(Re)discover a bookish life of ease & joy.

Let’s rescue your bookish bliss from the clutches of productivity and expectations.

 

 

Once upon a time …

 

There was a young reader who devoured books about secret gardens, hidden passageways, enchanted forests, 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 you’re looking for a simple yet powerful antidote to stress … and a pathway back into the enchanted forest.

 

 

We can help.

 

 

Are you searching for more enchantment & peace?

 

 

Let’s keep things simple.

 

Start your quest at home, in the garden and the forest, and in the pages of your favorite novels.

 

These are the places you can nurture your imagination. Find your calm contentment. Rescue your bookish bliss.

 

Despite what your brain may be telling you, or you may have been led to believe: There is enough time in your day for fun reading. And reading fiction does not translate to “wasting time.”

 

It is possible to rescue your bookish bliss — your contentment, your chilled-out blissful joy — from the clutches of “productivity” and “expectations” and “responsibility.”

 

And, yes, you can finally say good-riddance to that nagging sense of dissatisfaction, the inability to focus, the yearning for more beauty and wonder in your life, and the icky stress that makes your head and your stomach hurt.

 

We can help you (re)learn how to read in a way that cracks open the magic of fiction, harnesses the calming power of nature and “everyday” mindfulness, vanquishes stress and, ultimately, offers the blissful contentment you crave.

 

Nurture vivid imaginations.
Cultivate more calm.
Support literacy.

 

Welcome to the Read. Purr. Collective

 

To help you nurture your imagination and cultivate more calm, we offer:

Our FREE guide to falling (back) in love with reading fiction;

Nerdy fractal-infused artwork to help you go from stressed to feeling calmer & more focused in an instant;

A list of cozy independent bookstores in the eastern half of the U.S.,
to visit in person or to support remotely;

Gifts for book nerds; and

A curated selection of books & jigsaw puzzles in our Bookshop storefront.

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.

Supporting literacy

 

We all deserve a peaceful life full of enchantment, wonder, and contentment. And there is no question that reading fiction helps us — time and time again — to discover that magical place.

 

But despite the proven benefits of learning to read — and learning to enjoy reading — at a young age, many children either don’t have books of their own or don’t have easy access to books. Which is why we support organizations that offer literacy programs for all and that provide books to the children who need them most.

 

Click here to learn more about the literacy organizations we support.

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 — and ready to help you discover — the health-and-happiness benefits of reading and quiet time, whether indoors or out; “everyday” 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.”

Cicero

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived as fully as the days we think we left behind without living at all: the days 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