Here is a list of some of my favorite and most influencial books to me or my thought process over both the long and short term. These are those I would rate with 4 or 5 stars and give as gifts. Expect occasional additions.
"Writing Down the Bones" Natalie Goldberg.
"The Wholehearted Way" Kosho Uchiyama.
"Zen Mind, Beginnner's Mind" Shunryu Suzuki.
*What the Buddha Taught" Walpola Rahula.
"The Snow Leopard* (Peter Matthiessen).
"The Diamond Sutra" Translation by Red Pine.
"The Zen of Creativity" John Daido Loori.
"Wabi-Sabi" Leonard Koren.
"Taking the Path of Zen" Robert Aiken.
"Getting Things Done" David Allen.
"The Rightgeous Mind* Johnathan Haidt.
"Sapiens" Yuval Harari.
"The Most Good You Can Do" Peter Singer - Or anything by Singer.
"Opening the Hand of Thought" Kosho Uchiyama.
"The Heart of the Brush" Kazuaki Tanahashi.
"Your Money or Your Life" Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez.
"Cold Mountain Poems" Gary Snyder - Or Anything by Snyder.
"Migration" Sabastio Salgado.
"Genesis" Sabastio Salgado.