BC Reads!

Cover of the book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetThe BC Reads! Selection Committee has chosen Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford as our common book for the 2017-18 school year.


Set in Seattle, it is the story of two young friends, one Chinese American and one Japanese American, and how their lives change with the signing of Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II .  The Hotel in the title is the Panama Hotel, on 6th and Main in Seattle’s International District, now a Historic Landmark and National Treasure for its role during this time in America’s history.

The Library has 15 copies of the book, 2 audio books, and soon, 12 e-readers loaded with the story.

This year’s BC Reads! Selection Committee included Lee Buxton, Sue Cox, Tracy Biga MacLean and Christina Sciabarra, with Wilma Dougherty as Chair.

The Martian by Andy Weir is the BC Reads! common book for the 2016-17 school year.

Cover image of Andy Weir's book The Martian

The Martian is a story about Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and has to use his wits, his knowledge of science and math, and lots of duct tape to survive until help comes.




Weir worked hard to make it as scientifically accurate as possible. He provided the story in serialized format on his personal web site first, then self published it. Finally, Random House picked it up.



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sees the book as a huge public relations boost, and hopes it will help them realize their goal of a human mission to Mars in the 2030s.

The Library Media Center has it available in print, audio CD, and e-book format; the movie is also available for check-out.

Mars Panel Discussion

Did you miss our fabulous panel discussion with scientists on what life on Mars would be like? Check out the recording of the presentation: Life on Mars Panel


Supplementary resources can be found at: http://bellevuecollege.libguides.com/themartian

Questions? Contact Wilma Dougherty, BC Reads! Librarian, wdougher@bellevuecollege.edu.

View our list of Past BC Reads! titles.

View images of previous BC Reads projects.

Last Updated May 1, 2017