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“What are the best books about or take place in France?” We looked at 432 of the top books about France, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best France” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 400+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 23 France Books Of All-Time



23 .) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

 A Tale of Two Cities Lists It Appears On:

  • Solosophie
  • Solutions
  • Wikipedia

Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!’ After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine. This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens’s vision, and includes the original illustrations by H. K. Browne (‘Phiz’). Richard Maxwell’s introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy



22 .) Anatole by Eve Titus

 Anatole Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Kids Travel Books
  • Table Life Blog

Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…



21 .) Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant

 Bel Ami Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzz Feed
  • Fluent U
  • Localers

Guy de Maupassant’s scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power, “Bel-Ami” is translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmee in “Penguin Classics”. Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives – the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers – and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, “Bel-Ami” is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life – depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle epoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity. Douglas Parmee’s translation captures all the vigour and vitality of Maupassant’s novel. His introduction explores the similarities between Bel-Ami and Maupassant himself and demonstrates the skill with which the author depicts his large cast of characters and the French society of the Third Republic.



20 .) Chocolat by Joanne Harris

 Chocolat Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Thought Co.

In tiny Lansquenet, where nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful newcomer Vianne Rocher and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive and instantly begin to play havoc with Lenten vows. Each box of luscious bonbons comes with a free gift: Vianne’s uncanny perception of its buyer’s private discontents and a clever, caring cure for them. Is she a witch? Soon the parish no longer cares, as it abandons itself to temptation, happiness, and a dramatic face-off between Easter solemnity and the pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival. Chocolat’s every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere. It’s a must for anyone who craves an escapist read, and is a bewitching gift for any holiday.



19 .) Everybody Bonjours!

 Everybody Bonjours! Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Travel Books
  • Mama Loves Paris
  • Table Life Blog

Shop a fancy France-y store. Eat a pretty petit four. Discover! Sightsee! Explore! On this fun and friendly tour, everybody says “Bonjour!” Whether at a soccer stadium (“players scoring”), a crêpe stand (“batter pouring”), or strolling the Champs d’ Elysee (where folks “bonjour” in every store), a little girl and her family are welcomed everywhere with the signature French greeting. Jump into these pages and enjoy the trip! Through lilting words and lively images, Everybody Bonjours welcomes young reader-travelers to a Paris that isn’t just for artists, grown-ups, and dreamers– it’s for kids!



18 .) The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene

 The Last Time I Saw Paris Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Goodreads
  • Stories From The City

A stunning debut novel of a young American woman who becomes a spy in Paris during World War II. May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn’t anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German occupation, the once- privileged socialite’s only option is to take a job in a flower shop under the tutelage of a sophisticated Parisian florist. In exchange for false identity papers, Claire agrees to aid the French Resistance. Despite the ever-present danger, she comes to love the enduring beauty of the City of Light, exploring it in the company of Thomas Grey, a mysterious Englishman working with the Resistance. Claire’s bravery and intelligence make her a valuable operative, and slowly her values shift as she witnesses the courageous spirit of the Parisians. But deception and betrayal force her to flee once again-this time to fight for the man she loves and what she knows is right-praying she has the heart and determination to survive long enough to one day see Paris again.



17 .) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

 The Little Paris Bookshop Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Hasty Book List
  • Trip Fiction

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.” Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.



16 .) Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan

 Bonjour Tristesse Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzz Feed
  • Female Scriblerian
  • Penguin
  • The Culture Trip

Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father—a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye—for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father share, while plotting her own sexual adventures with a “tall and almost beautiful” law student. But the arrival of her late mother’s best friend, Anne, intrudes upon a young girl’s pleasures. And when a relationship begins to develop between the adults, Cécile and her lover set in motion a plan to keep them apart…with tragic, unexpected consequences.



15 .) Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 Tender is the Night Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Buzz Feed
  • Female Scriblerian
  • The Culture Trip

Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.



14 .) The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

 The Elegance of the Hedgehog Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzz Feed
  • Goodreads
  • Solosophie
  • Stories From The City

A moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us. We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building’s tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. Then there’s Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.



13 .) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 The Nightingale Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Book Club
  • Goodreads
  • Hasty Book List

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.



12 .) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 Madeline Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Kids Travel Books
  • Mama Loves Paris
  • Table Life Blog

Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl’s trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages.



11 .) My Life in France by Julia Child

 My Life in France Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Huffington Post
  • Red Online
  • The Simple Luxurious Life

The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France–and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams–in her own words. Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story–struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took the Childs across the globe–unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia’s success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America’s most endearing personalities.



10 .) Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

 Sarah's Key Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Goodreads
  • Mac Millan
  • Solutions
  • Stories From The City

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting French families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard-their secret hiding place-and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.



9 .) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

 The Count of Monte Cristo Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzz Feed
  • Goodreads
  • Solosophie
  • Solutions
  • The Culture Trip

In 1815 Edmond Dantès, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.



8 .) The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

 The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Buzz Feed
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Solosophie
  • Solutions

This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to Victor Hugo’s brilliant historical imagination and his remarkable powers of description.



7 .) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

 The Three Musketeers Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Buzz Feed
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Solosophie
  • Solutions

Alexandre Dumas’s most famous tale— and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time— in a handsome hardcover volume. This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger- than-life characters: the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII and his unhappy queen—and, of course, the three musketeers themselves, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto “all for one, one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining.



6 .) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 All the Light We Cannot See Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Book Club
  • Goodreads
  • My French Life
  • Solosophie
  • Solutions

When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance.



5 .) Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

 Les Misérables Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzz Feed
  • Fluent U
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Kids Travel Books
  • Solutions

It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in France. A major reason for the singular celebrity of this most popular and versatile of the great French writers is Les Misérables (1862). In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean—a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert—Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.



4 .) A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

 A Year in Provence Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzz Feed
  • Female Scriblerian
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Solosophie
  • The Simple Luxurious Life
  • Trip Fiction

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January’s frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine.



3 .) Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

 Suite Française Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Bub
  • Buzz Feed
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Solosophie
  • Solutions
  • Stories From The City

The first two stories of a masterwork once thought lost, written by a pre-WWII bestselling author who was deported to Auschwitz and died before her work could be completed. By the early l940s, when Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française—the first two parts of a planned five-part novel—she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France—where she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis—she’d begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama in which she herself would become a victim.



2 .) The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

 The Paris Wife Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Club
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • My French Life
  • Red Online
  • Solutions

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.



1 .) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 A Moveable Feast Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Hasty Book List
  • Huffington Post
  • Localers
  • Red Online
  • Solosophie
  • Solutions

Hemingway’s memories of his life as an unknown writer living in Paris in the twenties are deeply personal, warmly affectionate and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him – James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald – he recalls the time when, poor, happy and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation. Written during the last years of Hemingway’s life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city.




The 400+ Additional Best Books About France



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Books Appear On 2 List Each)
24A Hero of FranceAlan FurstBook Bub
Stories From The City
25A Lion in ParisKids Travel Books
Mama Loves Paris
26A Walk in ParisKids Travel Books
Mama Loves Paris
27Adèle & SimonBarbara McClintockBarnes & Noble
Kids Travel Books
28Almost French: Love and a New Life in ParisSarah TurnbullGoodreads
Solosophie
29Black BazaarStories From The City
Stories From The City
30Charlotte GraySebastian FaulksBook Bub
Goodreads
31E is for Eiffel Tower: A France AlphabetHelen L. WilburKids Are A Trip
Kids Travel Books
32Eloise in ParisKay ThompsonKids Are A Trip
Kids Travel Books
33Five Quarters of the OrangeJoanne HarrisFrance Travel Guide
Thought Co.
34Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #11: Framed in FranceJeff BrownKids Are A Trip
Kids Travel Books
35FouchéStefan ZweigBuzz Feed
Kids Travel Books
36France ABCsKids Travel Books
Table Life Blog
37Giovanni’s RoomJames BaldwinLocalers
Localers
38Henry MillerStories From The City
Yahoo
39Hunting and GatheringAnna GavaldaBuzz Feed
Stories From The City
40Irène NemirovskyStories From The City
Yahoo
41Joanne HarrisStories From The City
Yahoo
42Kiki and Coco in ParisKids Travel Books
Mama Loves Paris
43Last Christmas in ParisHazel Gaynor and Heather WebbGoodreads
Hasty Book List
44Lessons in FrenchHilary ReylBustle
Red Online
45Letters from My WindmillAlphonse DaudetBuzz Feed
Female Scriblerian
46Lilac GirlsMartha Hall KellyBook Bub
Solutions
47Madame BovaryGustave FlaubertBuzz Feed
Fluent U
48Madame TussaudMichelle MoranBook Club
Goodreads
49Marie AntoinetteStefan ZweigBuzz Feed
Kids Travel Books
50Murder on the Eiffel TowerClaude IznerBustle
Mac Millan
51My Father’s Glory and My Mother’s CastleMarcel PagnolBuzz Feed
Female Scriblerian
52Notre-Dame de ParisVictor HugoLocalers
Red Online
53Paris FranceGertrude SteinHuffington Post
Red Online
54Paris to the MoonAdam GopnikBuzz Feed
Huffington Post
55Raymond QueneauStories From The City
Yahoo
56Seeking Whom He May DevourFred VargasGoodreads
Solosophie
57The Alice NetworkKate QuinnBook Bub
Goodreads
58
The Cat Who Walked Across France
Mama Loves Paris
Table Life Blog
59The Cleaner of ChartresSalley VickersGoodreads
Kids Are A Trip
60The FlaneurEdmund WhiteHuffington Post
Localers
61The Garden of EdenErnest HemingwayFemale Scriblerian
The Culture Trip
62The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis BleriotAlice ProvensenKids Are A Trip
Table Life Blog
63The Horseman on the RoofJean GionoBuzz Feed
Solosophie
64The House I LovedTatiana de RosnayBustle
Mac Millan
65The Iron KingMaurice DruonBook Club
Bustle
66The MandarinsSimone de BeauvoirBuzz Feed
Stories From The City
67The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.Sandra GullandBook Club
My French Life
68The Most Beautiful Walk in the WorldJohn BaxterGoodreads
Hasty Book List
69The Paris ArchitectCharles BelfoureBook Bub
Book Club
70This is ParisMiroslav SasekBarnes & Noble
Table Life Blog
71Z: A Novel of Zelda FitzgeraldTherese Anne FowlerMac Millan
Solutions
72Zazie in the MetroRaymond QueneauBuzz Feed
Stories From The City
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
73‘Chocolat‘Joanne HarrisSolosophie
7460 Million French Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong: Why We Love France But Not The FrenchJean-Benoît NadeauSolosophie
75A Bridge Across the OceanSusan MeissnerBook Bub
76A French Affair: The Paris Beat 1965-1998Mary BlumeFrance Travel Guide
77A French Girl in New York (The French Girl #1)Anna AdamsGoodreads
78A good readStories From The City
79A Goose in Toulouse: and Other Culinary Adventures in FranceMort RosenbaumFrance Travel Guide
80A Man’s Head (Maigret)Solutions
81A Novel Bookstore (Paperback)Laurence CosséGoodreads
82A Paris ApartmentMichele GableMac Millan
83A Place of Greater SafetyWikipedia
84
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
Kids Are A Trip
85A Secret KeptTatiana de RosnayMac Millan
86A Sun for the DyingStories From The City
87
A Walk in Monet’s Garden by Francesca Crespi
Kids Are A Trip
88Adele and SimonMama Loves Paris
89Alain MabanckouStories From The City
90Alan FurstStories From The City
91
All Aboard! Paris: A French Primer
Kids Travel Books
92Always enjoyableStories From The City
93An American MarriageTayari JonesGoop
94An Officer and a Spy (Hardcover)Robert HarrisGoodreads
95Anatole over ParisKids Travel Books
96Anna and the French KissSolutions
97Anna GavaldaStories From The City
98Antoine LaurainStories From The City
99Anything ConsideredPeter MayleThought Co.
100Arch of TriumphStories From The City
101Aspects of ProvenceJames Pope-HennessySolosophie
102AsterixThe GaulBuzz Feed
103At the Edge of SummerJessica BrockmoleBook Club
104Babar Loses His CrownMama Loves Paris
105Bar BaltoStories From The City
106Becoming Marie AntoinetteJuliet GreyBook Club
107Between Meals: An Appetite for ParisA.J. LieblingHuffington Post
108BillieStories From The City
109Billy BuddWikipedia
110Birdsong (Paperback)Sebastian FaulksGoodreads
111Bitter AlmondsStories From The City
112Black VenusJames MacManusMac Millan
113Blackberry WineJoanne HarrisThought Co.
114
Blossom and Beenie Go To Paris
Kids Travel Books
115Bonjour HappinessJamie Cat Callan
The Simple Luxurious Life
116Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (Audiobook)Pamela DruckermanGoodreads
117Brotherhood of FearPaul GrossmanMac Millan
118
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
Kids Are A Trip
119Capturing the LightRoger Watson and Helen RappaportMac Millan
120
Carol Drinkwater on her writing process
Penguin
121Celestine: Voices from a French VillageGillian TindallFrance Travel Guide
122
Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt
Kids Are A Trip
123Charlotte in GivernyKids Travel Books
124Charlotte in ParisKids Travel Books
125Charlotte Walsh Likes to WinJo PiazzaGoop
126Chasing CézannePeter MayleThought Co.
127Chasing DegasKids Travel Books
128ChériColetteLocalers
129
Christian Louboutin Nail Bar at Mandarin Oriental Paris
Bonjour Paris
130Christmas in FranceKids Travel Books
131City of Darkness and LightRhys BowenMac Millan
132City Trails – ParisKids Travel Books
133Claire MessudYahoo
134Classic of gay literatureStories From The City
135Claude & CamilleStephanie CowellBustle
136
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Mac Millan
137Code Name VerityElizabeth WeinBook Bub
138Colonel ChabertHonoré de BalzacBuzz Feed
139Crepes by SuzetteKids Travel Books
140Cyrano de BergeracEdmond RostandBuzz Feed
141Daft PunkDina SantorelliMac Millan
142Dangerous LiaisonsPierre Choderlos de LaclosSolosophie
143Death on the RivieraJohn BudeFemale Scriblerian
144Desmond (novel)Wikipedia
145Different Like CocoKids Travel Books
146
Dodsworth in Paris by Tim Egan
Kids Are A Trip
147Dominique LapierreStories From The City
148Dora BruderStories From The City
149Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of J B Kennedy, S Sontag, & A Davis – (2012)Alice KaplanMy French Life
150Dreams from the EndzStories From The City
151Eleanor ClarkYahoo
152Ellie’s Paris AdventureKids Travel Books
153Emergency ContactMary H. K. ChoiGoop
154Emma in ParisMama Loves Paris
155Erich Maria RemarqueStories From The City
156
Escape to Western Australia with The Light Between Oceans
Penguin
157Every Frenchman Has One (Hardcover)Olivia De HavillandGoodreads
158Faïza Guène –Stories From The City
159
Favorite Covered Markets in Paris
Bonjour Paris
160Find Out About FranceKids Travel Books
161
First Time in Paris? Helpful Hints for your Trip
Bonjour Paris
162FloridaLauren GroffGoop
163Flowers of EvilCharles BaudelaireHuffington Post
164Follow Us!Mac Millan
165
France, A Kid’s Picture Book About France
Kids Travel Books
166France, A Love Story: Women Write About the French ExperienceCamille CusumanoFrance Travel Guide
167Francoise SaganYahoo
168French CoastAnita HughesTrip Fiction
169
French Etiquette: The Dos and the Don’ts from an Insider’s Perspective
Bonjour Paris
170French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire ValleyLinda Kovic-SkowTrip Fiction
171French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and CorkscrewPeter Mayle
The Simple Luxurious Life
172Georges PerecStories From The City
173Girl on the Golden CoinMarci JeffersonMac Millan
174Gustave FlaubertYahoo
175Harry and LuluMama Loves Paris
176Henri’s Walk to ParisKids Travel Books
177Hidden Gardens of ParisSusan CahillMac Millan
178Holiday in a Coma / Love Lasts Three YearsFrédéric BeigbederBuzz Feed
179Hotel PastisPeter MayleThought Co.
180How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad HabitsCaroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey DiwanSolosophie
181I Am, I Am, I AmMaggie O’FarrellGoop
182I’ve Been ThinkingMaria ShriverGoop
183
If you were me and lived in… France…
Kids Travel Books
184Immediate bestsellerStories From The City
185ImogenJilly CooperThe Culture Trip
186
In Fashion: Cool Photography Exhibit at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Bonjour Paris
187In Search of Lost TimeMarcel ProustBuzz Feed
188
In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy
Wikipedia
189In the Shadow of ParisClaude IznerMac Millan
190Ingredients of LoveNicholas BarreauMac Millan
191Instructions for Visitors: Life and Love in a French TownHelen StevensonFrance Travel Guide
192
Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Kids Are A Trip
193Is Paris Burning?Stories From The City
194J’accuseGraham GreeneThe Culture Trip
195Jacquot and the WatermanMartin O’BrienTrip Fiction
196James BaldwinStories From The City
197
Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources by Marcel Pagnol
Penguin
198Jean-Claude IzzoStories From The City
199Jell-O GirlsAllie RowbottomGoop
200Joan of ArcDiane StanleyBarnes & Noble
201Joel DickerYahoo
202Joie de VivreHarriet Welty RochefortMac Millan
203Julian BarnesStories From The City
204Just Like TomorrowStories From The City
205Kate MuirStories From The City
206
KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France
Kids Travel Books
207Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow (UFaïza GuèneBuzz Feed
208
Kiki & Coco’s Guide to Paris: A Travel Journal for You and Your Doll
Kids Travel Books
209L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home (Hardcover)David LebovitzGoodreads
210L’Homme aux cercles bleus (Commissaire Adamsberg, #1)Fred VargasGoodreads
211
L’Amant, The Lover by Marguerite Duras
Penguin
212L’Étranger”Fluent U
213
La Bête Humaine – By Emile Zola
Solosophie
214La Cousine Bette”Fluent U
215La Gloire de mon père”Fluent U
216La Place de L’ÉtoileStories From The City
217LabyrinthKate MosseSolosophie
218Larry CollinsStories From The City
219Last Chance in the PyreneesJulia StaggTrip Fiction
220Laurence CosséStories From The City
221
Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge
Wikipedia
222Le Comte de Monte-Cristo”Fluent U
223Leap & Hop ParisKids Travel Books
224Left BankStories From The City
225
Les Etangs de Corot: A Bucolic Hotel Haven just outside Paris
Bonjour Paris
226Les Fleurs du mal”Fluent U
227Les Liaisons DangereusesChoderlos de LaclosBuzz Feed
228Let’s Visit Paris!Kids Travel Books
229Letters from Paris (Paperback)Juliet BlackwellGoodreads
230Life A User’s ManualStories From The City
231Life, Only BetterStories From The City
232Lily & Baa in ParisKids Travel Books
233
Literary Lives in the City of Light
Stories From The City
234Little JewelStories From The City
235Little PanicAmanda SternGoop
236Look What Came From FranceKids Travel Books
237Lost in ParisKids Travel Books
238Lynne SheeneStories From The City
239M.F.K. FisherYahoo
240
Macarons and More: New Workshops at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
Bonjour Paris
241Madam, Will You Talk?Mary StewartFemale Scriblerian
242Madame MartineMama Loves Paris
243Madeleine’s WarPeter WatsonBook Club
244Madeline’s ChristmasKids Travel Books
245Mademoiselle ChanelSolutions
246Maigret on the RivieraGeorges SimenonThe Culture Trip
247ManhuntKids Travel Books
248MetrolandStories From The City
249MetronomeLorànt DeutschMac Millan
250
Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
Kids Travel Books
251Miranda RoadStories From The City
252Mission to ParisStories From The City
253Mistress of the RevolutionCatherine DelorsBook Club
254
Monsieur Saguette and His Baguette
Table Life Blog
255Montmartre studioStories From The City
256
Monuments that tell Stories of Paris
Kids Travel Books
257Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery, #1)Susan Elia MacNealGoodreads
258Murder on the QuaiCara BlackSolosophie
259Muriel BarberyStories From The City
260My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine (Hardcover)Kate BettsGoodreads
261My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories (Hardcover)David LebovitzGoodreads
262My personal favouritesStories From The City
263MythologiesRoland BarthesBuzz Feed
264NanaEmile ZolaLocalers
265Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and the ImageAlan ForrestMac Millan
266
Next post Shakespeare and Company
Mama Loves Paris
267
Night of the New Magicians, Magic Treehouse #35 by Mary Pope Osborne
Kids Are A Trip
268Ninety-ThreeWikipedia
269No One Tells You ThisGlynnis MacNicolGoop
270Nude Picnic in ParisMama Loves Paris
271Occupation TrilogyStories From The City
272ParisSolutions
273Paris (Paperback)Edward RutherfurdGoodreads
274Paris by Edward RutherfurdKids Are A Trip
275Paris down-and-outsStories From The City
276Paris in the Present Tense – (2017)Mark HelprinMy French Life
277
Paris In the Spring with Picasso
Table Life Blog
278Paris Journal 1956-1964Janet Flanner (Genêt)Huffington Post
279Paris Letters (Paperback)Janice MacleodGoodreads
280Paris NocturneStories From The City
281Paris Time Capsule (Kindle Edition)Ella CareyGoodreads
282Paris TwilightRuss RymerBustle
283Paris, Baby!Kirsten LobeMac Millan
284Passing LoveJacqueline E. LuckettBook Club
285
Pastry in Paris: The Best Saint Honoré Pâtisserie in the City
Bonjour Paris
286Patrick ModianoStories From The City
287PedigreeStories From The City
288Père GoriotHonoré de BalzacLocalers
289PerfumePatrick SuskindFrance Travel Guide
290
Peter Mayle’s Caper Mystery series:
The Simple Luxurious Life
291Philippe ClaudelYahoo
292Philosophy in the BedroomMarquis de SadeBuzz Feed
293
Phrase Book with useful French phrases
Solosophie
294Pierre LemaitreYahoo
295Pierrot Mon AmiStories From The City
296Poem to post-war ParisStories From The City
297Priscilla, The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in War Time France – (2013)Nicholas ShakespeareMy French Life
298Pure – (2011)Andrew MillerMy French Life
299Quiet Corners of Paris: Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden GardensJean-Christophe NapaisTrip Fiction
300Quiet Days in ClichyStories From The City
301Reader for Hire (Paperback)Raymond JeanGoodreads
302Really lovelyStories From The City
303Red GoldStories From The City
304Ring RoadsStories From The City
305Riviera Stories: Just Below the SurfaceDebra MoffittFemale Scriblerian
306Scaramouche (novel)Wikipedia
307Second HarvestJean GionoTrip Fiction
308
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Mystery of the Mona Lisa: France Book 3 by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Kids Are A Trip
309Seducing Ingrid BergmanChris GreenhalghMac Millan
310Selling DreamsSuzanne O’LearyTrip Fiction
311Simone de BeauvoirStories From The City
312
Snowy Snow Leopard’s – Paris Adventure Book
Mama Loves Paris
313
Solo Travel, Train Stations, and Dining at the Gare du Nord…
Bonjour Paris
314Somewhere in FranceJennifer RobsonBook Club
315Somewhere in France (The Great War #1)Jennifer RobsonGoodreads
316Stealing Mona LisaCarson MortonMac Millan
317
Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas
Stories From The City
318Tartuffe”Fluent U
319Tatiana de RosnayStories From The City
320That Kind of MotherRumaan AlamGoop
321The Accursed KingsMaurice DruonBuzz Feed
322The Art of Sleeping AloneSophie FontanelBuzz Feed
323The Assassin in the MaraisClaude IznerMac Millan
324The Autobiography of Alice B. ToklasGertrude SteinLocalers
325The Baker’s SecretStephen P. KiernanBook Bub
326The Beekeeper’s Promise (Audio CD)Fiona ValpyGoodreads
327The Book of Lost and Found (Paperback)Lucy FoleyGoodreads
328The Café of Lost YouthStories From The City
329The Castle ConundrumFranklin W. DixonBarnes & Noble
330The Count of ChanteleineWikipedia
331The Da Vinci CodeDan BrownSolosophie
332The Devil’s QueenJeanne KalogridisBook Club
333The Disappearance at Pere-LachaiseClaude IznerMac Millan
334The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau – (2014)Graeme Macrae BurnetMy French Life
335The Elementary Particles (UMichel HouellebecqBuzz Feed
336The EnsembleAja GabelGoop
337The FallAlbert CamusBuzz Feed
338
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
Kids Are A Trip
339The Favorite SisterJessica KnollGoop
340The Female PersuasionMeg WolitzerGoop
341The Flight of IcarusStories From The City
342The Flowers of EvilCharles BaudelaireBuzz Feed
343The Fly-TrufflerGustaf SobinThought Co.
344The Forgotten SummerPenguin
345The French Beauty SolutionMathilde Thomas
The Simple Luxurious Life
346The French War BrideRobin WellsBook Club
347
The Giraffe that Walked to Paris
Mama Loves Paris
348The Girl at the Lion d’Or (Paperback)Sebastian FaulksGoodreads
349The Gods Are AthirstWikipedia
350The Golden Hour (novel)Wikipedia
351The Great AloneKristin HannahGoop
352The House at ZaronzaVanessa CouchmanTrip Fiction
353The House in France: A MemoirGully WellsSolosophie
354The House of MirthEdith WhartonThe Culture Trip
355The Hundred-Foot Journey (Hardcover)Richard C. MoraisGoodreads
356The Invisible Bridge (Audiobook)Julie OrringerGoodreads
357
The Josephine Baker Suite at Le Bristol Paris
Bonjour Paris
358
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, A World War II Soldier by Walter Dean Myers
Kids Are A Trip
359The Lacemaker and the PrincessKimberly Brubaker BradleyBarnes & Noble
360The Ladies’ ParadiseEmile ZolaBuzz Feed
361The Ladies’ DelightEmile ZolaRed Online
362The Lady and the Unicorn (Paperback)Tracy ChevalierGoodreads
363
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
Kids Are A Trip
364The Last LifeClaire MessudThought Co.
365The Lavender KeeperFiona McIntoshBook Bub
366The Life Before UsRomain Gary (Emile Ajar)Buzz Feed
367The Light of Paris (Hardcover)Eleanor BrownGoodreads
368The Little Black Book of ParisVesna NeskowSolosophie
369
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Richard Howard
Kids Are A Trip
370The Lollipop ShoesStories From The City
371The Lost EstateHenri Alain-FournierBuzz Feed
372The Loveday TrialsWikipedia
373The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris (Paperback)Jenny ColganGoodreads
374The Man in the Velvet MaskWikipedia
375
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
Penguin
376The Marriage of Opposites (Hardcover)Alice HoffmanGoodreads
377The Matchmaker of PerigordJulia StuartFrance Travel Guide
378The Milliner’s Secret (Paperback)Natalie Meg EvansGoodreads
379The Mole: The Cold War Memoir of Winston BatesPeter WarnerMac Millan
380The Montmartre InvestigationClaude IznerMac Millan
381The Night WatchStories From The City
382The Oracle GlassJudith Merkle RileyBook Club
383
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Kids Are A Trip
384The Paris WinterImogen RobertsonBook Club
385The Perfume CollectorSolutions
386The Perfume LoverDenyse BeaulieuMac Millan
387The President’s HatStories From The City
388The Queen of the NightAlexander CheeBook Club
389The Queen’s DwarfElla March ChaseMac Millan
390The Race for Paris – (2015)Meg Waite ClaytonMy French Life
391The Rain WatcherTatiana de RosnayMy French Life
392The Razor’s EdgeM. Somerset MaughamThe Culture Trip
393The Red and the BlackStendhalBuzz Feed
394The Red NecklaceWikipedia
395The Red NotebookStories From The City
396The Reinvention of Love – (2011)Helen HumphreysMy French Life
397The Riches of FranceMaribeth ClementeMac Millan
398The Rough Guide to FranceSolosophie
399
The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky
Kids Are A Trip
400The Scarlet PimpernelWikipedia
401The Sea GardenDeborah LawrensonFemale Scriblerian
402The Search WarrantStories From The City
403The Secret Daughter of TsarJennifer LaamMac Millan
404The Shadow of Doctor SynWikipedia
405The Spy Who LovedClare MulleyMac Millan
406The Summer QueenElizabeth ChadwickBook Club
407The Sun Also RisesErnest HemingwayBuzz Feed
408The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious and Perplexing CityDavid LebovitzHuffington Post
409The Templars’ Last Secret (Bruno, Chief of Police, #10)Martin WalkerGoodreads
410The Three Evangelists (Three Evangelists, #1)Fred VargasGoodreads
411The TraitorStephen CoontsMac Millan
412The Tree of LoveSolutions
413The Tropic of CancerStories From The City
414The WanderessSolutions
415The World at NightStories From The City
416
Thea Stilton and the Mystery in Paris by Thea Stilton
Kids Are A Trip
417Thérèse Raquin”Fluent U
418Three Strong WomenMarie NDiayeBuzz Feed
419To Dance with KingsRosalind LakerBook Club
420Total ChaosJean-Claude IzzoThe Culture Trip
421TrapezeSimon MawerBook Bub
422Tropic of CancerHenry MillerLocalers
423Two Towns in ProvenceM.F.K. FisherFrance Travel Guide
424
Uber Wants to Bring Flying Taxis to Paris
Bonjour Paris
425Une sorte de justiceWikipedia
426Vivid and energeticStories From The City
427
Voyages de Noces, Honeymoon by Patrick Modiano
Penguin
428We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier, Normandy, France, 1944Walter Dean MyersBarnes & Noble
429
Win a Family Hotel Stay a Stone’s Throw from Disneyland Paris
Bonjour Paris
430You Think It, I’ll Say ItCurtis SittenfeldGoop
431ZadeStories From The City
432
Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked to the King
Table Life Blog


31 Best French Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Barnes & Noble Oui, Oui: 9 Favorite Children’s Books Set in France – The B&N Kids Blog
Bonjour Paris Best Books Set in Paris: Novels, Memoirs, Biographies and More
Book Bub 15 World War 2 Books Set in France – BookBub Blog
Book bub 2 20 Historical Fiction Books Set in France – BookBub
Bustle 11 Books That Will Make You Feel Like You’re In France, In Honor Of …
Buzz Feed 40 Books That Will Make You Want To Visit France – BuzzFeed
Female Scriblerian 10 Best Books Set in The French Riviera | The Female Scriblerian
Fluent U 10 Classic French Books That Pack a Punch for Learners Today
France Travel Guide 9 Books About France You’ll Love – France Travel Guide
Goodreads Popular Books Set In France Shelf – Goodreads
Goop 13 Great Books Set in France | Goop
Hasty Book List 5 Books to Read Set in France – Book Review – Hasty Book List
Huffington Post 10 Books To Read Before You Go To Paris | HuffPost
Kids Are A Trip Books That Inspire Travel to France – Kids are a Trip
Kids Travel Books Children’s books set in France (+ language book recs)
Localers 10 Best Books Set In Paris – Localers
Mac Millan Mystery, Thrillers, fiction and nonfiction books set in France | St …
Mama Loves Paris Best picture books about Paris for kids – Mama Loves Paris
My French Life French summer reading list 2018: Top 11 English language books set …
Penguin Carol Drinkwater picks five books to transport you to France
Red Online Best books set in Paris | French literature | Books – Red Online
Solosophie 25 Breathtaking Books About France You Simply Must Read …
Solutions 19 Best books set in Paris, France 2018 – Softonic Solutions
Stories From The City Paris: the most recommended novels | Stories from the City
Table Life Blog Our Favorite Children’s Books about France – TableLifeBlog
The Culture Trip 10 Recommended Books Featuring the French Riviera – Culture Trip
The Simple Luxurious Life My 10 All-Time Favorite French Books – The Simply Luxurious Life®
Thought Co. Top Fiction Books Set in France – ThoughtCo
Trip Fiction Some of your favourite books set in France… Blog | TripFiction
Wikipedia Category:Novels set in the French Revolution – Wikipedia
Yahoo Armchair Traveler: Great Books Set in France in Honor of Bastille Day

 

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