When the rumor spread that Netflix would be removing classic sitcom Friendsfrom its roster of streamable TV shows, the internet went into a tailspin. So great is the enduring love for the adventures of six best friends — Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Ross — navigating through their twenties and early thirties in New York City, that petitions soon sprung up in an effort to keep the show streaming. It was reported that Netflix paid an astonishing $100 million to keep Friendson the site and fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.
If you're of the viewers who would be lost without the show, you probably have your reasons. For many, Friends has become a "self-care" show of sorts, comforting in its familiarity, perfect for background company or for winding down after a long day. But more than that, I think, Friends has given us so much to explore when it comes to the dynamics of friends who've become chosen family, and how navigating all of the growing pains of early adulthood with a close group can actually change the trajectory of our lives. If that general theme is what keeps you coming back to Friends again and again, you'll love adding these 11 books to your to-be-read pile: