Best Coffee Table Books to Spark the Imagination

Do more than decorate your home with these must-have books

February 17, 2021
Spruce up your coffee table with some inspiring books. Pixabay

There’s something so relaxing about relaxing on the couch and flipping through a gorgeous coffee table book, enjoying lovely images, and allowing yourself to be transported to other times and places. Add one – or more – to your décor, layering them with other accessories, stacking several books together, or letting one large, stunning book be the centerpiece. Looking for the perfect books to add to your collection? Here are a few of our favorite coffee table books.

Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America's National Parks, Second Expanded Edition

Amazing imagery

From the Petrified Forest to Saguaro National Park to Yosemite Falls, this book will grab you every time you flip it open. Treasured Lands

This book features more than 600 breathtaking photos and highlights the millions of acres of historical heritage and protected wilderness found in the 62 National Parks throughout America. Beyond the fantastic imagery, which won the photographer multiple awards, you’ll find maps of every park, captions that add details on how and where photos were made, drawing readers into the captivating landscapes found across the country. Both less-known parks and well-known favorites are featured, and you’ll learn what makes every park unique.

Humans Hardcover – October 6, 2020

A living portrait

Great storytelling Created by Brandon Stanton, this book features the faces and stories of humans from across the world. Humans

There’s a reason that the Washington Post referred to this coffee table book as one of the most influential art projects within the past decade. The compelling book shows humans from around the world through the lens of Brandon Stanton. He traveled to more than 40 countries, taking photos, conducting interviews, and capturing universal human stories that transcend locations and languages. The book resonates with humans across the world, giving a portrait of the shared human experience, making it an excellent book to display on your coffee table.

Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks Hardcover – Illustrated, April 17, 2018

Happy hour

Discover how to create your own mood with records from the ‘50s through the ‘00s, and enjoy cocktail recipes that go perfectly with the imagery, mood, or artist of each album. Booze & Vinyl

Booze and vinyl lovers will appreciate this coffee table book with stunning photography, some of the best vinyl records between the 1950s and the 2000s, as well as some killer cocktail recipes that go along with the music perfectly. It’s an excellent way to take your listening experience to the next level, whether you’re listening alone or with friends. Albums like Purple Rain, Back to Black, and Hotel California are just a few of the 70 different albums featured.

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter (Disney Editions Deluxe) Hardcover – October 20, 2020

Savor the season

Enjoy the magic of Disney in your home with this holiday edition of a coffee table book that brings you stunning, holiday-themed, visual storytelling. Holiday Magic

Disney is always magical, but no more so than during the holiday season when Disney’s locations are decorated for the holidays and featuring parades, productions, delicious holiday foods, and stunning nighttime spectacles. With this coffee table book, which features close to 1,900 photos, you get to experience all that magic for yourself in your own living room. Writers, photographers, and researchers visited every Disney resort and park in the world, and you’ll appreciate how the book tells you these lovely stories from New Year, Halloween, Hanukkah, and Christmas celebrations.

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small Hardcover – Illustrated, April 4, 2017

Hit the road

Create your own wish list after flipping through this book featuring adventures from across the world. The Bucket List

Even if you don’t have a bucket list of your own – and you probably will after you turn the pages of this book – you’ll appreciate the adventure and wonder this coffee table book brings to life. It’s perfect for passionate travelers as well as those who long to take off around the world. You’ll also find helpful listings of museums, restaurants, islands, beaches, inns, monuments, and mountains to add to your bucket list.



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