2018 Reading Groups & Reading Goals
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
By Jessica S. Manuel
Happy New Year!
Around the same time that I began teaching college, I started reading for breadth instead of the depth required in grad school. After seven years of reading this way, I’m ready to focus on a few areas and privilege a kind of depth over breadth in my reading life again. That is what I have in mind for book goals in 2018.
In addition to all of the reading for our different reading groups and researching for the online courses that I’ll offer this year, I’m hoping to read fewer books overall and really dig into some meaty texts and focus on a few authors. Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, Walter Kaufmann’s biography of Nietzsche, and Hannah Arendt’s The Life of the Mind are just a few of the books I’m excited to read this year.
What about you? Do you have any major book goals for 2018?
Here’s what’s in store for you at Book Oblivion in 2018 –
Book Oblivion Book Club
We read one new book every season. I’ll announce our Winter selection in a couple of weeks and we’ll read it in February.
Join here: https://goo.gl/42wWBq
Critical Theory & Philosophy Reading Group
We read one article every two weeks and meet together live once a month to discuss the reading with one another. 2018’s reading list is geared toward building a foundation, so we are reading some of the most important texts from each thinker, so that we can build on this knowledge in the following years.
Join here: https://goo.gl/jf9W4G
Murakami Reading Group
We read one short story or 50 pages a week written by Haruki Murakami and meet together online once a month to discuss the stories. We are systematically working our way through his entire collection. 2018’s reading list includes 11 short stories, 5 novels, and 3 essays.
Join here: https://goo.gl/AS93bx
In Search of Lost Time Reading Group
We read 30 pages a week and began last year but have new participants joining each week. Just over 60 people are reading and discussing Marcel Proust’s 7-volume work In Search of Lost Time. This ambitious group has taken on a reading guide and a few supplemental theoretical texts as well.
Join here: https://goo.gl/ko6SGw
I hope your new year is full of hope and good books.