In the days of Kindle and Nook, it’s easy to forget that tangible books even exist. But ask any book-lover and they will tell you that there’s something special about the way that real books look, smell, and feel.
Even if you aren’t a family of readers, having real books around can change the mood. It also offers something simple and thoughtful for guests. You can even match the books to your interior design style!
Top 18 coffee table books you should have
Anything by Joanna Gaines is a winner! You can get her whole collection for all of the tables and nightstands around the house. Her original book The Magnolia Story is probably her most popular. But don’t forget the Magnolia Table collection for the kitchen.
So, if you love Fixer Upper and have the Magnolia Network on your smart tv, then you need to add some Joanna Gaines books to your collection. Keep them on the coffee table to set the mood for guests.
If you only get one fiction set for visitors, then get Harry Potter. It is one of the best-selling series, if not the best-selling book series, of all time. Only religious texts surpass it as far as single books go.
This box set isn’t just a great addition because it’s Harry Potter. It is also a great option because it’s so appealing as well. When you get box sets, you may be spending more money overall, but it is always worth it.
The Overstory is one of the best books about trees and their importance you can buy. It is often said that it should be required reading for everyone. Before the release of Overstory, not many had heard of Richard Powers.
Now, they are begging for more. Just keep in mind that if you leave this book on your coffee table, you will no longer keep the attention of your guests. They will be immersed in this fascinating tale, leaving eager to do more for our world.
Most people have read at least one biography that changed their lives. If you leave this out in your house, you just might allow Frederick Douglass’ to be that biography for someone. If you don’t know who he is, you’re missing out.
Frederick Douglass was said to be the most important African-American of Lincoln’s era. He was a close friend of the 16th President of the United States and changing our world forever. We need more Douglasses in our world today.
You can’t have a stack of books on your coffee table without including a cooking book. The book became so well-loved that it has now been turned into a Netflix series of the same name for all those who don’t love reading.
The book and the series both teach the importance of each of the four elements of cooking. In the words of Auguste Gusteau of Ratatouille, “Anyone can cook!” You just need the right teacher. Give that gift to readers at your home.
Another book that was turned into a Netflix special is The Hate U Give. This book isn’t as light as others on the list, but its message is more powerful than one would imagine. Like the title of the book, it has also gained hate.
Leave it out and see who chooses to learn more. Keep in mind that as appealing as the front cover is, the book isn’t for light reading. It’s a serious tale that should be talked seriously about if younger readers read it.
Long before the internet existed, giving you any information you want in seconds, there was the Farmer’s Almanac. This particular almanac is every bit as useful as it has always been and makes a great tabletop conversation piece.
The Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook lets you know every vegetable growing secret there is to know. You can find exact dates for growing seasons in different regions and so much more.
If you’re one of those thoughtful people that like to keep something around for everyone, then don’t forget the children. I Love You To The Moon And Back is a safe choice that kids of all ages can relate to.
This book is one of the best-selling children’s books of the last few years and you won’t be able to not fall in love with it as so many others have. Children’s books should be heartwarming and light, and that’s what this book is.
There aren’t many people in history or in modern-day times as well-loved and respected as Fred Rogers. So nearly everyone is interested in reading his full biography if they are avid readers. Definitely an uplifting tabletop book.
If you enjoyed A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks then you need this book in your home. This is especially true if you prefer to stay away from more controversial books yet want an important message shared.
Who doesn’t love Chrissy Teigen? Her cookbook quickly became a bestseller when it was released and with good reason too. Her recipes are designed to bring comfort to the cook and the recipients of the food.
Each and every one of her recipes is made to feel you up yet leave you hungry for more. They are a warm blanket to lay on your coffee table. And of course, you already have a blanket ready for guests, so why not a cookbook?
If you fell in love with Hamilton like the rest of the world did, then you will love having Hamilton: The Revolution around. Written by the playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the book is like having a backstage pass to Hamilton.
Not to mention, it looks quite fancy sitting on your coffee table, making it one of the most attractive and sought-after books you can keep around. Paperbacks are cheaper, but hardcovers make quite a statement.
While 1984 may not have turned out as George Orwell had predicted, the story is a classic that did hold true predictions for our own future. Another book that everyone should read at least once in their life.
The world was in love when the book was released. Then in 1984, sales skyrocketed. They may have slowed down, but with new covers coming out on a regular basis, it’s hard not to collect them all. Just look at this copy.
For those obsessed with Middle-Earth, this cookbook will have even those who hate spending time in the kitchen cooking something up. Find out exactly what second breakfast entailed with recipes from J.R.R. Tolkein’s world.
If this isn’t your thing, then perhaps Dungeons and Dragons or Harry Potter is more your style. You can find cookbooks for just about any fictional world these days and it is inspiring kids and adults everywhere.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
Marie Kondō has changed a lot of lives over the last few years and it all started with this book. Since then, she’s received her own show and written various other books. But origins are always important.
Keep the chain of minimalizing and cleaning up your life going by sharing this book with the world. Just make sure you don’t over clutter your coffee table! That would be rather counterproductive, now wouldn’t it? Let’s spark joy!
This may be one of the most gorgeous and appropriate books you can leave on your coffee table. The book has 250 pictures of gorgeous designs with tips and secrets to help you achieve similar designs in your own home.
This is a great waiting room book and a great book for family members and guests alike to browse through while sitting in the living room. Just make sure your home lives up to the book’s standards.
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless
Do you feel like you have the opposite of a green thumb sometimes? This book can help anyone grow indoor plants like a pro. That’s what makes books like these so special. They’re not for the pros, they are by the pros.
Yet, written in a way that anyone can understand without feeling lesser than. Grow your gorgeous greens with How Not to Kill Your Houseplant, an aptly named book that you just can’t resist if that is your exact goal!
Make It Fun And Customize!
Your coffee table books don’t have to be bestsellers. They don’t even have to be pretty. If you prefer magazines then keep your table stocked with all of the newest magazines that you update every month.
Make your books encompass all that your family stands for. That’s what books are for! Keep it light or leave heavy reading. Just make sure everyone feels comfortable in the family and invite people over to share your passions.