It seems like it’s been an eternity since we first heard about the Gilmore Girls reboot, set to hit Netflix next month. We’re so eager to get back to Stars Hollow that we’ve already re-watched every single episode and guzzled gallons of Luke’s coffee. November 25 is still weeks away…what now?! Oy with the poodles already.
No worries. In the spirit of bibliophile Rory Gilmore, we’ve put together a list of books that will get you through these last days of waiting. Because it’s always a good idea to offset your hours of Netflix binge-watching with some good, old-fashioned book reading. Rory would be proud.
We love these 9 books like Lorelai loves the Go-Go’s…
1. What Light by Jay Asher
What Light is the highly anticipated follow-up to Jay Asher’s mega-bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, and guys, it was so worth the wait! With its Christmas tree farm setting, What Light has got all the charm of Stars Hollow. But when Sierra meets Caleb, it’s Rory and Jess all over again. And we are HERE FOR IT.
2. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Prep is what Gilmore Girls would have been like if Chilton were a boarding school. Brace yourself, Rory.
3. The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond
If you’ve never read Lucy Diamond, you’re missing out. She’s straight up our imaginary British BFF. And The Beach Café is what would happen if Luke’s Diner moved to Cornwall. (Just please tell us there’s still coffee.)
4. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
If Lucy Diamond is our imaginary British BFF, then Emily Giffin is definitely our imaginary American BFF. Everything she writes is magic. Where We Belong, told in the alternating voices of a woman who gave up a baby for adoption and her now-teen daughter, is like a Sliding Doors version of Gilmore Girls. We can’t put it down.
5. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
Kristan Higgins is the undisputed queen of small-town romantic comedy. Each and every one of her books is filled with quirky, charming characters right out of Stars Hollow. The Best Man, especially, gives us major Gilmore Girls vibes, as it’s about a lovable heroine coping with the aftermath of a cancelled wedding. (Ahem…Lorelai and Max.)
6. Pug Hill by Alison Pace
Imagine a world where Central Park is filled with hundreds of adorable Paul Ankas (the dog Paul Anka, not the real Paul Anka) and Lorelai Gilmore is preparing to give a speech at Emily and Richard’s 40th wedding anniversary. It’s every bit as whimsical and perfect as it sounds.
7. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
This book is as wickedly clever and funny as binging on an entire season of Gilmore Girls. TRUST. When Bernadette goes missing, who goes on an all-out search to find her? Her utterly darling teen daughter, of course. Bernadette and Bee are just one box of Pop-Tarts away from being Lorelai and Rory.
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Rory Gilmore loves the classics, because of course she does. Anna Karenina is near and dear to her heart, so of course it makes our list. We’re not saying this book broke up Rory and Dean after he declared it “boring,” but come on…you know it did.
9. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Heads up! Lauren Graham, Lorelai Gilmore herself, has written a novel! Need we say more?