Books that I recommend: 

General Science

The Demon-Haunted World – Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Eating the Sun – How Plants Power the Planet by Oliver Morton 

The Botany of Desire – A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan 

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins 

Unweaving the Rainbow – Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins 

Growing a Revolution – Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery 

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin 

Dinosaur in a Haystack- Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould 

Seeds, Sex and Civilization – How the Hidden Life of Plants has Shaped Our World by Peter Thompson 

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman 

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Personal Growth 

12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson – Rule #1, stand up straight with your shoulders back. In this book, Dr. Peterson provides insights from psychology, biology and life experiences that lead to living a good life.

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – A must read for anyone feeling as if obstacles are around every corner, as they often can seem to be.

Mastery by Robert Greene – I discovered Robert Greene in my first semester of graduate school and I was hooked. Mastery was the first book I read by him and it couldn’t have come at a better time. In this book, Robert dissects what it takes to become a master is any field and he shares examples from greats such as Temple Grandin to Freddy Roach.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – Viktor was a psychologist who spent years in a Nazi prison camp. His reflections on life, survival, and serving others as the purpose of life are outlined here.

Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine 

Extreme Ownership – How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin – The message is simple in this book, take ownership of everything in your life.

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – A counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Making it through Graduate School 

Getting What You Came For – The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or PhD by Robert L. Peters

Demystifying Dissertation Writing by Peg Boyle Single – This has a lot on writing your actual dissertation, but don’t wait to read this one! Peg gives great tips and outlines on how to begin active note taking, staying organized, and staying on track throughout your graduate degree. She also does a great job of providing you with information on how to stay motivated and to come out of ruts as well with not just writing, but the whole graduate process.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – This book talks a lot on overcoming resistance and the resiliency needed to pursue your creative dreams. I believe it’s a must for anyone looking to create and publish.

The Elements of Style  by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White – This is a short book on grammar and writing basics that is always by my side when writing. This book also comes highly recommended by Stephen King, who says he still uses it to this day.

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper by Robert Day and Barbara Gastel 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King – This book provides some fascinating insights and what it took Stephen King to rise to mastery.  It’s nice to be reminded that even the greats like Stephen spent years facing rejection. Keep on writing.