Reading Groups
Tracing the histories of ideas through literature, philosophy, art, and beyond.

For curious minds who love to discover the hidden influences in literature, Book Oblivion offers an all access community for readers who want to explore beyond the printed page.

Join Our Community

We have an incredible community of avid readers passionate about literature and philosophy. Each group includes live talks, an online community, and access to seasonal workshops. 

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Read with us

We invite you to read more with our Book Oblivion Community. We have several reading groups that meet live to read and discuss some of the best ideas in the world. 

Here is what we are reading this month.  

Read a new book every season in our Book Oblivion Book Club. We discuss it in our community forum and in a live video call.

Ali Smith Spring

Read and finish the most challenging books on the planet with an expert reading guide and community accountability. We average 100 pages a week and meet live online every three weeks.

Read one philosopher a month in a loose chronological order to trace the development of ideas over time. We focus on one text from each thinker and meet for one live talk per month.

David Markson - Wittgenstein's Mistress

Read the seven-volume, 4,215 page masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. We read 30 pages a week and discuss them in our online forum. Live talks coming soon.

Marcel Proust Sodom and Gomorrah

Read beyond Murakami by delving into some of the theories and philosophies hidden in his works. We meet once a season to discuss a specific concept like time, memory, metaphor, the unconscious, and more. Live talks return in 2020!

Haruki Murakami Blind Willow Sleeping Woman

Live Talks

June 15, 2019

Book Club

June 15, 2019

June 15, 2019

Himalayas of Literature

June 15, 2019

June 29, 2019

Critical Theory & Philosophy

June 29, 2019

Live talks

We host one live talk a month or season for each reading group. Participants unable to attend are able to watch the recording after.

Community Forum

We connect in our community forum, posting articles, sharing thoughts, and staying engaged with the books and each other.

supplemental resources

Articles, videos, reading guides, podcasts and more, including specific reading strategies to aid comprehension.

Reading schedules

Read along with our community by sticking to the recommended pages for each book that are broken down by week, month, and season.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Book Oblivion is a global online community of readers who are passionate about literature and philosophy. We trace the way ideas connect to each other and over time through reading literature, philosophy, art, and rhetorics. Many of us are academics gone rogue. We are here to nerd out over books and ideas, ask questions, and grow intellectually. 

Participants enroll from all over the world, including the United States, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Canada, Mexico, and more. Most participants are college graduates, but this is not a requirement. Several participants are retired, some are working professionals, others are graduate students, or some are stay at home parents. The only requirement is a humble, intellectual curiosity and a desire to connect with others over books.

Jessica launched Book Oblivion with a desire to rescue books from oblivion and return them to the center of culture and conversation. We work really hard to create space and time for these conversations to take place and are often one of the only intellectual outlets for our participants. 

Conversations take place in English, but we have participants reading in languages from all over the world. Discussions on translation choices make things really interesting. 

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