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Practical book recomendations to grow smarter, stronger, and kinder through the wisdom of books.

What to read (& do) if your self-help plan isn’t actually helping.

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Self-help books fail not because they don’t have good advice: it’s actually figuring out how to implement it that keeps us buying and buying and buying…

Maybe you’re searching for a way to shift that anxiety, fix that relationship, or you just have a nagging feeling that life could be better. You’ve got a stack of unfinished self-help books and you still don’t know what to do next.

I’m Leann Harris. I’m a life-long book addict and mental wellness coach. I help take the fear out of your uncertainty and give you practical strategies so you can implement the wisdom in your personal development library.

I share the most helpful tips from:

I give you steps you can take to change your life by finding comfort and hope – right now.

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“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many of them can get through to you. – Mortimer Alter

After a lifetime of seeking solace and joy in the pages of books, here’s what I know to be true:

  • Books can change your life for the better. School can prepare us for adulthood, but books inspire us to strive to be good human beings, no matter where we are in life.
  • Books offer understanding, compassion, and comfort. No need to reinvent the wheel – someone before me has been where I am and wrote a book about it. The first time I burst into tears from a broken heart was while reading “Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret”. Judy Bloom, the Aunt I never actually had, knew what young girls would need in life but didn’t know how to ask.
  • Books open the door to knowledge and help us grow – but only if we know how to take action and implement the wisdom.

In these pages I will share my hopes and practices,  lessons learned, and tried and tested strategies to help you live a wiser, kinder, and stronger life.

I believe in the power of hope: that anyone can become the kind of person they want to be no matter what place of uncertainty they are starting from. I’ve used the nourishment found in books to do just this and I help you do the same.


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About Leann

Reader, writer, behavior geek, curiosity and inspiration seeking junkie, and recovering over-thinker.