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

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4 replies

  1. So many words!! How long were those assignments?

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  2. The titles of what you had read showed how eclectic your reading tastes are. I guess, like me, you’ll try to read anything! Mango Street is one of my favorites, and I’m glad you loaned me Devil’s Highway. I’m reading Reading the Bible from the Margins now.

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