May in Review

(Last Updated On: June 20, 2019)


I read 10.5 books in the month of May (half of Jane Eyre was read in April)! It was a good mixture of backreads and ARCs and I feel good about the progress I made. Click the links below to be taken to my review for the book.

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, ★★★★★
  2. UnHappenings by Edward Aubry, ★★★★☆
  3. * The Testament of Loki (Loki #2) by Joanne M. Harris, ★★★☆☆
  4. * Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro, ★★★★★
  5. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ★★★★☆
  6. * Sleep, Merel, Sleep by Silke Stein, ★★★
  7. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier, ★★★★
  8. Pestilence (The Four Horsemen, #1) by Laura Thalassa, ★★★☆☆
  9. Roberto to the Dark Tower Came by Tom Epperson, ★★★
  10. The Lifeboat at the End of the Universe by Simon Brading, ★★★★☆
  11. A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal, ★★★

ARCs are noted above by an asterisk *

Total Books Read in May: 10.5
Total Books Read in 2018: 66
Goodreads Reading Goal: 50 100

Book Haul

I added a few books to my shelves this month. Have I read any of them? No. Will I stop buying books even though I ran out of space on my shelves long ago? Also no. 

Not yet arrived: Legendary

eBooks Purchased (not yet reviewed): The Postmortal by Drew Magary, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

eARC approvals (not yet reviewed): The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young, Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (7/31), The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (US 9/4), and The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck (9/11)


This California girl visited British Columbia, Canada for the first time in May, and LOVED IT! It was really nice to unwind, visit a new country, and hang out with a friend… with a side of reading, of course. Hikes, beers, lakes and a bit of laughter.

Fun fact: the population of California is 3,000,000 people more than the entire country of Canada – and it is no surprise given the stunning natural landscapes of BC! Driving along Hwy 1 and Hwy 3 to get to Penticton (via Hope-Princeton) was so gorgeous that I don’t have words to describe it adequately. I had a wonderful weekend adventure and definitely cannot wait for my trip to Vancouver proper in late September!

Blog & Stats
I moved to WordPress from Blogspot on March 5, 2018 and it has been so much fun to watch my little blog grow. I hit 100 followers by the end of the month (!!) and more than that I am getting to know many of you — and that connection is so special to me!

Here’s how Reader Voracious Blog did in terms of views & visitors in May 2018… look at the comparison to March and April!!! (Note: I decided to add this screenshot and segment on June 5, hence the June stats being present.)


Thanks so much, everyone for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your experiences here! I created this blog because I love books so much and wanted a platform to scream about them with others, and this has been such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. I treasure each of you and am humbled that you choose to read the words I write.

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

    June 3, 2018 at 11:22 PM

    I love how honest you are about your book haul 😘 Don’t worry, I have no plans to stop buying even when I have not read Haha. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 5, 2018 at 1:27 AM

      I figure one of these days I will get around to everything on my shelves, and I am just investing in my future enjoyment… like a retirement account. Or something. 😀

      1. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

        June 5, 2018 at 12:50 PM

        That is a wonderful way of looking at it, and my future arguement to my cause 😉

  2. bookwormbrittanyy

    June 4, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Buying books long after you’ve run out of space for them is a definite symptom of being a bibliophile. I’m guilty as well! Will we ever stop buying books? Probably not. Will we ever get around to writing a review each and every one? Possibly 😉

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 5, 2018 at 1:23 AM

      Most definitely, and this is an addiction that I am okay with having! 😉 I just need to go buy some more bookshelves at some point.

  3. booksandblends

    June 4, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    You had a great month! I hope you love Caraval!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 5, 2018 at 1:14 AM

      Me too, I am really excited! Fun fact I could have SWORN I read it already… but I didn’t I guess? My best guess is I thought Caraval was Night Circus lol

      1. booksandblends

        June 5, 2018 at 11:42 AM

        How was Night Circus?

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          June 6, 2018 at 4:11 AM

          You know… I honestly don’t remember? I know I read it and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I didn’t write a review and it didn’t leave a lasting impression either way. I should probably re-read at some point because this is bothering me lol

          1. booksandblends

            June 6, 2018 at 12:53 PM

            lol! I kept hearing mixed reviews so I never picked it up!

          2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            June 6, 2018 at 10:47 PM

            Well if I ever decide to re-read it I will be sure to let you know!

  4. Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations

    June 21, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    I can’t wait to read Caraval! I can’t believe I haven’t picked it up yet, actually. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 22, 2018 at 8:31 AM

      It definitely is one of those books I am surprised that I haven’t read yet! Even though I have owned a copy for a month, I still haven’t cracked the book open yet! 🙁 I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it, and thanks for stopping by!

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