IELTS Cue Card Sample 232 - Describe a kind of book you enjoy reading

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a kind of book you enjoy reading.

You should say:

  •  what kind/genre of books you like to read
  •  what these books are about
  •  what effects these books have brought on you

and explain why you enjoy reading this kind of book.


Model Answer 1:
I like to read all kinds of books because they all teach us something in one way or another. But, if I am asked about which genre I prefer a little – again, just a little – more over the others, then I would probably have to choose “travel” related books. More specifically, I would say “travel memoir”.

A travel memoir is a travel writing genre which is a delicate mixture of recollection and reflection that reveals how a journey, or a series of journeys, transformed the persons who are writing them. Some people would say that the genre of travel literature encompasses outdoor literature, guide books, nature writing, and travel memoirs.
Anyway, one of the most distinct aspects of this travel genre is that almost anybody and everybody can write these types of books whether they are some travellers, military officers, missionaries, explorers, scientists, pilgrims, social and physical scientists, educators, and migrants. In other words, one doesn’t exactly need to be specially qualified to write this type of books. The definition of travel genre can be so broad that even books from adventure literature (which is a “genre” by itself) can be included in the travel genre.

Anyway, when I read this kind of books, I feel like our journeys are stories of ourselves. Besides, whenever I read a book of travel literature, I feel like I am taken to distant land which I may never see or discover physically on my own, and also thus discover my own truths about what it means to be a man on this difficult, humorous and sometimes heartbreaking journey, we call life.

Well, I enjoy reading this kind of books, mainly because they bring the universal philanthropic person in me who doesn’t like to differentiate among people based on race, religions and culture. Besides, I like to read this kind of books also because they introduce me to so many different cultures, lifestyles and traditions throughout the entire world, which have made our world so diversified and fascinating. This kind of books essentially takes my soul to a distant land in order to rediscover myself as a person.

Sample Answer 2:
The history books that express the past world in front of us are kinds of books I really like. I have not read a great number of history books but I enjoyed all of the History books that I have read so far.

The history books are fact-based books that describe the events, history and significant characters from the past of human timeline. This can be simply a book that depicts the earlier civilisation of the world, can give details of the life a legendary character like Alexander or can simply explain the reasons for a great catastrophic event like the war in the past. Those events and characters come from our past history and are of great importance. Somewhere I heard that to build a good future, someone needs to learn the past. I totally agree with this statement as we have plenty of opportunities to learn from the past history of the world, our civilisations and ancestors.  

The History books that I read had helped me understanding a distant past and people of that time. History books always play an important role to educate the people about the past and I greatly enjoyed reading about our history, how the world was in the past, how different events of history had shaped the world and its geographical and political conditions. A simple event in the past had a great influence in the future and those history books bear the evidence of the past world that we have never seen.

I like those kinds of books mostly because of the enthrallment I feel while learning about history. I purely enjoy learning about our world and significant events in the world. Those books are great sources of knowledge as well.


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