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2024 Howard County Reads

Click here to make a nomination for HCR 2024

Nominations are open for 2024 Howard County Reads. Nominate your favorite books for 2024 Howard County Reads online or in-person at any KHCPL location by February 29, 2024.

What makes a good Howard County Reads Book?

A nominated book should be:

  • well-written
  • character-driven
  • not too long
  • interesting for a wide variety of readers (from high school students to senior citizens)
  • preferably available in paperback (though not required)

20 Years of Howard County Reads

Howard County Reads is an annual tradition that encourages residents in Howard County read a specific book. The program is a partnership between KHCPL and the Indiana University Kokomo library. A committee made up of library staff and community members choose each year’s book from community nominations. Check out 20 years of Howard County Reads at this link

2023 Howard County Reads Book of the year

The Measure

by Nikki Erlick

When every person, all over the globe, receives a small wooden box bearing the same inscription and a single piece of string inside, world is thrown into a collective frenzy, in this novel told through multiple perspectives that introduces an unforgettable cast of characters.

You can find more information here

Portrait Photograph of Nikki Erlick. Grey background with a female looking towards the camera while sitting on a stool

2022 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Title The Year We Left Home a toy house with figurines standing outside


by Sherri L. Smith

With the dream of becoming a pilot like her father before her, Ida Jones believes joining the newly formed WASP – Women Air Force Service Pilots is her chance to fulfill that dream in a significant way but must make the difficult choice of hiding her racial heritage in order to do so.

You can find more information here

2021 Howard County Reads Top 15

This year we chose to highlight the variety of books our community nominated rather than selecting a single title. On this list you will find books for readers of nonfiction, fiction, mystery, a book written by a local author, and more, all recommended by other readers like you.

You can find the books here

2020 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Title The Year We Left Home a toy house with figurines standing outside

The Year We Left Home

by Jean Thompson

In 1973, the Ericksons of Grenada, Iowa, gather for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride just wants to raise a family in her hometown while her brother, Ryan, plans his escape. He is joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner who will show Ryan both the appeal and perils of freedom. Torrie, the youngest, is also intent on escape, but her choices will bring about a tragedy that changes the entire family forever

You can find the book here

2019 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Canoe in between two tries with a sunset in the background. Title Where The Crawdads Sing

Where The Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Kya Clark is an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina. She is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect her; however, Kya is not what they say.

You can purchase the book here

2018 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Frankenstein Book cover. Tan and red weathered background styled as old parchment. The title Frankenstein is centered with the author name Mary Shelley underneath

Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus

by Mary Shelley

Written in 1818 as part of a challenge with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, Shelley’s book shows unflinching wit and a strong female voice in this cautionary tale of a scientist creating a living, thinking being.

2017 Howard County Reads Book of the year

Grandma Gatewood's Walks Book cover. Older Woman with a forested background

Grandma Gatewood's Walk

by Ben Montgomery

Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, the first person--man or woman--to walk it three times, and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her. Auther Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the power of the human spirit and determination

Portrait Photograph of Ben Montgomery. Black background with a white male looking towards the camera