Introducing Get To Know Your Hosts! We have 19 fabulous GNI book club hosts around the globe. Today you get to meet Courtney Leonard! Courtney is a Senior Designer on the Brand team at Vox Media. We asked Courtney a few fun questions below…

1. What’s the latest book you’ve read that you couldn’t put down and why?

CALYPSO by David Sedaris. I haven’t laughed so hard reading a book in a long time, and I think it’s some of his best storytelling to date. If you’ve read him before, you’re familiar with his darker sense of humor, but this one will take you on a more unexpected roller coaster of emotions that will not disappoint.

2. Favorite literary character?


3. How do you like to relax, recharge, or practice self-care? Any tips?

I’ve been revisiting a habit that my parents taught me at a young age, one that I rolled my eyes at then but I’m really embracing it now! Setting out my clothes for the next day, or even the next 3-5 days, has drastically improved my morning routine. I no longer wander around or sit in my robe staring aimlessly in the general direction of my closet, trying to figure out what to wear. I’ve extended this into setting out what I’ll wear to bed each morning, and just taking that small step helps me relax at the end of the day.

4. Recent obsession(s)?

Lots of podcasts, but if I had to pick two: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness and Today, Explained.

5. What do you enjoy about being a GNI Host? I really enjoy feeling more involved with my local community! I go in and out of phases where I’m traveling a lot and sometimes it’s hard to feel connected, but I’ve gotten some of my best friendships out of this group!

You can follow Courtney on Instagram @courtneyleonard.