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IELTS Cue Card # 232 - Describe a kind of book you enjoy reading
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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 that 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.
One of the most distinct aspects of this travel genre is that almost anybody can write these types of books whether they are some kinds of travellers, military officers, missionaries, explorers, scientists, pilgrims, social and physical scientists, educators, or migrants. In other words, one doesn’t exactly need to be specially qualified to write this type of book. The definition of the 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 book, 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 lands 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 book, mainly because they bring the universal philanthropic person in me who doesn’t like to differentiate among people based on race, religion and culture. Besides, I like to read this kind of book 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 book essentially takes my soul to a distant land in order to rediscover myself as a person.
Sample Answer 2:
History books that reveal the past world, people and events in front of us are the kind of books I really like to read. I have not read a great number of history books but I enjoyed most of the history books that I have read so far specifically because they unveil something that I can't experience on my own.
History books are fact-based books that describe the events, timeline, people, inventions, discoveries and significant decisions taken by prominent world leaders which have shaped the world we see today. Such books depict the earlier civilisations of the world, details of the life of a legendary character and people and society around him or her, or explain the reasons for a catastrophic event like the war. Those events and characters come from history and are of great importance. Once I heard that to build a prosperous future, someone needs to learn the past. I agree with this statement as we have plenty of opportunities to learn from the past, our civilisations and our ancestors, only if we are a little bit wiser and curious.
History books that I've read so far helped me understand many past events and their significance in our time. These books play an important role to educate people about the past, prepare them for the future and inspire them. They give us a glimpse into the past world that had fashioned the present world and its geographical and political conditions. A simple event in the past had a great influence on the future and those history books bear the evidence of the past world that we have never seen.
I like to read those kinds of books mostly because of the enthrallment I feel while learning about history. I purely enjoy learning about our world and notable events in the world. Those books are great sources of knowledge as well.
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