Book Oblivion Academy 

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Ray Bradbury famously said you don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture – just get people to stop reading them. We believe in the power of education to transform our world, and we’re thankful you’re here to rescue books from oblivion with us. Book Oblivion Academy offers online adult literature courses and reading groups in the areas of writing, literature, theory, and reading.





Online Courses Book Oblivion Academy

How to Read More

If you wish you were well-read but can't find the time or the mental energy to sustain a passionate and disciplined reading life, this course series will give you proven strategies and practical tips to devour one book after another and use what you read in your personal and professional lives.

Murakami & Time

Explore concepts of time like aion, chronos, simultaneity, and the instant and analyze the way these ideas influence a selection of Haruki Murakami's novels and short stories.

Murakami & Magical Realism

Learn the defining characteristics of the literary mode of magical realism in light of three of Murakami's most bizarre novels: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World & Literary Theory

Explore the mind-bending worlds of Haruki Murakami's 1985 novel, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, in light of psychoanalysis, linguistics, hyperreality, and more.

Kafka on the Shore & Literary Theory

Kafka on the Shore & Literary Theory explores themes and concepts ranging from psychoanalysis, mythology, language, phenomenology, to music, tragedy, and more in Haruki Murakami's 2002 novel, Kafka on the Shore.


Dive into classic and contemporary literature and philosophy.


Follow ideas through time to our contemporary moment.


Let language change your world from the inside out.


Share what you learn with participants from all over the world.

Reading Groups Book Oblivion Academy

Critical Theory Reading Group

The 2018 reading list surveys the entire 20th century, starting with Friedrich Nietzsche and ending with Noam Chomsky in 1995. Readings span existential thought, postmodern discourse, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, political theory and more at 10-20 pages a week with a few exceptions in which participants are encouraged to read a longer excerpt or the entire book.

Murakami Reading Group

Read through Murakami’s entire body of work in an online group setting with participants from all over the world. This group is designed for life-long adult learners wanting to read, learn, and grow outside of academia in an online group setting. The reading list for 2018 includes 11 short stories, 5 novels, and 3 essays – we read around 50 pages a week or less.

In Search of Lost Time Reading Group

Read and discuss Marcel Proust’s 7-volume novel, In Search of Lost Time, with participants from all over the world. This reading group averages just 30 pages a week of the main text or reading guide. Ambitious readers are supplementing the main reading with more than 10 other works inspired by Proust, including works of philosophy, biography, neuroscience, and more.

What to Expect

We offer online courses, reading groups, and reading guides for life-long adult learners in the areas of writing, literature, theory, and reading. When you enroll in a course, reading group, or opt for a study guide, you can expect the following elements:

Video Tutorials

Explanatory video lectures that synthesize research to communicate the import of each text or concept.

Literature Focus

Literary-focused instruction that emphasizes reading primary texts illuminated by literary and critical theories.

New Content Each Week

New articles, videos, and insights are added to our library of resources every week.

Online Discussions

Written and live discussions allow participants to deepen their analysis of each text through conversation.

Discussion Questions

Literary analyses and discussion questions to deepen knowledge and understanding of each text.

Expert Instruction

Hundreds of hours of reading, writing, and research are poured into each lesson.

Supplemental Resources

Each text includes a list of further reading and resources to allow participants to keep digging.

Certificates & Badges

Earn online badges for your LinkedIn profile or a certificate displaying each course completion. 

Reading Schedules

Create the rewarding habit of disciplined reading through accountability and steady pacing. 


Join Book Oblivion Academy today and access online courses, reading guides, and reading groups free for one month. 

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