Online French Book Club

Learn French By Reading Literature​

Read & Discuss Books In French

Reading provides you with a plethora of benefits.

When you read, you can spend the time to really break down and internalize grammar, vocabulary and better understand the structure of sentences.

per month
  • Pre-call preparation
  • 1 hour call each week
  • Follow-up emails
  • Access to the analysis of books we’ve read
one year
  • Pre-call preparation
  • 1 hour call each week
  • Follow-up emails
  • Access to the analysis of books we’ve read
best french books


Plan 1


$25 covers one month class for 1 person and includes:

Pre-call preparation items
1-hour call each week
Follow-up emails 
Limited to 6 French learners

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Join and Support

Plan 2: Get the exact same membership benefits of Plan 1 and support the club


$35 covers one month class for 1 person and includes:

Pre-call preparation items
1-hour call each week
Follow-up emails

Weekly homework correction
Limited to 6 French learner

private program


Plan 3


$199 covers one year class for 1 person and includes:

Pre-call preparation items
1-hour call each week
Follow-up emails 
Limited to 6 French learners

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Choose your group

  • Group 1: every Tuesday at 1pm (Paris time)
  • Group 2: every Thursday at 3pm (Paris time)
  • Group 3: every Saturday at 7pm (Paris time) (beginner +)

Group Schedules For 2021

la vie devant soi

Here’s the book for November 2021: La vie devant soi de Romain Gary

The Life Before Us is the story of an orphaned Arab boy, Momo, and his devotion to Madame Rosa, a dying, 68-year-old, 220-lb. survivor of Auschwitz and retired “lady of the night.”

Momo has been one of the ever-changing ragbag of whores’ children at Madame Rosa’s boardinghouse in Paris ever since he can remember. But when the check that pays for his keep no longer arrives and as Madame Rosa becomes too ill to climb the stairs to their apartment, he determines to support her any way he can.

la nausee jean paul sartre

Here’s the book for October 2021: La nausée de Jean-Paul sartre

Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogs his every feeling and sensation. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which “spreads at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the bottom of our time ― the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats; it is made of wide, soft instants, spreading at the edge, like an oil stain.”

zazie dans le metro queneau

Here’s the book for September 2021: Zazie dans le métro de Raymond Queneau

Impish, foul-mouthed Zazie arrives in Paris from the country to stay with Gabriel, her female-impersonator uncle. All she really wants to do is ride the metro, but finding it shut because of a strike, Zazie looks for other means of amusement and is soon caught up in a comic adventure that becomes wilder and more manic by the minute. In 1960 Queneau’s cult classic was made into a hugely successful film by Louis Malle. Packed full of word play and phonetic games, Zazie in the Metro remains as stylish and witty as ever.

therese raquin emile zola

Here’s the book for August 2021: Thérèse raquin de Emile Zola

In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband’s earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. THERESE RAQUIN caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its 27-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola’s novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.

livre la gloire de mon pere

Here’s the book for July 2021: La gloire de mon père de Marcel Pagnol

Bathed in the warm clarity of the summer sun in Provence, Marcel Pagnol’s childhood memories celebrate a time of rare beauty and delight. Marcel Pagnol never forgot the magic of his Provencal childhood, and when he set his memories to paper late in life the result was a great new success. My Father’s Glory appeared on the scene like a fresh breeze, captivating readers with its sweet enchantments. Pagnol recalls his days hunting and fishing in the hill country, his jaunts about Marseilles, his schoolboy diversions, and above all his family: his anticlerical father and sanctimonious uncle, his mild and beautiful mother, and many others. This bright and lively book sparkles with the charm and magic that were Marcel Pagnol’s own.

l'élégance du hérisson

Here’s the book for June 2021: L’élégance du hérisson de Muriel Barbery

In an elegant hôtel particulier in Paris, Renée, the concierge, is all but invisible―short, plump, middle-aged, with bunions on her feet and an addiction to television soaps. Her only genuine attachment is to her cat, Leon. In short, she’s everything society expects from a concierge at a bourgeois building in an upscale neighborhood. But Renée has a secret: she furtively, ferociously devours art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With biting humor, she scrutinizes the lives of the tenants―her inferiors in every way except that of material wealth.

What Will We Read Together?​

December : Claude Gueux de Victor Hugo (intermediate +), La reine Margot de Alexandre Dumas (Beginner+)
January : Les rois maudits – tome 1 – le roi de fer de Maurice Druon  (intermediate +), La reine Margot de Alexandre Dumas (Beginner+)
February : Nouvelles Orientales de Marguerite Yourcenar (intermediate +), La reine Margot de Alexandre Dumas (Beginner+)

French Reading Club FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions..


The book club is perfect for you whether you have an intermediate or advanced French level.


You need four things: a stable internet connection, a computer, the book of the month and Zoom, the free video conferencing tool. You will have to order the book yourself early enough to make sure you receive it before our first class.


Yes, your book will be only in French. And we’ll only speak French during our calls.


Please send me an email to provide me with your availabilities.