9 Cheap Coffee Table Books Your Guests Will Want to Flip Through
Give your home a little personality with one of these incredible coffee table books!
Books For Your Coffee Table
A small change in your home can change everything! You don't even need to spend a lot of money to spruce things up either. Today, we're going to talk about how adding a cheap coffee table book will make all the difference.
Sometimes when you move into a new home or decide to redecorate, your living room just doesn't have the same feel that it had before. It doesn't feel comfy or lived in or you. However, adding a cool coffee table book or two is a fantastic (and often inexpensive) way to inject some of your personality into your living room.
There are coffee table books out there on every imaginable subject. If you love film (see Hollywood Black below!) and have a film coffee table book displayed, your guests will instantly know something about you the same way they would based on the art you have on your wall. Decorating with books is pretty cool, huh?
1. Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle
Donald Bogle's Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers chronicles the very beginning of the film era when white actors wore blackface through Blaxploitation, the Civil Rights movement, the rise of black independent film making, and carries us through to the modern era. Bogle's book is filled with incredible photographs and offers a wonderful overview of Black Hollywood.
2. HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft by Erica Feldmann
Erica Feldman, the creator of HausWitch, a popular store in Salem, Massachusetts, believes in using magic to create a more ideal living environment. Her book, HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft, dives into how people can transform their home into a sacred sanctuary "full of beauty, comfort, protection, and positive energy." The book has dozens of lovely photos, recipes, tips, and spells for readers to check out!
3. Art & Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer
If you're looking for a good art coffee table book, Art & Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer is a great one! The book is packed with more than 130 years of queer art history and features over 250 different queer artists. Many different periods of queer art art included, pre-Stonewall photography, AIDS activism art, and even things many don't traditionally consider art such as scrapbooks and collages.
4. The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing: Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed by James Hoffmann
Every coffee lover needs James Hoffmann's The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing: Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed on their coffee table! You will go on a global tour of coffee-growing regions, including information on the people who grow the beans. Coffee consumption - coffee culture, processing, grades, and the consumer - are also covered!
5. National Geographic Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
National Geographic Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs by Susan Tyler Hitchcock is an intimate look at the natural world, revealing some of most spectacular places you can imagine. More than 200 photographs reveal an aurora borealis, a great wildebeest migration, ice caves, and so much more that will leave you filled with wonder.
6. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up by Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa
After Frida Kahlo's death, her husband, Diego Rivera "ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until 15 years after his death." He passed away in 1957, but her things remained locked away until 2004. Kahlo's possessions have been archived in Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa's Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, an intimate look at her personal belongings. This includes her diaries, self-portraits, letters, jewelry and clothes, and prosthetics.
7. Shop Cats of New York by Tamar Arslanian
Shop Cats of New York will warm the heart of any cat lover around! Tamar Arslanian, a popular cat blogger, and Andrew Marttila, an Instagram pet photographer, teamed up to capture the stories and images of shop cats all over the Big Apple, including some of the most legendary like the Algonquin Hotel and Bleecker Street Records, along with many small, cozy places!
8. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Rachel Ignotofsky's Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World highlights more than four dozen inspiring women in STEM. Ranging from ancient to modern times, Women in Science is filled with infographics on lab equipment and other cool things, an illustrated scientific glossary, and rates of women working in various STEM fields.
9. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton
If you love the weird yet true, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton is a coffee table book you need to get! "Revel[ing] in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden, and the mysterious," Atlas Obscura is filled with maps, photos, and charts of everything from glowworm caves in New Zealand to the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia and a 15-seater pup in South Africa carved into a baobob tree!
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