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

245.   Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

246.   Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

247.   Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

248.   The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

249.   Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

250.   The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

251.   R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

252.   Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

253.   Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

254.   Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

255.   Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

256.   A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

257.   A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

258.   Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

259.   The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

260.   Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

261.   Sanctuary by William Faulkner

262.   Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

263.   Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

264.   The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

265.   The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

266.   Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

267.   The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

268.   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

269.   Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

270.   Selected Hotels of Europe

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 Modern World by Barrington Moore

286.   The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

287.   Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

288.   The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

289.   Songbook by Nick Hornby

290.   The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

291.   Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

292.   Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

293.   The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

294.   Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

295.   Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

296.   The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

297.   A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams

298.   Stuart Little by E. B. White

299.   Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

300.   Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

301.   Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

302.   Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

303.   A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

304.   Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

305.   Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

306.   Time and Again by Jack Finney

307.   The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

308.   To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

309.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

310.   The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

311.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

312.   The Trial by Franz Kafka

313.   The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

314.   Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

315.   Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

316.   Ulysses by James Joyce

317.   The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

318.   Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

319.   Unless by Carol Shields

320.   Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

321.   The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

322.   Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

323.   Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

324.   The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

325.   Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

326.   Walden by Henry David Thoreau

327.   Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

328.   War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

329.   We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

330.   What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

331.   What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

332.   When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

333.   Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

334.   Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

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

336.   The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

337.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

338.   The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

339.   The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion


Wish me luck!!

Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.
—  Mitch Album, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
—  Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet in Heaven)