French books recommendations!


I recently started studying French again, since I did it back in high school but this time I'm trying to take it seriously and stick to it. I'd say my level is quite intermediate? and as a Spanish myself, it's also very easy to understand written French. What I have to focus most is when speaking it.

I'd like to know if anybody could recommend me any good French book. Sure I love mystery, crime, and poetry most, but I'm open to whatever really. I just want to start reading and learn lots of new vocabulary, as that is a lot more motivating.

Merci beaucoup à tout le monde :)

August 9, 2019


I would start with any book that you have already read and enjoyed (and would bear a re-read in Spanish/English if you were not doing this) that you can get in translation. Then you will have a fall-back to the original if you do get bogged down.

You can then move on to another book by the same Author/ translator, but one you are not familiar with - the stylistic similarity will help with your comprehension, and there will be some vocabulary overlap.

Then move on to another one in the same genre by a different author - you are more likely to like it than some random book, and there may well be some reasonable overlap of vocabulary to ease you in.

Most on-line book stores have a way of providing recommendations based on "if you liked that book, then you will like this one" and you could use that to move on to a French author, perhaps starting with one whose books are also available translated to Spanish / English.

I am recommending this approach as otherwise, you will probably have to pick something aimed at a younger reader (whatever your age) and the book itself will not be such a page-turned for you.

August 9, 2019

Here's a site you should totally check out! It sums up what you're looking for quite well.

August 9, 2019

I was about to recommend "Les fourmis". I thought it was a good read and not too complicated once I learned the ant-related vocabulary.

August 9, 2019

I never read that book before! I'm not at the intermediate level yet, although I have been learning for 5 years. I will for sure keep that book on my list!

August 10, 2019

Georges Simenon was a prolific crime/mystery writer from Belgium. I've only read a handful of his books, but his Commissaire Maigret series is pretty accessible and the books are relatively short. The last Maigret was published in the seventies, so they're a little old, but still a good read.

August 9, 2019

"Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A gorgeous French classic novella

August 10, 2019

L'étranger d'Albert Camus. It could be classified as a short story rather than as a novel. No long psychological or landscape descriptions. Only what the characters are doing and saying. The only book I read one shot. The french "mice and men ".

August 10, 2019

Any Maupassant's short story (but prefer Boule de suif). Is there a more brilliant, lucid and cruel story teller ? I doubt so.

August 10, 2019

Bernard WERBER is a writer I personally enjoy, his sentences are quite simple, but the story is usually weird - which is good for me.

Then you also have 'La Passe-Miroir' by Christelle Dabos, it's a fantasy book, really funny and quirky, that I totally recommend through it may be a little bit more difficult (it has quite a lot of play on words, and as a fantasy novel the universe is made up)

And then there's Tobie Lolness by Timothée De Fombelle, a lot of my friends loved it and it's about a tiny boy who lives in a tree, he and his family exiled in the low branches and then he get hunted or sthm like that (can't remember at all uhu) It's angsty yet entertaining as a reader.^^

August 13, 2019
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