Embracing My Inner Rory Gilmore, An A-Z of Books

For many of my teen years, I wanted to be Rory Gilmore. The grades, the relationship with her mother, the boys, the unashamed introvert love of books and writing. Her ambition. Her out-of-the-norm name! Now, I’m not sure I could ever speak as quickly as her, but I’m sure that my binge-watching of Gilmore Girls on Netflix before the new episodes air on the 25th November, I could give it a good stab.

So, I’m not exactly going to get back to being 16 and in Chilton (who wants that uniform anyway?), or studying at an Ivy League, but a girl can dream. Like Rory though, I do have a love of books and of writing, so when I came across this A-Z of books on Claire Hennessy’s blog (she has a new fab book out now too!), I was compelled to do it too! So, in embracing my inner Rory Gilmore, here is my life according to books…

An A-Z Of Books: Embracing My Inner Rory Gilmore

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From
Ann M Martin. A childhood of reading Babysitters Club books means that it’s likely over 50 of them I read, much more likely to be over 80. Childhood well spent.

Best Sequel Ever

While not technically a sequel, Claire Hennessy’s “Good Girls Don’t” (somewhat sequel to “Stereotype”) is ranked high on my list of YA books for very good reason. I’m a major Emily fan and have really loved the offshoot mini-sequels in the last year or so. As far as technical sequels go, I’m a big Harry Potter & Half Blood Prince fan.

Currently Reading

Haven’t yet started reading another book but am currently loving the audiobook on Audible of Mara Wilson’s “Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame”. I want to be friends with her, it’s fab.

Drink of Choice While Reading
Tea, or a good coffee.


E-Reader or Physical Book
For joy, physical book. For practicality when I’ve got the tiny man in tow, and am lying silently in the dark waiting for him to fall asleep, the e-reader app on my phone.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School
I’d like to say Will from Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac but in all reality it probably would have been a James.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance

David Nicholls “One Day” – a book I’m glad I read before the movie came out, as the movie was SUCH a disappointment. I adore the book, it was a proper getting angry at characters for being so bloody stupid and bawling at the ending type book.

Hidden Gem Book
The Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes. I know, it sounds inspirational, but oh wow, I finished it and felt like taking on the world. Brilliant.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life

Probably my introduction to Malory Towers, with Upper Fourth at Malory Towers. It was just a book I picked up at home and suddenly I was hooked into entire Enid Blyton series which continued into a long relationship with reading. It’s my first full on memory of getting hooked into a book.

Just Finished

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena. The suspense kept me reading, the ending left me slightly wanting more from the book. A great page turner.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read
Not big into fantasy books. Nor vampire ones.

Longest Book You’ve Read

Likely to be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a worthwhile tome. There are lots out there on my to-read list though that are longer.

Major Book Hangover
Aside from academic stuff (I’m looking at you, articles that segued into three different languages with no warning or translation), I don’t think I’ve ever had this.

Number of Bookcases You Own


One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times
There are many, but Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin is always worth picking up again.

Preferred Place to Read
Bed or on the sofa. Anywhere uninterrupted, really.

Quote that Inspires You/Gives You all the Feels from a Book You’ve Read
“You forget all of it anyway. . . forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not. . . You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They’re the last to go. And then once you’ve forgotten enough, you love someone else.” Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac


Reading Regret
The first Twilight book. Yeah. MY EYES.

Series You Started and Need to Finish

I should probably give the A Song of Fire and Ice series another go when I get time to properly get stuck in. (So, likely 2032…)

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books

Ballet Shoes by Noelle Streatfield

Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

One Day by David Nicholls.

Unapologetic Fangirl For
Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series.

Very Excited for this Release more than All Others
Whatever Louise O Neill brings out next – very excited after the fantastic that was Asking For It

Worst Bookish Habit
Starting some, putting them down and not picking them back up again, with repeated “Oh I really should…” glances at them.

X Marks the Sport: Start on the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book
An Introduction to Early Irish Literature – a throwback to my Celtic Civilisation degree!

Your Latest Purchase
Nothing Tastes As Good, the latest offering from the lovely Claire Hennessy.

Zzzzz-Snatcher Book (Last Book that Kept You up Way too late)
One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley by Carol Ann Lee – not exactly ideal pre-bedtime reading. Fascinating but very dark and intense!

So, there’s a quick look at my life through books, I’ve really enjoyed doing this tag post and would love to see others do the same! If you do it, link me down in the comments, I’d love to read it. If you’re not up for doing the whole lot, I’d still love to hear what your favourite books and ones you’ve wished you left on the shelf!


(I wasn’t sent any of these books for review, nor paid for my opinion on them. As a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk, I may get a few pingins if you decide to purchase any of these after reading this by clicking on the links in the name. No pressure, promise.)

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