Hello, readers & not-quite-yet bookworms!

Do you want to fall in love with reading again, or for the first time? We’re here to help you learn, or if need be: re-learn, how to be more cat-like and indulge in quiet, cozy spaces — both mentally and physically — so you can unlock the magic of reading a good book or three.

Don’t give in to “reader’s guilt”

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Feeling a little (or a lot) stressed about making sure you read the “right” books? All the newest books? Counting how many you’ve finished recently; trying to keep up with the latest challenge?

Are you keeping up?

Or have you actually started to find the most satisfaction (and, truth be told: frustration) in simply compiling the next list, struggling to complete each challenge?

We’re here to remind you that, despite what that nagging reader’s guilt may be telling you, reading is not a competition.

If your reading goal has become simply adding another title to your “books I’ve read” list, maybe it’s time to step back and remember why you fell in love with the act of reading in the first place. Was it perhaps learning new things, gaining new perspectives, meeting new characters? Or following plot twists, traveling to distant or fantastical places . . . or to completely different time periods? Or is it the quiet joy of reveling in the beauty of the words themselves? My guess is that it was some combination of all these downright magical things.

There is so much to be gained from the simple-seeming act of reading words on a page, but it can be surprisingly easy to lose sight of that magic.

Would you like to reclaim the joy of reading for its own sake?

Instead of rushing through to the end just so you can tick it off your list, we want to help you find contentment in the pages of whichever book you happen to be in the middle of right now.

Your new mantra?

First: slow down and take a deep breath . . . or three. Grab your book.

Then take your cue from any contented house cat: Find your favorite comfy cozy spot and curl up for some quality quiet time.

Hi, there! I’m Jennifer, and I help too-busy-to-read bookworms and those who want to *be* readers maximize life’s simple joys — like reading a good book — by helping them create quiet spaces (mentally and physically) inspired by the habits of cats, who are masters at finding joy in life’s small details.

Want to Read & Relax your way to feeling Calmer & Happier?

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“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 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

“The art of reading is … an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us; when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“When I … looked round at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might read or dream or idle exactly as I chose with never a creature to disturb me, how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that has brought me here and given me a heart to understand my own blessedness.”

Elizabeth von Arnim