Recalling What I Read in 2017

During 2017, I read about 5,500 student writing assignments, a few thousand articles (some of the best can be found here), and 56 books. In addition, I “read” and studied hundreds of songs and around fifty or sixty films. 

The books I read are listed below. 

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we are Atheists

AIDS and it’s Metaphors

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Atheists in America

Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

Becoming Nicole: Transformation of an American Family

Beyond El Barrio: Everyday life in Latina/o America

Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities

Blitzed: Drugs in the third Reich


Cross and the Lynching Tree

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference

Devil’s Highway: A True Story

Drink Cultura: Chicanismo

Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal

House on Mango Street

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading 

Illness as a Metaphor

Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

Letter to Christian Nation

Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction

Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and and How All Men Can Help

Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975

MLA Handbook 

Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction

No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea

Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men

Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos 

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

Professor is in: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

Queer History of the United States

Reading the Bible from the Margins

Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood 

Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated

Satanic Bible

Seven Laws of Magical Thinking

Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent

Social Construction of Reality

SuperSense: How the Developing Brain Creates Supernatural Beliefs 

This Means This, This Means That: A User’s Guide to Semiotics

True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation 

Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea


Here’s to another great year of reading in 2018! Please tell me about your reading habits this year in the comments! 🙂

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda