Since there're many science fiction recommendations here, I'd like to add something tangential yet critical to this list. My recommendation is not even a book, in fact. It's Bertrand Russell's "The Study of Mathematics" published in The New Quarterly in 1907. I've been reading this piece for a while now in relation to my work on objectivity and the inter-subjective. Russell here talks of the "purpose" or "value" of mathematics. To him, all its applications are crucial, but the prime value of mathematics is beauty. Formal education, he complains, and rightly so, prevents the young from realizing the aesthetic aspects of the discipline. We need only think of how mathematicians refer to some theorems and proofs as "elegant," "beautiful." Besides, the mathematical imagination is also deeply aesthetic. The number 1 for instance is both infinitely divisible and a whole in itself, a most basic unit that, strangely enough, contains infinity. My professors are also roping some of us in for outreach projects to talk about the difference between arithmetic and math at schools. After the pandemic is done with, that is.
Personally, it bugs me that when people say math, they mostly mean arithmetic. The latter is a fundamental aspect of math. It is almost inevitably involved in higher mathematical processes and functions, but being good at arithmetic doesn't mean one will be good at math in its entirety. Similarly, if arithmetic is not all that easy for you, it does not follow that math will also be difficult. This conflation is largely responsible for our lukewarm attitude toward the discipline. Beyond arithmetic, math involves plenty of reasoning and ideally conscious reasoning--that is, being able to tell what you're doing with a problem when you're solving it. The inductive vs. deductive reasoning angle is typically very fruitful in terms of helping one understand and appreciate math better.
If anybody's got related readings and recommendations please please do post here and let me know! Stay safe, guys!