What You Need For A Rory Gilmore Drop

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Were used to Meg Ryan – and all of Nora Ephron’s films, for that matter – returning to the air every fall. But thanks to TikTok teens rediscovering the charms of reading, this year we officially have a Rory Gilmore Fall.

Observing RGF properly means drinking gallons of coffee while reading as many books as physically possible…or at least cultivating your aesthetic around that goal, with roomy tote bags and reading lights to take anywhere. (Acting like you’ve read every obscure Russian author while cradling a copy of War and peace as a newborn is a respectable escape. We don’t actually verify your Goodreads.)

From bags and candles to a list of some local books, here are Rory Gilmore Fall’s essentials that might make even the dean in your life feel like a five on the AP English test.

$32



These autumnal candles come in three different scents and are perfect for setting the mood for a good reading session. If you’re a little overzealous, these candles are refillable at the Roosevelt Way store in Lulumière (we just know that Rory Gilmore is sensitive to climate change).

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$56



At this point, everyone should have at least one tote bag in their arsenal; but anyone who wants to tackle RGF needs a book bag big enough to hold multiple tomes. The Cloud Bag comes in the perfect shade of dark green to complement neutral fall colorways. (The tough decision here is deciding what to pack for a stroll to the local coffeeshop where you’ll spend the afternoon almost exclusively on your phone.)

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$17



Filled with fiercely funny commentary about living in Seattle (as well as several aggressive passive emails), this novel tells the story of a clever former architect who disappears before a family trip to Antarctica. Plus, it features a mother-daughter relationship eerily similar to that of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore.

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$28



Reading has never been the domain of athletes! Luckily, these adorable book holders from local stationery brand MochiThings can help anyone who suffers from a wiggling arm while holding board books. They’re foldable, making them perfectly portable, and the literary designs show off your reading prowess (even if you’ve never read the books).

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$10



At an Oregon state mental hospital, Nurse Ratched reigns supreme, unchallenged by her heavily medicated patients. Chaos takes over Ratched’s meticulous routine when McMurphy arrives on duty, determined to oppose her at every turn. No aspiring Rory Gilmore should be without this classic.

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$14



On a late plane flight or in the comfort of your reading cave, having a portable reading lamp in your aforementioned tote can really save the day. This light is small but mighty, with three brightness settings and a flexible neck to accommodate any posture. Shopping on Bookshop.org lets you choose a local store to support.

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$16



Whether you’re working on a manuscript or keeping a detailed reading log, every serious reader should have a journal with them. With a book-themed foil cover and two ribbon bookmarks to keep your place as aesthetically pleasing as possible, this one will fit perfectly into a pile of books precariously shoved into a tote.

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$15



When you’re snuggling up with a new book, being comfortable is essential. These socks will keep dogs warm and boldly warn anyone who might approach that you’re actually too busy and cultured to deal with nonsense today. Seriously, get out of here – this chapter is really juicy.

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Cold brew, Atomo coffee Local

$17 for a four-pack



RGF asks for coffee. Buckets and buckets of coffee. If your distracting intellectual pursuits are making you late, a locked and loaded can of cold brew in the Book Tote can save you near embarrassment. This local grain-free coffee company offers brews in a variety of flavors while striving to sustain our planet’s caffeine supply for years to come.

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$16



This collection of essays written by former Foreign Writer Lindy West offers a humorous and feminist take on her fat-shaming experience, telling stories of her childhood trying to hide her body and her adult trolls and comedians fighting online. It’s a must-read for all Seattle residents.

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This ceramic-coated travel mug is perfect for carrying your fall beverages on the go. There’s even a snap-on splash guard to help you drink your coffee instead of carrying it (coffee stains aren’t a fall trend).

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