If you haven't seen the television show "Gilmore Girls" you are missing on out on some fast talking, diner food eating, book reading goodness. This blog is about celebrating the book reading aspect, but you might also find additional references to "Gilmore Girls" or reading in general throughout. Some awesome soul compiled a list of 349 books read or featured on "Gilmore Girls", and this blog is my attempt to read all of them in two years. Join me for the good, the bad, the oh-my-gosh-i-don't-wanna-read-that, and more. For every book I complete, I will be donating books to children.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gilmore Girls ~ Season 1, Episode 3 "Kill Me Now" and the reading list

Kill Me Now

Season 1, Episode 3 of The Gilmore Girls begins to show Lorelai and Rory as two distinct personalities with their own interests and desires ~ at times resulting in conflict and petty arguments. At one point, the women argue over a sweater and who has bigger boobs.

Rory begins to develop a relationship with her grandparents apart from her mother. Unfortunately, Lorelai has difficulty dealing with this shift in family dynamics. At one point, she is clearly the outsider in her daughter's world rather than the center around which Rory orbits. As a mom, I know just how hard it is to occupy that space. On the other hand, with my own child, I try to view it as a sign that he is developing into a mature, self-sufficient young man.

Golf is a good walk, ruined
Richard, Rory's grandfather, quotes Twain while taking Rory golfing at his club (the big reason for Lorelai's jealousy).
Although my relationship with my parents is much healthier than Lorelai's relationship with her parents, I identify strongly with her in this episode as a mom. I also identify with Rory's youthful eagerness over prospects for her future and the joy she expresses when Richard tells her that he has found copies of two books she has been wanting.

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Two random Gilmore Girls notes....

I was quite saddened when Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) passed away on New Year's Eve, 2014. His son, named Rory, by the way, told reporters that Herrmann had brain cancer. By all accounts, Herrmann was not just a talented actor, but he was also a scholar and gentleman. I would have liked to have known him.

And, have you seen the latest round of Verizon commercials? Rory's best friend, Lane, is in them! Keiko Agena is all grown up! I adore her and hope to see more of her on either the small or big screen. Check out the commercial:

Want to buy copies of the Season 1, Episode 3 books for your own Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge? Just follow these links: 
Check out my post for Season 1, Episode 1, "Pilot" HERE.
Check out Season 1, Episode 2, "The Lorelai's First Day at Chilton" HERE.

In other news, you all know that I am donating books to literacy charities and kids in need, right? Well, the original plan was to donate one book for every book from the list that I read. Forget that! I'd like to donate a lot more. Most recently, I gave 8 books to a trio of siblings that I tutor. They have very few books in their home. Until the last two years, the kids had it pretty rough. They seem to enjoy reading, but don't always have encouragement to do so. They were THRILLED! The books ranged from goofball kid-lit to serious, award winning literature.

Next up, I already have a pile of about 20 books waiting to ship to a literacy charity. Ideally, I'd like to send them to a school that is an impoverished area ~ I recall a school in the Bronx in New York once being listed as the poorest school in the nation, but if you have a nomination, please let me know! I also have been toying with donating some books to a homeless shelter or domestic abuse shelter and volunteering to do a weekly story time for the kids and weekly writing session for either the kids or the adults ~ the place I have in mind is a bit far from my home so I need to work out logistics still.

And, FINALLY....I have started a Facebook reading group to go along with the Reading Rory's List challenge. If you are serious about the challenge and love reading, you may request to join HERE. I have done very little with the group so far, but I have big plans!

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