Reading Like Rory Gilmore For A Week | Weekly Read-a-thon Wrap Up

This week I channelled my inner Rory Gilmore and spent my week checking a few more books off the infinite Rory Gilmore Reading List! I managed to read 4/5 books off my TBR as well as a few poems from various poetry collections, which considering my recent reading performance is pretty damn good! I would have read Tender is the Night but as you’ve probably already seen, I received Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab on NetGalley and dropped everything!

This week has encouraged me to include more classics and modern fiction into my TBR, as you never know when you’ll find one of your next favourite reads. It’s also shown me that I have a borderline caffeine addiction and that its always nice to get dressed up and have a family dinner once in a while.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this read-a-thon and I’ve already started planning more ‘character’ inspired read-a-thons for the rest of the year! If like me, are obsessed with Gilmore Girls then I recommend you give this reading challenge a go, even if it’s just for 24 hours!

Grimms’ Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm – I started off reading Rapunzel as I was curious to explore the original storyline behind one of my favourite Disney films and then I couldn’t stop reading! There’s something beautifully macabre and dark about these stories that make them the perfect read for October.

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde – Another unintentional spooky read that I absolutely loved, this is a true masterpiece that is filled with beautiful quotes that will stay with you long after finishing! I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and enjoyable it was to read, I certainly wasn’t expecting the intrusively personal thoughts it left me with. This book is fascinating, I can’t recommend it enough!

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Another easy and thought-provoking read that I enjoyed. For me, this didn’t live up to expectations and I hate to say it but I think I prefer the film adaptation to the book, nevertheless it was good to finally tick it off my forgotten TBR.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – I wished I picked some ‘less intense’ reads for this week! A lot of you warned me that I was going to cry, so I was prepared with tissues. The unique writing style was something that I instantly clicked with and was element that helped highlight Charlies heartbreakingly intense character development.

Reading Like Rory Gilmore For A Week |Weekly Read-a-thon TBR

The other day I stumbled across a video by Ciara Foster, in which she read like Rory Gilmore for the day. I thought it was such a unique and fun idea that I had to try it myself, I’ll be sure to leave a link to her video here! The aim is essentially to live your life like Rory for a period of time, by channelling your inner book-lover and coffee addict. After the success of my other Gilmore Girls posts, its clear that I’m not alone in my love for the show, so I challenge you to give this read-a-thon a go and be sure to let me know how it went in the comments below!

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve only read 23 books out of the 339 mentioned in Gilmore Girls, so it was pretty easy to find a range of books to suit my reading mood. My TBR for this week is pretty ambitious but I wouldn’t be do Rory any justice if I didn’t challenge myself or spend every living-breathing moment reading. I’ve already stocked up on lots coffee and I’ve even got a list of classic films for my own Gilmore inspired film night, as well as making sure everyone is free for a family dinner on Friday night!

Anyway, wish me luck and stay tuned for part 2 soon!


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

I feel like this book should be on your list of books to read in your lifetime so what better time to read it than now? I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and I’ve already got the tissues at the ready as I’m 100% sure that this book is going to leave me an emotional wreck.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I was meant to read this book years and years ago, but as expected I got distracted and never picked it up. Well, now things are about to change, and I think it’ll be really interesting to see what my reading experience will be like now after my own experiences with mental health.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

My obsession with Ben Barnes is getting out of hand and I’ve decided to finally read this classic before I watch the film adaptation. I really enjoyed studying Wilde at university and can’t believe that its taken this long for me to pick this one up!

Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

I know this will be nothing like the Disney version, but Tangled is one of my all-time favourite films and I wanted to choose something short and easy to read.

Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Another classic that I’ve yet to read, and it wouldn’t be doing myself or Rory any justice if I didn’t include a little bit of Fitzgerald. Tender is the Night include everything I love about Fitzgeralds writing as he explore the romantic concept of character in this lyrical and expansive masterpiece.

7 Reasons to Watch Gilmore Girls

Like many people during lockdown, I used my time accordingly and started a new TV show and have now ultimately fallen victim to the heartwarming wonder that is Gilmore Girls. Every episode feels like a coffee date with your favourites characters, as we follow them on their journeys filled with life’s ups and downs. I can guarantee that your mood will be instantly improved after just one episode!

Side effects include: Lots of tears and a new/heightened addiction to coffee.

  1. Its Relatable – We’ve all got a bit of Rory Gilmore in us and have all, at some point, been in the shoes of one of our characters. We follow a mother-daughter relationship and Rory’s educational journey from high school to her life after graduating. I’ve just finished the final season and I’ve never related more to a character than I have to Rory, her unnerving prospect of the unknown beyond graduating is a state that I still haven’t escaped.
  2. Characters – It’s not just the vast array of the show’s characters that make this show such an enjoyable watch, but all of their interactions are priceless. I can already feel Lorelai’s wit, Emily’s authority and Michele’s sarcasm rubbing off on me and I’m having to think a lot more before I speak!
  3. Relationships – The show is about a mother-daughter relationship and love in all it’s forms. There are so many different heartfelt relationships and love interests that will make you feel all cosy inside and even frustrated at times. Rory and Lorelai surround themselves with a network of friends and support that never fail to pick them up when they’re at their weakest, and it’s just so lovely to watch!
  4. Honest – This show isn’t just sunshine and rainbows, it certainly has it’s fair share of thunder storms and hurricanes! The show tackles the ups and downs of various relationships and the problems we all face when growing up.
  5. Yet Hilarious – As I’ve mentioned previously Lorelai’s quick witted comebacks and conversations are one of my favourite aspects of the show and perfectly capture the lightheartedly free and joyous persona of her character. And Rory is just the same, we get two for the price of one!
  6. Stars Hollow – As someone who has grown up in a little town of her own, I can totally relate to all the gossiping, town meetings and sense of community. There’s just something heartwarming about being apart of a big village family that makes you feel truly at home and the unique cast of Stars Hollow captures that beautifully.
  7. Inspiring – The two biggest things I take away from this show is the importance of friends and family and the outcome of hard work. I know these characters are fictional but both Rory and Lorelai work hard to get to where they are and are both able to achieve their dreams. This show is the perfect motivator for anyone looking to reach their goals and to start following their dreams.