Summer Reading for Francophiles

Summer Reading for Francophiles

Summer reading is enticing for the person fond of France or the French because, for the Francophile, everything French is exciting. Look for a variety of books and magazines to enlarge your personal library.

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Summer Reading List for Francophiles

Pick up some of the books from the following summer reading list for Francophiles at your favorite bookstore. You’ll be prepared with a collection of good books for your summer vacation. Go on a French journey, whether traveling to New York City or walking the streets of Paris while renting a French house. Read about France, its people and history.

Scroll through the books with Francophile interests below. The list includes books about French history and French Revolution, romance novels, true stories, a cookbook and magazine. You can click on the book photos to order them on Amazon.

Culinary Interests

Begin your summer book collection with the biography, Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée. Jefferson made a deal with his slave, James Hemings, in 1784 to travel to Paris. The purpose was to master the art of French cooking. The deal was that Hemings would be granted freedom, and the two of them returned home with French food like French fries and pasta.

Francophile Reading List

Biography, Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée

Read the Diary of a French Herb Garden if you are interested in herb culinary skills.

Culinary History Book, A Bite-Sized History of France

Add the “A Bite-Sized History of France” book (great reviews) to your collection. Take this French culinary history book along on your summer vacation. One review mentions about the book that you learn “how certain foods and drinks and phrases came to be.”


True story, My Life in France

Of course, what culinary enthusiast can resist picking up a Julia Child book?

Include “The Art of French Eating” by Ann Mah for reading in the summer months.

Definitely, take this Amazon’s editors’ picks for best cookbooks, food and wine along with you on a France vacation.

Like pancakes? Read Pancakes in Paris, now a New York Times bestseller.

For easy and enjoyable reading, how about a coffee table book about Paris?

Ernest Hemingway

Also, consider purchasing “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s:

Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife

Since this is an audible book, you could listen while walking the streets of Paris.

Hadley a Life of Hadley Richardson Hemin

A biography of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife

Paris, France, an audio book

Perhaps, you like curling up in a comfy chair or sofa with a French decorating magazine. Look in your supermarket’s magazine racks close to the counter and purchase a current French Cottage magazine, or order one from a previous season by clicking on the picture below.

French Cottage Magazine

Reading List for

French Historical Romance Buffs

Like historical French fiction or a romance story with a French setting? If so, you may like this book list for French Historical Romance Buffs. And remember, you can click on the photos to order the books.

The Dressmaker’s Gift (a #1 Bestseller and historical French fiction)

The author, Fiona Valpy, lived in France for seven years, so this book is naturally inspired by her own experiences and understanding of the country, its people and history.

Order the perfect gift for your fellow Francophiles, the three novels in The French Connection series.


Silk or Sugar






Return to Chateau Fleury





Mon Amour, Friend or Foe


Hopefully, you’ll discover books from the combined lists of books provided in this article, books you can’t wait to delve into this summer.

Like reading about life in France? Read the following books as they have great reviews. In addition, they include tips and experiences about living in France.

The Little Museums of Paris

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

Interested in writing historical fiction? Then you may like reading tips on what has helped me in writing The French Connection series. To view, click on the following tips:

In writing the work of fiction, the development of creating a central character and main characters is challenging. And a historical fiction writer’s best book is one that is inspired by experiences like a most beautiful walk in the City of Lights. Likewise, it’s the sense of place that can truly enable a fiction writer to draw the reader into the heart of the book.

While you’re embarking on a writing journey, take a quick minute to look at these interviews and articles. These include topics on writing about plots, blending fact and fiction, naming characters, historical fiction and World War II:

  1. Plots Interview
  2. Writing Novels: How to Blend Fact and Fiction
  3. Historical Fiction: Choosing Characters’ Names & Topics
  4. How to Write WWII Historical Fiction

Enjoy your day. Do something fun, and read a book to feed your Francophile self.   

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