Davida, I am an elementary science teacher. Even though some of the books are not defined as science books, they are helpful no matter what field of work you are in.
Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a book that I have to keep buying because I give it away often.
I love many of Chris Van Allsburg's childrens' books. His illustrations are very detailed and engaging. Some of his books address science topics like environmental issues seen in his book, Just A Dream.
Armstrong the Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon- for obvious reasons, again the artwork is incredible and it has many details about the history of space flight in the scenery.
The Next Time You See the Moon by Emily Morgan
All of the Picture Perfect Science books from NSTA
Ada Twist Scientist
Iggy Peck Architect
Violet the Pilot
Rosie Revere Engineer
Journey, Quest, and Return all by Aaron Becker- no words needed in these imaginative illustrative stories of adventure. My interpretation of the Trilogy is about the things we can create on our own can be powerful when we join with others.
And yes, I read the Martian by Andy Weir before I watched the movie. It was drudgery at times to get through the technical parts.