Connect to Your Community With a Good Read

Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader Program sparks ideas, conversations and actions

The common reader program at CMC began in the fall of 2013. Every year a book is chosen from those books nominated by faculty, staff and students across all campuses. Each successive year the program has grown in participation, readership and creative opportunities. A major component of this engaging experience is the opportunity to meet and dialogue with the authors.

The common reader program provides a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff, students and community members to engage in deep learning and meaningful conversation around a common theme. We hope that you will embrace the opportunity to participate in this program as one college and one community across 12,000 square miles of the western slope of Colorado!

Here are our previous years Common Reader selection:


graphic - the book cover of The Distance Between Us, by author Reyna Grande

The Distance Between Us

by Reyna Grande

graphic- bookcover of Badluck Way

Badluck Way

by Bryce Andrews

graphic - bookcover of Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

by Tom Montgomery Fate


I'm Down Book Cover

I’m Down

by Mishna Wolff

Cover image of Ludlow by David Mason.


by David Mason

Cover image of A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier.

A Mighty Long Way

by Carlotta Walls LaNier


Cover image of Double Take by Kevin Connolly.

Double Take

by Kevin Connolly

Cover image of Plenty by Alisa Smith & JB Mackinnon.


by Alisa Smith
& JB Mackinnon

Cover image of The Translator by Daoud Hari.

The Translator

by Daoud Hari


Cover image of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin.

Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson
& David Oliver Relin