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Bachelor Nation
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure | Amy Kaufman
The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasure For fifteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown--more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor. The iconic reality television show's reach and influence into the cultural zeitgeist is undeniable. Bestselling writers and famous actors live tweet about it. Die-hard fans--dubbed "Bachelor Nation"--come together every week during each season to participate in fantasy leagues and viewing parties. Bachelor Nation is the first behind-the-scenes, unauthorized look into the reality television phenomenon. Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and has a long history with the franchise--ABC even banned her from attending show events after her coverage of the program got a little too real for its liking. She has interviewed dozens of producers, contestants, and celebrity fans to give readers never-before-told details of the show's inner workings: what it's like to be trapped in the mansion "bubble"; dark, juicy tales of producer manipulation; and revelations about the alcohol-fueled debauchery that occurs long before the fantasy suite. Kaufman also explores what our fascination means, culturally: what the show says about the way we view so-called ideal suitors, our subconscious yearning for fairy-tale romance, and how this enduring television show has shaped society's feelings about love, marriage, and feminism by appealing to a marriage plot that's as old as Jane Austen.
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KristenDuck
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So much reading to do but...

It‘s the finale of the Bachelorette!

I can‘t be the only one out there watching this sure to be “shocking” finale. Who else out there is indulging in this guilty pleasure?

JenReadsAlot 🙋‍♀️ 3mo
j9brown 🙋🤦 3mo
KristenDuck @JenReadsAlot and @j9brown this is a rough one... 3mo
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j9brown @KristenDuck Never was a fan of this dude. She chose poorly! 3mo
KristenDuck @j9brown I wanted Tyler! 3mo
j9brown @KristenDuck Maybe he'll get his own season! I hope they announce who tonight, but who knows 3mo
KristenDuck Loved how it all ended after all! 3mo
danireads Ugggggh this whole season killed me!!! Also, if y‘all don‘t watch Roses and Rosé on YouTube, you should. The host is dating Chris Harrison, and she says everything I‘m thinking! 3mo
KristenDuck @danireads oooh I never even heard of that! Thanks! 3mo
AJBowers This whole season was so crazy 🤣 3mo
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BritanyA
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️: I‘m a die hard Bachelor Nation fan! This book was surprisingly nothing to write home about. Most of the secrets she‘s spills are already out there. She also comes off a tad bit of a bitter Betty.

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BritanyA
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️: I‘m a die hard Bachelor Nation fan! This book was surprisingly nothing to write home about. Most of the secrets she‘s spills are already out there. She also cones off a tad bit of a bitter Betty.

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danireads
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Pickpick

This book definitely leant itself to audiobook format & felt like I was listening to another Bachelorette podcast. (Yes, I consume many of them each week.) I did really enjoy learning the history of dating shows, in general, and how this one came to be. Overall, this was a fun little sneak peek into the Bachelor world, and I may have discovered a new rabbit hole of memoirs to which I‘ll listen.
#BachelorNation #amlistening #guiltypleasure

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danireads
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I‘m a sucker for reality TV and am definitely a part of #BachelorNation. To hype myself up for tonight‘s installment of this season‘s trainwreck of a show, I decided to start listening to this behind-the-scenes account of the show and its history. #amlistening

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echalpan
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ read - I skimmed all of the celebrity “Why I Love the Bachelor” sections, and while there was nothing earth-shattering or jaw-dropping in this tell-all, I was interested in the behind-the-scenes chapters that detail how the show was created and is run. What is scary is knowing how closely the show UNreal (on Lifetime) may mirror reality.

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ClairesReads
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Kaufman has truly written the cultural history of The Bachelor that we all need in our lives. This book strikes the perfect balance between gossipy discussion of contestants, description of how it all works behind the scenes, and analysis of the show as a cultural phenomenon. Equally an expose, and anthropological study- I couldn‘t have asked for more from this, it had me completely enthralled. Kaufman reads the audio herself and it‘s fabulous.

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ClairesReads
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On the audios again and this one is SO GOOD

ScrappyMags Oh my god I hate that show. 😂 but my mom loves it so I‘ll tell her! Thanks! 6mo
ClairesReads @ScrappyMags hahaha it‘s a weird thing this show. The book discusses all the trashy sort of how it works behind the scenes stuff, but there‘s some great discussion of why it such a cultural fascination too- like WHY in the 21st century are we compelled by something this vacuous? It‘s super interesting. 6mo
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Halechr
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This bachelor Monday consisted of being in the car for over 5 hours, an interview and obviously all things bachelor. I (more or less) grew up watching the bachelor and bachelorette with my mom, and now I use it as an excuse to hang out with my friends and drink wine on a Monday night. While I thought I knew everything about the bachelor franchise, this book has proved me wrong. If you have ever watched the show, I‘d highly recommend!

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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

This book was surprisingly compelling. Though I don't watch The Bachelor shows (other than an episode here and there), examining the psychology behind them--both of their participants and of their fans--is fascinating. Kaufman's reporting is thorough, thoughtful, and self reflective. Excellent work of nonfiction.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Me and this sangria are going to get to the bottom of all of Bachelor Nation‘s mysteries. I can‘t wait to learn who wasn‘t here for The Right Reasons 🌹🍷❤️

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LA_Mead
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Pickpick

This was a fascinating read. I liked the behind the scenes details about the franchise, some of which were pretty shocking. I also enjoyed Amy Kaufman‘s casual tone and her honest discussion about her own interest in the TV show.

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LA_Mead
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I was really excited to find this one in the library the other day. I watch The Bachelor, even though I think it‘s completely nuts—now I can find out the truth about why I find it so abhorrent and appealing to watch...

jillannjohn I‘ve only seen a couple of seasons of the Bachelor but I‘d love to hear what you think about the book. 14mo
LA_Mead @jillannjohn I‘m only a few chapters in so far, but it‘s interesting to read about some of the casting decisions and the background behind how the show got started. It seems like a really well-researched book and the writing is very conversational, which I enjoy. 14mo
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Denisereads75
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Mehso-so

I do watch the show but wasn‘t so impressed with this book. I didn‘t really learn anything new or maybe I always assumed what the ‘reality‘ of reality tv is like.

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Denisereads75
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Bailedbailed

I do watch the show but wasn‘t so impressed with this book. I didn‘t really learn anything new or maybe I always assumed what the ‘reality‘ of reality tv is like.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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Pickpick

If you‘re a fan of the show and want the 🌹magic🌹spoiled, this is a must-read fairy tale ruiner.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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nomadreader
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I wouldn't call myself a proud member of Bachelor Nation, but I do watch the shows, read the gossip, and enjoy the snark. Narrated by the author.

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Sassy_Steph

First audio book I‘m successfully listening to! Guilty pleasure!!

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OneCent76
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Pickpick

The author tells us how the show got started, what dating shows were around before and what came after. I wanted to find out if the producers encourage the Bachelor/Bachelorette to keep certain people around, and they do (duh). Also what the interview and contract is all about. It's a crazy way of finding love and very few of these relationships last. (Again, duh) But I can't help but watch!

Erinreadsthebooks Same! It's my guilty pleasure. I love it! 1y
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shanebeth
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🙋🏼‍♀️ who else does this?

Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 1y
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Bexicans
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It's happening you guys it's happening!!!!!! 🌹

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keys_on_fire
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Pickpick

First thing: This is not a dish-the-dirt book. And, although there are behind the scenes things that I learned, that‘s not the purpose either. If you read this with that expectation, you‘re likely to be disappointed. Having said that: I LOVED this book! It really tries to figure out why America is so entranced by this show. The author even goes back to look at previous dating shows, which was really interesting. Great read!

echalpan Great review! I think I‘ll like this one. 1y
AJones I also like your review, thanks. Stacked! 1y
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keys_on_fire
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Gotta love “The Bachelor Bubble”!!

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keys_on_fire
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Picked this up from the library today. Excited to read this one. Probably won‘t be too much new for me, as I have been a Reality Steve fan for a long time and have watched the show since Trista was the Bachelorette! This show is my guilty pleasure 😂😂

Kimberlone Weirdly I think I would enjoy this book even though I don‘t watch the Bachelor 1y
keys_on_fire @Kimberlone I think there‘s a lot more about how the show is made and “reality” tv in general than there is dirt, but I haven‘t even opened yet. That alone should be interesting 1y
Kimberlone @keys_on_fire totally, that‘s the part that would probably interest me more. Look forward to seeing how it you like it! 1y
echalpan The bachelor is my guilty pleasure. I even watch Bachelor in Paradise 😆 Can‘t wait to read your review of this one! 1y
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Jillsmith
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Mehso-so

A quick read, I wanted more insider gossip!!

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Kshakal
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Let‘s do the damn thing!!! Looking forward to this season of the bachelorette!!!

Alfoster Me too (although mainly because it makes me glad I‘m not in my 20‘s anymore)! Apologies to those of you that are😍! This is a different world today😆! 1y
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Kshakal
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Pickpick

I have considered myself to be a part of bachelor nation for some time now.... being one of those women that gets together every Monday night with a group of my best friends to watch the shit show that the bachelor can be. I have always know that the show isn‘t always on the up and up but this book really opened my eyes as to what goes on behind the scenes. If you are a fan of the show or even if you want a juicy read this book is for you!!

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Avidan
Mehso-so

I don't watch The Bachelor. But I've always been fascinated by behind the scenes looks at big TV shows which is why I checked this out.

Fun facts I learned:
- Most contestants rejected at the callback stage is because they have herpes and don't know it
- One Bachelor needed permission from the Attorney General to go on the show
- Reality TV show producers are more evil than I imagined.

And a lot more! Just wish it wasn't so repetitive at times.

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Avidan

I have no idea why I just checked this out from the library. I don't watch The Bachelor. But sure, why not.

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everlocalwest
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Pickpick

A quick, fun listen that digs into the world of The Bachelor. I've never seen an episode but I've always been curious as to why people like it so much. Kaufman includes comments from famous Bachelor Nation members about why they watch the show, most talk about how the show is real, but the book is essentially about how it is all artifice between editing and producers pushing storylines. I'm intrigued enough to watch the upcoming Bachlorette.

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Jbakesmcgee3
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🌹🌹🌹🌹

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Jbakesmcgee3

Listening to this on audio, even my boyfriend liked it! I like how Kaufman goes into the history of dating shows and reality tv 📺

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bookandcat
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Pickpick

Truth time: I adore The Bachelor. I've seen nearly every episode. My entire family hosted watch parties weekly for years.
This book was so much fun. I devoured it (got it yesterday, would have finished it last night but fell asleep before I could get to the last two chapters). It is solid journalism about a tv phenomenon and most popular "guilt pleasure". It's like if Jon Krakauer wrote about Gossip Girl. ❤️❤️❤️

everlocalwest I'm super curious about this one, but I've never watched The Bachelor. I loved Unreal (a fictional show set behind the scenes of a Bachelorlike reality show) and I'm interested in this as a cultural phenomenon. Basically, I'm asking if this would be a good read for someone who has never seen The Bachelor but is curious about the culture around it? Also, you really got me with that Krakauer/Gossip Girl line! 2y
bookandcat @everlocalwest she writes it so non Bachelor watchers can understand, but there are Easter eggs and even more interest points for the Bachelor watcher. If you have enjoyed Unreal you should enjoy reading about how close they got it. I say give it a go! 2y
everlocalwest @bookandcat library hold ✔ Thanks! 2y
bookandcat @everlocalwest woohoo! Enjoy! 2y
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shanebeth
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Pickpick

fans of The Bachelor and its ilk probably won‘t learn anything new here, but Amy Kaufman‘s writing is really enjoyable. even though the show itself has banned her from official events (explained in the book), she fully embraces her Bach fandom, and she‘s funny! I loved the humor in the chapter about her experiences attending different Bachelor/ette alumni appearances. this was great entertainment journalism.

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shanebeth
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spring break means I don‘t have to spend my Sunday fretting over lesson plans. I can just relax and enjoy some brain candy. #teachersoflitsy

CoffeeK8 Enjoy! Ours is next week and it‘s can‘t come soon enough! (edited) 2y
AmberWB Ours starts on Thursday. We are going from having over a week for break for the past 11 years, to just Thursday - Monday this year, so I am hoping to make the most of it!!! 2y
shanebeth @AmberWB oh my! we have missed a lot of days this year due to weather, but luckily not so many that they‘d have to add make-up days during our spring break. enjoy your time off! 2y
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shanebeth @CoffeeK8 enjoy! I was so ready for our break, too! 2y
JoScho Enjoy! We still have another week. Lord give me strength 🙏🏻 (edited) 2y
JamieArc I literally just started this chapter 10 minutes ago! 2y
shanebeth @JoScho hope your week goes smoothly!! 2y
shanebeth @JamieArc 😁👯‍♀️ 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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A very quick, entertaining analysis of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise written by a fan who never shies away from the problematic aspects of the show. Kaufman moves from the history of reality dating shows to an analysis of how contestants are treated and why they act the way we see them on-screen. If you watch the show Unreal, there's nothing too shocking, but I did enjoy it if you're looking for a lighthearted read.

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Beachesnbooks
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Dealing with some difficult family stuff so I needed a lighthearted read. #currentlyreading this nonfiction book about The Bachelor/Bachelorette, which I started watching with friends in grad school and still text with those friends during the episodes now, even though it's all pretty ridiculous. 🌹

TheFunkyBookworm Bachelor fan right here! Lol have you watched the show Unreal? I believe it‘s either written or produced by someone who used to work on the show- love it! I just requested this book at the library recently- worth the read so far? 2y
Beachesnbooks Yesss I love Unreal! This season hasn't been great but it's such an interesting show. And after 2 days of reading the book I'm already almost done 😂 It's a fast read and definitely worth it if you're a fan! 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘m a member of Bachelor Nation and I‘m no longer afraid to announce that fact. Before I began watching The Bachelor(ette) I felt superior and “above” this “low brow” reality show. I watched one episode a few years and was sucked in, and now I don‘t miss an episode. Now, I don‘t feel “guilty” watching it and I don‘t feel like it‘s a terrible show. I feel like I incorrectly judged it for years. This book explores some of these same feelings.

bookandcat I'M A PROUD MEMBER TOO! When my dad was still alive and my family all lived in the same area we would have Bachelor watch parties every week and all our friends would come over. We would make snacks. My dad would teach everyone his theories about the "two handed smoosh" (he means it if he grabs your face when he kisses you) and whatnot. Even my husband watches it with me now; he actually used it to find out what kind of ring I liked ?? 2y
bookandcat Also have you watched Unreal or listened to the Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous podcast? Highly recommend for super fans! 2y
Chelsea.Poole @bookandcat wow! I love that your whole family was into it with the watch parties! I sometimes can involve my husband. 2y
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Chelsea.Poole @bookandcat also the “two handed smoosh” 😂😂😂 2y
Chelsea.Poole @bookandcat I want to watch UnReal! I want to start on season one but I haven‘t yet. I haven‘t heard the podcast either! On my list! 2y
bookandcat @Chelsea.Poole some of the back episodes are fun 2y
bookandcat Can't wait to hear what they have to say when the bachelorette starts up! 2y
JessieReadsInBK I‘m a proud member of Bachelor Nation! One of my closest friends hosts a podcast - Here to Make Friends — you should check it out! I want to read this book but holding off bc Bach + Winter Games was a lot for me! 2y
Chelsea.Poole @bookandcat I can‘t wait for The Bachelorette! I told my husband there‘s no way they couldn‘t have Becca! 2y
Chelsea.Poole @JessieReadsInBK I also watched Winter Games. I thought it was good, not great. This season of The Bachelor wasn‘t my favorite 😐 but I was there for every single episode of course 😉 Also, thanks for mentioning the podcast m, I‘ll have to give it a go! 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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This was my morning! Love Saturday mornings and love that baby! 😍 #bookandbaby

Simona 😍😍😍Sweet and cute😍😍😍 2y
Johanna414 That sweet face! 😍 2y
LeahBergen Aww. 😍😍 2y
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tammysue Precious!💞 2y
JamieArc That‘s next up on my reading list! 2y
AmyG Omg 💕 2y
Eyelit 🧡🧡🧡 2y
SilversReviews Precious!! 2y
Chelsea.Poole @JamieArc I sped through it! I really really enjoyed it 😊 hope you do as well! 2y
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WhatMegReads
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Even though there weren‘t really any jaw dropping secrets revealed, I really enjoyed and appreciated this behind the scenes look at the show my friends and I have been watching together for almost ten years. I especially appreciated how candid the writer was, talking about her own experiences and how she relates to the show. Definitely a worthwhile read for any Bachelor viewers.

ReviewsbytheMrs Welcome to Litsy 💜 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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♥️🌹how perfect are these two together? Opposites in more ways than one. Excited for my next reads. #tbr #guiltypleasure

melbeautyandbooks Loved Magpie Murders! 2y
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WhatMegReads
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Snuggling up with my Murphy and diving into this juicy read. Good night!

Jess7 Cute! I love seeing other people‘s #Dogsoflitsy! Check out that hashtag to see others‘ cute furry pets! A few of us on here have adorable #schnauzersoflitsy ! We love posting pics with our fur babies! 2y
YouReadMyEyes Love schnauzers! I have two 🧡🧡 2y
WhatMegReads Murphy is a Glen of Imaal terrier. They‘re such lovable dogs. I love schnauzers too! 2y
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AJandHerBooks
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If you‘re even a casual fan of The Bachelor, you need to read this. Amy Kaufman did a TON of research and I‘ve never read a more comprehensive look at this show. It will give you a much clearer lens to watch the show through. You‘ll never watch it the same again.

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shanebeth
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hey @LauraBeth look what I got in the mail today! 😂🌹🌹🌹

LauraBeth 😂👏👏 I can‘t wait to read it! Enjoy! 2y
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LauraBeth
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Today I typed in Bachelor Nation into the Litsy database while eating Peanut Butter Cap‘n Crunch from the box and trying to figure out how to erase Keeping Up With The Kardashians from my HULU history. I also read a chapter of Crime & Punishment, so I think it all cancels each other out.
👀👀 @shanebeth and @maximoffs

ocdIrene 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Megabooks 😂😂😂 2y
LectricSheep The best description of modern life I‘ve read in a while. 😆 2y
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LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
LauraJ So good to know that women can have it all these days! 2y
AlaMich So happy to know I am not the only *cough* mature adult that eats crap cereal straight from the box. Though I prefer Froot Loops. And I don‘t even have a kid I can claim I bought cereal for. (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi Impressive balance you‘re maintaining!! 2y
RealLifeReading I'm a fan of Honey Smacks and my boys always complain that they don't get to eat "Mommy's Cereal" 2y
Beachesnbooks Not going to lie, I can't wait to read this 2y
DebinHawaii A true Renaissance woman! 🤣👍 2y
LauraBeth @AlaMich oh I can put away some Fruit Loops! Burger King has a Fruit Loops shake which I‘m embarrassed to know exists and even more embarrassed to say I‘ve had it 😂 2y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi it‘s all about balance!😂 2y
LauraBeth @RealLifeReading 😂😂Honey Smacks is the bomb 🐸 2y
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii it takes one to see one 😂😂 2y
LauraBeth @LauraJ I know - right?! 😂 2y
LauraBeth @LectricSheep 😂😂🙌 2y
LauraBeth @ocdIrene, @Booksandcooks, @LeahBergen I try my best to maintain a fine balance 😂 2y
saresmoore Bahahaha! I love it! 2y
TricksyTails 😂 Your posts always brighten my day! 2y
ApoptyGina69 You are my hero. 2y
shanebeth 😂😂😂 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore I‘d be down a really dark pop culture hole if it weren‘t for CnP 2y
LauraBeth @shanebeth let me know when you read it! 2y
saresmoore It‘s always good to have a challenging classic on deck...to stand on at the bottom of whatever hole we may find ourselves in. 2y
maximoffs I READ THIS! 2y
LauraBeth @maximoffs how was it?! 2y
maximoffs @LauraBeth not as revelatory as I hoped. I wanted more juicy details but most of what they shared I already knew, and it went into the history of the show which was sort of interesting but not why I got the book. People who aren‘t as obsessed with the show like I am who has already read everything will love it! 😂 2y
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shanebeth
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1. I made this in my high school art class. My mom had it framed and it still hangs in my house.
2. read 30 books, read/fulfill challenges from my tbr, donate books.
3. glasses!
4. starry sky!
5. I‘m excited for way too many! I tagged a new book about a huge guilty pleasure of mine...The Bachelor!

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

robinb Beautiful art!!! ❤️ 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I love reality tv but last night I tried to watch The Bachelor for the 1st time. I don‘t like it 😱 is there a season you recommend? 2y
shanebeth @ForeverNerdy lol idk, it‘s basically just trash tv no matter what, but maybe check out a season of The Bachelorette instead? Kaitlyn Bristowe was a fun Bachelorette, and there was a lot of drama amongst the guys. 2y
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shanebeth @robinb haha thanks. 2y
robinb @shanebeth I love seeing how creative people were in high school...it‘s cool! Both of my kids have some neat things they made in various high school classes. ❤️❤️ 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Good idea! Thank you ❤️ 2y
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