Quelle surprise! No one commented on my post asking for recommendations for good reads in French. However, I have found some all on my very ownsome.
Currently I am in the middle of Mes Amis, Mes Amours by Marc Levy. As a budding reader-of-French-fiction, I thought that Levy might make a good bridge. He's French but lives in London, so I can read him in the original but in a context that is familiar. But to be frank I'm not enjoying the book that much. It is rather cinematic, told in rather too distant scene-like fashion, and I don't feel attached to any of the main characters.
However I will finish it out, being half-way in I won't give it up.
Next on the list however is L'Histoire de l'Amour by Nicole Krauss, in translation from the the English. I know, I know, a translation, but what can I say? It looked good and I could understand the first few pages.
None of the other French-French books looked compelling. None had a good enough 'hook' for me to want to buy them. With a few of them, I couldn't tell what they were about. I am tempted to try that one about the hedgehog, L'élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery, but it is 20 euros in the bookstore, so, um, no... I will have to wait until it comes out in poche.
In the meantime I am still open for recommendations!