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Books to Read for All the Right Reasons

Bachelorben2I'm going to admit something difficult. I watch ABC's "The Bachelor." I also watch "The Bachelorette," and—although I feel… no, I know… I am above it—most episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise."

I get a lot out of my membership in Bachelor Nation. It gives me something to look forward to on Mondays. I can immerse myself in other people's problems without any fallout. I know there will be laughter, joy, sorrow, love won and lost, exotic locales. And there's always the hope that this might be The Most Dramatic Bachelor Ever.

Unfortunately for many of us, the 20th season ended last night: Ben Higgins' loving heart and borderline polygamist leanings(*) are gone from our lives.

But weep not, Bachelor Nation. There are books.










  • Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart by Trista Sutter - Trista had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fairy tale fell into place during a whirlwind courtship with poetry-writing firefighter Ryan Sutter and, eventually, a dream-come-true wedding on national TV.



  • It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After by Andi Dorfman - Andi Dorfman, the beloved finalist of season eighteen of The Bachelor who infamously rejected Juan Pablo and went on to star on season ten of The Bachelorette, dishes about what it's like to live out a love story—and its collapse—in front of the cameras.



  • The Perfect Letter: A Novel by Chris Harrison - Chris Harrison, the beloved longtime host of ABC's The Bachelor, explores the perils and rewards of risking everything for love in his first novel.



  • Better Single Than Sorry by Jenn Schefft - Jen Schefft got engaged to a rich and handsome man on TV's The Bachelor, only to break it off after six months. She later stunned and infuriated viewers nationwide when she turned down the proposals of both finalists on The Bachelorette the following year.


(*) That was a cheap shot I took against Ben Higgins. In reality, I agree with Chris Harrison that Ben belongs on the Bachelor Mount Rushmore.


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