Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Measure’.

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I’ve been working so much lately that a lot of the things I do for fun have fallen by the wayside. And, I know, that’s a pretty small problem to have.

But, over Thanksgiving, I carved out enough time to read a book! A whole book!

It’s actually one I waited a long time for (from the library), and it’s “The Measure” by Nikki Erlick.

I spoke a little bit about the book on this week’s episode of my podcast (listen to it here), but basically: one day around the world, everyone that’s 22 or older, wakes up and has a wooden box on their doorstep.

No clue where it came from, no idea what’s inside, or why it’s there. But inside each box is a string, and the length of the string is the measure of your entire life. It’s not how much longer you have; it’s the entirety of your life.

So, if your string is short and you’re already 35, your days could be numbered.

I knew this portion of the premise when I put the book on hold at the library, but reading the book brought about so many more thoughts!

One thing I didn’t expect was the book covered how pop culture and the world would react: the president made a statement, the government made statements, companies made websites to properly measure your string, pop singers sang about it, and support groups were formed.

How creative and real?? I’m still thinking about it!

The book follows eight characters who have different situations, and they handle “the string” differently over the course of one year.

I won’t give anything away, but wow this book was so good!

It certainly made me think, and I’ve been considering what I want my 2023 to look like, and this is something that will certainly stick with me as I plan my time.

Have you read this one yet?

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