IELTS Cue Card 13: Describe A Book You Read Recently

Describe A Book You Read Recently Cue Card

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Describe A Book You Read Recently

You should say:

  • what the books is
  • who wrote the book
  • what is the story of the book
  • and explain if it is a good book or not.



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 Model Answer 1:Book you read recently
 I have read many books in my lifetime but here I am going to talk about Pinjar,
which is a novel written by Amrita Pritam
 She was a famous Punjabi writer
 The book is based on the plight on the plight of women during the partition of
 Pinjar literally means skeleton
 It is the story of a young hindu girl Puro who lives with her family happily
 She is engaged to Ramchand
 One day Puro is kidnapped by Rashid
 Actually Rashid‟s aunt was once kidnapped by Puro‟s family and Rashid wants
to take revenge
 After kidnapping Puro, Rashid falls in love with her
 One day Puro somehow escapes from Rashid‟s captivity and comes back home
 Her family does not accept her because they think she is not chaste any more
 Unfortunately, her brother Trilok, who loves her a lot is not home at that time
 She returns to Rashid and gets married to him
 When trilok returns home he burns Rashids farm and crop.
 Meanwhile, Puro is very unhappy with life and becomes a Pinjar, Skeleton
 Then partition is announced
 Lajjo, Puro‟s sister-in-law is kidnapped by muslims
 Rashid helps Puro find her
 Puro falls in love with Rashid because of his goodness
 Rashid gives her the option to go to her family in India but she refuses
 The book ends on a happy note

Model 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.

Model Answer 3:

I have started reading the book ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen 2-3 weeks ago and got so busy with other stuff that I am yet to finish it.

This book was written by a very famous writer named Jane Austen and it was about the love and life of two sisters. This novel is best known as a work of romantic fiction of comedy and manners. I usually read books on my day-off and at night after I return from my work.

I have been reading it for more than 2-3 weeks and have finished more than half of the book. Since I got busy with my work and exam, I had not been able to finish it yet. I usually read about one hour at night and sometimes more than an hour if I have a day off next day.

The writing and narration of Jane Austen are incomparable. She is one of the most revered women writers who had a great charisma to depict the society, people and culture of the old England. This book represents such characters and I like the way the story was told. It vividly represents the good and bad manners and characteristics we have and then shows a perfect balance of those characteristics and morality. I am in fact enjoying reading the book as I have enjoyed other novels by this famous writer.

Model Answer 4:

With the hefty duties in my office and at home, I hardly can manage time to read books but have completed reading ‘Things Fall Apart’ after lots of struggle (for managing time).

Things Fall Apart is a wonderful creation of Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer and the entire story is set on the post-colonial background. The book was composed in 1958 and is also considered as one of the pioneer novels for modern African literature in the English language. The book is one of the mandatory books across Africa and in some other countries too for its historical perspective and story background. The plot of the book is about the life and living of Okonkwo, the male protagonist of the novel and his protest to leave his own cultures, customs of his own Igbo society. He prefers killing himself instead of adopting a different religious belief and customs.

I heard it from my younger brother who is a graduate student and has to study English literature as one of his compulsory courses. Sometimes, he comes to me with his academic troubles and I solve those if I could manage time. I noticed a book of red cover and I inquired him about that specific book. He brought the book to me and I found it was the ‘Things Fall Apart’. Hence, I was introduced to the book and its author. The interest to read the book grew more when he told the story in brief to me. It appeared that if I miss reading the book, it will be a great intellectual loss for me. So, I started carrying the book with me and read for three of four pages a day.

In the beginning, it appeared that the book might be some sort of novel related with romance as the name suggested but my concept was changed when I heard the story in brief from my brother and also read the book. All the events described in the book taught me to discover things in different ways and there are numerous things to learn about the ancient culture and society of the Africans. Usually the modern people term Africans as slow-witted people, but in reality, they are advanced in many special ways than the modern people. They have their own cultures and societal norms to follow which is absent among the modern people of the current days.

After reading the book, I realised that this is an extraordinary story of a man struggling with the post-colonial force to survive with his own customs. He tried his best to make the customs useful and also wanted that the people should continue exercising the rules of their ancestors. He could not adjust to the events of transferring religion or religious beliefs and converting to Christianity. He was in troubles for opposing the missionaries and thus he had to commit suicide. It was his silent protest against the post-colonial power. His sacrifice for the sake of his belief is the most important thing that shocked me throughout the book.

Model Answer 5:

Let me tell you about a book I read recently. Its name is 1587, a Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline, which was written by a Chinese historian Ray Huang, first published in 1981. Though the book seems like a thesis, it’s very engaging and provoking because in this book it examines how a number of seemingly insignificant events in 1587 might have caused the downfall of the Ming Dynasty.

I bought the book in a bookshop in Nanjing when I was travelling there last month. The bookshop keeper told me that this book was always the best seller among the history category. And finally it turned out that it was really a page turner.

The book was about in-depth analysis of the traditional Chinese court politics during the Ming Dynasty by introducing the Emperor Wanli and other six prominent officials from the Ming ruling class. In each chapter it centres in an informative way on one man and moves through how they interact with the court and especially the emperor. In the end, it comes to the conclusion that the Ming emperor was not the ultimate power, but the massive Chinese bureaucracy which manipulated the entire Chinese political process and led the country to decline.


IELTS Speaking Part 3: Details Discussion

  • How often do you read books?
  • How books can impact on a man’s life?
  • Name some of the famous writers of your country?
  • Have you ever thought about writing a book?
  • How reading books is different from watching movies?


Similar IELTS Cue Card Topics

If you can talk about the cue card topic “favourite Book” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:

  • Describe your favourite book.
  • Describe a book you have recently read.
  • Describe a book you want to read in the future.
  • Describe a book or library you have at your home.
  • Describe a famous book you read.
  • Describe a book you started reading but did not finish.