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2023 Reading Challenge for the Rory Gilmore Book List

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Calling all fans of Gilmore Girls + books! This is the ultimate monthly reading challenge for the Rory Gilmore book list.

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The Rory Gilmore book list is one of my most popular posts, and I also post a lot of bookish Gilmore Girls content both here and on Bookstagram.

So, since I was challenging myself to the goal of reading more books from the Rory Gilmore book list by monthly theme, I decided to go public with it and create The Rory Gilmore Book Club: a full reading challenge for the Rory Gilmore book list (now in its third year!).

The themes for my reading challenge for the Rory Gilmore book list are pretty vague and were chosen so that you can really read a variety of books YOU want to read from the list not books I pre-select for you.

Below are the monthly themes for this year, along with some personalized recommendations for each month, but you can also feel free to personalize your reading challenge for the Rory Gilmore book list with your own picks.

Want some reading buddies? Follow my Gilmore Girls reading challenge @TheRoryGilmoreBookClub on Instagram where we share our reads each month.

Reading Challenge for the Rory Gilmore Book List

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January: A Short Book

Let’s start this challenge with an easy prompt to catapult your success.  There are so many short books (under 250 pages ) on the list. 

Below are a few I recommend you take a look at: 

Want more options? You can read just about any children’s book, poem, play, or short story on the list as well.

February: A Play or Short Story

This year, I wanted to challenge readers to read a different type of book, and that means a play, poem, or short story this month.

I liked this challenge for this month because these types of books tend to be shorter, so readers who find our club later in the year can easily catch up. Also, a lot of these types of books are romantic, which is also great for the month in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Below are some options you may like:

Of note, there is A LOT more Shakespeare on the full list if you are itching to read his works.

March: A Book Adapted to Film

There are also SO MANY book-to-film adaptions on the Gilmore Girls book list that I wrote a whole blog post about it.  I love this particular challenge because you can both read and watch! 

Below are just a few options I thought may intrigue you:

April: A Popular Author

When thinking about the Rory Gilmore reading challenge and why we do it, I thought one reason is to expand our reading of popular authors, both classic and modern.  There are SO many opportunities on this list!

Check the whole Rory Gilmore book list to find the right one for you, but below are a few on my personal radar for this month that may interest you as well:

Of note, if you want to read Shakespeare or King, there are A LOT more options on the full list.

May: A Diverse Book

I wanted to make sure we devoted a month of the Rory Gilmore reading challenge to diverse reads.  There’s not a TON on the list, but below the best options I found for you.  Hopefully, there’s at least one you can pick up this month!

June: A Classic Book

Rory Gilmore is a lover of great literature, so it’s no surprise Rory’s book list is completely overflowing with classic books to read.  I liked using this prompt in June because it’s the start of Summer, when people are relaxing more, and if you pick up something particularly challenging, you can spend time all Summer finishing it up if you need to. 

Below are just a few options I wanted to draw your attention to:

July: Poetry

As Summer “heats up,” let’s take a break from the norm with some poetry as we (hopefully) relax in the sun.

Below are a bunch of options for you:

August: A Children’s Book

August is a time to relax, so let’s read something quick and easy. There are SO MANY children’s books on the Rory Gilmore book list that I wrote an entire blog post about it.

Below are a few I wanted to highlight as ones I thought you may be interested in picking up as an adult.

September: Author from Another Country

I wanted this year’s challenge to have more focus on both diversity and authors versus books, so combining the two felt like a good way to accomplish this.

While people participate in this challenge worldwide, so I can’t account for books outside everyone’s country, below are some options for authors and books outside the United States and around the world:

There are honestly SO many options this month that I had to really narrow it down. There’s a lot more Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, and Allende on the list if you want to take a closer look.

October: A Banned Book

This year, Banned Books Week is the first week of October, so let’s celebrate by reading one. Banned books are those books most often challenged on school reading lists, often for content as simple as diversity. That’s why it’s important to read them.

Below are some options to choose from:

November: A Non-Fiction Book

Since November is generally considered to be “Non-Fiction November” in the book work, I thought this was a great time to kill two birds with one stone, and also to make sure you get at least one non-fiction read in this year from the Rory Gilmore book challenge

Below are a few options:

December: A Book on Your To Be Read (TBR) List

For the last month of this year’s Rory Gilmore reading challenge, I thought it was important to close out the year by reading something that’s STILL on your TBR list, so you really feel accomplished when you complete it. 

Of course, this is another very personal challenge, so you should peruse Rory Gilmore’s full book list to find the one that’s right for you, but below are a few on my personal TBR list that may interest you too:

Instagram Story Templates to Track Your Reading Challenge

I love creating bookish Instagram story templates, so I created three where we can track our reading challenge for the Rory Gilmore book list.

Feel free to save them to your phone and use it by super-imposing book covers on the prompts for each month and/or filling out the book review form.

Be sure to follow and tag me @TheRoryGilmoreBookClub! I love to re-share your successes.

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Monday 13th of June 2022

could i please get the bookish printable PDFs emailed?

Jules Buono

Monday 13th of June 2022

Hello, and thank you for subscribing. You should have received the list automatically upon subscribing, but in case you didn't, I also just emailed it to you! Enjoy!!


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