French Book Recommendations

by Hope Hanson
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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday post! I skipped last week’s since it was super similar to a previous prompt and I didn’t feel like putting in the effort. But I’m back again for this week, and the prompt is for French book recommendations.

First, though, here’s the original post:

Happy Bastille Day! In honor of this French holiday, what are your top 5 French books? They could be anything relating to France. Maybe they were originally written in French, took place in France (or a fantasy world inspired by it), or even had themes of love or something far-fetched like that. Stretch it as much as you need to!

(This month’s prompts were provided by Alex (The Scribe Owl). Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by GingerReadsLainey.)

I don’t have much else to say in addition to that, so let’s get right into the list! Here are some French book recommendations; I hope you enjoy them!

(Also, yes, I currently have a totally unrelated photo at the top of this post. I realized I don’t have photos of any of the books I included, but I promise I’ll fix it soon. But, for the sake of maintaining the flow of my home page, a filler photo it is, for now.)

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Obviously, I had to include this one! I’ve watched both the American and French movie adaptions countless times; I also read the abridged version of the book a long time ago. As of now, I have yet to read the full, unabridged version, but it’s on my list of things to read!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

How could I make a list of French book recommendations without including this one? Honestly, this book is kind of dark and weird, but it still deserves a place on this list. No doubt about it.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

I debated on whether I should include No Exit or Waiting for Godot, but in the end, I decided to go in the Beckett direction. I enjoyed both of them, but I included another Sartre book on this list, so. Anyway, I think existentialism is so interesting, and I definitely recommend reading the books that were part of the movement!

Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre

I said I included a different Sartre book in this list, and here it is! But first of all, I have no idea what is happening with this cover. It’s truly hideous, and that stick man in the corner is going to be featured in tonight’s nightmare’s, for sure. Anyway, if existentialism interests you, then you absolutely should read this one!

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

And we end the list with another famous Dumas book! Honestly, I probably could have made this entire list consist of his works, but that would be boring. Anyway, since this one is another classic, I don’t have much to say about it that hasn’t already been said before. So, we’ll end it there.

So, I hope you enjoyed this list of French book recommendations! Honestly, there are plenty more that I could point out, but these are five of the best/most important, in my opinion.

If you did enjoy this list, feel free to use the Extras tab above to see more posts like this one! Also, if you’d to share your thoughts, drop a comment down below. Or, you can always reach out on one of my Bookstagram posts and chat. You know I’m always down to talk about books!

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