Hello, Fellow Readers!

Is life getting in the way of your reading time? If so, this may seem counterintuitive, but trust me: One of the easiest, most reliable antidotes to the stress of everyday life is to read a good book! Keep scrolling to learn more about the science behind this bookish magic and how to rediscover the joy of reading.

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your secret weapon against stress: read a book


Yes, life is stressful.


But pushing yourself and living with too much stress can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to relax or focus, even physically ill. If the stress increases or becomes chronic — and if your only method of “dealing” with it is to ignore it, mask it, or wish it away — it could actually affect your health in some pretty scary ways.


the good news …


If you are — or used to be, or want to be — a bookworm: Reading is one of the best antidotes to stress.

One study found that reading is a superior form of relaxation, and that the activity can reduce stress by up to 68%.

Which makes reading more relaxing than:

listening to music (61%),

drinking coffee or tea (54%), or

taking a walk (42%).

read your way to feeling calmer & happier …


Thankfully, these benefits aren’t limited to the over-achievers among us who are reading stacks of books each month. It’s the act of consistently setting aside as little as 10 minutes of quiet time each day and truly focusing on the words on the page that gets results.


Reading books does wonderful things for our brains. The mindful concentration required to read a book not only reduces stress, it also expands your vocabulary and enhances your memory and other cognitive skills. And, if you’re a regular reader of so-called “literary” fiction, you may even notice that a regular habit of quiet, uninterrupted reading time actually helps improve your abilities to listen and to empathize with others.


If all that weren’t enough: When you choose a peaceful, quiet spot to read your book, the silence itself offers additional health benefits.


Want to know how to read and relax your way to feeling calmer and happier?


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …


how to unlock the magic …

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

Grab your book.

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

Your new mantra?  Read. Purr.

cultivate your best bookish life …


Have no fear: This isn’t another reading challenge.


I won’t encourage you to complete a huge reading list, or to read faster.


Your reading goal shouldn’t be to simply read more; rather, it should be to get more out of the book you’re currently reading.


Because, let’s face it, when you’re calm, focused, empathetic, and well-read, you’re ready to do the work of being — and making — positive change in the world. Which is something we could certainly use right now.


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

Subscribe to our occasional Read. Purr. newsletter and, as a free thank-you gift, you’ll receive
a copy of our Keys to Unlocking the Magic of a Good Book.

Welcome to the online home of The Novel Cat, where reading, relaxing, and snuggling with cats are a way of life. 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.

“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

“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