You need subscriptions here. The field is moving too fast for books.
Science although not specific to life sciences, and do get the online option.
Nature is a good choice.
NEJM and/or Lancet for Medicine.
Start with ** Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Newton (which will help fill your pholosophy shelf, too.) After all this is one of the founding books of western thought. It is surprisingly easy to understand, although tedious in parts. I haven’t read the original Latin, but I can’t think it lost that much in the translation.
After that, it gets fairly thick, fairly fast. Even the magazines are not quite up to date, since up to date is more a matter of theoretical preferences.
**Sky and Telescope **
OK, so I read mostly periodicals. Science is a moving target.
** The King James Version of the Bible**
Ok, it’s my artistic preference among Bible versions.
** The art of War** by Sun Tzu
** The Tao of Physics ** by Fritjof Capra
**A book of Five Rings ** by Miamoto Musashi
**Tao Te Ching ** by Lao Tsu
At least one good collection of Haiku.(see: Matsuo Basho)
The Prudent Investor Warren Buffett
Indispensable books not in the other categories
The art of Sensuous Massage by by Inkeles & Todris
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The New York Public Library Desk Reference
The Oxford English Dictionary
I know not what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilest the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
– Isaac Newton