After the book haul I received for Christmas I foolishly thought I wouldn’t be making any more book purchases until after January…how wrong I was.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield
My will first broke after finding out that Commander Chris Hadfield (the astronaut
who serenaded the world with his guitar from space) would be signing books at Foyles’ Charing Cross store. After watching him perform ‘Space Odyssey’ at Brian Cox’s Christmas Compendium of Reason
last December I knew I had to get my hands on his book. He just seems like such an interesting, genuine person with a great story to tell and this book signing provided me with the perfect excuse to pick it up.
Upon meeting him I was blown away by how humble and just generally lovely he was. Apparently he had been sat behind the desk originally but decided to sit round the front so there wasn’t a table separating him from his fans! Even though Foyles were having to rush people through the queue, Commander Hadfield made sure to spend a good amount of time talking to each person and make them feel appreciated. He even told me that he hoped I would enjoy the book
(as if that was in question). I’ve just started reading it today and I can already tell I’m going to love it.
Perhaps less eventful but also wonderful were the two books I picked up today. Buying the Chris Hadfield books had filled up my Waterstones stamp card, leaving me with an extra £10 to spend in store. Of course I couldn’t wait long and today I strolled in to make use of their ‘buy one get one half price offer’ and my £10 off – so I received Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project and Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma (another find from Brian Cox’s Christmas Show) for just over £2!
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
I’ve found my eye wondering towards The Rosie Project when ever I’ve visited bookshops in the last few months but the thing that finally persuaded me to buy it was a suggestion that fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars would also appreciate this novel. It looks like a lighter read compared to the books I’ve been picking up lately so I’m looking forward to it!
Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
Of course I became hooked on Bad Pharma in the same way I did with Astronaut’s Guide to Life – after watching the fast-talking Ben Goldacre present at Brian Cox’s Christmas Compendium I had to find out more about the shocking state of medical trial publications in the UK. I think I might steal Goldacre’s previous book, Bad Science, off my brother before I read this!
Look out for reviews on these soon and expect more book hauls in the near future!