Kanawha Public Library 2011 Adult Winter Reading Club

All the way until 31st March 2011, join the Adult Winter Reading Club of the Kanawha County Public Libraries and win prizes via their monthly raffle. To qualify, just read any book or listen to any audiobook (as long as it is not a children’s book), and check it out from your favorite KCPL branch or downloaded from WVDeli. For more details, visit the KCPL website.

Out of ideas where to start? Here are five great picks for winter reading:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an award-winning novel by British writer Mark Haddon. The story revolves around Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy suffering from what appears to be Asperger syndrome. When he discovers the dead body of neighbor’s pet poodle one night, he is accused of the crime. He then takes it upon himself to discover who the real killer is as well as his motives.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a book by British writer Susanna Clarke. The novel is set in a version of 19th-century England where magic still exists, albeit very rare. Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange are reluctant master-and-apprentice magicians who have been called to aid the British Empire against the scourge that is Napoleon Bonaparte.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a novel published in 2001 by Yann Martel. Piscine Molitor Patel — Pi for short, is an Indian boy who survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The book gives a lot of attention to Pi’s thoughts on religion — he was born a Hindu, but was introduced to other religions as a teenager. Pi tries to understand divinity through the teachings of each religion, and sees the good and bad in many different faiths.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist is novel by Paulo Coelho first published in 1988 in Portuguese; it has since been translated into sixty seven languages. The Alchemist tells the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who has a series of recurring dreams about going to Egypt to find hidden treasure. Thinking that his dreams are a clue to real buried treasure, he sets off for Egypt and finds many adventures along the way.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens is novel written in 1990 as a collaboration between the English authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. In Good Omens, the angel Aziraphale (who was the angel of the Garden of Eden) and the demon Crowley (who was the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the apple) are actually very good friends, whio decide to work together prevent the Apocalypse from happening to the human race — or at the very least, postpone it indefinitely.