If you me then you know that I am a big FRIENDS fanatic. And if you don't know me, well now you know something about me. One of the things I adored the most about the show was how you could see at least one of the friends reading a book in almost every episode. What an excellent way to promote reading!
I know that a "Rory-reading-challenge" has been quite popular in the bookish world, but since FRIENDS is my favorite tv-show I have decided to participate in "Friends-reading-challenge", of sorts. There are many lists floating around internet of all the books mentioned on FRIENDS, and here I am about to make yet one more. This list does not contain ALL of the books (I omitted majority of books that were visible only by their cover, but not mentioned, as well as a couple of others). I called this a challenge, but it's more of a goal to read those books over a large period of time. Hopefully a year, or two.
I have made notes on books that I have read already, or books that I have and plan to read soon.
A PDF file of all the books for your convenience at the bottom of this article (without my notes).
Please comment if you have read or own any of these books. Also feel free to participate. I have provided season and episode numbers, in case you wish to revisit those episodes for yourself.
1. Yertle the Turtle, Dr.Seuss (SEASON 1, Episode9 : The One Where Underdog Gets Away)
2. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Milan Kundera (SEASON 1, Episode 18 : The One With All The Poker)
3. The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien (SEASON 2, Episode 19: The One Where Eddie Won't Go) - Read this already. ✔
4. Flowers Of Evil, Charles Baudelaire (SEASON 3, Episode 12: The One With All The Jealousy)
5. The Shining, Stephen King (Own it, started it a long time ago, then got too scared. I should put it in a freezer) and Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (own it, haven't read yet) (SEASON 3, Episode 13 : The One where Monica And Richard Are Just Friends)
6. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck (SEASON 3, Episode 21 : The One with Chick And A Duck)
7. The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams (SEASON 4, Episode 6: The One With The Dirty Girl)
8. The Lord Of The Rings (series), J.R.R. Tolkien (SEASON 4, Episode 9: The One Where They're Going To Party) - (Read this already. ✔ )
9. Flowers For Algernon, Daniel Keyes (SEASON 4, Episode 19: The One With All The Haste) - (Read ✔ )
10. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (read it already. ✔ ) and Jane eyre, Charlotte Bronte (read✔) (SEASON 5, Episode 9: The One With Ross' Sandwich)
11. Chicken Soup For The Soul, Jack Canfield (SEASON 6, Episode 14: The One Where Chandler Can't Cry)
12. 1984, George Orwell (this one was a very subtle reference, but I want to read it so I am including it) (SEASON 6, Episode 24: The One With The Proposal)
13. What To Expect When You Are Expecting, Heidi Murkoff (this book was referenced multiple times, so obviously I will read it when the time comes) (SEASON 8, Episode 9: The One With The Rumor)
14. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch (SEASON 10, Episode 4: The One With The Cake)
15. Ernest Hemingway (SEASON 10, Episode 8: the One With The Late Thanksgiving) Not a specific book, but Chandlers mentions Ernest as his favorite author (although he can't name any of his books) so any book by Hemingway would do.
16. A Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez (SEASON 3, Episode 5: The One With Frank Jr). In this episode you can see Chandler sleeping with this book on his chest (look very closely :) ).
17. Anthem: An American road Story, Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn (SEASON 4, Episode 5: The One with Joe's New Girlfriend) Not mentioned, but you can see Rachel holding this one, very clearly (it was a planned book advertising for a friend).
As you can see, from my very few checkmarks, I still have a very long way to go on the list.
FREE download of the list (pdf. format)
I hope this was informative, if you wanted to join on a challenge, or if you were just wondering about some of the books mentioned on 'Friends'.