For the media:
Jennifer Singleton — a.k.a. “The Avid Reader Who Refuses to Join a Book Club” — is an artist, writer, and founder of Read+Purr, where she conjures monthly doses of bookish magic (available in an envelope or a box) that help overwhelmed and anxious book nerds rescue their calm from the stress of everyday life. Singleton founded Read+Purr to counteract the social-media and societal pressures that say book lovers should “Read this!” and that they should “Read more, more, more!” As an antidote to reading challenges, must-read lists, comparisons, and awkward book-club discussions, the Read+Purr mailings offer a lifeline of calm that leads away from stress, overwhelm, and guilt. Reading for pleasure is vital for our health and happiness. It should be a relaxing and fun experience and should not feel like work, and those are the only “shoulds” that matter. After a lifetime of successfully navigating reading slumps, bouts of anxiety, and periods of reading a bit too obsessively (if such a thing is even possible), Singleton now possesses a hard-won set of boundaries, habits, and rituals — all grounded in calm, quiet joy — that help fit books, reading, and healthy relaxation into daily life with ease. She has never outgrown her love of children’s and young-adult books; has been dubbed a Moss Elf by friends; and once spent a delightful, if often rainy, week as a temporary resident of Windsor Castle.