My little Parisian book trip!!


Hello everyone,

Some of you may have noticed I went on a little trip last week. Yep I was in my home country in France and leisurely behaved like a little tourist in Paris. I was however not looking for fashion but for books. French Young Adult (YA) novels to be more precise. I was inspired by this little lady called @lucythereader who you can read more of right here. This young lady has been championing the UKYA genre in the UK for a while now and it made me think back to my younger years realising that I could not really name a French YA author and wondered why. I then decided to go on a little investigation of my own and found 5 little beauties.

tant queStarting with “Tant que nous sommes vivants” by Anne-Laure Bondoux, which is a love story between Hama and Bo who flee together and have to adapt to a new life who was previously full and abundant. Their life together take them to different places while their love is being put to the test. I was first of all attracted by the cover but I also chose this as I am curious to see the French flavour applied to a story that may have been told many times.

Let’s now go to “Frangine” by Marion Brunet which follows the story of a family where Mum & Dad are actually, Mum & Mum. First of all I have to thank @MargotRemond from Gibert JosephFrangine in Boulevard St Michel who recommended this read. I have to say however, although our society is thankfully more familiar with “the same sex couple having a family” concept, I am surprised I have not really sought out literature which would give me more of an insight. I am pretty sure that I will find out there is absolutely no difference. Why? Because a family is simply a family. I am just glad I am in for a good read.


BroadwayMy next selection is “Broadway Limited” by Malika Ferdjoukh, set in New York in the 1940s and tells the story of Jocelyn Brouillard a talented pianist who is the only guy staying in a youth hostel full of girls with the same aspirations of making it big as dancers and actors on Broadway.


My last selections came as a recommendation from Nathan aka @bouquinsenfolie phaenixfrom and are Book 1 & 2 of the “Phaenix” series by Carina Rozenfeld, author who you will probably hear about very soon especially if you are a fan of acclaimed author of the “Night School” series C.J. Daugherty.  Both ladies have decided to team up and wrote together the highly anticipated title and soon to be released “The Secret Fire”. 

“The Phaenix” is the tale of a young couple who since the beginning of time have not only loved each other but have also been the two halves to the mythical phoenix bird which will be reborn from its ashes…But they have forgotten their past lives and are now seperated.

I am quite excited at the prospect of discovering all these authors. One thing however, which I think would potentially put off potential young readers is the price of those books. They were all second hands and trust me when I say I still had to settle a hefty bill for those.







9 Comments Add yours

  1. Nathan says:

    Oh my god, you bought some great books ! 😀
    Tant que nous sommes vivants is amazing ♥


  2. I’m not surprised by what you’re saying about the price. I went to a bookstore near Rennes (I live a bit further away from it in Brittany) and I wanted to check the YA aisle for the most part. I gulped when I saw some of the prices. I felt sad about it but I walked away without buying anything (save a new baking book) planning to get some titles via Amazon instead.

    Happy reading!


    1. I think it is so sad and is no way encourages young readers who are by the way the next generation of adult readers too.


    2. Agreed. Even grown up readers don’t always have the money to afford books this expensive (*raises hand*). I am an author so I understand the need/want to make money out of your books, but at the same time, some prices are ridiculous. When I saw a paperback (circa 300 pages, not even like 1000) at 15€, I gulped and put it back on the shelf.

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  3. Margot says:

    What an honor!
    J’espère que ces lectures vous plairont autant qu’à moi. C’est vrai que les couples homoparentaux ne sont pas très (voire pas du tout) représentés dans la littérature francaise et c’est bien malheureux! Mais je sais de source sûre qu’un enfant issu d’un couple homoparental de mon entourage a lu Frangine alors qu’il nest pas un grand lecteur et s’est retrouvé dans ce livre et l’a adoré, cest une petite victoire pour moi!
    Broadway limited est pour moi un bijou et j’attends le tome 2 avec impatience car j’ai des tonnes de questions qui attendent des réponses 😉
    Je suis d’accord avec vous pour les prix (même si je suis absolument contre l’achat de livres sur Amazon qui tue mon métier de libraire) mais personnellement j’emprunte la plupart de mes lectures à mon travail ou si besoin en bibliothèque !
    J’espère vous revoir à Gibert Joseph lors de votre prochaine visite à Paris !
    see you soon


  4. Suze says:

    Have you read No Et Moi? I loved it. I always try to find French books translated in English for my blog. And I’m also taking lessons to improve my French, so I can read French books.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes I have and I absolutely loved it. Delphine de-Vigan is a great writer. I think she has a couple more novels out that I am eager to read 🙂


  5. Suze says:

    Great post!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it.


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