Describe a book you have recently read – IELTS Band 8 Sample
Describe a book you read
You should say:
- Who wrote this book?
- What it is about?
- When you read it?
- And explain why you liked it.
Sample Answer 1
Being a bibliophile, I try my best to complete at least one book a week. Earlier, I used to read 4-5 books a month. However, gradually, the numbers declined as I got held up in other important tasks. So, with the new year, I have taken a resolution to finish a minimum of 2 books a month. Having said that, I spent the last week reading A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks.
The main protagonists of this book are Miles Ryan and Sarah Andrews. The former loses his wife to a hit-and-run accident. After going through a tough time in his life and spending two years trying to find the person behind this accident, Miles begins dating his son – Jonah’s – teacher, Sarah Andrews.
With time, their relationship turns stronger, and they fall deeply in love with each other. However, Miles comes across new evidence pertaining to the death of his wife. And, this person is somehow related to Sarah.
This is a romantic novel that showcases the attributes of love, sacrifice, and letting go. I like the way the author described diverse emotions keenly and precisely. Also, I liked the way of writing that the author put forth in this book.
Sample Answer 2
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On a Saturday evening, I was lying down with this book called “ Tell me your dreams” by Sidney Sheldon. Thanks to the maid, who served hot tea.
The book had an irresistible start. Initially, it describes three women, their love life and the mysterious ways in which their lovers are killed. After some time, the plot becomes gripping. It is revealed that they are three personalities of the same woman, Ashley, who suffered from multiple personality disorder and had murdered the men mercilessly.
Later, it is revealed that Ashley had a traumatic childhood which caused her to create these identities. Ashley is represented by a lawyer friend of her father. The court finally accepts that it was Ashley’s condition that made her kill and orders psychiatric treatment. She gets treated in the hospital and regains sanity.
The book has revealed an episode in the life of a psychiatrically affected person. It gave me an insight into the lives of women experiencing wounding disturbances in their childhood. Infact, when I come across news about murders, especially when the charges are against a lady, I suspect whether the woman is really guilty. The book cast such an effect on me.
- Grant: agree to give or allow (something requested) to.
Eg: He was granted permission to take leave
- Curious: interested in learning about people or things around you
Eg: Rose was curious about her results.
- Impulsively: without forethought; on impulse; suddenly.
Eg: Rose impulsively decided to buy the diamond necklace.
- Found out: discover something or come to know about something.
Eg: The treasure box hidden in the backyard was found out.
- Novelty: the quality of being new, original, or unusual
Eg: The tourists are still a novelty on this remote island
- In hindsight: the ability to understand an event or situation only after it has happened
Eg: In hindsight, I should have taken the job offer.