An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield

An astronauts guide to life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield. 


I did intend to read this as part of my 25 before 25 quest, but since I didn't finish it, I can't include it. (You can see my thoughts on some others here!)

It's not often I don't finish a book, and I think the last one I abandoned was Elizabeth is Missing. I hate abandoning books, but sometimes plowing on and reading isn't worth the effort.

Unfortunately for me, this was one of those books. 

I think it is due to a combination of the book itself, and that when I tried to read it, work was particularly busy, so it was very much a stop, start, one chapter a week sort of thing - not ideal reading conditions!

I picked this up in the first place, because I love all things space and JUST LOOK AT THE COVER! It's so pretty. That, and it had rave reviews.

The book basically charts Chris Hadfield's life and experiences in becoming an astronaut, or at least that's what the first few chapters do - I didn't get past that bit. I think this is due to the fact that I got a bit annoyed at how self centered and, dare I say it, slightly up himself the narrator seemed. (This is obviously just my opinion, and the streams of people that have read it before me have seen it in a more positive light.) 

In short, to me, it basically said 'Astronauts are amazing' (yes) 'Astronauts are better than normal people' (depends) 'Therefore I am amazing and the most important thing, and it doesn't matter if my wife has to change her life plans, and my kids are moved about - my job is the most important thing ever' (Errrr....). 

I guess it is the last bit that I hit an issue with - yeah, astronauts do a great job, and are insanely skilled, and I could never do it, but it upset me slightly that in my mind it came across that the job was the most important thing, above family and other people, and that made me sad for his wife - to the point hat I couldn't read it anymore.

Now, I'd like to make it clear I'm just commenting on my opinion of a book, nothing else - after all, this book is about space experiences, so why would it focus on anything else? 

I'd be really interested to see what you thought of it - I am obviously in the minority with this book, and I actually really hope I can re-read it in the future and enjoy it! Tweet me your opinions!