French Living Inspired Books You Need To Read


I am all about learning how to slow down your life a little to enjoy it greatly. I find people spend too much time on their phones, too much time worrying, and too much time not enjoying the present.

My blog name being very french, I often get asked how I manage to be so french! I think it’s pretty funny because I never really considered myself a french style influencer – but I’m always proved wrong by my wonderful readers. Apparently, trying to have french style or have a french lifestyle is something a lot of people want.

And I can see why…the french have an air of mystery about them. An air of nonchalance that everyday people seem to lack.

Like I learned in my french college class about Paris – it’s dirty, it’s loud, it’s annoying, it’s beautiful.

“Paris is Paris” my french professor use to say. “And the French are French”

So to help you become more French, at least in style and mannerisms, I’ve compiled a list of all the French inspired living books I own and have loved to read. Check them out below!

French living inspired books you absolutely need to read and have as coffee table books. If you're looking to incorporate a more French way of life, these books have all the tips you need!


ONE // How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

TWO // Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting 

THREE // Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl

FOUR // Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain je ne sais quoi

FIVE // L’art de la Simplicité: How to Live More with Less

SIX // The New Paris

SEVEN // Parisian Chic

EIGHT // Living Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Timeless Secrets for Everyday Elegance, Gracious Entertaining, and Enduring Allure

NINE // The French Way : Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the French

TEN // French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude

ELEVEN // The New Garconne: How to Be a Modern Gentlewoman

TWELVE // Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi


If you end up reading one of these books, I’d love to know which one and what you think of it! And if you’re into some quick reading about french life and style, I suggest my french inspired blog posts below!

French Food Culture 101

How To Wear Scarves Like The French

How To French-ify Your Outfit

How To Spot A French Woman In The Wild

How To Incorporate French Culture Into Your Daily Life

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  1. Roberta Dubonet wrote:

    I have read all the books fab

    Posted 11.18.20 Reply