Chris Hadfield - A astronaut's guide to life on earth:
I have always been interested in space, and our capability as a species to work together to go beyond our planet. To be honest, as a kid, I wanted to become a astronaut. However, somehow along the way, maybe because of uncertainty, I kind of stopped pursuing this as a realistic goal.
This book gives really good life lessons based on the author's experience as a astronaut. NASA teaches them to "work the problem", a kind of Stoic approach of not getting emotional and going through all the options you have available.
I also like the idea that when you look down on earth, you seem to feel like you really don't matter.
Free will - Sam Harris:
My favourite podcast host is also an excellent author. It is an interesting idea, the fact that we are the result of neurons firing in our brain, which is basically just a series chemical reactions.
When you start to think about it more, it starts to make sense that we don't seem to really be in any kind of control. I don't know about you, but I am not able to tell my carbon atoms what bonds they should be making today.