Books Authors Read with Leanne Vogel


Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Leanne to not one, but TWO of our Texas locations this week. She’ll stop by our Montrose location in Houston on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. and our North Lamar location in Austin on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. to discuss her new book, The Keto Diet (April 11). Hope to see you there! In the meantime, we asked Leanne to share some of her favorite books with us in our Books Authors Read blog series – enjoy!

Surprisingly, I’m not much for books about food. You’d think with my line of work that I’d be into all of the hot nutrition topics, but it’s the exact opposite – when I have time to carve out of my day, the last thing I want to do is read about more food. I’m a sucker for an inspirational biography, self-help books,and short business boosting books that are guaranteed to light a fire in my entrepreneurial belly. Also, I have a soft place for apocalyptic and war novels.

The Universe Has Your Back by Garbrielle Bernstein_Half Price BooksThe Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
I found Gabby’s work shortly after I quit my full-time gig and moved across the country with my husband (then boyfriend). I was eager for inspiration and a healthy dose of positivity when a colleague recommended Gabby’s book, Spirit Junkie. After reading, it set me on a path of looking at the world in a very different way, leading me to write my first self-published book, travel to New York to study photography and boost my confidence. I’ve read all of Gabby’s books and The Universe Has Your Back is by far my favorite. It was there for me as I finished my paperback, reminding me to stay present, positive, hopeful and grounded. I couldn’t have finished the last round of edits without her solid advice and guidance leading me through.

I Do It With The Lights On by Whitney Way Thore_Half Price BooksI Do It with the Lights On by Whitney Way Thore
I hadn’t heard of Whitney’s TLC show when I purchased this book. I was looking for an easy read to accompany me on the three-week vacation my husband and I took in celebration of my book being done, and reviews told me Whitney’s book was a winner. They weren’t wrong. Whitney’s approach to shame-free living reinforced that it’s not my body which limits my ability to accomplish my dreams, but the tarnished belief that my body makes me unworthy to even think I could do such things. I came away from the book inspired, ready to blast back into life and really jealous that it’s next to impossible to access her show here in Canada.

Ask by Ryan Levesque_ Half Price Books.Ask. by Ryan Levesque
I’m fascinated with buyer psychology and the role that emotions play in our purchasing decisions. When James Wedmore, one of the first people to sell a digital product online, recommended Ryan’s book, I jumped on it. While a simple concept on the surface, using surveys to understand your prospects better, the Ask formula goes deep into how to ask the right questions. And, by asking the right questions, you’ll be led to actionable data for profitable results as opposed to having a bunch of answers to questions that don’t do anything for you and the growth of your business. I’ve hosted many a survey in my time as a digital marketer, but never what’s recommended in Ask. I used the Ask formula to develop my latest survey and it blew my mind!

The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook by Elaine N Aron_Half Price BooksThe Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
Also known as HSP, a Highly Sensitive Person is aware of their surroundings more so than others, more easily overwhelmed in highly stimulating environments and has a rich inner life. I was recently introduced to the world of HSP and discovered shortly after that I was one of these individuals. I’d always wondered how I could be so much more in tune with my body than other people, why I reacted so horribly to violence, avoided events with large groups of people or never enjoyed well-lit rooms or intensely sunny days. Reading Dr. Aron’s book has helped me celebrate what others would consider weaknesses and what I now see as my strengths.

The Life-changing Magic of Not Giving a F-ck by Sarah Knight_Half Price BooksThe Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
Yes to everything Sarah puts out there in the world. I read Sarah’s book right around the time that my book writing was picking up, my team was growing and demands on me were increasing. I was saying “yes” to everything and it was making me so unhappy. Sarah has a way of organizing information that makes deciding what you want to spend your time, energy and money on so very easy to determine. I had the honor of interviewing Sarah recently and she’s just as down to earth as her title suggests. I’m saying “no” to so many things I just don’t want to do… and I’m happier for it!

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes M Baker_Half Price Books

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker
I was looking to understand fat shaming, discrimination and the role that media has played in diet culture, and this book did not disappoint. Jes is a wonderful storyteller with strong ideas, an inspiring story and wicked self-care techniques. I was having a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of Health at Every Size (HAES)  before reading this book but the way Jes explained it – about being focused on the healthy behaviors that make up your life instead of letting the size of your body dictate your health status, it was like a light bulb went off and I finally understood.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan_Half Price BooksThe Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
I don’t do violent TV shows or movies, but boy do I love a good sci-fi! It’s a combination of two of my favorite storylines – zombies and World War II. I remember reading the book thinking that it was written just for me. The book begins with a non-responsive airplane sitting dead on the taxiway of the John F. Kennedy International Airport. CDC, media, awesome antagonist development, it’s fabulous.


Leanne is the author of  The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence. You can follow her online here and chat with her via Twitter.


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