1. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Through his posthumous memoir, Kalanithi describes what’s it like to experience a life-threatening illness as a physician, treating us to an unsentimental, yet thoroughly devastating story that's unexpectedly inspiring. The best books are the ones you think about long after you've read them and this is most certainly one of them.