Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Rory Gilmore reading challenge


Rory Gilmore from "The Gilmore Girls" was filmed reading no fewer than 339 books over the course of the show.

Now you can take the Rory Gilmore reading challenge to see how you stack up. How many of those 339 have you read?

Me: 88






55 comments:

Annikka Woods said...

I'm disappointed in myself. My score is only 28.

nadinebrandes said...

My score is only 24, but I've seen the movies of many others. Also, several of these these weren't and aren't my preferred genres of books, so I'm actually surprised I scored anything over 10, LOL.

Kate said...

I only got 66. It looks like I have some reading to do :)

Laura Marcella said...

I really liked Gilmore Girls! It was great to finally have a TV show character be so enthusiastic about books and reading.

My score is 90! What a great list of books. There are so many I still must read!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

anya* said...

108! AP English in high school helped me out!
This was fun, thanks for sharing:)

Matthew MacNish said...

As I was going through, a gold star popped up on one of the books. I wonder what that means?

My final score was 61, which I guess I'm rather indifferent to, since it's a pretty random list.

The book I'm probably most proud of having read on that list (because it's so obscure) is The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov. I read it as a teenager, and thought it was most excellent. I wonder if it would hold up now?

jenna123 said...

41.... There was a bunch of books where I was like ooo! I've read this! then I realized that I've only been meaning to read them for forever. Luckily this chick is a fictional character so I don't feel too bad.

Steve MC said...

54. And so cool to see The Mad Scientist’s Club, which I've read about 54 times.

John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur said...

52, and I'm surprised I did *that* well. In my defense, I read a lot. I read almost constantly. I just don't read most of the books you're *supposed* to read. It's been 35 years since college and I feel no need to go back to having someone else decide my reading list for me.

abc said...

50. I will take it. That is quite a diverse list! Mitch Albom and Proust!

abc said...

Which reminds me, I really miss the Gilmore Girls.

Debbie said...

133, although I'm not proud of all them. Lots more on the shelf waiting.

K Callard said...

65. It certainly was a random assortment of books.

Debbie said...

Me, too, abc. It reruns weekday mornings on ABC Family.

Tiana Smith said...

78. I'm surprised I got that many since most of these aren't really my style (AP English and an English degree - those are the only reasons why I've read that many).

Christine Monson said...

Sadly, 64. However, if we could count movies, it would have been much, much higher. That was an excellent list of MUST READ books. And I love, love, love The Gilmore Girls.

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo said...

I got 57, but I'd like to point out that my number would be twice that if I could count the times I'd read these more than once! Haha.

chelle said...

84. But only because of a few college english lit classes!

Simon said...

85, and I have no idea how I got there. (Actually, 84, but I'm part way through House of Sand and Fog right now...)

Shaunna said...

97. But I have an MA in English and at least half of mine were assigned reading.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Mine was 73. But now I can add a lot of those other books I didn't read to my reading list! I always loved that Rory read so much; she was always shown with a book in her hand. I wish that I got to teach more students who read as much as Rory Gilmore did.

Jennifer J. said...

132, baby. It helped that I read all of Shakespeare and Dickens one summer.

MightyMissy said...

Can I count them if I've bought them but haven't read them? :)

ddelano said...

How fun - I got 100 - but i was a literature major and tend to read classics anyway so i think i should have done better. Great list!

Mandi Barber said...

Only 53. And that's counting ones I've read most of but couldn't quite bring myself to finish. I'm disappointed in myself.

lora96 said...

81. I really could have done better but several of them I had started and never finished...

Kristi Helvig said...

87 but I didn't count the ones that I couldn't make myself finish. *cough Moby Dick cough*. Also, some of these books were assigned reading from way back in my school days or this number would have been lower. :)

Marilynn Byerly said...

158. I was an English major with an MA and most of a PhD.

It's amazing how few of the most recently published books I've read. I guess I overdosed on literary fiction during my college days so my tastes are more toward genre.

Picture me as I run out of money to finish my doctorate and decide I don't want to finish it. I raise my arm in true Scarlet O'Hara fashion and say, "And I swear I'll never read a book I don't want to, again."

Bryan Russell said...

127.

I could probably double that if I added the books I own but haven't read yet. But that probably says more about my obsession with buying than it does about my reading habits.

Eugenia Parrish said...

131, but I've been reading for many, many years and some were required reading. Although in my own defense, I enjoyed most of those more than the 'bestsellers' of today. I, too, have slowed down in the past few years on books everyone says are a 'must read'. Pure rebellion.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

84 at least; plus a couple I think I read a long time ago but I'm not sure. Plus a couple I started, didn't finish, and never plan to finish.

Does anyone really *read* Roberts Rules of Order?? I think of it more as a reference book.

lisalenardcook said...

211. But I suspect I'm little older than some of the other commenters.

Nathan Bransford said...

jenn-

I have, believe it or not. I was on the parliamentary procedure team at my FBLA club in high school. #NerdAlert

Karen M. Peterson said...

I got 46 and was pleasantly surprised. Some of the books on her list couldn't interest me any less.

Rosi said...

130, but I am older than most people commenting here. Maybe much older. So much left to do and so little time.

Regina Richards said...

62

Bruce Bonafede said...

I scored 78. But I've read "Crime and Punishment" which ought to count for at least 20.

Engaging post, as always!

virg_nelson said...

73

Taffy said...

WOW! That is quite a diverse list! I have read 114.

Suzanne Anderson said...

I've read 123, not bad, but I'd love to read more classics.

Tiger said...

155. So many good ones I haven't read. Now I have to add them to my TBR list!

wendy said...

I've read 12. I'm surprised the tally reached that high as for the last few decades my interests have become more diversified including composing/recording music on PC, design and illustration, and more recently photography -- well, aspirations mostly unrealised there, although I've invested in the gear and signed up for the online Adv Dip. :)

synical said...

40, but that's also because I added some "started, but ain't ever gonna finish" ones.

Does it count if I read about it on Wikipedia? :D

Vanessa Hatley-Owen said...

42 - not too bad. A few of them were way back in high school. Also saw a few that I have wanted to read; so thanks for the reminder!

Backfence said...

83

Iliadfan said...

83. Like everyone else, could have tripled the number if I included purchased, abandoned, and only-watched-the-movie.

I've read Robert's Rules as well - parliamentarian for my sorority, along with Model UN and Model Arab League.

Jessica McCort said...

136. Not bad:).

Jan said...

111 - I'm shocked :)
I read a ton of shakespeare in Honors English...

Anonymous said...

170. However, I was raised in Blue Grass, Iowa. There's not much to do there.

Ellen said...

135, but I noticed quite a few that I meant to read and didn't. Some are still waiting on my shelf.

S.P. Bowers said...

Fun! 105 for me.

Sommer Leigh said...

57 for me and another 12 that I've started and never finished.

Mira said...

Well, this is fun.

52, although it might have been higher, there were several I couldn't remember if I'd read them or not. I think I've read Shakespeare, but did I read Macbeth? Or Hamlet? Or nothing - maybe I never read Shakespeare - can't remember.

Stepping back, it makes you wonder who created this list - you can see a heavy influence of movies, which I don't actually think would have influence Rory Gilmore.

I did notice there's a notable absence of Twilight and the Hunger Games. Must have been after the Gilmore Girl's time. :)

This also makes me wonder what Rory would have thought of e-books, and how many more books she would have read if she had them on her smart phone.

Melanie Schulz said...

36- Mainly the classics

Lisa said...

76 but I can't remember if I'd actually read Sophie's Choice or not so I didn't count that one.

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