About Janelle

Hi! My name is Janelle and I have a deep passion for books. I love reading them, admiring their beautiful covers, and learning about their authors. 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 different cultures, food, traveling, and am obsessed with maps. I love all animals, but especially cats and elephants.

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’m married to a loving husband who is the most caring person I know.

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 parings, possibly with a local brewery or a coffee shop next door.

I enjoy reading books from all types of genres. However, I do have my favorites which are mystery, thriller, literary fiction, dystopian, and historical fiction. A cup of coffee or tea and a book is the perfect day for me!

I co-curate an online, monthly book club called Black Heart Reads with my partners in crime, Lindsey Schwarz and Jennifer Vining. It is a mystery and thriller themed club where we get the amazing opportunity to connect with authors and readers.

When I’m not reading, I fuel another passion of mine, Earth and animal conservation, by volunteering and contributing to organizations such as the SPCA, International Anti-Poaching Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions Project, Ocean Conservancy, Wolf Conservation Center, and Jane Goodall Institute.

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 read both physical books and eBooks on my Kindle and iPad
  • 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.

I can also be contacted via the following form: