Paris is always a good idea. I’m obsessed with France. And I can’t wait until my next trip. But, in the meantime, I can travel there from the comfort of my own sofa. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best books set in France. From Beautiful Paris to Cannes and quaint little country villages – these books will escort you to the country home to over 200 different varieties of cheese (Plus get my free printable reading journal!)
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9 Insanely great books set in France
Classic books set in France
The plot of the Count of Monte Cristo is incredibly gripping. And it made me want to enact revenge on people.
It follows Edmond Dantes. Dantes is thrown in prison for a crime he did not commit. He is confined to a grim fortress.
In the fortress, he learns of a great treasure on the Isle of Monte Cristo. And he becomes determined to escape and unearth the treasure.
He will use it to destroy the men who wrongly imprisoned him.
I’m a huge fan of Alexander Dumas and this book is an absolute gem.
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Madeline is a childhood favourite of mine. I also used to love the animated TV series!
The expressive language and beautiful descriptions of Paris really captured my imagination as a child.
Madeline is the take of a brave little girl’s trip to the hospital. And it combines rhythmic text and cheerful humour with an amazing heroine.
If you enjoy reading children’s classics then you absolutely need to pick this up! It’s a heartwarming, easy to read and adorable story.
Contemporary books set in France
I first read Chocolat when I was much younger. I essentially picked it up because I have an incredibly sweet tooth. But I ended up loving it.
Chocolat follows Vianne and her daughter. They open a chocolate shop in a quaint village in the South of France.
The chocolate shop completes shakes up the rigid morality of the straitlaced village.
The book is a cute, lighthearted and heartwarming read. The cute little village gave me cottagecore vibes.
The descriptions of the food were also divine. And make you crave sweet treats while you read it.
If you’re looking for lighthearted books set in France – this is a great choice.
This book instantly caught my attention. The opening premise instantly gripped me. And I had to keep reading to find out what happened.
The Eiffel Tower is the pride of the 1889 World Expo. But, one sunny afternoon a woman dies on the Paris Landmark. Can a bee sting really be the cause of death?
This is definitely not the most fast-paced book. And honestly, the protagonist is a bit slow at times.
But it’s an enjoyable, light hearted mystery.
The descriptions of Paris were lovely and reminded me of walking the streets of Paris. If you like Agatha Christie, I would recommend this one for you.
I saw this book recommended everywhere. And the plot sounded fantastic. I love a book about books!
The Little Paris bookshop follows Jean Perdu. He calls himself a ‘Literary Apothecary’. And he runs a floating bookstore on a barge on the Seine. He prescribes books to people.
But heartbreak haunts him. His great love left him with only a letter. And he’s never opened it.
This book is super sweet. It would almost be too saccharine for some readers. It is also full of cliches. But if you’re looking for a lighthearted, cheesy romance with beautiful descriptions of France – this is the book for you.
The Lost Girls of Paris is an incredible read based on a true story. The synopsis caught my attention and the book did not disappoint.
It follows a group of women who become spies. They defy the 1940s gender expectations to become female secret agents during the war.
The characters in this were what sold the book for me and they were well written and incredibly well developed. I could tell from the first few pages that I would absolutely love this book.
If you enjoy historical fiction or Wartime books this would be an excellent choice
YA Books set in France
A Secret Guide to Paris is an adorable YA book set in Paris.
It follows Nora. She is planning a trip to Paris with her Grandmother. But her grandma dies unexpectedly in a car crash.
When looking through her belongings they find a surprise Paris itinerary her grandmother had planned.
This was a really cute and heartwarming story set in Paris. It was a super sweet lighthearted read.
If you’re looking for an easy summer, beach read – this would be perfect.
Non-fiction books about France
If you love cookery books and cooking shows then you should pick this up! I am obsessed with Rachel Khoo!
Rachel Khoo ran the smallest kitchen in Paris from her tiny apartment. She could serve only 2 diners at a time. But her restaurant was incredibly popular.
In this book, she makes French cuisine much more simple and accessible. I particularly love the ‘everyday cooking’ chapter for this reason.
The photography is beautiful and I love the message that you don’t need fancy equipment or a big kitchen to cook delicious food.
Those were my books set in France to read
Whether you’re a fan of the contemporary, young adult fiction or are just looking for some new books to read.
I really hope you enjoyed my recommendations for the best books set in France. Let me know your recommendations in the comments below.