Soon after I read Jen's suggestion to write about why I bought each book, I ran into a problem. I bought How to Build Your Own Spaceship by Piers Bizony a few months ago, and I have no idea why. I remember thinking that a fellow blogger and an old friend might be interested in it, but space travel scares the bejesus out of me. Maybe I was thinking of Mary Roach's new Packing for Mars, which might be more my kind of book.
Oh well, since I bought the book I figured I may as well read it. While not a literal how-to manual, the book is pretty interesting. Bizony describes the current state of space flight technology, both government and private. Then he covers a broad range of topics that builders of the next generation of spaceships will have to take into account from rocketry to politics to consumer expectations. I learned a lot and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, especially considering that I couldn't remember why I even bought it!