Season two of The Good Place just wrapped up and it was just as good as season one.
If you haven’t seen the show, it stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop. Eleanor has died and moved on to The Good Place, a heavenly neighborhood where a collection of only the most deserving people get to spend eternity. Led by their angelic architect, Michael, people are paired with soul mates to enjoying the everlasting fruits of a life spent doing good deeds. But Eleanor is in The Good Place because of a mix-up with another dead person with the same name. She isn’t a good person and she doesn’t deserve to be there. Thankfully, her soul mate Chidi spent his life as an ethics professor and he’s determined to teach Eleanor how to become good and earn her place in The Good Place.
But things in The Good Place might not be what they seem.
Once you get started, you’re going to want to binge the entire series. Then you’re going to want something else to keep The Good Place vibes going. Here’s some books to try.
I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I’m Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. It passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture, and fame, from addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook.
With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I’m Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some “act right” into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual.
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. She’s stuck as a ghost in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her to a better place. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast. More than anything, Will wishes he didn’t have the rare ability to communicate with the dead, especially the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world’s last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring… Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.
Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon — each of whom has lived among Earth’s mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle — are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he’s a really nice kid). There’s just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him…
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.
If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we’ll go to be seen.