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Describe an exciting book that you enjoyed reading - Cue Card # 823
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]
Describe an exciting book that you enjoyed reading.
You should say:
- what book it was
- when you read it
- why you enjoyed reading it
and explain why this book was so exciting to you.
[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]
Model Answer 1: [Band 9 Sample Answer]
Once, one of my favourite teachers told me that "when you are on holiday but don’t really want to deal with the crowds and noise outside, just read a good book in order to make the best use of your free time." In fact, that’s exactly what I did during the long public holidays a few months ago, and today, I would like to tell you how much I really enjoyed it.
Now, I must say that the title of this book called “The Book Thief” may seem a bit unusual or not so fascinating to many, but the story, it tells, would probably wake up to the cruel realities of the destruction of the war. Written by an Australian writer, the story of this book is based on the beginning of the 2nd world war when a little girl called “Liesel” left her biological parents for a foster home where she steals a book and eventually learns to read.
However, even though, this book very realistically depicts the struggles, cruelties and devastation of the war, I enjoyed reading this book because it also managed to beautifully depict the love story of a little girl and a man who runs for his life. Besides, the lyrical and poetic writing style of this book is very effective and touching in the sense that it makes one laugh one moment but puts him or her in tears, the next. One would enjoy reading this book because it also has some great touches of humour to complement its rich narratives of the story and its characters, and even more so, especially, when “death” narrates the story in this book.
In the end, it was an exciting book to read because as soon I read the very first title page, I knew that I was in it for something very special, especially, when I found that “death” itself was a character in this book. Besides, the language and words, the book uses to portray the emotion, are so powerful that they unconsciously made me feel that I was actually living in the story.
Model Answer 2:
Thank you so much for allowing me the time to talk about this nice topic. I am an avid reader, and I have read many books over the years. However, one book that I found extremely exciting and thoroughly enjoyed reading was "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy," by Douglas Adams.
What book it was:
The book is a science-fiction novel that follows the journey of an unwitting human named Arthur Dent and his friend, an alien named Ford Prefect, through the galaxy. The book was first published in 1979 and has since become a classic in the science-fiction genre.
When did you read it:
I read this book last summer when I was on a week-long vacation. I had heard about this book from a friend who highly recommended it to me, so I decided to give it a shot.
Why did you enjoy reading it:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because the writing style of Douglas Adams is witty, clever, and hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout the book. Moreover, the characters in the book are unique and interesting, and their interactions with each other are entertaining. Finally, the plot of the book was captivating and kept me engaged from beginning to end.
And explain why the book was exciting to you:
The book was exciting to me because it was unlike any other science-fiction book I had read before. The humor and absurdity of the situations the characters found themselves in made for a thrilling and entertaining read. Additionally, the book had a fast-paced plot that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I found myself eager to find out what would happen next, and the unexpected twists and turns of the story kept me guessing until the very end.