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

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(Picture: A view of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines taken for my Basic Photography (FOTOCOM) Final Portfolio)

It’s been a long time since I posted something here on my tumblr. I have been bombarded by school stuff that almost killed me and my glorius GPA (which droped like the freaking economy). I got the shock of my life last academic trimester when I got the taste of major subjects for my degree program Organizational Communication. It was challenging and frustrating as well. My first year in college did not prepare me for the rigors of my communication subjects (e.g. Communication Theory, Organization Theory, etc.). And so goodbye glorious GPA.

I also did not have much time to read for non-school books. It was a really sad life. I had about 40 unread books in my bookshelf.


And then when the trimester ended, we had a vacation for three days (if you call that a vacation). And I did not finish the book that I was trying to finish because I had to catch up on sleep. Then the torture resumed. 


So now, I am still buried in school shit and org stuff. But I really try my best to read a bit. I’m currently finishing Angels & Demons and Freakonomics (which I borrowed from my economics major friend). The latter is an interesting look at our mundane and basic assumptions about how the world works. So far, so good.


My friend lent me the said book when I was stuck in her dorm room because of heavy rain. And because of the freaking weather, I was also not able to go to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) and tomorrow is the last day!!! I must go.

Check out their website here: MIBF

I went to MIBF last year and it was amazing. 20% off on all new books. Oh for the love of books.



But I might not be able to go now…


But something more horrible is up. Now I have to find some journal articles…

Lanscapes of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines


Book Splurge


  • Manga Realities
  • Journeys With My Autistic Son
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
  • Great Men and Women of Asia
  • Young Pens for Young Minds
  • Pride and Prejudice

Ayala Museum Inspire Every Day! Event 


This photo set features the following:

  • Entrance of Ayala Museum
  • Fully Booked Booth
  • New Frontiers: Jana Benitez Gallery titled “Life Force”

Term 1 AY 2014-2015 begins today. 


Some times, life just gets you down and you need to sink into a book. Here are five books to pick up when life feels like it sucks.

This is timely. Thank you.

(via ofpagesandchapters)


the last photo should be stuck on ever floor, taught in ever class, in bedded into ever graphic designer

for future reference / for my graphic design class

(via bookbubs)

You may ask me anything. 

The Yellow Room


This is why I love to be at home.



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!

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.

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"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:

Stacks of Books


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