We believe that, in order to be happier & healthier, we need to indulge in more creative curiosity and cultivate more calm in our lives.

But how, you ask?



Read more fiction.





Once upon a time …


There was a young reader who devoured books about secret gardens, hidden passageways, brave adventurers, fantastical creatures, history-come-to-life, talking animals, and doors that could lead to magical places.


Only the most mysterious, gorgeous, magical fiction would do.


But a few adults chimed in and suggested that maybe it was time to tackle “serious” books. “Real” books.


Then jobs and careers dictated “useful” books.


And, honestly, who has time to read for fun anyway?


But now — in the midst of a busy life — you’re looking for an easy, reliable way to relax.


Your own secret antidote to stress.



We can help.


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Let’s get nerdy for a minute …



… and consider the science behind the magic of books.


A vast majority of us (up to 75% of Americans, according to one survey) regularly experience physical and/or psychological symptoms of stress.


If the stress increases or becomes chronic it could actually affect your health in some pretty scary ways.


Your secret antidote? Read more fiction!


Reading is a superior form of relaxation and has been shown to reduce stress by a whopping 68%.


Which makes reading more relaxing than:

  • listening to music (61%),
  • drinking coffee or tea (54%), or
  • taking a walk (42%).


Thankfully, all this indulgent relaxation isn’t limited to the over-achievers among us who are reading stacks of books each month. It’s not how much you read, but how you read that counts …


Welcome to the Read. Purr. Collective


To help you indulge in more creative curiosity & cultivate more calm in your life, we offer:

“lessons” on finding more happiness & better health by indulging in bookish quite time;

original artwork and gifts (in our own online Read. Purr. Shop); and

a carefully curated selection of books & jigsaw puzzles (through our shop at Bookshop.org).

Nurture vivid imaginations.
Cultivate more calm.
Support literacy.


With a consistent habit …



… of mindful reading time spent with new (or old) favorite novels, you’ll be able to find your bookish bliss again. And you’ll start to reap the relaxing, oh-so-good-for-your-brain benefits of a regular practice of indulgent quiet time.


And then, when you smile to yourself in contentment, you’ll know exactly what we mean when we say …

Read. Purr.

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Hello & Welcome

I’m Jennifer: reader of fiction, cat whisperer, nerdy introvert. Possessor of a vivid imagination, a massive streak of curiosity, and a love of puzzles. Firm believer in the health-and-happiness benefits of reading and quiet time, whether indoors or out. Proponent of practical mindfulness, gardening, and walks in nature. Artist, writer, and founder of the Read. Purr. Collective.

“The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”


“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

Marcel Proust

“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”

Helene Hanff

“What a happy woman I am, living in a garden, with books … birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them!”

Elizabeth von Arnim

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”

Neil Gaiman