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

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.

Live Talks

September 21, 2019

2666 – Bolano

September 21, 2019

September 28, 2019

Time and the Other – Levinas

September 28, 2019

October 12, 2019

2666 – Bolano

October 12, 2019

October 26, 2019

A Hero With a Thousand Faces – Campbell

October 26, 2019

November 9, 2019

The Wonder That Was Ours – Hatcher

November 9, 2019

November 30, 2019

The Myth of the Eternal Return – Eliade

November 30, 2019

December 28, 2019

Circe – Miller

December 28, 2019

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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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Book Oblivion – A Literature and Philosophy Reading Community