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 2007. 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 7,500 square miles of the western slope of Colorado!

Here are our previous years Common Reader selection

Cover of Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Animal Dialogues

by Craig Childs

The Sun Does Shine

by Anthony Ray Hinton

The Choice

by Dr. Edith Eger


by Sarah Schantz

graphic - book cover of "No Barriers" by Erik Weihenmayer

No Barriers

by Erik Weihenmayer

graphic - Cover photo for The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

by Reyna Grande

Book cover of Badluck Way

Badluck Way

by Bruce Andrews

graphic - cover photo Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

by Tom Montgomery Fate

Book cover of I'm Down

I'm Down

by Mishna Wolff

graphic - cover photo for Ludlow


by David Mason

graphic - cover A Mighty Long Way

A Mighty Long Way

by Carlotta Walls LaNier

graphic - cover of Double Take

Double Take

by Kevin Connolly

graphic - Cover of Plenty


by Alisa Smith & JB Mackinnon

graphic - Cover The Translator

The Translator

by Daoud Hari

cover of Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

Book by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson