Gilmore Girls holds a special place in my heart and in my upbringing. Its story resembled a bit on my own life and relationship with both my mother and my grandmother. Like Rory, I love books, and I was thrilled to see that Goodreads.com uploaded a complete list of books mentioned in the series. Here are my top 3 and the reason why I want to read them:
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Since its immediate success in 1813,Pride and Prejudicehas remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring.
Thou I have seen the two movies made in honor of this classic tale, as well as the Bollywood version, I have never had the chance to read the original story. Jane Austen is my favorite English author and I almost feel ashamed not to have read her most popular work. I once saw on The Bookmark PR, her complete written work. Hope I can give myself this as a birthday gift.
2. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
The Signe family is blessed with two daughters. Consuelo, the elder, is thought of as pensive and book-loving, the serious child-la niña seria-while Mili, her younger sister, is seen as vivacious, a ray of tropical sunshine. Two daughters: one dark, one light; one to offer comfort and consolation, the other to charm and delight. But, for all the joy both girls should bring, something is not right in this Puerto Rican family; a tragedia is developing, like a tumor, at its core.
It might sound rare, but it is really hard to find Puerto Rican authors in our country. Yes, you read me right. But thanks to little book stores that have opened in the past 10 years all over the Island, literature art from our fellow writers have become more accessible. I’ve never heard of Judith Ortiz Cofer, but the title and the synopsis of the book catch my attention in a personal way. As a Puerto Rican, I know how difficult it is to grow up in household with such complex and rich cultured people, no matter what social or economic background you come from. Seeing that it speaks about two sisters, I couldn’t help but associate this story with my own family, because I am the oldest of two women and both of us are constantly juggling who is the “light” one and who is the “dark” one in terms of personality and character; and we are not completely one or the other.
3. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar. Now, in Judith Thurman’s Secrets of the Flesh, Colette at last has a biography worthy of her dazzling reputation
I love, LOVE reading about daring women in history; especially those that were not afraid of their sexuality and particularly those that lived at the beginning of the 19th Century. I was not surprised to know she was French (sorry for the stereotype), but I was surprised to know she was an author. This will be a biography that I know will stay on my bookshelf for repetitive readings to come.
All synopsis are taken from Goodreads.com