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2023 Howard County Reads book announced

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has announced “The Measure” by Nikki Erlick as the 2023 Howard County Reads book.

The Howard County Reads program was founded in 2004 to foster a sense of community through page-turning togetherness. It is an annual community-wide reading program sponsored by the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Indiana University Kokomo Library. Each year, library staff members and community members collaborate to choose a title.

“The Measure,” released in 2022 as Erlick’s debut novel, instantly soared to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list and has received widespread acclaim. In the novel, everyone on earth who is 22 or older mysteriously receives a small wooden box with a length of string that depicts exactly how long they have left to live.

Erlick will visit Kokomo from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at IUK’s Kresge Hall. Copies of “The Measure” will be available for purchase during the event, and Erlick will sign copies at the end.

Tickets to this event are free but required. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 11 at any KHCPL location and the IUK library.

Each year, Howard County Reads includes a list of the top 15 books chosen from community nominations. In addition to “The Measure,” the other titles in the 2023 top 15 list are:

  • “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry
  • “Legends & Lattes” by Travis Baldree
  • “Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting” by Clare Pooley
  • “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty
  • “None Shall Sleep” by Ellie Marney
  • “The Spare Man” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner
  • “One True Loves” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • “We Go High” by Nicole Ellis
  • “Furia” by Yamile Saied Mendez
  • “A Psalm for the Wild Built” by Becky Chambers
  • “Wrong Place Wrong Time” by Gillian McAllister
  • “Hana Khan Carries On” by Uzma Jalaluddin
  • “Pumpkin Heads” by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

An interactive list can be found here:

Various Fall events are planned around the top 15 titles. A full list of upcoming events can be found at

Do you have a book you would like to see on our next Howard County Reads list? Nominate it here!