Gilmore Girls Book Stack Matching Challenge

Whether it’s the witty writing or Rory’s insatiable love of reading, fans of Gilmore Girls and bookish people tend to meet in the middle of the Venn Diagram.  That’s about all the math I know.

I still remember first stumbling on episode 4 of season 1 “The Deer Hunters” while randomly flipping channels (how quaint) and I was hooked from that moment on up to finishing the series in college with my roommates who would join me in singing our hearts out to “Where You Lead”.  It’s a show I’ve rewatched over and over again and, while Lorelai and Rory can drive me nuts, it will always be a favorite.

The stack below each has a book that I imagine one of the main characters reading.  Take a moment and without scrolling past the picture, see if you can match each character to one of the book titles.  I tried to make the couch look like Lorelai and Rory just got up from one of their movie marathons, although there should be much more food scattered around.

Here are the book titles in the order they appear on the stack:

  • Sun Tzu’s The Art of War
  • Sloane Crosley’s Look Alive Out There
  • Lindsey Hilsun’s In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
  • David McKeown’s Essentialism
  • Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires
  • Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods
  • Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
  • Jack Kerouac’s On The Road

Here are the characters you’re trying to match one book each to:

  • Rory
  • Lorelai
  • Luke
  • Jess
  • Lane
  • Sookie
  • Paris
  • Doyle

How did you do??

This was my thinking for each match:

  • Lorelai
    • Sloane Crosley’s Look Alive Out There
    • Quippy essays with heart for the quippy woman with heart.
  • Rory
    • Lindsey Hilsun’s In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
    • Back when Rory used to be driven and not so much of a mess, I admired her aspiration to be a war correspondent. In Extremis explores the fascinating and devastating life of a war reporter who was ultimately killed in an artillery attack in Syria.
  • Luke
    • Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods
    • I don’t see Luke as much of a reader, but maybe he’d listen to the author reading this and chuckle over these hilarious accounts of Bryson walking the Appalachian Trail with his ridiculous friend. My favorite part might be when he’s shopping for the supplies. (Remember when Luke listened to that book about how to get the woman you love?)
  • Jess
    • Jack Kerouac’s On The Road
    • The rebel cliche for the rebel cliche.
  • Lane
    • Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
    • The king of quirk authors writes about his life growing up as a metalhead in the middle of nowhere. I can see Lane pacing up and down in her excitement over the relatability and then mailing it off to Dave, who, can we all agree is BY FAR the best of the boyfriends? No? Just me?
  • Sookie
    • Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires
    • Sookie might have a hard time not immediately leaping up to cook while reading Reichl’s insanely evocative food descriptions.
  • Paris
    • Sun Tzu’s The Art of War
    • Need I say more? Paris cracks me up.
  • Doyle
    • Greg McKeown’s Essentialism
    • The latest business jargon trend for Doyle to quote while passing out caffeine mints because he read a successful editor eats them.

What other books do you see these characters reading? And what other characters and books can you match? I’m dying to hear what you think Kirk might have in his book stack!


If you would like to join in on the fun, please go to the submissions page!

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