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I hope that Cecilturtle will see your message, (s)he speaks English and French and I'm sure that (s)he will be able to help you.
What do you like to read? Non fiction, fiction, action, thriller, romantic, ... This will help us to find books for you.
( And sorry about my English!!! )
Don't try the books by Amélie Nothomb. Her novels are very well written but the words she uses are sometimes too hard for the frenchspeaking readers themselves.
When I'm reading in French, I also set a self-imposed limit as to how many words I can look up in a dictionary (usually it's one per page). That way I have to use context to figure out most of the words I don't know, but I still get an exact definition for the one I'm most curious about.
Tu dis quand même:
5. Littérature française (je suis anglophone)
dans la présentation de tes catégories? Ou alors j'ai raté un épisode. :-(
I don't have much merit, I grew up in the two languages. I'm not much of a fantasy/sci-fi reader, but here are some choices that are both interesting and - I think - fairly accessible:
Tonino Benacquista - I recommend Le Serrurier volant - it has the advantage of being illustrated which might provide a welcome break!
Albert Camus - he needs no introduction. I find L'Étanger is actually (linguistically) quite easy to read.
Joseph Kessel - adventure novels
Philippe Labro - wrote of his experience as a French student in the US - there' are good cultural clashes in there!
Maurice Leblanc - the inventor of Arsène Lupin one of France most famous detectives
Maupassant - short stories are always a good way of exploring literature
Marcel Pagnol - wrote a lot of plays but his childhood memories are excellent - you get a real feel for the South of France
Françoise Sagan - very 1960's-ish but fast cars and cocktails are always fun. I recommend Bonjour Tristesse - you can always watch the movie with David Niven!
Éric-Émmanuel Schmitt is one of my favorites; philosophy told in stories - he's very popular right now.
Fred Vargas - solid murder mysteries
Bernard Weber - he's a bit sci-fi: explores utopian societies and various technologies.
Hope that helps et bonne lecture!
All the Best!