I've tried that with Italian: try and read gorgeously beautiful texts as an incentive to keep up the reading. The problem is that a beautiful text is often a difficult one. IDK about Petit Pays. It could work because the language is unpretentious and the story not particularly complex.
But sometimes Faye's simple words about the narrator's happy childhood open up on abysses of fear. Not everything is made explicit in the text, so stay awake.