Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you

Cue Card

You should say:
– What the story/novel is
– What it is about
– Why you find it interesting


I would like to talk about my favorite classic novel called The Godfather, which is written by a well-known Italian author, Mario Puzo. I came across this novel when I was trying to find a dictionary at a bookstore. It was published in hard-cover version and there was a colourful illustration on the front which caught my eye.

At first, although I was not much impressed by the novel’s preview, I still bought it and started to read the story right after getting home. Surprisingly, the more I read “The Godfather”, the more it appealed to me. This novel told the story of an Italian imaginary character named Vito Corleone, who was a mafia boss in America after World War I. What attracted me in this story was the way the author described Vito’s tricks to survive in a chaotic society. Thanks to this novel, I learned a lot about the course of American history in that lawless period.

After finishing this book, I read some more novels by Mario Puzo and they were all fascinating. I realize that reading books is a good way to gain knowledge; therefore, everyone should get into the habit of reading.


–  classic: [adjective] accepted as being one of the best or most important of its type.
Example: The story of Romeo and Juliet is a classic tale of love and revenge.

–  come across: [phrasal verb] to meet or find somebody or something by chance.
Example: Yesterday, I came across some old photographs in a drawer.

–  hard-cover: [adjective] with a stiff cover which does not bend.
Example: The hard-cover version of the book is expensive, so I am waiting for the paperback version to be published.

–  caught my eye: [expression] attracted my attention.
Example: As I looked at the shop window, a dark blue jacket caught my eye.

–  right after: [adverb] immediately after.
Example: Yesterday, I spoke to the teacher right after the class.

–  appeal to: [phrasal verb] attract or interest someone.
Example: The company’s new website is designed to appeal to people of all ages.

bruises: [noun] blue or brown marks that appear on your body after you have fallen or been hit.
Example: After the accident, he suffered some cuts and bruises as a result of falling on to the ground.

came up to me: [phrasal verb] approached me.
Example: After the match, a journalist came up to me and asked my opinion about the result.

calmed me down: [phrasal verb] made me less angry.
Example: I was angry with the boy and I wanted to hit him, but the teacher calmed me down by telling the boy to apologise for what he had done.

on my way: [expression] going.
Example: I am on my way to the park – do you want to come?

own up: [phrasal verb] admit that you are responsible for something bad or wrong.
Example: When the teacher collected our homework, I had to own up and explain that I had not finished it.

IELTS speaking part 2 British Council


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