“Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading is not a tough topic”, but to be able to answer this topic correctly, you need a good vocabulary and the ability to develop natural ideas.
“Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading” is a new topic of IELTS Speaking September to December 2021 Part 2.
Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading
You should say:
- When you read it;
- What type of book it is;
- What is it about;
- And explain why you found it exciting.
Well, the first book I can think of is definitely Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is the seventh book, also the final novel, of the Harry Potter series. I became a fan of this fantasy story when I was still a child. So by the finals release, I’d been obsessed with the series for almost ten years. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I could finally read the ending of this story.
Anyway, I read it as soon as it was published. Even though this was about twelve years ago, I remember the release like it was yesterday. I waited for hours in front of a bookstore in a hundred -meter line full of excited Hany Potter fans like me, mostly teens of course, just to get the book on the day of its release. And once I started reading it, I literally couldn’t put it down.
The final Harry Potter book really blew my mind. I mean, it has a happy ending as I expected. Like Hany has to die once and comes back to life so he can defeat the villain, Voldemort. I finished the book with an overwhelmed feeling that was a mix of excitement, happiness and some loss.
Honestly, I’ve reread this novel tons of times. I’ve even written some glowing reviews of the book on social media, which I’ve never done for other books. It’s a really exciting book that left a mark on me.
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IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions
1. What kinds of books do Chinese people like reading?
I think that Chinese people like to read a great variety of different books; it really depends on the individual person, since everyone has different tastes when it comes to books and movies. Chinese literature has a long history of folklore and legends, so many Chinese people may like to read these traditional stories as a starting point . Plus, children may prefer fiction books, while adults may prefer nonfiction books such as biographies and history books.
2. Do boys and girls like the same kinds of books?
I suppose that this depends on the person’s preferences; some girls love the romantic comedy genre, while others love honor novels. The same is true for boys. Honestly, boys are discouraged at a young age from liking romantic or dramatic books, and are instead encouraged to read nonfiction or action books. This really limits the kind of things that they read, and I suppose that both boys and girls should explore a wide variety of literary genres.
3. Do you think it is very important to read the book before watching the movie version of it?
No, I don’t think so. Even though I love reading, and personally I like reading the book before seeing the movie, it’s fine to just watch the movie by itself . I suppose that when it comes to movies, it’s sometimes better to watch it without knowing anything about the story. Sometimes, you can be disappointed if you watch the movie version because it might not live up to the book.
4. Do you prefer books or movies?
I prefer books. Even though movies are really entertaining to watch, books are just more interesting to me. I like reading a characters thoughts instead of hearing them get narrated on the screen. When I’m reading a book, I can also picture everything for myself. It takes a lot of imagination, which is what I find fun about the reading process. I think books are also a more relaxing way to spend time than a movie, which can be loud and intense.
5. Did you read more magazines or books when you were a child?
I definitely read way more magazines than books in my childhood. Honestly, I wasn’t fond of books until I grew up. Books, especially text books, were just too complicated and tedious for me. But reading magazines was a lot of fun when I was a student. I was a huge fan of sci-fi magazines back then. I even subscribed to a magazine called The Sci-Fi World. I was really fascinated by it.
6. Do you think e-books will eventually replace paper books?
Although e-books are becoming very popular, I don’t think that they will ever completely replace paper books. The reason for this is that people who love reading generally prefer paper books. Reading on paper is easier on your eyes , and it’s also great for students because they can highlight, underline, or write notes in the margins if they are using a paper copy. Paper books are also great to wrap up and give as gifts!
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