Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback to my childhood shelves

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Dear reader,

As I just posted my Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag, I didn’t want to talk about my favourite books of 2018 so far again, which was the new topic for this week. Instead, I decided to go for a throwback, as it was supposed to be one originally.

If you don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, it was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. A list of topics is up on that blog and every Tuesday you can create your own list, following the topic announced for the day, or just go with your imagination.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in, take a ride to the past and talk about my top ten favourite books when I was younger (11-15 years old).

 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


I am pretty sure that you saw this one coming.

Like tons of other bookworms, I started reading with the Harry Potter series. I got the first four books in the series for my 6th Christmas and immediatly started them, after seeing the first one at the movies. I fell in love with the whole universe and Hermione Granger (and Emma Watson) have been my very first inspiration when I was a child. It felt good to rely on her as I also was the nerdy kid who was anxious for every single tests and loved to go home to do her homework. Thanks to this series, I felt less alone (I didn’t really have any friends until I was 16) and everything felt magical. I even started writing my own fanfiction when I was 11 and it introduced me to so many new friends online, some I still talk to today. It was also with me when I spent six months at the hospital when I was 14 and for this, I will forever be grateful.

 The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares

sisterhood.pngAs half of my family is in Corsica, I always spent all my summer there. Obviously, until I could buy my own books my mom had to buy me some before we left (and while we were there as well). I don’t know how old I was but I remember picking up the first book in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series in a bookshop and starting it in our hamac. Every summer, my mom would buy me a sequel and it felt as if I was living the story with the girls as it was always set during summer, a year at a time.

This series is so special to me. I reread it two years ago, and will probably do so very soon, and it always makes me feel good. It reminds me of brighter days when I was younger, enjoying my time with my family. I can almost feel the heat of the sun on my skin whenever I pick those books up. They’re magical and they taught me so much.

 The princess diaries by Meg Cabot

princess.pngI can’t remember exactly when I first started this series but it feels as if it has always been with me.

I was obsessed with it. Meaning that I started a diary just to be like Mia and secretly hoped I too was a princess. Well, it isn’t true and I stopped writing in my diary a very long time ago but this series is still very close to my heart. It made me feel so good. That’s all. I was always happy when I was reading it and I even reread it a few times, running home after school to go back through my favourite moments. Sometimes I couldn’t even stopped and my mom got mad because I still wasn’t sleeping at 11pm, but I just couldn’t stop: I needed to know more about Mia and Michael. I laughed a lot reading it, smiled like crazy, probably cried too. It meant a lot to me.

❥ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

pj.pngTo be honest, I didn’t read the entire series when I was that young. I started it, read maybe two books, then stopped for no reasons at all. No worries, to this day I am up to date with the series (well, I still have to read some new books but it’s okay).

Despite all of that, I adored those books. I think I was around 15 when I read the first one and I fell in love with it instantly. I was so glad to meet Annabeth and related to her a lot. Finally I found a blonde heroine who loved architecture and was serious about her education. I remember laughing a lot thanks to this series, mostly because of the chapters’ titles which made sense only after you read them. It was so funny, addictive and perfect for my summers in Corsica.

Leonardo da Vinci’s biography


Okay, let me explain myself.

When I was younger, meaning around 6 and 10 years old, I used to read Harry Potter books, comic books, history books (about greek and egyptian mythology), French classics and biographies. Don’t ask me why, but I developped this weird crush on Leonardo da Vinci and I had to know everything about him. I even went to his house in France and cried while I was in his room. I still have his biography with me and I’ll forever be grateful to my grand-mother for getting me it.

Anything by Meg Cabot

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I know that I just talked about Meg Cabot but honestly, I read way too many books by her when I was young and I can’t seem to stick to one. Ransom My Heart (the novel by Mia, in The Princess Diaries) and Avalon High may be my favourites but I read so many of them, and they all made me happy in some ways. Maybe if I reread them today I won’t even understand why, but I’m just glad I got to have those books growing up to make me feel good and dream a bit.

❥ Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo


Once again, I had weird tastes when I was a child. Well maybe not weird, but unusual. I was 12, I believe, when I bought this book along others to bring with me in Corsica. I remember sitting on the beach to read it, or staying in the car with it to avoid the heat. I adored it. I don’t know why, I thought that sometimes it was too long and I didn’t understand the whole thing, but I was in love with it, and that’s why I decided to name my bookstagram account because of it (well, according to the English title but still). I really need to reread it.

 Le dernier jour d’un condamné by Victor Hugo


And here we go again.

I read this book for school when I was 12 years old I think, and I couldn’t stop reading it. I was so happy to study it and to know more about Victor Hugo, about what he meant with this book. I remember telling everyone that it was my favourite book ever and that I would never stop reading it (I may have reread it a lot). As I said, I was a nerdy kid.

 Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway


I don’t know why I loved this book so much, but I even recommended it to my best friend when I met her (we were 16 years old) and it has always been stuck with me. I remember the story perfectly and will maybe reread it, even though I’m scared to dislike it now that I’m older.

Once again, I read it in Corsica (I mostly read books for school during the year, expect for Harry Potter and The Princess Diaries) and it went by so quickly. I found it so funny and “real” (finally teenagers were drinking and talking about sex and everything, which I was hearing about everyday at school). It made me laugh a lot and I had such a great time with it.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

hg.pngI read the first book when I was 15 after reading a fanfiction about it. I remember that my mom didn’t want to buy it because it seemed to be violent, but I talked about it a lot and a lot and a lot, and one night, after high school, she finally took me to a book shop to get it. I was so obsessed with it that I was taking it everywhere, reading it in the streets. I was so in love with Peeta and it’s so funny to go back to my old Twitter account because you can see how hooked I was. I even went to the premiere for the movie in Paris and it was my very first time going to this kind of event. I spent the night with some of my online friends and I had my mockingjay pin on me. It’s this series that introduced me to the YA world and I will never forget it.


Well, now all I want to do is go back to my house and reread every single one of them, or just get myself a time machine to go back in time and relive those moments. It was hard to only choose ten books, and they aren’t in any kind of orders, but it makes me so happy to see how words really changed my life and made my childhood so magical.

Tell me more about your favourite books when you were a child in the comments!

Love always,


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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback to my childhood shelves”

  1. Oh Clara this is such a great post- and we have so much in common! I also read and loved The Princess Diaries when I was younger and I fell in love with YA and dystopia at the time, with The Hunger Games as well ❤ ❤


  2. Given the topic you picked for this week I would have been very surprised if Harry Potter didn’t make your list! 😀 It’s a series that pretty much defined me because when I think of how I got into reading it was because of Harry Potter, and I love how the series made you feel less alone growing up too. It’s great what books can give us isn’t it?
    I didn’t read The Princess Diaries but I did love Meg Cabot’s Mediator series (that’s another series that kind of defined me growing up).
    Great post, and great picks for this topic too. 😀 ❤


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