Gilmore Girls Book Challenge — Season 4, 5, 6 and 7


Season four marks a year of transitions for the Gilmores. Lorelai quits her job as manager of the Independence Inn, realizing her ambition of opening an inn of her own, The Dragonfly, with her best friend, Sookie. But various setbacks make renovating the new inn harder than Lorelai could have imagined. Lorelai and Sookie start a catering business to help pay for the expenses, made all the more difficult because Sookie is pregnant. Meanwhile, Rory is adjusting to her new life at Yale University, coping with the trials and tribulationsthat come with living at college. The stress of academia is bundled with having to handle her eccentric fellow students, especially her roommates, and the pressure of achieving her dream of becoming a journalist. All the while, the Gilmore girls still have to deal with Lorelai’s parents every Friday night, the men of love lives past, and the relationships of those who come in and out of Stars Hollow.

The Hobbit, The Sofa and Digger Stiles (4.3)

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Chicken or Beef (4.4)

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Fundamental Things Apply (4.5)

Cujo by Stephen King

Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Festival of Living Art (4.7)

1984 by George Orwell

The Nanny and the Professor (4.10)

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels (4.13)

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

The Reigning Lorelai (4.16)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist (4.17)

The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

Afterboom (4.19)

The Trial by Franz Kafka


Lorelai and Luke start a relationship. Emily and Richard — who reunite and renew their wedding vows — disapprove, and Emily interferes by telling Christopher to try and win her back. Luke feels overwhelmed, resulting in a brief separation between him and Lorelai and a rift between Lorelai and Emily. Rory tries to have another relationship with Dean, now separated from his wife, but it soon ends when he realizes how different their lives are. She falls for Logan Huntzberger, a wealthy playboy Yale student whose parents think she is beneath him. Lane and Paris both start relationships: the former with her bandmate Zack, the latter with Yale Daily News editor Doyle. Sookie has a daughter. Rory gets an internship at Logan’s father’s newspaper but is deflated when he tells her she “doesn’t have it.” She and Logan are arrested for stealing a yacht, after which Rory announces that she is quitting Yale and moves in with Emily and Richard. When Lorelai sees how supportive Luke is over the situation, she asks him to marry her.

Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller (5.1)

Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

A Messenger, Nothing More (5.2)

A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

We Got Us a Pippi Virgin (5.5)

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Norman Mailer, I’m pregnant! (5.6)

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

Emily Says Hello (5.9)

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

Come Home (5.12)

My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

Jews and Chinese Food (5.15)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

So…Good Talk (5.16)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky; translated

Pushkin: A Biography by T.J. Binyon

How Many Kropogs to Cape Cod? (5.20)

Ethics by Spinoza


Lorelai is devastated by Rory’s actions but insists that she can’t force her back to Yale: it’s a decision Rory must make for herself. Mother and daughter don’t speak for six months. Rory has to complete community service and Emily gets her a job with the DAR. Richard becomes concerned but eventually, Rory returns to Yale and reunites with Lorelai. She replaces Paris as editor of the Yale Daily News, which causes issues in their friendship, and after a short separation from Logan the relationship gets serious. Rory is crushed when Logan’s father sends him to work in London. Hep Alien disband then come back together; Lane and Zack get married. Lorelai plans a wedding with Luke, but things get difficult when Luke learns that he has a 12-year-old daughter named April. He starts building a relationship with her but keeps Lorelai separate. Lorelai tries to accept this but eventually snaps and issues him an ultimatum. When he doesn’t agree to elope, Lorelai goes to Christopher.

Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out (6.8)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

He’s Slippin’ ’Em Bread…Dig? (6.10)

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

The Perfect Dress (6.11)

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Deenie by Beverly Cleary

It takes a Village by Hillary Clinton

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

You’ve Been Gilmored (6.14)

Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

Valentine, The Destroyer (6.17)

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Real Paul Anka (6.18)

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Super Cool Party People (6.20)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay


Lorelai and Luke officially split when she tells him she slept with Christopher. Before much time has passed, Christopher convinces Lorelai to try a relationship. The pair spontaneously marry during a trip in Paris, but Lorelai soon accepts that it isn’t right and they split amicably. Luke has a custody battle over April, after her mother moves them to New Mexico, and wins the right to see her during holidays. Lane and Zack have twins, and Sookie falls pregnant again. Rory completes her final year of college. She and Logan spend half the season in a long-distance relationship until he eventually moves back to Connecticut. He proposes, but Rory says that she wants to keep her options open, which leads to their separation. She panics about what she will do after graduating; following some rejection, she gets a job reporting on the Barack Obama campaign trail. Stars Hollow throws a surprise goodbye party for Rory. When Lorelai finds out that Luke organized it, the pair reconcile with a kiss. Lorelai promises Emily that she will continue attending Friday Night Dinners. Before Lorelai and Rory have to say goodbye, they have one last breakfast at Luke’s Diner.

The Long Morrow (7.1)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee (7.2)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Lorelai’s First Cotillion (7.3)

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Knit, People, Knit! (7.9)

The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan, Jeffrey L. Williams, Vincent B. Leitch

Santa’s Secret Stuff (7.11)

R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

I’d Rather Be In Philadelphia (7.13)

A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

Farewell, My Pet (7.14)

Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

I’m a Kayak, Hear Me Roar (7.15)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Richard III by William Shakespeare

The Vanishing Newspaper by Phillip Meyers

Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore? (7.16)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Gilmore Girls Only (7.17)

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Lorelai? Lorelai? (7.20)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Bitch In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

Daughter of Fortune by Isabelle Allende

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

George W. Bushisms : The Slate Book of The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd

President by Jacob Weisberg

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Sanctuary by William Faulkner

Sexus by Henry Miller

Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the by

Modern World by Barrington Moore

The Canterbery Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty

The Good Soilder by Ford Maddox Ford

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico by Joe Harvard

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