Five Books to Make a Bookworm

Five Books to Make a Bookworm

Today in my five book series I welcome Francesca. Francesca has two young daughters and, like myself, is a stay at home mum. Francesca is soon to set up a book blog so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime you can find her over in Instagram – @cescalizzie.

Today, Francesca is sharing here five books that made her a bookworm. If you’d like to take part in my five books series simply choose a theme, choose your books and email to

But for now… over to Francesca

Matilda by Roald Dahl

I would have given anything to have been Matilda when I was a little girl – the magical power she has and her love for reading gave me an instant love in books and life. Roald Dahl created this little world that I would have given anything to be a part of, so I read this book over and over again, and I never got bored of it. In fact I still own a copy and read snippets of it every now and again. I just hope my daughters love it just as much as I did (or still do!).


Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling

I read this book 17 years ago and instantly fell in love with the wizarding world of Harry Potter. This series of books is just phenomenal and to say I am jealous of any person who has yet to read a Harry Potter book is an understatement. I used to dream of the letter from Hogwarts dropping on my doormat so I could attend there myself (obviously I knew it was a fictional world but a girl can dream!). JK Rowling is, in my opinion, a genius and was a breath of fresh air for me when it came to reading. I am addicted to Harry Potter (and even Robert Galbraith) as a result!

The Beach by Alex Garland

I will admit that I watched the film before I read the book which is unusual for me, but I thought the film wasn’t all that and the book was everything! This book reminds me of being 17 again, which basically meant I spent a lot of time in bed reading in between college and a part-time job. This book made me want to travel to far off lands (which I didn’t do) and to just read as it was pure escapism for me. It is a book that reminds me of my youth.

the beach

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

This Swedish trilogy is the bomb! It is one of the reasons why I love reading so much. This gritty crime had me hooked from page one and the characters in it are just so wild and convincing. The twists and turns had me biting my nails, up all hours, never wanting to put it down. The excitement I get when I think about these books is the main reason why I am a bookworm!

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

This book has always stayed in my heart ever since I read it 6 or 7 years ago now, and it is one I quite often think about. It is about a boy with Aspergers who is accused of murder when he is innocent. I have always been interested in people with this condition which I think is why this book has stuck with me. Jodi Picoult meticulously researches everything she writes so I knew that even though it is fictional, there is also an aspect of truth to it. I have recommended ‘House Rules’ so many times to people and no one has been disappointed yet, which is how I know my love for reading is just meant to be.

house rules



  1. sarahmo3w
    28th March 2017 / 14:44

    Love this selection! I’ve read them all apart from The Beach and totally agree with what she says about Harry Potter and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in particular. I too love Robert Galbraith (and The Casual Vacancy) and was hooked on Harry Potter from the very first paragraph, which I read in 2001, when my son was a newborn.

  2. suzanna
    29th March 2017 / 12:38

    Some classic choices here. It’s always interesting to check out books that other people love

  3. 30th March 2017 / 16:18

    Some of those choices are amongst my favourite books too – I’ve often reread the Harry Potter series and I The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books. I’m afraid though that hell will freeze over before I read another Jodi Picoult book as that is just not my thing – I’ve tried a couple too.

  4. 30th March 2017 / 19:09

    This is a great list, I’ve never read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books but your review has made me put them on my to read list! Looking forward to reading your blog, good luck 🙂 #readwithmw

  5. shelllouise
    3rd April 2017 / 09:13

    I’ve been contemplating reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but kept putting off buying them (we get lots of copies donated to the charity shop!) but I think I’ll now give them a go 🙂

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