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

Life of Pi

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It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.
Yann Martel, Life of Pi (via quotethat)
How do we forgive ourselves for all of the things we did not become?
"14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes" by David ‘Doc’ Luben  (via bruisedkneesclub)

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility — the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth — these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. (From Goodreads)

Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race. (From Goodreads.)

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My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a moving portrait of an autistic fifteen-year-old boy, Christopher. It is an inventive narrative and a satisfying mystery with a touch of family drama. Brimming with eccentric reason and logic, and fascinating thoughts, this book is definitely bound to capture the attention of readers. (01/18/14)

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My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro


Wow, 5000 followers! thank you so much! This giveaway is to say thanks for following me and putting up with my shenanigans. Featuring some of my favourite YA books!


  • The giveaway will run until May 16th 2014
  • You must be following me
  • You may like or reblog this post to enter
  • A winner will be chosen on the closing day (above). Keep your askbox open! If the winner does not reply within 24 hrs, I will choose a new winner. 
  • International! I will be ordering through the book depository 
  • The winner will choose two of the above books as their prize (in paperback format)
  • please do not spam your followers by reblogging multiple times at once

good luck!


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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - 2004


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - 2004

Day 13: Your favorite book from childhood

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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The Yellow Room


This is why I love to be at home.

This is based on the amount of material by the author that I have read and how I like/love those books. 

1. J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rolwing created my childhood. I am so grateful for her Harry Potter series. 

Books by J.K. Rowling that I have read:

  • Harry Potter Series
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Quidditch Through the Ages
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2. John Green

John Green’s books are one of the best young-adult books out there. I just can’t get enough of his signature style -  the deep and sometimes existential torrent of thoughts.

Books by John Green that I have read:

  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • An Abundance of Katherines
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan)
  • Paper Towns
  • Looking for Alaska

3. Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is one of the funniest authors out there. Her YA books are worth a try. 

Books by Meg Cabot that I have read:

  • How to Be Popular
  • Jinx
  • Princess Diaries Series (but I haven’t read the entire series yet)

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"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people might hate me for this list but I believe my judgement is justified. To further support my claims, I have included online ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. This shows that I am not alone in branding these films as “awful”. 

1. Eat Pray Love (2010)

Directed By: Ryan Murphy

Written By: Ryan Murphy

Based on Eat Pray Love  by Elizabeth Gilbert


The film failed to capture the depth of reflection in the book. This is supposed to portray Gilbert’s account of her travel to Italy, India, and Indonesia in search for pleasure, devotion and balance but the movie seemed to be too focused on the pleasure part. It is overly long and extremely tedious that I almost stopped midway. But I continued watching until the end in the hopes that it will finally get better. Obviously, my hopes were in vain as I prolonged my agony by watching another hour of this totally flat, shallow, and superficial movie.

Online rating:

5.6/10 - IMDb

36% - Rotten Tomatoes

2. The Three Musketeers (2011)

Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

Written By: Alex Litvak, Andrew Davies

Based on The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


I have high expectations for this film after reading the complete and unabridged edition of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. But sadly, the film failed me big time because it loosely followed the original plot of the book and inserted some unnecessary twists (flying ships! FOR GOD’S SAKE!) which made me go: WHAT IS THIS? DISNEY?! (I have nothing against Disney.) This film is too modernized with superb special effects to the point that it has become unrecognizable. This is clearly not the dearly loved The Three Musketeers of Dumas,this is just a hot mess with nice effects, and a Milady who is not evil enough. 


28% - Rotten Tomatoes

3. My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

Directed By: Nick Cassavetes

Written By: Jeremy Leven, Nick Cassavetes

Based on My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult


I watched this last month and I have no regrets that I have watched it so late because it just ruined the book. Of the three films I have named, this is the least terrible. What made this movie awful is that they left out  many details from the book that could have made the story more interesting and multidimensional.They left out some characters like Julia that would have made the story more vivid. That is too bad because I was actually looking forward to Campbell and Julia’s side story. And oh god forbid, they even changed the ending. This does not give justice to the book. Some would say that this is a good tearjerker. Yes, it is and I cried several times while watching but being a good tearjerker does not automatically equate to being a good movie. 

7.4/10 - IMDb

48% -Rotten Tomatoes

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