About Janelle

Hi, my name is Janelle! I am a passionate reader, writer, and reviewer. I have been obsessed with reading since I was a little girl because it fed my ever growing imagination.

In addition to books, I love learning about art, different cultures, I love maps, language, and someday I want to travel the world. Also, I love all the animals! They are the most gentle souls on the planet and if I could I would live on a large piece of property and be surrounded by them. I have a soft spot for cats, dogs, wolves, tigers, and elephants.

I am a dedicated lover of true crime. I have an analytical mind and a need to solve puzzles. I am fascinated by human behavior and psychology. I love looking at cases through books, podcasts, and documentaries. My Favorite Murder, The Murder Squad, Redhanded, and Crime Junkie are my go-to podcasts (SSDGM).

I have lived in Northern California my entire life and enjoy how close I am to everything, whether it be the ocean, the mountains, or all that’s in between. I have been with my husband for twenty years and we live with our sweet adorably tiny cat, Abby.

It is a dream of mine to one day own a bookstore in the historic area of my hometown. I would love to feature book and beer pairings, possibly with a local brewery or a coffee shop next door. Also, would love a house full of animals.

I enjoy reading books from all types of genres. However, I do have my favorites which are horror, true crime, crime fiction, thrillers, literary fiction, sci-fi/dystopian, and nonfiction. My love of horror, thriller, crime fiction, and true crime started at a very young age. I used to sneak books off of my parent’s bookshelf starting with Stephen King, VC Andrews, Mary Higgins Clark, John Grisham, and Ann Rule—it escalated from there and these genres continue to be my comfort reads. Coffee is a must! A cup of coffee and a book is the perfect day for me.

I am a contributing writer for TorNightfire.com – it is a dream come true to write for the horror imprint for Tor (seriously I have to pinch myself). I’m also a part of an amazing team called the Night Worms, where we review books by independent authors and publishers. Our motto is “Horror is our happy place”, and I wholeheartedly agree with that statement!

When I’m not reading, I fuel another passion of mine, writing. I’m either writing up reviews, various articles, or writing chapters. My goal is to write a novel in the next few years. I am constantly working on something because my brain always has to keep moving. I am a bibliophile to the core. I collect special editions of my favorite books. Also, my office is full of fandom because I enjoy being surrounded by joy and inspiration.

I have been fortunate enough to see a few of my favorite authors, such as Margaret Atwood, Joe Hill, and Ruth Ware. My lifelong dream is to actually talk with Margaret Atwood and see Stephen King. Just the thought of getting my book signed by the first horror author I read as a child, Mr. Stephen King, makes my black heart melt.

If there is one cause I am deeply invested in it’s Earth and animal conservation. I regularly contribute to organizations such as the SPCA, International Anti-Poaching Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions Project, Ocean Conservancy, Wolf Conservation Center, Jane Goodall Institute, Farm Animal Refuge, and Orphan Kitten Club/Kitten Lady.

I started this tiny blog so I can share what I love and connect with other book enthusiasts, bloggers, and authors. Thank you so much for visiting – I hope you enjoy your stay!


I read books from many sources. While many are purchased by me, some are Advanced Reader Copies provided by publishers in exchange for an honest review. If I receive a book from a publisher I will disclose that in my review.

  • I can be reached directly at janelle@shereadswithcats.com
  • I only accept physical books for review.
  • I will try to respond to every review request, regardless of interest. I’m open to almost anything that’s interesting.
  • If I review a book, I will also post that review on InstagramGoodReads, and Amazon.

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