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.

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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

See the challenge here.


Nakata san - Kafka on the shore (Haruki Murakami)


“Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.”― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


“Listen up—there’s no war that will end all wars,’ Crow tells me. ‘War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


To celebrate my 300 followers, I am doing a book giveaway!

Here are the rules:

  • Only reblogs count. You can reblog as much as you want but don’t spam your followers
  • You must be following bookpillows. (This giveaway is about thanking my followers after all)
  • No giveaway blogs!
  • You must be willing to give me your address. I promise this information will be kept confidential and secure.
  • Your ask box must be open so that I can contact you if you win. If you do not reply within 24 hours I will move on to the next winner.
  • Three winners will each pick One book. The winners will be chosen through a random number generator.
  • The winners will be able to chose any of the books listed above.
  • This is an international giveaway, but I will be using the book depository, so make sure your country is listed on their page.
  • This giveaway ends on May 3, 2014.
  • If you have any questions direct them here.

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This list is just based on the film adaptations of books that I have watched so forgive me if I have not included some great films out there. But please do tell me so I can also watch those films. Also, it was so hard to choose between the films so I eliminated some mainstream movies and books. So without further ado, here is my list of five absolutely great film adaptations in no particular order:

1. Empire of the Sun (1987)

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Written By: Tom Stoppard and Menno Meyjes

Based on Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard


2. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Directed By: Wayne Wang

Written By: Amy Tan and Ron Bass

Based on The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


3. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Directed By: Gabor Csupo

Written By: Jeff Stockwell and David Paterson

Based on Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


4. Flipped (2010)

Directed By: Rob Reiner

Written By: Rob Reiner and Andrew Scheinman

Based on Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen


5. Les Misérables (2012)

Directed By: Tom Hooper

Written By: Claude-Michel Schonberg, and Alain Boublil

Based on Les Misérables by Victor Hugo


See the challenge here.

I found a fan-made production of the song Kafka on the Shore from the novel by Murakami with the same title. It is actually a nice production but it could have been better if they recorded with a female voice and a piano for accompaniment. This way, it would be more in line with the description in the book. But still, kudos to the artists for this wonderful production of the song.


You sit at the edge of the world, 
I am in a crater that is no more.
Words without letters
Standing in the shadow of the door. 
The moon shines down on a sleeping lizard,
Little fish rain down from the sky.
Outside the window there are soldiers,
steeling themselves to die.
Kafka sits in a chair by the shore,
Thinking of the pendulum that moves the world, 
it seems. 
When your heart is closed,
The shadow of the unmoving Sphinx, 
Becomes a knife that pierces your dreams. 
The drowning girl’s fingers
Search for the entrance stone, and more.
Lifting the hem of her azure dress, 
She gazes—-
at Kafka on the shore.

Day 9: Your favorite quotes about books

See the challenge here.


Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d
Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard

Day 8: Your favorite quotes from books

Guess from what books these quotes are from. :)

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The Haunted Showboat (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #35) by Carolyn Keene


According to the list of books I have read last year, this book got the lowest rating which is 3 stars.  Actually, that is a fairly okay rating. I just want to make it clear that the word “worst” here does not connote that The Haunted Showboat is a trashy good-for-nothing piece of crap, it just means that it I compared to other books I have read last year, this one is relatively inferior.

I loved Nancy Drew mystery stories when I was a kid. I devoured them. But I guess Nancy Drew just lost its spark for me now. Preferences always change, but Nancy Drew will always be a part of my childhood and will always be a part of me.

 See the challenge here.

Paper Towns by John Green


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.


See the challenge here.

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore (via indicio)

(via indicio)