List Challenge: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

I was a die-hard Gilmore Girls fan back when it was on TV. I’ve rewatched the series several times and am excitedly awaiting the release of the the new episodes on Netflix.

There were many reasons I liked Gilmore Girls, and one of those reasons was that Rory loved to read. She would throw out literary references faster than I could catch them. I never kept track of the references, but thankfully, someone else did.

I present to you: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge! (Also, see below for this embedded list.)

According to the list challenge, throughout the entire seven seasons,”Rory Gilmore was seen reading 339 books on screen.” Some of the comments on the list challenge beg to differ. Some commenters mentioned that some books were only mentioned, not read. Others mentioned that only other characters read the books mentioned and not Rory. Another commenter disagreed with The Divine Comedy  and Dante’s Inferno  being listed separately because one is a part of the other [I happen to agree!]

I delved a little further and found Buzzfeed wrote a list as well, titled, “All 339 Books Referenced in ‘Gilmore Girls'”. There are also a number of lists on GoodReads as well with different book totals. One cited 355, while others separate the books out by season. There is even a Richard Gilmore book list.

I found another post that lists 338 book references. This blog post even references a  Wiki article that lists all references in each episode and a link to the Rory Gilmore Book Club on GoodReads.

So many books, not enough time! Speaking of time, it’s time to get reading.

Oh, in case you were wondering, I’ve only read 40 of the 339 books. How many have you read?

Heart of Darkness

I’ve taken the year and 8 months allowed to complete the correspondence course for British Literature from Indiana University.  Sure, I probably could have taken it at Oakland University for cheaper (after all my extensions!) and a shorter semester (4 months opposed to 1 year, 8 months), but the class was a challenge for me with the sheer number of pages to be read.  Yesterday I turned in my last essay, for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and have scheduled my final exam for this Sunday afternoon.  I am cutting it close on the deadline, but since I can’t turn back the clock, there isn’t much I can do about it.

I believe I could have liked Heart of Darkness if Conrad hadn’t written the entire thing as a monologue, with quotes beginning every paragraph.  The character, Marlow, was narrating a story to a group of friends and on occasion his speeches went off on tangents.  Not to mention the difficulty in trying to quote (in my essay) what another character said!  I had to use so many quotation marks, I easily confused the grammar check in Word (myself included!).  In my opinion, there were details when it wasn’t necessary and no details when there should have been.  And although I had to accept the novel based on the time and place it was written, I did not like seeing the frequency in which the n-word appeared (a racial slur for a person with dark/black/brown skin).