The Bookworm's Haven

Mia. 17. Ravenclaw. Avid Reader. Communication + Management Major.

This is my book tumblr blog as well as my personal blog because I found it hard to manage two blogs at the same time. My personal life seems to be tied up with books and reading.

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2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Mia Claire has read 7 books toward her goal of 30 books.

Posts I Like

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series). On top of the list is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series. God, I love her. I loved her from the start even though she was a know-it-all. And that’s precisely why I liked her. And when she knocked Malfoy! (but she slapped him in the book). Damn, that was cool.She is perhaps one of the strongest and most clever female heroines ever created. Thank you J.K. Rowling for writing such a wonderful character.


Elinor Loredan (Inkheart Trilogy). Elinor is my favorite book lover character. She is an elderly lady with a huge collection of books. Her whole life was devoted to collecting and preserving books. I felt her pain when her books were destroyed. Poor, poor Elinor.


Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird). He is my favorite character in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is one of the best lawyer characters out there and he inspires me into becoming a lawyer someday.


Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). No. 24601. Monsieur Madeline. Monsieur Leblanc. Fauchelevent. Fabre. Whatever his name is, I love Jean Valjean. I made him my bracket champion for Out of Print’s Hero Vs. Villain Book Madness 2014 but he was beaten by Atticus and then Atticus won the championship. Atticus deserved it anyway. It was a hard decision to choose between the two, though. 


See the challenge here.

Currently Reading: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

This book is my first taste of Murakami. So far, I am having fun reading this as my mind is continually filled with an endless barrage of questions. I have a feeling that this is going to be one of my favorites. 

Kafka on the Shore reminds of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler because the characters there also ran away from home like Kafka in Murakami’s novel. But the similarities end there. Murakami’s novel is entirely a novelty. A novel mind-bender with philosophical and metaphysical trappings with a mysterious twist. I’m so excited to finish this book!




It’s true, but you can share the love of your favorite books by donating them to someone in need of the magic of story. Why not do so in the name of
accio books?

In other words, books I didn’t like (that much).

  1. Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) by Angie Sage
  2. The Guardian (The Salem Years #3) by Nancy Rue
  3. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
  4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  5. The Pizza Puzzle by Susan Beth Pfeffer

See the challenge here.

Hmmmm. This is kind of hard. It pained me to choose only 10. But for the sake of completing and starting the book challenge, here it is in no particular order:


  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

This is probably the longest book I’ve read. Every page was worth it. This is my all-time favorite classic book. 

  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I consider the whole Harry Potter Series as one whole damn long book. (This is my lame excuse to save myself from choosing among the seven books. HAHA). But seriously, I love Harry Potter so much. It is my childhood and it will always be a part of me.

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

This is my latest favorite book. I just read it last week. Damn it, there’s so much feels. I can’t even…

  • Paper Towns by John Green

Another John Green favorite. I love Margo and her mysteriousness. (I know TFIOS fans will kill me because TFIOS is not in this list.)

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

So much love for Atticus.

  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult

Probably the first book that made me cry so hard.

  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

One of the most interesting YA books I have read. Plus points for the author for naming her main character Mia. My namesake. Unfortunately, my copy was not returned by someone also named Mia. Damn it.

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Again. So much feels. One of my favorite Newbery Medalists.

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Read it in English and in my native language. This book is definitely a timeless masterpiece.

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

My favorite Chinese novel which is about mother and daughter relationships. Beautifully crafted, indeed.

See the challenge here.



the thing i regret the most about getting a tumblr is that suddenly i’m staying up all night on this website instead of staying up all night reading a book

This is the most accurate thing I’ve ever read.

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There are 30 days left before I leave home again for college. Blame it on the trimester system. To keep this blog more active and to make the remaining 30 days meaningful, I will be doing another 30 Day Book Challenge starting tomorrow, April 21. I hope I can keep this up till May 20. Hooray for 30 days of book posts!

  1. Your 10 favorite books of all time.
  2. Your 5 least favorite books of all time.

  3. Your favorite characters and which books they’re from.

  4. Characters you hate and which books they’re from.

  5. If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you? Include one reason for each.

  6. The best book you’ve read in the last year.

  7. The worst book you’ve read in the last year.

  8. Your favorite quotes from books.

  9. Your favorite quotes about books.

  10. Name five absolutely great film adaptations of books.

  11. Name three absolutely awful film adaptations of books.

  12. Your favorite authors.

  13. Your favorite book from childhood

  14. A book you regret not having read sooner

  15. A book you haven’t read but is on your “will read” list.

  16. A book you haven’t read and have no intention of ever reading,.

  17. A book you want to like, but can’t get into for whatever reason. Why can’t you get into it?

  18. A book that you think is highly overrated.

  19. A book that you think is woefully underrated

  20. The environment you most enjoy reading in

  21. The most disturbing book you’ve ever read

  22. A book you once loved, but don’t anymore. What changed?

  23. A book you once hated, but now love. What changed?

  24. Your favorite series

  25. The nerdiest book you’ve ever read.

  26. Your favorite type of nonfiction book

  27. Your favorite genre

  28. The first book you can remember reading on your own

  29. An author you wish was more well-known

  30. The book you’re reading right now.

Source: heckyeahtumblrchallenges

Who says life is fair, where is that written?
William Goldman, The Princess Bride (via observando)



Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Potentially Support Life
Astronomers have discovered a planet about the size of Earth,
orbiting its star in the zone where oceans of liquid water would be possible.


A study of the newly-found planet indicates it could have an Earth-like atmosphere and water at its surface. The planet Kepler-186f is the fifth planet of the star Kepler-186, 490 light-years away.

The planet has 1.11 times the Earth’s mass. Its radius is 1.1 times that of Earth. Kepler-186f orbits at 32.5 million miles (52.4 million kilometers) from its parent star. Its year is 130 Earth days. 

The planet orbits Kepler-186, an M-type dwarf star less than half as massive as the sun. Because the star is cooler than the sun, the planet receives solar energy less intense than that received by Mars in our solar system, despite the fact that Kepler-186f orbits much closer to its star.

guys this isn’t just some science jerk-offery. This is legitimately the first confirmed exoplanet that fulfils all of NASA’s main prerequisites, same mass, same density, rocky, right zone in terms of heat, it may even have an atmosphere.

Soon we’re launching a satellite code named “Star Shade”, which although it sounds badass is literal- it’s a massive unfurling shade that will allow a powerful telescope to TAKE PHOTOS of these goddamn planets, no doubt this one will be first on the list, to see what they look like.


I say we name it in honour of Carl Sagan who first brought serious investigation into finding exoplanets in a time where people didn’t even believe they existed, yet.

(via obito-wankenobi)

"Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape - the world or the end of it?"

Finally finished reading Looking for Alaska last Friday. It’s John Green’s first novel but it’s the last I read.

Looking for Alaska is not your typical boarding school story. There is the normal teenagers stuff - too much booze, too much porn and sex, and too much pranks. And yet, behind this façade lies some profound existential contemplations. The story’s theme revolves around the vague philosophical interjection of Simon Bolivar: "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" (as quoted in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ The General in His Labyrinth). But despite its philosophical theme, the narration does not try to be overly pretentious. The insights are carefully weaved into the plot and Miles Halter’s (a.k.a. Pudge) musings naturally rise like smoke. Miles is indeed a very interesting and dynamic narrator who has an eccentric liking for last words and a risky devotion towards seeking the "Great Perhaps" (Francois Rabelais). His journey towards the so-called Great Perhaps - the world of mysterious and unpredictable Alaska and genius Chip/the Colonel - has led him to seek the answers towards the fundamental questions about life. It has led him to seek the way out of the "labyrinth" - whatever the hell it is - in a painful, yet beautiful way.

(I wish I had read this before I wrote my paper in philosophy, damn it!)

I was tagged by booksarebrainfood. Thank you! :)

Always post the rules!

1. Answer the questions.

2. Ask 5 new questions.

3. Tag 5 new blogs.

4. Message these blogs to let them know they have been tagged.

booksarebrainfood’s questions:

1. Do you prefer hardback or paperback books?

I prefer paperback books because they are easier to bring and they are cheaper. But in terms of quality, the hardbound always wins. However, I am looking more on the practical side because I have a limited budget for buying books. Hardbacks cost a lot of money. But I also buy some when there are book sales or bargains.

2. What’s next on your ‘to-read’ list?

I’m planning to read Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.

3. If you could meet your favourite author, what would you ask/tell them?

I would ask why they keep on killing characters. HAHA kidding! I would ask how they where inspired to write the book, who were the bases for their characters, and what are they writing habits. I would ask if when they were young, they really dreamed of becoming writers.

4. Is there a movie adaptation that you think did the book justice?

Flipped. It really followed the scenes in the book. The style of narration is also the same as the book.

5. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read?

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Totally hilarious. A guffaw at every page.

Here are my questions:

  1. If you have read John Green’s books, what is your favorite?
  2. Do you get kind of emotional when characters die?
  3. Who is your all-time favorite author?
  4. What movie have you watched that you think is better than the book?
  5. What is your favorite book as a child?

I’m tagging:

Favourite books of John Green - Last quotes

(via hello-bookfreaks)

How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?
Gabriel García Márquez, The General in His Labyrinth (via waitingfordelilah)

Stacks of Books


Last night, I removed all of my books from my bookshelf and arranged them in stacks on the floor.