Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
I don’t have a lot of ideas for this top ten, but I’ll do my best. (It’s actually been raining for a few days in my city now, so, technically, all the books I read since Wednesday are rainy day reads !)
1 . The magician’s nephew, by C.S. Lewis
2 . The horse and his boy, by C.S. Lewis – Okay, I know that’s kind of cheating, two books of the same series, but hear me out : I’m not putting the entire chronicles of Narnia here, because some of those books bring me more comfort than others, and, for me, the definition of a “rainy day book” is a book that is guaranteed to lift your spirits on a rainy day, when you’re staying in bed to avoid the cold outside of your apartment (or house, for those of you who live in a house !) and hear the sound of the water falling on your window.
3, 4 and 5. Uglies, Pretties, Specials, by Scott Westerfield – I wrote a review of the series here, and I’m putting the first, second and third book on this list (yeah, I’m cheating twice, why not ?), because the books I read in my teenage years seem to give me some sort of nostalgia – the good kind, where you look fondly on your memories and are glad that this book was there, at this moment, and that you read it.
6 . Ellana, la prophétie, by Pierre Bottero – this one is in french, and it’s amazing. It’s definitely one of my favourite books of all time, and it has never failed to bring me joy whenever I read it. Rainy days in bed with this book are always transformed into good days.
(Also, the protagonist has claws like Wolverine. She’s SO COOL.)
7 . D’un monde à l’autre, by Pierre Bottero – Another one by the same french author, this is the first book in an amazing series of 13.
It tells the story of Camille, a young french girl, who discovers that she can jump from our world to a parallel universe by using an incredible power, called Imagination. The writing is splendid, the characters come alive before your very eyes, and the way Bottero describes his protagonist’s powers is incredibly poetic.
There’s been multiple editions of these books, and the latest one is the comic book pictured here. (I love it. The art represents perfectly what I pictured in my mind when I read the original text).
8 . The witch who came in from the cold : season one – this is a Serial Box Publishing book, and the first one like this that I ever read (my review is here, but it’s in french !). I got it a while ago, but the atmosphere of this story would be perfect for a rainy day without too much work to do.
9 . Breaking up is hard to do… but you could’ve done better, by Hilary Campbell – I wrote a review of this book here, and it’s on this list just because it’s funny, and I laughed a lot when I read it the first time. And, you know, sometimes on a rainy day, you just need to read something fun to remind you that there’s good things to come, even if you can’t always see them.
10 . I don’t really have a 10th book to add, so I’m leaving this spot empty, and I’ll look at everyone else’s posts for recommendations !