Leap Year by Helen Russell

Leap Year

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY - How to make big decisions, be more resilient, and change your life for good. Having spent the last few years in Denmark uncovering the secrets of the happiest country in the world, Helen Russell knows it's time to move back to the UK. She thinks. Maybe. Or maybe that's a terrible idea?Like many of us, she suffers from chronic indecision and a fear of change. So she decides to give herse...

Details Leap Year

TitleLeap Year
Release DateDec 15th, 2016
PublisherTwo Roads
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Psychology, Self Help, Personal Development

Reviews Leap Year

  • Steve Haywood
    Leap Year is a sort of self-help memoir book, about the author's attempt to spend a year improving her life, by examining and working on a different topic each month - family, finances, relationships, work etc. This follows a similar format to the author's first book 'A Year of Living Danishly' except this time it is about self help generally rather than life and happiness living in Denmark. The author reads some academic papers, consults experts...
  • Jaclyn
    Dear Helen-I can't say that your book is life changing the way that Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project or Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection were. But I still thoroughly enjoyed your ups and downs as you attempted to figure out how to get more comfortable with life and change. I identify so strongly with some of your challenges that the fact that you added wit and humor to them made me feel better about the world. Your way of describing ...
  • Kate Henderson
    Really enjoyed ‘the year of living danishly’ but hated this. Didnt really feel it had a main plot point. Just felt it went on and on. Really didn’t enjoy this.
  • Charles Baird
    I read A Year of Living Danishly after my wife recommended the book. I really enjoyed the book. I found Helen Russell to be very funny and entertaining. I especially enjoyed her descriptions of LEGO Man and family and Friends. I decided to continue on to Leap Year as it’s a bit of a continuation book of sorts. I can see to some extent why it was not met with as much acclaim as Russel’s earlier book. That being said, I think those who were fan...
  • Alyce Hunt
    This was EXACTLY what I needed. I've had a few big changes in my life recently, and when I think back I can feel my hands starting to shake and my heart starting to pound as I wonder if I've made mistakes.This book is more than a self-help book, because instead of giving you specific steps to take or routines to follow, Helen tries lots of different things to tackle a range of issues, meaning you can pick and choose which pieces will personally h...
  • Nina
    While still enjoyable, I didn't like Leap Year as much as The Year of Living Danishly. The chapters seemed less connected to each other, and they didn't turn me into the annoying person who only starts her sentences with "Did you know that in Denmark..."
  • Damaskcat
    This is part memoir, part self help book. The author knew she needed to change her life but as she does her best to hide from change - like many of us - she has to overcome this fear before she can sort out her problems. She decides to set herself the task of making changes over the period of a year. With the help of friends - who are willing to act as guinea pigs - and experts on various aspects of life she works through the various facets of he...
  • Kirsten
    I really enjoyed The Year of Living Danishly and this follow up (of sorts) is more of Russell's engaging wry style as she investigates all manner of change. From career to relationships to health to finance to home to the mind, this is self improvement taken to the next level. As in her previous book Russell seeks out expert opinion (and there's an expert for absolutely everything) and I have to say I did find this a little tiresome by the end bu...
  • Jessica Shelley
    I loved Helen Russell's book on living Danishly! So as soon as I saw Leap Year in my local library, I grabbed it like Golem and devoured it. It was an entertaining and super interesting/insightful read. I loved learning about the idea of Kaizen (essentially the philosophy that small changes lead to big changes) and the different layers of our brain (how the flight or fight response, located in the midbrain, can shut down the other parts of our br...
  • Dominic Carlin
    Don't tell anyone, he writes in yet another public review, but young adult novels aren't my only not-so-guilty pleasures. I kind of enjoy life improvement books too. 👀I kind of hated this at first. Every person in her life had a stupid nickname. (You're a public figure, Helen; it's not going to take much effort to find out your husband Lego Man's real name, you tit.) The books contained all the tropes you'd expect too. Seneca, hygge, meditatio...
  • Jenny
    A fun and uplifting account of the author’s “leap year”; a year spent trying out new strategies to combat problems in diverse areas of life, from family and relationships to finance and fitness. Although the book is far from enlightening, it is uplifting and there were definitely some nuggets of information that were interesting to take on board, even if I might like to explore some of them beyond the few paragraphs attention given to them ...
  • Jane Flynn
    Having loved ‘The Year of Living Danishly’ I was really looking forward to this. However, whilst it was choc-full of great tips on changing various aspects of your life, peppered with Helen Russell’s self-deprecating humour, this didn’t quite hit the spot for me. It lacked the charm of her first book, and whilst some of the ideas she offered were great, it all seemed a bit ‘samey’ after a while and I didn’t quite relate to it. It wa...
  • Alyssa Berg
    Helen Russell's writing always makes me feel that the hours I spend listening to her books are spent with a dear friend. I felt, upon finishing my listen (as I did with "..Danishly") that I really missed Russell and wished I could spend more time in conversation about our shared difficulties with change and decision-making. But I also felt equipped with new tools and tactics to handle such situations with confidence, courage, and excitement. Wher...
  • Charny Char
    Enjoyed reading the book and structured nicely intoChapters for different focus areas at a high level. Nice to see a mix bag of change theories applied to personal lives to see how successful they were leading to constructive and entertaining outcomes. Story telling was strong and so it often felt more like informative fiction that a non fiction change management book. Light touch enough that you could research into it yourself should you need to...
  • Andy Klein
    The bloom is off the rose. I’m sad that I had to give this book 2 stars as I absolutely loved the prequel and as I find the author to be amusing and engaging. But this one felt formulaic as opposed to organic. It was if she put together 20 essays on millennial self help and improvement to form a book. And no essay had even close to the depth necessary to be helpful or particularly informative. Insert sad emoticon here.
  • Jill Lamond
    A light skip around various change theories. This book was an enjoyable read and I think I will have a go at some of the techniques. I have been power posing and meditating a bit but the suggestion of starting a workshop with some freestyle dancing to get the creative juices flowing at work didn’t go down well #toobritishfordance
  • Zoe
    I am not a reader of 'self-help' books! Ha! I heard an interview with the author on the radio and what she was saying really resonated, so I went straight to the library to reserve a copy!I really liked the way this book was divided into different areas of life e.g. money, relationships, health etc. so if there is something in particular you want to focus on improving, you can dip into the relevant chapter. Having said that, I read it cover-to-co...
  • Amber
    Almost a 4 but not quite. Short cut to reading a bunch of self improvement books because she summarizes a bunch. This one felt more artificial than the last even if some of the advice and sentiment was good.
  • Tim
    This book was just what I needed right now. I suppose it could be a self help book but I like to think of it as a good friend just talking to you about their life while you listen and reflect on your life. It has helped me a lot. Really worth a read.
  • Anne Forbes
    Entertaining book about living in a scandinavian country. Also explores how to better a marriage. And how to be happy in the place you are in!
  • Michelliewelli
    I really liked this book. It’s like listening to the amusing tales of a close friend. It’s fun and has a bit of good advice.
  • Kelsey
    Thank you, Helen Russell! I needed that. How did you know??
  • Rachel
    Charming, reflective and funny. Covers a range of self evolving through expert advice research and hilarious and sweet stories. Quite good.
  • Philippa
    Packed full of advice to navigate life's dilemmas. I liked the Thinking Hat party chapter in particular. Also Dr. Dance. I now try to stand like a superhero when I feel anxious and incapable.
  • Aga
    I don't read glossy magazines as a rule, so this book was my condensed glossy magazine reading. I needed something light and undemanding.
  • Maria Casey
    More like 2.5 stars. Not a patch on The Year of Living Danishly but still okay...
  • Ash
    A lovely (if occasionally a bit twee) self-improvement memoir. Nothing earth-shattering, but entertaining, informative and funny.
  • Dhramveer Singh
    Excellent read.. had smile on face several times..
  • Beccy
    I enjoyed some of the humour, but felt a lot of it I'd heard before but didn't provide much instruction or motivation to try some of the things. I did enjoy the mind section though
  • Sarah Ann
    4.75I love Helen Russell's witty writing style and this book was just what I needed. I kept sharing snippets while reading and haven't stopped since. Lots of ideas to work through!