If you are a super fan in search of a new Gilmore Girls fix, I can’t bring the show back, but I can give you recommendations for several books to read if you like the Gilmore Girls.
This particular list of books to read if you like Gilmore Girls includes everything from characters, settings and storylines that will remind you of: Stars Hollow, the Gilmores, the Dragonfly Inn, Luke’s Diner, Luke, Sookie and more! You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
Books to Read if You Like Gilmore Girls
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Penny
Best for fans of Hallmark movies and/or small town romances
I first heard of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living when a blogger I follow described it as one of the best books to read if you like Gilmore Girls. I snagged it immediately!
In this Fall-themed book, protagonist Livvy leaves behind a fancy pastry chef job in Boston and visits her friend in a quaint Vermont town like Stars Hollow.
She takes a job at a local inn like the Dragonfly Inn and starts befriending the townsfolk and falling for a local who comes home to care for his ailing father. There is a Harvest dinner, an apple pie contest, and everything you would expect from Stars Hollow itself in this light novel.
The Gilmore Companion by A.S. Berman
Best for fans of nonfiction and/or behind-the-scenes stories
The Gilmore Companion is a behind-the-scenes look at the television series Gilmore Girls, from the first episode to the last and everything in between. It gives you scoop about the show from the show creators, employees and actors themselves. And if you are a Richard Gilmore fan, his voice is featured prominently throughout.
The reader can reminisce and learn something new at the same time h one of the best Gilmore Girls books. It also makes a great pairing for a Gilmore Girls rewatch.
The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim
Best for fans of diverse and/or Young Adult reads
Author Sheba Karim pitched The Marvelous Mirza Girls to me as Gilmore Girls meets New Dehli, India, and graciously sent me an advanced copy to read. I couldn’t resist! I would add that it also has parallels to the cute Netflix show Never Have I Ever.
Recent high school graduate Noreen embarks on a gap year trip to New Dehli with her mother, with whom she has a very close and open relationship like Lorelai and Rory.
Noreen grieves the loss of her aunt Sonia as she meets a handsome local who shows her around town, experiencing a culture of Bollywood celebrities, fourteenth-century ruins, karaoke parties, and Sufi saints.
Amidst breathtaking pollution, she also faces “the real world” by coping with gender-based scandals as she comes of age with the help of her very vocal and modern mother.
Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
Best for fans of light family dramas
Musical Chairs was recommended to me by a podcast one of the best books to read if you like Gilmore Girls because it takes place in a small Connecticut town and the main character’s family is wealthy like the Gilmores, but she is more quaint and uncaring about wealth.
Bridget plans on spending the summer at her Connecticut country home with her boyfriend Sterling… until he abruptly breaks up with her and her twin twenty-somethings arrive home unannounced and full of crises.
She relies on her longtime friendship with Will, with whom she has a chamber group, but must deal with a missing violinist. What’s more, is that her elderly father wants to get married on her property.
It’s a humorous and heartwarming take on family and love in which any Gilmore Girls fan can get immersed.
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
Best for fans of memoirs and/or Lauren Graham
New York Times bestseller
In Talking as Fast as I Can, actress Lauren Graham shares a collection of personal essays in a voice that’s as fast and quirky as her character, Lorelai Gilmore. She reveals behind-the-scenes stories about Gilmore Girls and reflects on her life, particularly as a working actress.
While she opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood, this isn’t a “tell-all” but rather amusing ruminations as PG as Gilmore Girls. It’s a little bit Lauren, a little bit Lorelai, and a whole lot of fun.
The book includes photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but I also loved the audiobook read by Graham herself.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Best for fans of Young Adult books
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a great escape read and one of my favorite love story books similar to Gilmore Girls. It will make you think of a teenage Rory and consider her three leading men: Dean, Jess and Logan.
It’s a sweet story of the charming high schooler Lara Jean, who writes each of her crushes a letter about how she really feels, then hides them. Then, one day, she discovers that her letters have been mailed, causing all of her lifelong crushes to confront her — from her first kiss to the boy from summer camp, and even her older sister’s ex-boyfriend.
Like Gilmore Girls, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has caused diehard fans to choose “Teams” of their favorite suitor for dear Lara Jean.
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morganthaler
Best for fans of romantic comedies
Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Romance
Zoey is on her dream two-week vacation in Alaska when she visits the diner. Like Lorelai, Zoey is just so cheerful as she humorously interacts with the locals, including a rogue moose, that she just may change his heart.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Best for the holiday season
In The Twelve Dates of Christmas, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug” to relationships in the sleepy town of Blexford, England, a charming place like Stars Hollow during a season in which you can “smell snow” like Lorelai.
Kate’s found fulfillment in her designing career, and in her scrumptious side job baking like Sookie in her old friend Matt’s neighborhood café, reminiscent of Luke’s Diner.
When her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises twelve dates with twelve different men in the weeks before Christmas, she figures the odds must finally be in her favor.
Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before–and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures like our favorite Stars Hollow residents–Kate must remind herself that sometimes love may have been right under her nose all along.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Best for fans of humorous, quirky characters
Like Lorelai, Bernadette is a quick-witted and sharp mom raising a daughter. After years of prioritizing motherhood over an art career, her actions begin to cause some slapstick humorous moments that make people think she has gone crazy.
So, she escapes to Antarctica and, in the process, finds personal meaning. Bernadette is a beloved literary character with a voice all her own, which will make you laugh out loud, as her daughter searches to reunite with her.
Those are the best books to read if you like Gilmore Girls.
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