Lex Fridman is a vast reader whose reading list is awaited by the people always. It is not the first time he has provided a reading list to society.
Fridman shares the books that he has read and that he thinks should be read by other people as well. His reading lists have always proved to be profound and are considered the best recommendations in the respected categories.
Fridman has provided a reading list for 2023 and this time it includes some classic books as well.
Read further to know more about the reading list and the books, especially the classic ones included in it.
The Lex Fridman Reading List 2023
Lex Fridman posted a tweet on his official Twitter handle that revealed the list of the articles. He is a Russian- American research scientist working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also a podcaster, AI researcher, and computer scientist.
Along with the tweet, he wrote that he has decided to read a book in every week in 2023.
In the one-book one-week plan he has the plan to start the week’s book on Monday and finish reading it by Sunday.
On the following day which would be a Monday start reading the next book and end it by the Sunday of that week and the cycle is expected to go on in the same pattern following the one book one week plan.
He has included classics, science fiction (sci-fi), non-fiction, and is open to adding anything that gets highly recommended by people. He continued that he would keep adjusting the list.
The list included books such as Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, The Plague by Albert Camus, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and so on.
The books as per the weekly order go on like this:
Lex Fridman in his book list plans to start the new year with a George Orwell book. Starting on the week of Jan 2 the first book was 1984 by George Orwell.
The next week, the week of Jan 9 the book that’s decided to be read is listed as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The next week, the week of Jan 16 is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley,
The next week, the week of Jan 23 is The Stranger by Albert Camus,
The next week, the week of Jan 30, the last book of January is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius,
the next book, the first book of February, starting on the week of Feb 6 is On the Road by Jack Kerouac,
the next book on the week of Feb 13 is Foundation by Isaac Asimov, the next week, the week of Feb 20 is The Art of War by Sun Tzu, the next week, the week of Feb 27 is Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway,
the next week, the week of Mar 6, the first book of March, is 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke, the next week, the week of Mar 13 is Animal Farm by George Orwell,
the next book on the week of Mar 20 is Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel, the next book, the last book of the month, on the week of Mar 27 is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, the next book, the first book of April, on the week of April 3 is Metamorphosis, Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, the next book, on the week of April 10 is The Plague by Albert Camus, and the next book, on the week of April 17 is Player of Games by Ian Banks.
The book list continued with the next book, on the week of April 24 is Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, the next book, on the first week of May, on May 1 is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the next book, on the week of May 8 is Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky,
the next book, on the week of May 15 is Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, the next book, on the week of May 22 is Dune by Frank Herbert, and the next book, on the week of May 29 is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Fridman also made some other book suggestions that he was considering. The suggestions are The Dead by James Joyce, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman,
Ward No. 6 by Anton Chekhov, Anthem by Ayn Rand, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Nightfall, Last Question by Isaac Asimov,
The Little Trilogy by Anton Chekhov, The Nose, The Overcoat by Gogol, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Prince by Machiavelli, Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche,
On Writing by Stephen King, Solaris by Stanislaw Lem,
Childhood’s End by Arthur C Clarke, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov,
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman, Dead Souls by Gogol, 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson,
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein, Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter, and The Idiot by Dostoevsky.
Fridman was mocked for including the list with classics. A group of people criticized him for adding the books of Dostoevsky, Camus, Hesse, Orwell, and so on.
Although he was not touched by that, he in his following tweet wrote that the books picked up by him are the ones that he loves and has re-read multiple times, he replied to those who called such books as basic that they are not basic but they are profound.
The classics of the Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky are known for the existentialist literature that the author follows. In his novels, he discussed about literary modernism, various schools of psychology, and theology.
He is considered one of the early writers to introduce literary criticism in his works.
The book on the reading list, The Brothers Karamazov was written by Dostoevsky taking a time of two years.
The book is a courtroom drama involving erotic and romantic rivalries revolving around a mysterious murder. The main characters are Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, and his three sons Dmitri Fyodorovich Karamazov, Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov, and Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov, and Pavel Fyodorovich Smerdyakov, Agrafena Alexandrovna Svetlova, Katerina Ivanovna Verkhovtseva, Father Zosima, the Elder, and Ilyusha.
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