8 Snuggly Books for Gilmore Girls Fans

Sara Roncero-Menendez
December 2 2022
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Gilmore Girls is more than just a mere TV show—it’s a cultural touchstone. Maybe you grew up with Rory and her misadventures in love and school, or else discovered the show later in life and appreciated all of Lorelai’s struggles and snark. This show has captured hearts, entertained young minds, and created a number of quotable moments (“Oy, with the poodles already!”). Not to mention that it had everything going for it: a fun, fast-talking mother and daughter; a grumpy café owner who was impossible not to love; a scenic little town where everyone knew everyone; Sookie and Michel’s excellent commentary; and a never-ending list of pop culture references.

If you’ve already exhausted Rory’s reading list for literary inspiration, here are eight books sure to delight any Gilmore Girls fan. You’ll find something to enjoy, whether you’re looking to relive some of that Stars Hollow magic or just trying to find something to fill the void (besides yet another full-series rewatch).

A Little Hope
by Ethan Joella

What’s so great (and probably what we envy most) about Stars Hollow is the sense of community and connection. Even though everyone always knows your business, people are always quick to lend a helping hand. The same goes for the small Connecticut town at the center of A LITTLE HOPE. Freddie and Greg Tyler’s lives come crashing down around them when Greg is diagnosed with an aggressive and rare cancer. Despite all the different challenges the community struggles with, they come together to support this small family going through one of the toughest fights life has in store. Definitely grab your tissues for this one.

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A Little Hope
Ethan Joella

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An “immersive…illuminating” (Booklist) and life-affirming novel following the residents of an idyllic Connecticut town over the course of a year, A Little Hope explores the intertwining lives of a dozen neighbors as they confront everyday desires and fears: a lost love, a stalled career, an illness, and a betrayal.

Freddie and Greg Tyler seem to have it all: a comfortable home, a beautiful young daughter, a bond that feels unbreakable. But when Greg is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, the sense of certainty they once knew evaporates. Throughout their town, friends and neighbors face the most difficult of life’s challenges and are figuring out how to survive thanks to love, grace, and hope.

“A quietly powerful portrait of small-town life…told with wisdom and tenderness” (Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes) A Little Hope is a deeply resonant debut that immerses the reader in a community and celebrates the importance of small moments of connection.

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The Owl & Moon Cafe
by Jo-Ann Mapson

If what you’re looking for is a multigenerational story of women involving a small-town café, then THE OWL & MOON CAFÉ can sate those cravings for Luke’s coffee and then some. Unemployed teacher Mariah Moon will do anything to make sure her daughter, Lindsay, can continue her education at a prestigious private high school, even moving back to her childhood home. Working at her mother’s café, Mariah finds her days filled less with textbooks and more with fudge, and some romance on the side. But there’s plenty of family drama and intrigue here, enough to rival the fights that happen on Friday nights at the Gilmores’ dinner table.

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The Owl & Moon Cafe
Jo-Ann Mapson

After losing her teaching position at the local university, Mariah Moon will do anything to keep her gifted twelve-year-old daughter, Lindsay, in a prestigious private school -- which means moving in with her mother and grandmother in an apartment above The Owl & Moon Café.

When her mother, Allegra, is diagnosed with leukemia, Mariah rises to the challenge of running the café: mastering her mother's famous fudge and chatting up customers -- including a man who might just reawaken her heart. Meanwhile, Lindsay's controversial entry in a major national science contest creates a minor maelstrom in the cosseted Monterey Bay community. And Allegra, with one last great love affair in her, will revisit a man she loved so many years ago, and disclose the biggest secret of the Moon family: the identity of Mariah's father.

Will the Moon women recognize this as the moment to do away with their family history of dubiously fathered children, and learn to forgive others and themselves in order to move forward? In her poignant new novel, bestselling author Jo-Ann Mapson explores the complexities of love and family with the keen eye and stylistic grace that have made her books perennial favorites.

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All We Had
by Annie Weatherwax

Sometimes, the thought of being able to move away and start a new life in some faraway place is a tempting one. For Ruthie, though, that’s just a reality of life—she and her mother, Rita, are constantly on the move to find steady work and a place to call home. They finally seem to settle in the town of Fat River, where Rita works in an eccentric diner as a waitress. At least, until Rita gets tricked into getting a subprime loan. Will Ruthie be able to hold on to the life she had, or will she be on the road again? Heartwarming while still portraying the realities of poverty, ALL WE HAD has that mother-daughter, us-against-the-world story Gilmore Girls fans are sure to enjoy.

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All We Had
Annie Weatherwax

Though Rita Carmichael works more than one job, she and her teenage daughter Ruthie teeter on the edge of poverty. Faced with the prospect of homelessness, Rita reverts to survival mode, and the price she pays to keep them out of poverty changes their lives forever.

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With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

On Gilmore Girls, the friendship of Sookie, the chef extraordinaire, and Lorelai, single young mom, makes for some magic in the Dragonfly Inn’s kitchen. But what if we combined them? Then you might get someone like Emoni, a talented chef and teen mom who lives with her abuela in the novel WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH. But Emoni is more concerned with graduating and getting by and thinks her dreams of cooking professionally will have to sit on the back burner. Thankfully, with a little luck, a lot of talent, and just a bit of pushing, she’s able to shine both in and out of the kitchen.

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With the Fire on High
Elizabeth Acevedo

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Musical Chairs
by Amy Poeppel

We do love a little (or a lot) of chaos, especially when it involves the Gilmores and their small gang of friends. So, if you’re looking to deal with more entanglements than a ball of seasonal string lights, look no further than MUSICAL CHAIRS. Bridget was looking forward to spending some quality time with her boyfriend . . . who suddenly dumps her over email. And her twins come to stay, dragging their own baggage (literal and emotional) with them. Oh, and did I mention her father’s getting married and she’s trying to get her musical trio back together? Thankfully, she has Will, her best friend who she does not have any romantic feelings for . . . or does she? Messy, loud, and heartwarming, this novel feels like a whole season’s worth of drama jammed into one book.

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Musical Chairs
Amy Poeppel

“Poeppel has created a story that is well thought out, well plotted, well written, and fully developed. A delightful novel that celebrates the messiness and joy to be found in real life.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“100% page-turning delight…Pull out a lawn chair and prepare to read this gleefully entertaining novel.” —Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life

The “quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six) author of Limelight and Small Admissions returns with a hilarious and heartfelt new novel about a perfectly imperfect summer of love, secrets, and second chances.

Bridget and Will have the kind of relationship that people envy: they’re loving, compatible, and completely devoted to each other. The fact that they’re strictly friends seems to get lost on nearly everyone. For three decades, they’ve nurtured their baby, the Forsyth Trio—a chamber group they created as students with their Juilliard classmate Gavin Glantz. In the intervening years, Gavin has gone on to become one of the classical music world’s reigning stars, while Bridget and Will have learned to embrace the warm reviews and smaller venues that accompany modest success.

Bridget has been dreaming of spending the summer at her well-worn Connecticut country home with her boyfriend Sterling. But her plans are upended when Sterling breaks up with her over email, her twin twenty-somethings arrive unexpectedly, and her elderly father announces he’s getting married. She concocts a plan to host her dad’s wedding on her ramshackle property, while putting the Forsyth Trio back into the spotlight. But to catch the attention of the music world, she and Will place their bets on luring back Gavin, whom they’ve both avoided ever since their stormy parting.

“In this funny, profound, and brilliantly alive novel about all the messy, wise, and wonderful chords that love can strike in our lives, Poeppel gathers together fathers and daughters, old flames and new sparks, music, writing and gardening, to explore what it really means to feel at home, and how life can open you up in ways you never saw coming” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author).

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The Accidental Mother
by Rowan Coleman

If there were ever a lesson to be learned from Gilmore Girls, it would be this: life doesn’t turn out how you expect it to. For Sophie, her plan was to continue forward in her kick-ass career, expanding her enviable shoe collection, and living with her sweet and lovable cat. But when her friend Carrie dies and orphans her two daughters, suddenly Sophie’s got a whole new future that involves two grieving little girls. A moving tale about the power of love and sorrow, THE ACCIDENTAL MOTHER is perfect for anyone whose life has been turned upside down.

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The Accidental Mother
Rowan Coleman


What do you do when you are a child' s last hope?

From bestselling author Rowan Coleman comes a deeply touching tale of a fast-track career woman whose life takes a sharp right turn when motherhood unexpectedly lands in her lap.

Sophie and Carrie were childhood best friends, but in the last few years they've lost touch. While Carrie chose motherhood in a small town, Sophie is powering up the London career track. She's a corporate manager poised for her next promotion. Sure, she doesn't have much time for men, but she has a great shoe collection and a cat who's never going to let her down.

And then Sophie is told that Carrie has died, with nobody left to care for her two daughters, Bella and Izzy, aged six and three. Their father, who left before Carrie's death, is nowhere to be found; their grandmother is moving into assisted living. Sophie once promised Carrie she would take care of her children if the worst ever happened...and now that day has come.

Witty, wise, and filled with genuinely powerful emotion, The Accidental Mother is the heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a woman who is woefully under-equipped to be suddenly thrown into motherhood, but who through the eyes of two little girls learns more about loss, commitment, and true love than she had ever realized existed.

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?
by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

If there’s something Yinka and Lorelai could sympathize with, it’s having a nagging mother who is always in your business. For Lorelai, that means dealing with mother Emily’s constant criticism. For Yinka, it’s hearing the same question over and over: when is she going to get married? A successful Oxford-educated woman, Yinka finds that finding the one is a bit of a lost cause. But with the help of a spreadsheet and her best friend, she might just be able to find someone to attend a wedding with. Witty and endearing, YINKA, WHERE IS YOUR HUZBAND? subverts the typical love-story tropes and goes for the heart of the issue: what does it mean to really find love?

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

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One Italian Summer
by Rebecca Serle

If there was ever a voice you associated with Gilmore Girls, it would have to be Lauren Graham as mom Lorelai, the fast-talking, coffee-loving, pop-culture-referencing queen (who is the best character, in my opinion). So, what luck that the audiobook on ONE ITALIAN SUMMER is read by Graham and that it happens to be a charming read to boot! When Katy loses her mother, she also loses her best friend and travel buddy. The two were planning a trip to Italy, where the two would explore the town of Positano, where Katy’s mom spent a magical summer before meeting her future husband. But even going on her own, Katy can feel her mother guiding her . . . until the thirty-year-old version of her actually appears. Heartwarming, funny, and a touch cathartic, ONE ITALIAN SUMMER reminds us that we always have more to learn about the people we love.

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One Italian Summer
Rebecca Serle

The New York Times bestselling author of the “heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hard to put down” (Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author) modern classic In Five Years returns with a moving and unforgettable exploration of the powerful bond between mother and daughter set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.

But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life.

And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

Rebecca Serle’s next great love story is here, and this time it’s between a mother and a daughter. With her signature “heartbreaking, redemptive, and authentic” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

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