Explore all the Lauren Graham books in order with reviews to help you decide what to read first or next from the New York Times bestselling author and star of the tv shows Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and The Mighty Ducks.
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I’m a big fan of Parenthood, but more importantly, I’m a superfan of Gilmore Girls! I host @TheRoryGilmoreBookClub on Instagram, where we read books from the Gilmore Girls book list each month, and I wrote an essay in the book But I’m a Gilmore!. So, I’ve read ALL the Lauren Graham books and rate them all for below (plus a bonus book she didn’t write but narrates on audio!).
I read A LOT of books, and I have to say, Lauren Graham is an EXCELLENT writer. To no one’s surprise, she always has a way with words. If you love Lauren Graham and/or Lorelai Gilmore, you’ll also love these books by Lauren Graham. They’re just as smart, engaging, and witty as she and her characters are.
NOTE: Lauren Graham narrates ALL of her own books on audio, and I HIGHLY recommend you consume them in audiobook format since you likely already know and love her voice from her tv characters. She particularly comes across as very Lorelai Gilmore-like in the way she narrates. (Shop them on Audible / Libro.fm.)
Lauren Graham Books in Order
Someday, Someday, Maybe (2013)
New York Times Bestseller
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Someday, Someday, Maybe is Lauren Graham’s debut novel, loosely based on her experiences as a struggling actress in New York City in the 1990s. But, while it certainly has “all the feels” of the 90s, it’s less about grunge and angst and more observational and light, like Friends or Seinfeld.
Franny is an up-and-comer with six months remaining on the three-year deadline she gave herself to make it in acting in the Big Apple. So far, she’s only booked one small ad and, like so many others, spends most of her time waiting tables.
Naturally, she has roommates — her best friend, Jane, and an aspiring sci-fi writer, Dan, along her side as she debates whether to pack it all up and move back home to settle down with her ex.
As everything goes downhill, including the money in her bank account, she’s focused on her upcoming acting showcase.
It’s about fighting for your dreams, finding yourself, and finding a job at a very specific time and place Graham knows all too well herself. And, it’s an absolute delight.
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) (2016)
New York Times bestseller
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In Talking as Fast as I Can, the first non-fiction Lauren Graham book, she 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.
Gilmore Girls fans, rejoice!: The book includes photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
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.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It (2018)
New York Times bestseller
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It is a short and sweet expansion upon Lauren Graham’s 2017 commencement speech given at her hometown high school.
In addition to a few funny quips, she avoids superficial and vague advice to just “go get ’em” and instead, offers some very real anecdotes about the highs and lows of finding yourself and following your dreams.
Besides being authentic, it’s also empathetic, reminding readers that, at the end of the day, “you are enough.”
The physical copy also contains illustrated drawings by Graham herself, so it would make a great book gift for graduates who are fans of her work.
Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want to Forget to Remember (2022)
My rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
All the essays were super interesting and entertaining and, while her last book felt a bit tight-lipped and buttoned-up to me, in this one, she let her guard down a lot more, talking about her absentee mother, her body, and her breakup with long-term boyfriend, Peter Krause.
She also lets the reader in on stories that drop more names than I could count, from her Parenthood co-star Mae Whitman to Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Matthew McConaughey, and so many more.
All of this uniquely personal content made the audiobook memoir especially much more intriguing, so kudos to her for being extra brave with this one!
And, yes, there’s plenty of Gilmore Girls chatter too (all positive). I was especially delighted when I got to the chapter “I Feel Bad About Nora Ephron’s Neck,” which references the book I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, which is on the Gilmore Girls reading list! My brain nearly exploded from this pop culture mashup.
Want to hear a bit more from Lauren herself? Below is an audio clip from the book:
Bonus: More Audiobooks Narrated by Lauren Graham
Did you know that Lauren Graham has also narrated a great fictional book about mothers and daughters? (Perfection, I KNOW!) Check it out below:
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
Instant New York Times bestseller
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
One Italian Summer is a book about the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters, just like Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
When Katy’s mother, her best friend in the world, dies, she struggles to cope and decides to take the Italian vacation they had planned to take together, alone. It’s so reminiscent of Lorelai’s “Wild” excursion in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Once Katy’s in Positano, the stunning seaside cliff town where Katy’s mother once spent a Summer long ago, she meets a woman who doesn’t just look like her mother but appears to actually be her mother, albeit at age 30.
Katy is surprised by this twist of magical realism in a way that only Serle, known for her stories mixing grief with magical realism, and Lauren Graham (a/k/a Lorelai), known for her character’s neuroses, can both pull off to perfection. It’s one of my favorite books of 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
Television actress Lauren Graham is a New York Times bestselling author of four books: the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe; and three non-fiction books, Talking as Fast as I Can; In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It; and Have I Told You This Already?
Have I Told You This Already? is television actress Lauren Graham’s new book, released on November 14, 2022. It’s both a humorous and heartfelt collection of personal essays about everything from her personal relationships to her experiences in her most well-known roles.
Television actress Lauren Graham narrates the audiobooks for all four books she wrote herself: the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe; and three non-fiction books, Talking as Fast as I Can; In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It; and Have I Told You This Already? She also narrates the audiobook for the instant New York Times bestseller One Italian Summer, a fictional book about mothers and daughters by Rebecca Serle.
Those are all the Lauren Graham books in order to date with reviews to help you decide which one to read first or next.
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