A beautiful coffee table is a great focal point for any living room - and a beautiful coffee table topped with interesting, aesthetically pleasing books makes for a great talking point when you have guests. The books that you choose to adorn your coffee table with can be a great way to show off your personality, hobbies and interests. This is a great place to start when creating your coffee table library.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, or just overwhelmed by the amount of choice then we’re here to help you judge a book by its cover. Read our 7 best books for coffee tables and get inspired!

1) For the Nature Fans - Planet Earth II: A New World Revealed by Stephen Moss

Like everyone else we were thrilled when Planet Earth made a return to our screens after 10 years. We were captivated by the music, the cinematography and the stories. Reliving the show is now possible with this brilliant book. It’s packed with over 250 beautiful photographs of life all over the planet. You can even read it in your best David Attenborough voice for added effect.


2) For the Cinephiles - The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz 

Wes Anderson films definitely fall under the you either  love ‘em or hate ‘em umbrella. Whatever category you’re in, there is no denying the quirky, aesthetic style which is a delight to look at. This book features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos and artwork from all of his films including; The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. This is a must have for Wes fans and cinephiles alike.


3) for the Crafty Types - Create Your Own Photobook

Smartphones makes capturing those special moments so easy, plus it means we constantly have our collection of photos in our pockets at all times - which is great. However, nothing beats the feeling of holding your favourite memories as a tangible object in your hands. Creating your own photobook is so easy too, and there are loads of reasonably priced, professional websites out there - SnapfishPhotobox and bobbooks to name a few. If you’re feeling super creative you can theme your photographs into a storybook, or a family cookbook you can even go oldskool scrapbook style. The only limit is your imagination - we draw the line at pipecleaners and glitter though.

5) For the Feminists - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

This inspiring book contains beautiful illustrations by female artists from all over the world - and a powerful message. 100 mini biographies of extraordinary women throughout history makes this an inspirational and joyus book for girls and boys alike, guaranteed to spark big dreams in those who read it. This is definitely one to treasure and take pride of place on your coffee table.


4) For the Kids at Heart - Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air by Philip Jodidio

These aren’t your average treehouses - from luxurious treetop hotels to playhouses for children, this is the perfect photobook to kick back with and to see the world from a new perspective.


6) For the Scientists - What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Monroe 

Packed with brilliant, geeky humour this book answers the most absurd questions in as much scientific detail as possible. Illustrated with hilarious stickman comics, this is the holy grail of answers to your burning absurd questions, especially when the WiFi is down. We guarantee any geeky guests will want to borrow this one.


7. For Decor Lovers - Mad about the House: How to decorate your home with style by Kate Watson-Smyth

Expanding her award-winning blog of the same name, Kate Watson-Smyth shares her wealth of experience in buying, selling and doing up houses to demonstrate how to make the most of every inch of the space you have. Don’t forget to check out her blog for even more decor inspiration.


Whatever books you choose to showcase, it’s important that it reflects your interests and tastes - if they can match your existing decor then even better. If you’re looking for a stylish new coffee table, browse our high-quality collection of coffee tables and start your book collection today!

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