Unlatch the hidden gate and join us in the enchanted forest: Let’s tame your stress dragons and rescue your bookish bliss.

But how, you ask?



Read more fiction.





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.



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 …


Be Curious

Be Calm

Pay Attention to the Details

Be Cozy

Savor the Moment

Welcome to the Read. Purr. Collective


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

tips on finding more happiness & better health by indulging in bookish quiet time;

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

a carefully curated selection of books & jigsaw puzzles (through our storefront 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.

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.”


“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