Describe A Book That You Have Read Many Times

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a book that you have read many times.

You should say:

When you read it for the first time?
What kind of book it is?
What the book is about?
And explain why you like read it again.

Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading.

You should say:

When you read it?
What kind of book it is?
What is about?
And explain why you think it is exciting.

Note: 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.

Model Answer 1:

Introduction and When you read it for the first time?
Well, I’ve read many books in my life, but “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien is one that I keep coming back to. I first read it when I was in middle school, and since then, I’ve read it many times.

What kind of book it is? and What is about?
“The Lord of the Rings” is a classic fantasy book that takes place in a magical world called Middle-earth.

The story follows Frodo Baggins, a hobbit, who is on a mission to destroy a powerful and evil ring that could lead to the destruction of the world.

Frodo and his friends set out on an epic journey that will test their bravery and loyalty.

And explain why you think it is exciting.
I love most about “The Lord of the Rings” is the incredible world-building that Tolkien created.

The characters are well-developed and memorable, and the plot is adventurous and exciting. There are also many themes throughout the book, including friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice, which are timeless and universal.

I like to reread “The Lord of the Rings” because it’s like visiting an old friend. Each time I read it, I discover new details and nuances I hadn’t noticed. The story feels familiar, but there’s always something new to discover.

Overall, “The Lord of the Rings” is a classic book that I have read many times. It’s a story that has captured readers’ hearts. I highly recommend everyone to read it at least once.

Model Answer 2:

Introduction: and When you read it for the first time?

  • I have read many books, but the very first book I read still holds a special place in my heart.
  • It is none other than the first book of the Harry Potter series, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.’
  • On my 10th birthday, my mother gifted it to me, although I was initially disappointed as I wanted a recently released video game.
  • However, I was captivated once I reluctantly started reading and couldn’t put the book down. I stayed up until 7 AM the next morning, finishing the last page.

What kind of book it is? and What is about?

  • The Harry Potter series needs no introduction – it is a story of magic and the classic battle between good and evil.
  • But for me, it is also a coming-of-age story, depicting the journey of a boy becoming a man.

And explain why you think it is exciting.

  • The book’s world-building, character development, and magic system are all perfect.
  • Moreover, the book doesn’t shy away from depicting the hardships and struggles faced by the characters.
  • Unexpected twists and unpredictable events keep the readers engaged, making it one of the most exciting examples of fantasy literature’s good vs. evil theme.
  • Harry Potter was the book that sparked my love for reading, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
  • Even now, I randomly pick up the book monthly to read a few chapters.
  • Somehow, every time I read it, I discover something new that I hadn’t noticed before.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a book that you have read many times”.

1. Do you prefer books or movies?
I think movies can never capture the detail and emotions that books can. So, I always prefer reading books to watching movies. But, then again, it’s not easy to find time to read books. So, sometimes I still watch movies.

2. Do you think it is important to read the book before watching the movie version of it?
No, not really. Some movie adaptations are really good. A lot of my friends haven’t read the Game of Throne series, but they still enjoyed the TV adaptation. Ultimately, it’s the person’s preference and availability of time.

3. Do boys and girls like the same kinds of books?
I have seen some differences in the magazines boys and girls read. For example, I have seen a lot of girls reading fashion magazines and very rarely in the case of boys. However, I don’t think there is any particular difference in the case of books.

3. What kind of books do Indian people like to read?
I think reading preference doesn’t depend upon nationality. It depends upon personal preference and the book itself. For example, Harry Potter is famous worldwide because it is a fabulous book. I think it was meant for children, but I have seen a lot of adults calling themselves Potterheads.

Important Vocabularies:

1. Fantasy

A genre of fiction that involves magical and supernatural elements in the plot.

“Harry Potter” is a popular fantasy book series that features a young wizard who attends a school of magic and faces many challenges.

2. Loyalty

The quality of being faithful and devoted to someone or something.

A loyal friend is someone who stands by you and supports you, even when things are tough.

3. Sacrifice

The act of giving up something valuable or important for the sake of something else.

A parent may sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of their children’s well-being.

4. Nuances

to subtle differences or distinctions in meaning or expression.

The nuances in an actor’s performance can make the difference between a good performance and a great one.

5. Reluctantly

unwillingly; with hesitation or doubt.

She reluctantly agreed to go to the party.

6. Captivated

attracted and held the interest or attention of; charmed.

The audience was captivated by the performer’s talent.

7. Coming-of-age

the attainment of maturity or adulthood; a transition from youth to adulthood.

The novel is a coming-of-age story about a young girl growing up in rural America.

8. World-building

the process of constructing an imaginary world, especially in fiction writing.

The author’s world-building was impressive, with detailed descriptions of the fictional society and its customs.

9. Character development

the portrayal of a character’s growth and change over time in a story.

The character development in the novel was well-done, with the protagonist evolving from a naive youth to a wise adult.

10. Magic system

a set of rules and principles governing the use of magic in a fictional world.

The magic system in the book was complex and well thought-out.

11. Hardships

difficult or unpleasant conditions or experiences; suffering.

The family faced many hardships during their journey across the country.

12. Unpredictable

not able to be predicted or foreseen; changeable.

The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, with sudden storms and temperature changes.

13. Engaged

busy; occupied; involved.

She was fully engaged in her work and didn’t notice the time passing.

14. Randomly

without method or conscious decision; haphazardly.

He randomly selected a book from the shelf and started reading.


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