March 1, 2016
You'd be hard-pressed to find three books as different as these. I'd recommend any of them.
Slade House, by David Mitchell. If you're a David Mitchell fan and enjoy reading something different every now and then, you'll enjoy this book. It's strange and creepy and intricate and highly entertaining. I'd definitely recommend reading Mitchell's The Bone Clocks first - there's a very strong connection between the two.
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the age of 36, just as he was finishing his long journey towards becoming a neurosurgeon. This book is a memoir, describing his journey through medical school and through his experience with cancer. It is an intimate book, and it forces the reader to ask difficult questions. It would be impossible not to be moved; especially after reading the last section of the book, written by Paul's wife after his death.
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I am not sure what it was that motivated me to pick up this book, but I am so happy that I did. It's written as a letter from the author to his fifteen-year-old son, in an attempt to explain and come to terms with what it's like to grow up as an African-American male. I would suggest reading this review - I couldn't say it any better than this. I highly, highly recommend reading this book. It's powerful, and it has taken me out of my bubble and given me a new perspective.