Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen

Lorelai: Where's Rachel?

Luke: She's out running some errands.

Lorelai: Good. Okay, last week we were talking about Meryl Streep and the whole accent thing and Rachel said that she loved "Out of Africa" but she'd never read the book, remember?

Luke: Nope.

Lorelai: Okay, so I was like, "Are you crazy? Isak Dinesen is amazing, I love her." Which is kind of crap because I'd never read the book either, but Rory told me it was amazing, so I felt pretty confident in my recommendation of "Out of Africa".

Luke: You bought her a book?

Lorelai: No, you bought her a book, to be put in her brand new camera bag.

I loved this scene in Gilmore Girls. Luke recently confessed to Lorelai that he isn't very good at shopping for gifts, and it is his girlfriend, Rachel's birthday. Lorelai, who loves to shop, immediately offers to pick up a present for him, which turns into her buying a present for him to give plus a new wardrobe for Luke.

What I loved about this scene was the honesty in talking about books. Lorelai is sharing a conversation she had with Rachel about the book "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen. While she told Rachel Isak Dinesen is amazing, she confesses to Luke that she never read the book. Her daughter Rory told her the book was amazing, so she feels confident talking about the book as if it was her own opinion.

I was recently at a library book sale (my weakness). I picked up several books that I honestly can't remember if I read. I know I've taken classes where they were referenced, where perhaps I read part of them, perhaps I read the whole book, perhaps I read an article about them. But if I was asked if or when I read them, I honestly don't remember. I feel confident in saying that I know they are amazing books, because I know I've read about them or discussed them with one of my amazing book friends whose opinions I value immensely, but I may be a bit of a Lorelai in this situation.

So how do I remedy this? Do I reread all of these books that I can't remember if I read? Read a few pages and see if the story comes back to me and if I finally can remember reading it? Or perhaps I just accept that sometimes I can be a bit of a Lorelai when I say "I know this book is amazing" simply because someone whose book opinion I trust shared that with me.

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