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.

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

Read and finish the most challenging books on the planet with an expert reading guide and community accountability. We meet for one live talk per month. 

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. 

Read the seven-volume, 4,215 page masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. We read 30 pages a week and meet once a month for a live talk. 

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.

Read with wonder by reading better and remembering more. Our How to Read More Workshops offer reading strategies, tips, tricks, and tools for retention and mastery. 

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We invite you to read more with our Book Oblivion Community. We have several reading groups that get together once a month to read and discuss some of the best ideas in the world. Here is what we are reading this month.  

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

“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.

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. 

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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The Rhetorics of Reading and the Energy of Language

On the Energy of Language and the Rhetorics of Reading

“Camerado, this is no book,  who touches this, touches a man,  (Is it night? Are we here alone?) It is I you hold, and who …

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Mark Z. Danielewski on Changing the Way We Read

“My interest is in how meaning is communicated via language, and I believe the shape, positioning, even the color of the language has an effect …

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Knowing, Doing, and Making: Creativity in the Classroom

Knowing, Doing, and Making: Creativity in the Classroom

“To be creative a person must exist and have a feeling of existing, not in conscious awareness, but as a basic place to operate from. …

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Haruki Murakami Birthday

Haruki Murakami Turns 70! 🎉

On January 12, Haruki Murakami turns 70, and we are going to celebrate now because it’s already his birthday in Japan. Murakami’s been writing novels, …

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The Dark Side of Neverland

Play/Write: Digital Rhetoric, Writing, Games

“Nothing is really work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”  James Barrie When you think of Neverland, you probably think of adventure and fantasy …

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Roland Barthes on Photographing the Unconscious

Roland Barthes on Photographing the Unconscious 📷

“We shall probably get nearest to the truth if we think of the conscious and personal psyche as resting upon the broad basis of an …

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