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The Bachelor Book Club: 6 Reads for Your Most Dramatic TBR List Yet

by  | March 6
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Bachelor fans! There’s been a lot of new content coming our way. There’s the Bachelor-themed singing show, Listen to Your Heart, plus what’s this about a casting call for seniors? If you’re like me and slightly fearful that you’ll just have to quit normal life and become a full-time fan, think about starting your own Bachelor Book Club. It’ll allow you to stay on brand, as well as fit in some time for actual human interaction and an intellectual consumption of words—closed captions don’t count!

To ease into your newly formed Bachelor Book Club, I recommend starting your reading/discussing during your watch parties for the show. You won’t miss those muted commercial breaks, those petty fights for camera time (what a waste of space), and those never-ending recaps. Plus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to read during those other days of the week when you’re miserably counting down the hours till Monday night. To help keep you and your pals entertained between dramatic reveals, here are some books to launch your Bachelor Book Club.

For a more condensed visual version of recommendations, check out our video!

The First Time

The First Time

by Colton Underwood

Chris Harrison was right for once: Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor may just have been the most dramatic yet. That fence jump, that hopeless nighttime wander through the Portugal countryside, and Chris’s panicked face all made for some epic reality TV. In Colton’s new memoir The First Time, publishing March 31, learn how, not too long ago, this macho fence-slaying beast was just a socially awkward kid crushing it on the football field, but fumbling in his search for love. There’s tons of juicy behind-the-scenes details in his story that you need to read to have the complete Bachelor Knowledge Set. Plus, did you know he was a virgin!?!

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The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

Is it any surprise that Tiffany Haddish watches The Bachelor and loves Pilot Pete? They both have experience in the airline industry and each can’t help but stir up trouble. I mean, Peter…was it really necessary to throw everybody under the bus this season? Tiffany’s memoir The Last Black Unicorn includes hilarious revenge plots and raunchy boy-crazy descriptions that will have your Bachelor crew laughing through those miserable commercial breaks. Tiffany credits humor as helping her through tough times growing up, so you’ll also find heartbreakingly raw and inspiring stories from this breakout comedian.

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In Five Years

In Five Years

by Rebecca Serle

These Bachelor contestants sure do like to imagine their futures—I mean, I guess they have to since they’re confronted with being ready for an engagement almost every other day. But what if a Bachelorette suddenly woke up five years in the future with her decision already shown to her? In Rebecca Serle’s ingenious love story, In Five Years, that’s just what happens to Manhattanite lawyer Dannie Cohan. When she wakes up to find herself five years in the future and engaged to a man who is very much not her current-day fiancé, she understandably freaks out. But after only an hour, her timeline returns to normal and she forgets all about the strange occurrence—until she sees that same man again in real life. Fair warning: this book is more sad than you’d expect, so prepare to cry and discuss over sips of wine.

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The Truth About Men

The Truth About Men

by DeVon Franklin

Okay, hear me out. I know some of you may say, “NO WAY to the José.” And I know, I know,  Bachelor Book Club should be all about the ladies, but, especially after Pilot Pete, I do think it’d be helpful to know just what exactly goes on in those boys’ minds. Now, next time that boy gives his rose to the girl who is there for insta fame only, just whip out your copy of DeVon Franklin’s The Truth About Men, and perhaps you’ll find the answers to what in the world is happening. Sidenote—this may help you out with your brackets too.

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From Scratch

From Scratch

by Tembi Locke

Ah, those romantic ski trips in Switzerland, those windmill adventures in Greece, those strolls through downtown Cleveland, plus, oh hey, a derby race.... We crave those Bachelor destination dates, wherever they may be. Satisfy your wanderlust with this beautiful memoir set in Sicily. Author Tembi Locke interweaves loving memories of her late husband, Saro—who she met in Florence while studying abroad—with the heartbreaking process of taking care of their young daughter alone after his death. While grieving, she spends three summers going back to his small farming town in Sicily, to help with the devastating loss, and to bond with Saro’s estranged Sicilian family, who never approved of their interracial marriage. Be prepared to have some pasta on hand as you read and discuss this moving story of love and loss.

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Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

One of the best things about watching The Bachelor with friends are the discussions that reveal how every woman has different dreams at different times in her life and that’s okay—whether you’re a 24-year-old who’s ready for marriage or a 35-year-old who gives your rose to your career. Jennifer Weiner’s Mrs. Everything explores such diverting narratives beautifully. Detroit in the 1950s and ’60s was a turbulent time, and this novel encounters it all—Vietnam, the women’s lib movement, Woodstock—through the lens of two sisters who could not be more different. With the changing nation comes new desires, and this book, spanning generations, shows the trials that arise when Jo and Bethie Kaufman follow, flip, or flounder their dreams.

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Emily Lewis is a marketing associate at Simon & Schuster who loves every book genre but has a soft spot for sci-fi/fantasy. She recently moved to NYC from Chicago a month before quarantine and will enjoy crossing things off her NYC bucket list…eventually. For now, she enjoys playing guitar, board games, and chilling with cats. Find her on Instagram at @emlewis22.