IELTS Cue Card Sample 184 - Describe a book you have recently read

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

Describe a book you have recently read.

You should say:

  • what the book is
  • who wrote the book
  • what the book is about

and explain how much you enjoyed reading this book.


Model Answer 1:
I would like to believe that there are few educated people today who don’t know A.P.J Abdul Kalam as one of the most brilliant minds and inspirational figures of the 21st century.  Needless to say, I also like this prominent figure and the 11th president of India, as he has written some famous books. Today I would like to talk about one of his famous books which I have recently read.

The name of this book is “Forge your Future”. Originally published in October of the year of 2014, has been acclaimed as one the most inspirational books of all time all over the world. The contents of this book are unique in a sense it is based on the mails and the questions which were asked by a number of people all over the country to Mr Abdul kalam. On the other hands, Mr Kalam, as usual, in his own beautiful and simple yet without missing the point, gave solutions to most complex questions that every young person go through in their lives.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that this book is a complete package or encyclopedia of all kinds of problems from individual to a nation, and Mr Kalam gave practical solutions to each and every problem, based on the experiences and struggles of his own life. In fact, the message of this book is if a person (Mr Abdul Kalam) like him can become educated, a prominent nuclear scientist and eventually the president of a great country like India, even after growing up in an isolated island of south India with sorts of obstacles, then anybody else can do it.

Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this book, primarily because it much relates to regular persons like me. Besides, I really enjoyed the way the author chose his words in a very simple way in order to explain some of the toughest of the problems, any person or nation can face. All in all, it is one of the most inspirational books, I have ever read, because these days, I also say that “yes, I can do it too”.


Sample Answer 2:
The book that I recently read is 'The Fortunate Pilgrim'. It is a novel by Mario Puzo which was first published in the year 1965. The writer Mario Puzo is well-known for his famous mafia book 'The Godfather' and was critically acclaimed for his book ’The Fortunate Pilgrim". The writer had adopted the story of this novel based on his mother's immigration struggling for respectability in the United States. Mario Puzo himself considered this novel to be his finest though Godfather earned him much more fame and earning.

The novel tells the story of an immigrant family living in New York City. The mother of the family, Lucia Santa is the protagonist. It is her formidable will that steers the family members through the Great Depression and early years of World War ||. The story, places and the characters became so real that the readers can't stop wondering about them. The writer has been brilliantly able to tell a known story in a known tone that makes us feel them in our lives and that's why the characters and stories got the power keep a reader awake whole night. Mario Puzo has shown literacy excellence in this story.  

I liked the book very much and finished it within 3 days. I have always been a great admirer of Puzo's writing and this one was a really different book than his famous mafia books. This is a book that touches the reader's mind. The story and the storytelling ability were so attractive that I had a very hard time putting the book down. Whenever I could I read the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe your favourite book.
  2. Describe a book you read in your childhood.
  3. Describe a book you enjoyed reading.
  4. Describe a book based on a real event or a real person.
  5. Describe a storybook you have at your home.
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