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How To Read Canterbury Classics Like a Gilmore

February 23, 2023

By Christa Protano

Recently, I stumbled upon the Literary Lifestyle blog and its Rory Gilmore Book Club. As a newer fan of Gilmore Girls (thanks to a pandemic winter binge watch), I’m all in for anything with Stars Hollow vibes. Since the show premiered more than two decades ago, the idea of this kind of book club is not really new. Google “Rory Gilmore Book Club” and you’ll find many iterations by various literary bloggers, local libraries, even BuzzFeed and Good Reads. But I have to say, I love the way Jules Buono of Literary Lifestyle created an actual reading challenge for 2023 featuring many of the books referenced throughout Gilmore’s seven seasons. This monthly challenge has inspired me to read some of the popular books I have intentionally, or unintentionally, skipped over throughout the years.

Age of Innocence

So far, I have read the short book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom for January and the play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry for February. I’m looking forward to having an excuse to dive into some classics I’ve yet to read, like The Age of Innocence and Pygmallion. I may even attempt some Tolstoy. Speaking of classics, many of the 500-plus books you’ll find on the Rory Gilmore book list are beautifully published as leather-bound editions or colorful Word Cloud Classics. So if you are considering this year’s challenge, why not use it as an excuse to add some color to your bookshelf, too. Good reads paired with classic style? We think Rory would approve. 

35 Canterbury Classics to consider for The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

  1. The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. Jane Austen’s Emma, Pride & Prejudice, & Northanger Abbey
  6. The Bronte Sisters’ Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre
  7. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  9. Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations & Tale of Two Cities
  11. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  12. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  13. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  14. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven & Tell-Tale Heart
  15. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  16. Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
  17. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey
  19. Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame & Les Miserables
  20. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  21. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  22. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer
  23. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  24. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  25. The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
  26. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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