Read Like Rory: Books for Gilmore Girls Fans

Gilmore Girls fans rejoice! The beloved series returns November 25. (Update: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life - Season 1 is now available on DVD.)

The characters' clever literary references charmed the show's devoted fans. Prep school student Rory, a lovably nerdy bookworm, rarely appeared without a hefty tome in her hands. Of the 339 books mentioned during GG's original 2000-2007 run, here are a few highlights.

I fell madly in love with GG when I caught a Season One episode where Rory carried a copy of The Portable Dorothy Parker to her first school dance. She explained to her boyfriend Dean that she brought books everywhere. And who could blame her for preferring flapper poems to the company of her snobbish Chilton classmates?

Unlike sweet but dumb Dean, Rory's next boyfriend, Jess, understood Rory's love of literature. Swapping books shaped their brief romance. She discovered that they were on the same page when Jess stole her copy of Howl and scribbled notes in the margins. In response, she called him Dodger, and he quickly picked up her reference to the pickpocket from Oliver Twist. Later Jess wrote his own book and told Rory that she inspired him.

Brainiac Rory graduated from Chilton as the class valedictorian. During her graduation speech she echoed the thoughts of bibliophiles everywhere. "I live in two worlds. One is a world of books." She added that she "rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann's Way."

I'm beyond excited to discover what grown-up Rory Gilmore is reading. I wish you happy binge watching. Cheers, with coffee in a vat.

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