The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

by Adrienne Tooley

Growing up an avid reader, my love for fictional female characters was funneled towards girls who shared my love of literature. Roald Dahl’s Matilda was always something of a soul sister, and I found another when I tuned into the WB (guys, remember the WB?!) and met Rory Gilmore.

Gilmore Girls quickly became one of my favorite shows; my mom and I would make plans to watch together and try to imitate the fast-talking, binge-eating, straight-shooting style of Lorelai and Rory. While we weren’t always successful in that sense (it definitely helps to have a script writer and editor on your side), one way in which I was able to emulate my favorite television character was through our shared love of books.

A year ago BUST compiled a list of all the books on Rory’s bookshelf, and now, that list is in the form of a comprehensive checklist that allows you to instantly compare your reading résumé with the bookworm herself.  Rory read 339 books in the course of seven seasons. While the timeline is a little skewed, and Rory is, of course, a fictional character, this checklist still made me feel like an underachiever reader.

With a pitiful score of 92 (my score would be much higher if I could include books that are sitting unread on my bookshelf…), I think it’s safe to say it’s time for me to hit the books. What’s your score?


Thanks to List Challenges

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