Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life finally has a release date and I could not be more excited. I’ve made no secret of my Gilmore Girl love and it’s only getting worse as we get closer to the reboot. How are we possibly going to wait until November 25 to find out what’s going on with Rory, Lorelai, Luke and the gang? I mean, just look at this awesome sneak peak:
The new ‘season’ will be broken up into four 90-minute episodes, each one capturing a different season in Stars Hollow. When last we left our favorite small town, Rory had turned down Logan’s wedding proposal, Luke and Lorelai finally got back together, Lane had twins, and everyone else was being their usual quirky selves. Spoilers for the new show are hinting at a possible engagement and wedding (it better be Rory & Jess, is all I’m saying) and some awesome Luke and Lorelai scenes. SQUEE!! I seriously cannot contain how excited I am about all of this.
Since November is about a million years away, here are the four Gilmore Girls-inspired books I’m planning on using to distract myself while the time (slooowwly) passes:
Daughters of the Bride, Susan Mallery (HQN Books, July 12, 2016)
It’s all about mothers and daughters and finding love in Mallery’s latest, which are themes that will definitely appeal to any Gilmore Girls fans out there. After being widowed for 24 years, Maggie Watson is thrilled to be marrying again. She’s only concerned about her daughters, who lost their father at a young age and are still dealing with the aftermath of how that tragedy affected their lives. Rachel is the oldest, used to having control and not great at dealing with flaws in others. She has to confront her pride when her ex-husband shows up at the wedding, begging for a second chance. Sienna, the middle child, is a beauty and a free spirit, conflicted over whether this latest fiancée is the one she should finally marry. The youngest, Courtney, has always struggled to find her place in the world, which is why she keeps so many secrets from the people she loves. Each sister has to face some hard truths and learn to rely on each other as they come together to celebrate one of the happiest days of their mother’s life.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between, Lauren Graham (Ballantine Books, November 29, 2016)
Hear from Lorelai herself in Graham’s first memoir, which comes out just a few days after the new season of Gilmore Girls airs. Graham isn’t unlike her most famous role, and her memoir is funny, sharp and compulsively readable. Her essays recount her time as kid, how she fell in love with acting, and hints into her love life. Not only does she talk about what it was like to play Lorelai Gilmore, she also describes the process of picking up the role again years later. For a candid and fun take on the world of Hollywood and what it means to be a professional actress, Graham’s memoir is a must read.
Smooth Talking Stranger, Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010)
No one writes sexy contemporary romance quite like Kleypas, and Smooth Talking Stranger – another Travis family novel, is one of her very best. Jack Travis is from one of the wealthiest families in Texas, but he’s worked hard to make it on his own. He enjoys being outside, hunting, fishing and, most of all, dating a lot of different women. But that changes when he meets Ella Varner, a liberal hippie from Austen who suddenly finds herself taking care of her troubled sister’s infant. Ella can’t rely on her non-monogamous boyfriend for help, and it’s only through Jack that she finds any comfort or support. The two banter and bicker and heat up the pages as they fall almost instantly in love. Fans of Gilmore Girls will love the Luke/Lorelai style back-and-forth between Ella and Jack, as well as (*SPOILER*) the unexpected baby that changes every vision Ella had for her future.
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat, Chrissy Teigen & Adeena Sussman (Clarkson Potter Publishers, February 23, 2016)
Teigen is delightful on Twitter and basically an all-around national treasure. Her cookbook is no exception, featuring feel-good meals and a few healthy options thrown in for good measure. From fried chicken to her mom’s Thai recipes, this is one of those cooking bibles that you’ll turn to again and again. We just know that Lorelai and Rory would love the food in here — though cooking it themselves is another story. But for those more ambitious readers, give these recipes a try ASAP. Plus, Teigen is hilarious, teaching us things like, “how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts.”
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