Describe a book that had a major influence on you.
You should say:
what the name of the book and its author
how you first heard of the book
what the main story of the book is
and explain why it had a major influence on you.
Related to describing a book: Hardcover, best seller, novel, paperback, recommended book, page-turner, plot, fiction, avid reader, bookworm, genre, biography, literary, contemporary, fast-paced, gripping, to borrow, compelling plot, fascinating characters.
Synonyms of ‘major’:Significant, important, serious, paramount, prime, great, outstanding, considerable.
Synonyms of ‘influence’:Effect, impact, consequence, force, significance.
Tips for answering this cue card sample:
This cue card topic asks you to talk about a book you have read. You should pick a book that you know well. Let’s say you have read a book which was very interesting but you have forgotten the name of the author or the publisher, you can’t tell the story in an organised fashion, then you should not talk about that one. Rather pick a book which is interesting, you have read and you know the writer and story of the book. If you are not sure of such a book, think about one, google for the details of the book and remember the following information about the book:
۳٫ Publishing year.
۴٫ Some other book names by the same author.
۵٫ The story of the book.
۶٫ Why the book was critically acclaimed.
۷٫ Some characters in the book.
For the part why this book has a great influenced on you mention some of the following points:
۱٫ The book was written by a writer who has a great way of telling a story.
۲٫ The story is a page-turner and you had a hard time keeping it away.
۳٫ You have learned an important lesson from this book.
۴٫ The characters of this book gave you a great impression.
۵٫ Some of the trivia and facts about the book. etc.
The book that tremendously influenced me in my college level is titled “Pather Panchali” by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. This book was published in 1929 and later a movie was made with the same title by Satyajit Ray. The book is a tragedy and family drama which is considered to be one of the finest literary works in Bengali literature.
This book deals with the life, happiness, sadness and inner-picture of Roy family in a rural area. Later they moved to a different place in search of a better life but they had to face a great deal of anguish and losses during their travel to a new transition.
The book describes the rural life, the people of this rural place, their sufferings, their joys, the beautiful countryside, green fields, paddy fields, flowers and many more things that become alive in the story. The storyline, the mastery of story-telling ability, the scenic beauty of the rural area, the tragic death of a touchy character all were so profoundly expressed that I was deeply touched. Moreover, this book was written by one of the superb and talented writers who had a natural talent in describing the rural beauty in a style that no other writer can do.
The book reminded me of the rural area I had once been to. It was like travelling to the past in a time machine. Bibhutibhushan is a gifted writer and probably the best of his type. He had the ability to depict the rural life and scenic beauty profoundly and perfectly. The characters of his books come from ordinary places and lead ordinary lives, but the impression they create in readers’ mind is extraordinary.