Tuesdays With Jena: Meet Janelle!

Good morning and welcome! It’s another happy Tuesday which means we get to chat with another fabulous #bookstagram account!

You may know her from her incredible book hauls, or her adorable cats, or her contagious smile. And if you don’t know her, well, now you do! Her name is Janelle, and she is the mother of cats. Which, really, if you think about it, is harder than dragons because cats think they rule the world. Try and get THEM to listen to you. You’d have better luck with the dragons, I think.

Right, focus.

You can find her, and her cats, over on the Insta-to-the-gram @shereadswithcats.

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Hello, gorgeous!

Janelle is also another bookstagrammer my faithful dealer, Tracy, introduced me to. She reads such a wide variety of books that almost anyone can find solid recommendations on her account. Plus! She reads so fast guys! I mean, seriously. It’s impressive! But her reviews are detailed, and she’s honest, so I find her account to be a fantastic resource for upcoming books.

She’s also one of the co-hosts for the monthly Instagram book club @blackheartreads!


I love their monthly choices and ALL THE MATCHING THINGS!!! So go pop over to their page and check them out!

Alright, it’s time. Make sure you have your cup of tea, and if you don’t have a cat, just grab the nearest cuddly animal or blanket.

When did you start your Bookstagram account?

May 2017 (ooo it was just my anniversary!!!)

Why do you bookstagram? 

My sister-in-law gifted me a 3-month Book of the Month membership, so I started following them on Instagram. I read my selection, Marlena by Julie Buntin, and fell in love with it, so I had to take a picture. It just took off from there. I kept going with it because I discovered this amazing world of books and people who love them as much as I do! Then you get to know all these wonderful bookish friends, authors, and publishers… it’s just incredible! 

Favorite bookstagram account? 

I love so many bookstagram accounts!


Lindsey (@readingbetweenthe__wines) was my first real bookstagram friend and recent IRL friend!


Linds led me to Jenn (@jennsbookvibes) – these two showed me what the hashtag #bookbesties really means. 


Of course,YOU and Tracy (@thepagesinbetween) – you both are so kind and HILARIOUS. I heart all of you to the moon and back!


Janel (@keeperofpages) is my fraternal name twin and she’s awesome!!


I love @gareindeedreads!!






@kathareads and



Oh! And @mugandnook she literally stopped me from crying on a bad day with one of her hilarious stories!

They are all always kind and have great taste in books.

Favorite non bookstagram account?

Probably @myfavoritemurder because I’m obsessed with that podcast! 


Theme or no theme? 

No theme. It’s too much pressure. I guess my cat is a theme?!! 

Favorite photo on your account? 





Why is it your favorite?

My cats are my happy place

What do you do when youre not on the Internet? 

Reading, writing, cuddling with Abby, or going out to eat.


I’ve been to around 500 concerts. So, it used to be concerts but now I’m running out of steam!

Also, I have a deep love of animals! If I could play with baby animals all day, I would.

Oh My Gosh!!! All the baby animals!!! 500 concerts is CRAZY!!! Do you have a favorite?

David Bowie at the Berkeley Community Center and Arcade Fire at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.

Favorite place to read?

Outside…usually in my backyard. In the winter, I love reading in bed. In a perfect world…Maui.

Favorite genre? 

Psychological thrillers are my absolute favorite! But I also love literary fiction, dystopia, historical fiction, and memoirs.

Top five books right now! 

Hmm…my recent favorite reads are The Sandman by Lars Kepler (LOVE), I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, Circe by Madeline Miller, and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

 Ebooks, audiobooks, paperback or hardcover? Rank them for me.

1. Hardcover

2. Paperback

3. Ebooks

4. Audiobooks 

What book represents your life?

I don’t know what book represents my life but the Nancy Drew series and Go Ask Alice were my childhood favorites and set the stage for my adult reading selections. 

Do you have a blog?

Yes! shereadswithcats.com

When did you start blogging?

July 2017

Favorite blogs?

crimebythebook.comshereads.com, and bookriot.com are the book sites I frequent the most. 

Favorite reading snack?

Anything cheese. Anything bread.

Yes. and Yes. Give me a bread. Give me a cheese.

I love sourdough and manchengo cheese, but just pizza is good.

Pizza is basically life.


She even goes to book signings like a total rockstar! Love it!

I hope you guys loved meeting Janelle. She has an awesome account, with seriously, ALL THE BOOKS! And a cuddly cat! Go over to @shereadswithcats and give her all the love!

I’ll be back next week with another awesome account! Want to be featured, follow me on Instagram and DM me!

See you next week…

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