Book Oblivion

Reading Community
Tracing the histories of ideas through literature, philosophy, architecture, rhetorics, and beyond.

For curious minds who love to discover the hidden influences in literature and philosophy, Book Oblivion offers infinite conversations for readers all over the world wanting to grow with a community of passionate readers. Browse our articles, join Book Oblivion community,  and read like there’s no tomorrow. 

Best Books Series

One Sentence Reviews of the Best Reads of 2014

Life is short. Read fast. The following books were the best ones I read all year from each of my reading categories. Professional Development Clueless …

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New to Murakami? Start here ==>

“But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry …

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30 Books to Read Before You Turn 30

Today I’m going to share 30 books with you that will rock your world if you read them in your 20s. But don’t fret, if …

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The Best Books on Academic Writing

The Best Books on Academic Writing

There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white.” ~Rebecca Solnit Writing is hard and rewarding. The books below have influenced …

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Mark Edmundson on Redeeming Education in Why Teach

“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” …

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20 Books to Read Before You Turn 20

20 Books to Read Before You Turn 20

Below you will find 20 books to read before you turn 20. These lists are always arbitrary, but there is something timely about reading these …

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Your Moral Compass Makes You Human

“I said that the world is absurd, but I was too hasty. This world in itself is not reasonable, that is all that can be …

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Read Along With Book Oblivion

Book Oblivion has an incredible community of avid readers passionate about literature and philosophy. Book Oblivion Members have access to live talks twice a month, an online community and discussion forum, supplemental materials like articles, books, and videos, and exclusive access to seasonal workshops. 

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

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.

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. 

Jessica receives book lists from each instructor and arranges the readings for the year based on several factors. Each instructor leads discussions based on their passion, expertise, and familiarity with the author, book, or subject. 

Our book selections focus on several themes: 

  • Critical Theory and Philosophy
  • Himalayas of Literature
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • Reading Beyond Murakami
  • Reading With Wonder
  • The Craft of Writing 

Participants join for $21/month to participate in all live talks and the community forum. 

You can enroll by becoming a Book Oblivion Member and you can cancel at any time. To join our community, click HERE

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Book Oblivion is a community of readers exploring literature, philosophy, art, rhetorics, and beyond.