It’s rare that a meme reaches the “respectable” part of bloglandia populated by professors at top universities and the like. Delightfully, one recently has: name ten books that had a big influence on you.* I’m going to focus on recent, academic books and ignore most of the heavy-hitters from my childhood (e.g. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ender’s Game, etc.).
These are not in any particular order.
Ok, that was fun! You should try it! Also, it occurs to me that basically none of the works that have been influential on me have been empirical works written by sociologists. Hm. I wonder if that reflects the fact that I came to sociology from a different undergrad background (Math and Latin American Studies), and that is was social theory that sold me on the discipline and kept me inside it even as my substantive interests radically shifted.
* See Kieran Healy’s list here. He links to several other examples.