Sunday, January 3, 2010

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge

I couldn't resist signing up for the Gilmore Girl's Challenge hosted by Lisa. I love love love the Gilmore Girls (and have seasons 1-6 on DVD), so this challenge looks like it'll be great. I am going to join at the Emily level (5 books from two categories). Additionally, I'm going to impose the following restrictions on myself:

1) I can't reread anything I've read before
2) It can't be something I was planning to read anyway
3) Each of the five books has to be from a different category (classics, children's/young adult, modern classics, non-fiction, and other).

I'm doing that because I want to use the challenge to allow myself to explore new books. No idea what specific books I'm going to read yet, I'll update this post when I decide!


I've managed to narrow down my choices a little:
1. Classics: These are all books that I thought about reading at one point but never followed through on. 
- Don Quixote (Cervantes)
- A Christmas Carol (Dickens)
- Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

2. Children's/Young Adult: No real contest here, as I've been meaning to read this for ages (I used to be obsessed with the Wizard of Oz/Wicked), but never got around to reading it.
- The Wizard of Oz (Baum)

3. Modern Classics: There are a bunch I want to read for this one:
- Sanctuary, As I Lay Dying, or The Sound and the Fury (Faulker) - I've always meant to read something by Faulkner but never plucked up the courage.
- Catch-22 (Heller) - I've started this a couple of times but never committed.
- Daisy Miller (James) - I recently read Reading Lolita in Tehran, which spend a whole chapter on Daisy Miller, so for that reason alone I'm tempted to read it.
-Mencken's Chresthonomy (Mencken) - I thought about reading Mencken a while ago but never got around to it.

4. Non-fiction:  Here are a few that caught my eye:
- Kitchen Confidential (Bourdain) - Fits in with my other interests at the moment
- On the Road (Kerouac) - I feel like this is one of those books that I should read
- Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women (Wurtzel) - Looks like it would be interesting

5. Other:  I'd be up for reading any of these:
- Rita Heyworth and the Shawshank Redemption (King) - Loved the movie
- Godfather (Puzo) - I had no idea there was a book version
- Driving Miss Daisy (Uhry)
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood (Wells) - Been thinking about reading this

Well, like I said, I'm going to try for one from each category, but we'll see. My immediate reading list is kind of long (I have a bunch of outstanding library requests + bought myself a few books from amazon this week), so I'm not sure how soon I'm going to get to any of this.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions from these choices! The full list of books for the challenge is here.


  1. This looks like such a fun challenge! Good luck!

  2. Hi - I am doing this challenge too! In fact we seem to be be in many of the same ones - I am also doing Memoirs and Social Justice. Looking forward to seeing your reviews.