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{Like This, Read That} Gilmore Girls. Part Two.


Now that Gilmore Girls is streaming on Netflix – something we can all be thankful for this holiday season – you might be wondering what to read if you enjoy that particular show. Now if you truly can’t get enough, you can read the novelization of the show. But I don’t recommend that. Instead, you might give the following thematically similar novels a chance.

01. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham.
Yes, THAT Lauren Graham.

02. Steal the North by  Heather Brittain Bergstrom. A story of a pregnant teenager who flees her family and starts over in a new city. When her daughter is 16, she reconnects with the family she left behind. Far more dramatic than Gilmore Girls, but very good nonetheless.

03. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Included mostly for the banter, but a bit for the music (hello, mixed tapes, I miss you).

04. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. Set in wealthy New England, this social satire is both clever and brilliant. Two words I’d use to describe Gilmore Girls as well.

Gilmore Girls Recommendations

05. Election by Tom Perrotta. This one is not for Rory or Lorelai. This one is for Paris.

06. Christine by Stephen King. Dean builds Rory a car, it’s neither possessed nor evil, but Rory loves it – until Jess wrecks it. Chosen because the novel appears in the show and because I love Stephen King…(two birds, one stone and all that)

07. Old School by Tobias Woolf. “The protagonist of Tobias Wolff’s shrewdly—and at times devastatingly—observed first novel is a boy at an elite prep school in 1960. He is an outsider who has learned to mimic the negligent manner of his more privileged classmates. Like many of them, he wants more than anything on earth to become a writer…” Sound familiar? (Writer? Journalist? All the same, right? (sarcasm carries in text, right?))

So, I know there are a few of you out there, but who doesn’t like Gilmore Girls (and WHY?!?).

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  • Charleen

    I so enjoyed Someday, Someday, Maybe.

    • Rory

      It’s the only one on the list I haven’t read, but I’ve seen enough favorable reviews, and the lead actress wrote it, that I felt comfortable recommending it. I’m glad to see another positive opinion.

  • Naomi

    I would like to read Seating Arrangements the most on this list. Have you read Someday, Someday Maybe?

    • Rory

      I haven’t, but most everyone I know that has read it, enjoyed it.

  • maria helena

    I want to read all of these.

  • Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Never watched Gilmore Girls *ducks*

    • Christine @ BookishlyB

      Kate! No! Get on it.

      • Rory

        But I second Christine.

    • Rory

      I suppose, as you don’t live in the US, you get a pass. For now.

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    These look like great recommendations! I really want to read Seating Arrangements.

    • Rory

      I think you’ll like it. I can’t remember if you read Astonish Me, but her debut was much stronger, in my opinion.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    Have you read the Lauren Graham book?

    • Rory

      I haven’t. People seem to like it though. I’m always a little wary of famous people who cross artistic mediums, but I’ve heard positive things.

  • Katie @ Words For Worms

    Excellent suggestions, as usual. GG has the best banter. Siiigh…

  • Melinda @ The Book Musings

    I definitely want to watch Gilmore Girls again! Great recommendations – I’ll definitely check some of them out.

  • Acid Free Pulp

    Perfect timing. I had never seen the show before but I happened to watch a few episodes before I saw your post. It’s great! I shall see if the library has Seating Arrangements. I love a good satire.

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