Much Loved French Novels for Intermediate Learners

Are you an intermediate French learner looking for the perfect book to read?

Here are several books to learn French quickly.

AuthorBookGenreSummary
Amélie NothombStupeurs et tremblementsclassic
contemporary
intercultural
Japan
biography
satire
fiction
Funny and satirical, this novel based on the author’s true life deals with the cultural differences and the hierarchy system in Japan, where Amelie worked for a year, starting at the bottom of the corporate ladder… Awarded Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française in 1999.
Antoine de Saint-ExupéryLe Petit PrinceClassic youth tale philosophyIs it still necessary to present the most read and the most translated French book of the century? This beautiful tale will be interpreted on different levels by children and adults. A pilot standed in the desert after the crash of his plane meets a mysterious, little blond boy full of questions who comes from another planet. With original watercolour illustrations from the author, this novella full of poetry will make you laugh, cry and ponder.
Pierre GripariLa Sorcière de la Rue Mouffetardclassic
youth literature
short stories
tale
These tales set in Paris have become a classic in youth literature. Discover the story of the little demon who wanted to be kind, of the witch who wanted to eat little girl Nadia seasoned with tomato sauce, of the pair of shoes that fell in love with each other, and many more!
HergéTintinclassic
comic
series
cartoon
adventure
youth
humour
World famous comics albums from Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Follow the adventures of reporter Tintin in many countries and even to the moon. Ideal to start reading in French.
Goscinny et Uderzoclassic
comic
series
cartoon
adventure
youth
humour
pun, play on words
This comic series follows the exploits of a village of Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. There are many puns/play on words in the albums (eg in the names of the characters), and many cultural and historical references that will add extra savour to your reading.
Alexandre DumasLes Trois Mousquetairesclassic
historical novel
history
adventure
plot
Follow he adventures of D’Artagnan and his friends and team mates Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they thwart political plots against the King (the story is set in the 17th century, when France was divided between republican and monarchists). A great piece of literature.
Sempé et GoscinnyLe Petit NicolasShort storiesA classic in children’s literature, these humourous short stories are perfect for intermediate students of French. Set in the 1950s, they narrate slices of childhood of Nicolas, a young schoolboy (adults are ununderstanding, mysterious people and school is only fun for the recess time with friends) . The books are told from the point of view of Nicolas himself, which gives a simplistic, fresh view of the world.