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Quick Start Guide to The Rory Gilmore Book Club

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This quick start guide to my book club, The Rory Gilmore Book Club, explains what the club is and how to join it (hint: it's free and easy!). I also share top recommendations from the Gilmore Girls reading list, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about books Rory read.

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Quick Start Guide to The Rory Gilmore Book Club

What is The Rory Gilmore Book Club?

The Rory Gilmore Book Club is a Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge on this blog and Instagram. It was inspired by the idea of reading the 500+ books referenced on the Gilmore Girls and re-watching the show.

The Gilmore Girls book list ranges from ancient literature to modern bestsellers, children's books, books adapted to film, and everything else you can imagine. So, to reach a wide variety of books, each month, I announce a theme on Instagram (such as "a classic book" or "a book adapted to film").

Then, book club "members" (a/k/a Instagram followers) each choose a book within that theme from Rory's reading list to read on their own.  Throughout the month, I share the top picks our club members are reading and my personal recommendations for the theme.

I also re-share all the members' posts about their book club reading.


How to Join The Rory Gilmore Book Club

Join The Rory Gilmore Book Club simply by following along on Instagram and participating in the challenges at your leisure.

For even more fun, pick and choose from the following options:

Take a sneak peek at all the monthly prompts for the Rory Gilmore reading challenge for the entire year, if you want to plan ahead.

Peruse the entire Gilmore Girls book list to further help you select books to read that were referenced on the show.

Subscribe to The Literary Lifestyle's email newsletter to get a free printable PDF of the full Rory Gilmore book list (a popular freebie, downloaded by thousands of readers).

Share your book club books on Instagram and tag @TheRoryGilmoreBookClub and/or hashtag #TheRoryGilmoreBookClub. (I re-share as many tagged photos as possible!) Feel free to also save and use the below Instagram story templates to make sharing easy:


Book Recommendations

But I'm a Gilmore! is a new tea-spilling book that compiles the exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences of cast, crew, and super fans of Gilmore Girls. And it features an essay I wrote about The Rory Gilmore Book Club!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rory Gilmore's favorite book?

The classic Russian literature book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is Rory Gilmore's favorite book. She even mentioned it in her Chilton valedictorian speech.

What book did Rory and Jess read?

Jess borrowed a copy of Howl by Allen Ginsberg from Rory's bookshelf during the eventful dinner he shared at Lorelai's and Rory's house in his first episode on Gilmore Girls (Season 2, Episode 5: Nick & Nora / Sid & Nancy). He later returned the book to Rory with his notes written in the margins.

How many books are in the Rory Gilmore challenge?

The list of books in the Rory Gilmore challenge is currently 500+, including obscure references, such as books that are seen, but not discussed, on the show, as well as book adaptations that were mentioned.

What book did Rory give Jess?

On Gilmore Girls, Rory gave Jess the book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand after he bid on her basket at the annual Stars Hollow Picnic Basket Auction (Season 2, Episode 13: A-Tisket, A-Tasket). Although Jess did not like the book, Rory convinced him to give it another chance.

How do you read as much as Rory Gilmore?

To read as much as Rory Gilmore, do as Rory does. She shared how she reads so much in this famous quote from Gilmore Girls: "I just take a book with me everywhere. It's a habit."

Besides always having a book on hand, use reading hacks like scheduling reading time, setting a goal and tracking it, and joining a book club, like The Rory Gilmore Book Club!


That's everything you need to know to get started reading with The Rory Gilmore Book Club today.

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