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Describe your favourite book

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 444 with Model Answer:

Describe your favourite book.

You should say:
  • what book it is
  • who wrote this book
  • what it is about
and explain why this is your favourite book.

[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 & What book it is:
I believe that books have the power to transport us to different worlds, evoke emotions, and leave a lasting impact on our lives. One such book that holds a special place in my heart is "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy. This classic novel, penned by one of the greatest Russian writers, has captivated readers for generations with its rich storytelling and profound exploration of human nature. First published in 1877, it is considered one of the greatest works of world literature and has had a significant influence on the literary landscape.

Who wrote this book:
"Anna Karenina" was authored by Leo Tolstoy, a renowned Russian writer and philosopher. Tolstoy is celebrated for his realistic and introspective approach to storytelling, and his works often delve deep into the complexities of human emotions, relationships, and society.

What it is about:
"Anna Karenina" is a tragic and compelling tale set in 19th-century Russia. The novel revolves around the life of Anna Karenina, a married woman who embarks on a passionate affair with a dashing cavalry officer, Count Vronsky. Tolstoy skillfully weaves multiple storylines and characters, exploring themes of love, desire, betrayal, social conventions, and the consequences of one's actions. The narrative also provides an insightful portrayal of Russian society, examining the stark contrasts between the aristocracy and the peasantry.

Why this is your favourite book:
"Anna Karenina" is my favourite book because of its profound exploration of human nature and the complexities of relationships. Tolstoy's ability to delve into the minds of his characters, exposing their vulnerabilities, desires, and inner conflicts, creates a deeply immersive reading experience. The novel presents a nuanced and realistic portrayal of the human condition, challenging readers to contemplate the consequences of their choices and the complexities of love, morality, and societal expectations.


Sample Answer 2:
Everybody has a favourite book, and it becomes our favourite book because we do enjoy reading that book to a great extent. Later on, we think about the characters and the plot of the book over and over again and feel like they are a part of our life or the life we imagine would exist. So, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to let me talk about my favourite book here.

The name of my favourite book is none other than the "Harry Potter" series. It is not a single book, but rather, a series of eight novels. I have enjoyed all of these books and read some of the books of this series more than once!

These books are written by the world-famous British author J. K. Rowling. Born as Joanne Rowling in 1965 in England, she is an author, philanthropist, producer and screenwriter. But, I will always remember her as the creator of the magical world of Harry Potter.

The book series is primarily about the lives of a young boy, Harry Potter, first an ordinary boy and then a fine wizard, and his close friends, all of whom are pupils at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter, a young boy, who finds out that he has magical power, goes to school to develop his magical power and learn skills, and it was all arranged for him to become one of the greatest magicians ever.

The story evolves as they grow up, and Harry struggles against a dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, who intends to become immortal and overthrow the wizard's governing body and non-magical people. Our hero is our last hope to prevent that to happen. The world of Harry Potter explores numerous themes and includes many cultural meanings and references. And according to Rowling, the author of the book series, the main theme in the series is "death". Other important themes, according to her, include prejudice, corruption, and madness. Personally, I believe that it is about a magical world where our hero proves that a noble heart prevails over corruption and power.

This is my favourite book because it has taken me to an amazing world where I had been able to build my own world away from the complexities of the real world. It is my favourite also because it helped me connect to the characters to a level that has influenced me to think positively in life. Finally, it was an amazing adventure in the world of magic where I could travel like the hero Harry did!

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