We have a lot of questions about the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix. The biggest question mark may be a tie between the Lorelai’s career trajectories and their love lives. But let’s be real. We’re all waiting with fingers poised over keyboards, Goodreads loaded up, waiting to record every book, short story and think piece Rory name checks. The internet is rife with Rory’s reading lists from the past seasons of the show, which were made available worldwide on Netflix July 1. Many of us have Rory’s favorite tomes memorized - who among us hasn’t made a Mencken’s Chrestomathy joke!? But what has Rory been reading in the intervening 10 years? Here are a few suggestions.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The first glimpse we’ve gotten of 2016 Rory was her recent visit to Michelle Obama to suggest some books for FLOTUS’s upcoming Let Girls Learn trip. Rory must have become chummy with the Obamas where we left her at the end of the original series - covering Barack’s 2008 campaign. So, there’s reason to believe Rory could have been the one to introduce him to his 2015 book-of-the-year pick, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. This zeitgeisty buzz-book would be just the kind of thing Rory would devour. The paperback comes out this September. (Perhaps she also recommended Michelle’s pick - The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander. Whether she’s gone the political route in her career or not, there would surely be a nod to the Lorelais’ feminist, progressive leanings. Perhaps some Hillary Clinton paper dolls from the Hillary Clinton Presidential Playset on the mantle?
My Struggle: Books 1-4 by Karl Ove Knausgård
Rory loves to sink her teeth into intense, complicated books - and if it’s a series, that just ups the ante. That’s why we think she’d be into these books which IndieBound described thusly: “Unafraid of the big issues death, love, art, fear and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.” Book Five is expected in the Spring of 2017.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The first look photos of the upcoming Netflix series imply that Rory is spending at least some of her time in the classroom, and she unsurprisingly is discussing Jane Eyre. She’s obviously long been a fan of the classic - she tried to bargain with high-school boyfriend Dean to read the novel back in the original series run. But Rory would never work from memory and would obviously re-read this book with her class. But where does Rory fall on the recent spate of retellings of classic heroin’s tales - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Android Kerenina, and the latest reimagining of Jane Eyre - Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye? Maybe we’ll find out.
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
We don’t think Rory would be snobbish about YA. She would surely work a few selections from the genre into her reading - particularly to share with possible step-sister April (HAVE LUKE AND LORELAI GOTTEN MARRIED OR WHAT!?). We harbor a secret hope that April will have come out as non-gender-binary or LGBTQ as she grew up, and What We Left Behind would certainly be a book a teen struggling with their gender or sexual identity would gravitate towards.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Like many of us, Rory would probably feel challenged by the We Need Diverse Books campaign to read more books by non-white writers. Americanah would be a perfect choice with its powerful story of emigration and racial and national identity. Plus, Rory would surely have noted many of the books from Sunili Govinnage’s great piece “I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.” from the Washington Post.
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Hopefully Paris Geller is still in Rory’s life. The two would surely watch each other’s TBR lists on Goodreads. Paris would love this exploration of the universal laws of physics, their limitations, and how those limitations may be broken down. Perhaps she’s researching those laws herself? After all, she once said “I was made to be in a lab or an operating room or a bunker.”
Rad American Women A to Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl
Rory would be all over this book, and perhaps gift it to her half-sister Gigi. If Gigi has moved to Paris full time with her Mom, Rory would want to keep her connected to her feminist American heritage. Rory would obviously also have the Independent Bookstore Day exclusive vinyl companion record. We like to think Independent Bookstore Day would be something of a holiday to Rory, perhaps she even still pulls a shift at Stars Hollow Books with Andrew.
The Dragonfly Inn Connecticut Cookbook by Suki St. James
Fine, we made this one up.
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