we have a new kitten!


We here at Novel Cat HQ adopted a kitten!


Please meet our baby boy, Maximilian II …



Of course, this addition means I haven’t found much time for reading lately.


But as a friend and fellow bookaholic said recently, “Given a choice between kittens and books, always pick the kitten.”


You and I, we’re readers. And we know what a marvelous pastime a good book can be; that reading is one of the best ways to relax, escape, travel, explore, and learn.


But there’s something undeniably relaxing and restorative, too, about simply sitting outside to enjoy a breeze, taking a minute or two to sit with the cat or, yes, playing with a kitten. And if you have a book with you, or within easy reach, in case that quiet moment stretches into fifteen or thirty minutes or more? Well, that’s a double bonus.


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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 former and aspiring readers maximize life’s simple pleasures — like the joy of savoring a good book — by helping them create quiet spaces (both mental and physical) 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