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6 Forking Great Reads for Your Faves in The Good Place

by  | September 25

With the new (and final!) season of The Good Place premiering September 26, you can bet I have very little else on my mind (–7,000 points for focusing on nothing but a TV show and not saving the planet or snails instead).

Yes, I’ve rewatched every episode (–8,000 points for the electricity used; –2,000 points for not giving time to other television shows).

Yes, I’ve cried over the fact that this near perfect sitcom must come to an end (–20,000 points for the tissues used, which elevate my carbon footprint).

Yes, I’ve followed all the actors on Twitter (+10 points for supporting another human being;

–25,000 points for being on Twitter).

Yes, I’ve contemplated my own mortality and morality, the meaning of space and time, and obviously, the trolley problem (–5,000 points for the work I didn’t get done while doing so; +100 points because one less tree was killed due to the things I didn’t print).

But still, I’ve found myself with a bit too much time on my hands while waiting for Season 4, and in order to fill the time, I’ve decided to do what I do best: recommend books! So, without further ado, here are my recommendations for what our favorite Good Place characters should read, which they’ll likely have no time to do now that they’re a bit busy fighting for all our souls… (+1,000 points for reading; –20,000 points for the number of trees murdered for these books; –2,000 points for the books I wasn’t able to recommend while recommending others;

–4,000 points for the books on this list I’m claiming to have read but haven’t; –1,000 points for the slightly cheesy list concept; –2,000 points for creating my own point system and making up point values).

Point total due to writing this article: –94,890

The Favorite Sister

The Favorite Sister

by Jessica Knoll

For Tahani...

Brett and Kelly have always fallen somewhere between supportive sisters and bitter rivals (sound familiar?). As adults, Kelly is a struggling single mother, while Brett has skyrocketed to success, now appearing on a reality TV show called Goal Diggers. When Kelly manipulates herself onto the show, Brett knows that her younger sister could share a secret that could ruin her perfect life, and—as the truth comes out—it may end in murder. I have no doubt that Tahani will be able to relate to this book, and I’m sure she’ll be pleased to know that her good friend Reese Witherspoon also loves Jessica Knoll and has optioned Jessica’s first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, for film adaptation.

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You're the Ref

You're the Ref

by Wayne Stewart

For Jason...

Unfortunately, while writing this list, I couldn’t find any biographies about Blake Bortles, so I had to go with plan B. I’m still not completely positive Jason will be able to read this book, but at least I think he’ll try. You’re the Ref includes 174 scenarios from real gamesmen to test fans’ knowledge of football and put them in the hot seat, giving them the opportunity to see how their knowledge stacks up against the decisions made by real referees.

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Next Level Basic

Next Level Basic

by Stassi Schroeder

For Eleanor...

There’s no way Eleanor isn’t a Vanderpump Rules fan, and I’m sure she would agree with Stassi Schroeder’s assessment that “there’s nothing more boring than people who take themselves too seriously or think that you have to be pretentious to be cool.” This book is for everyone—particularly Eleanor—who would rather fly than clean up trash; rather eat a bunch of cocktail shrimp than pretend to know anything about literature and art; and rather buy frozen margarita mix than drink fancy wine any day. Eleanor may be known for calling everyone else “basic,” but she may need to take a long look in the mirror, because, Eleanor, ya basic.

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The Book of Happy

The Book of Happy

by Adams Media

For Chidi...

Chidi might expect I would recommend another moral philosophy book to him, but he definitely needs to step away from the library and spend some time on himself. This little book includes 250+ fun activities, quotes, and relaxation techniques to help you care for yourself and find happiness. Yes, it might drive Chidi a bit insane for a while, but I like to think I’d be doing him some good by encouraging him to think about being happy, instead of always thinking about what the “right” choice is.

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

For Michael...

This classic book of universal insights about the human experience would be perfect to help Michael understand the strange creatures called humans he’s come to love. Starting with some of our earliest learning—in kindergarten—this book includes musings on life, death, love, pain, and sorrow, all through concepts we experienced at the age of five. Maybe this book will help Michael reach a new point on his journey toward moral learning and give him some new ideas for how to help his human friends.

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The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

by Susan Piver

For Janet...

Considering Janet encompasses all the knowledge in the universe, choosing the perfect book for her was a bit difficult. But I do think there’s one area of knowledge Janet could spend a bit longer on: how to deal with a broken heart. (Not that Eleanor’s advice wasn’t sound, but we don’t need more Dereks running around.) Susan Piver’s The Wisdom of a Broken Heart explores how heartbreak can be a teacher—by using anecdotes, insights, exercises, meditations, and more to remind readers that they will get through this. Maybe, after reading this book, Janet might even be able to take down the shrine to Jason in her void. It’s worth a shot!

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