What is a Novel Cat?


You may be wondering: What is a Novel Cat, anyway?

Well, for a start, we’re book people. Readers of classics and novels, histories and memoirs, poetry and mysteries and biographies.

Beyond that, in our approach to reading (and life, if we’re being totally honest), we’re inspired by contented house cats.



But what exactly does that mean, you ask?

You know you’re getting inspiration from the cat when you’re an expert at finding — or creating — the comfiest, coziest corners in the house … or, if you’re more of an indoor/outdoor cat, the loveliest, quietest, shadiest spots outside.

You crave stillness and quiet; naps and reading time. Contentment.

The main thing about being a Novel Cat, though? It’s not just an end goal; it’s a deliberate, continual practice. Wherever you are in your journey to find more contentment, we’re here to remind each other of the joys of simply grabbing a book and finding your cozy spot.

Our mantra?

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?

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.

“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