IELTS Cue Card Sample 244 - Describe a book you have at your home

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

Describe a book you have at your home.

You should say:

  • what book it is
  • what the topic/story of this book is
  • from where you got the book

and explain why you have kept that book at your home.


Model Answer 1:

I have a moderate size bookshelf in my room which is packed up with all kinds of books from all kinds of writers. While the books are written on an array of subjects, I particularly like the ones that talk about promoting better understanding among people from different cultures, race and religions, and today I would like to talk about one such book.

The book, I am talking about, is titled “Islam between East and West” which is written by a Bosnian politician, lawyer and author called Alija Izetbegovic. Even though, he hasn’t written that many books, I like to consider the author of this book as one of the most brilliant religious philosophers of 20th century because of his deep and extraordinary understanding of our world’s two main religions - Islam and Christianity.

Anyway, the books, which I bought from a local library at my hometown, talks about dealing with dogmas, institutionalism and teachings of Islam with the aim of establishing the place of Islam in the general spectrum of ideas. It is a book at Islam not from within but rather from without. In this sense, the topic of the book is not primarily Islam as a teacher but Islam as an outlook on the world. However, while trying to talk about the Islamic conception of the world, he has also tried to talk about the core doctrines of atheism, socialism and Christianity in order to place Islam on its true and natural course. This book conducts a comparative analysis of modern materialist ideologies with religious thought by talking about the effects of “pure religion” and “pure materialism”.

Anyway, I have kept this great book at my home, primarily because I read it from time to time to enhance my understanding of the unchecked greed of our material world. Besides, I also like to take the references from this book when I try to have some intelligent conversations with my friends. Finally, I have kept this book also because I really like its author, not only as one of the most renowned philosophers of the 20th century but also as an accomplishing politician.


Sample Answer 2:

I have a good collection of books in my living room and the number would approximately more than 1000. I got some books as gifts and most of the other books were either bought by me or by my father.

Among those books “The Republic” by the Greek philosopher Plato is a book that I think is important and that’s been in my collection for a long time.

The book cover is a combination of red and yellow and it has several geometric shapes as well as the sculpture of the Plato himself. The back cover has a critical review of the book and other details of the publisher and printing details. The book is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BC and this was concerning the definition and implementation of justice. This book is considered to be Plato's best work and it has proven throughout the ages to be one of the most intellectually, influential and historically important works of philosophy as well as political theory. The book also discusses the immortality of the soul, the theory of forms, the roles of the philosopher, the social structure, justice and its intricacies and poetry in society.

This was a book bought by my father as I have seen it from my early childhood. The binding and papers of the book were so good that the book still seems in new condition. I have read it once and thoroughly enjoyed the content of it. This book has amazed me and had opened lots of thought-provoking topics in front of me.

This book was bought by my father and it is one of his most favourite books.  This is the main reason we have kept it with the utmost care. Furthermore, this is a book worth reading and I consider it as one of the most valuable books at our home and that’s why we have kept it with care.


Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q. What is the difference between men and women when choosing what to read?

Q. What kind of books do children like? Why do they like reading?

Q. What is the difference between reading and watching TV?

Q. What are the advantages of reading books?

Q. What books are popular in your country?

Q. Why do children like pictorials?


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
  1. Describe a book you bought. 
  2. Describe something important you own. 
  3. Describe something you have for a long time. 
  4. Describe a book or library you have at your home. 
  5. Describe a gift item you remember well. 
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