Coffee Table Books
I saw this topic on a list of book blogger idea posts and actually thought it was a fun idea! Book blogging would be a good niche for me, but find myself struggling to stay on course. I think I’m still figuring out this blogging thing. If you guys have any advice, that would be amazing! Otherwise, we carry on!
Coffee table books! Do you have any on your table? I find that generic coffee table books that have beautiful pictures don’t necessarily have much else to offer. So instead, I like to mix it up, change them every few often. Currently I have four books on my table, one of which I actually haven’t read. More on that soon.
Animal Farm by George Orwell Illustrated by Ralph Steadman
Of course I needed to have an illustrated book on my coffee table! Sometimes I swap it out for a comic or Fight Club 2 but George Orwell will always have a place in my heart.
I don’t remember having read him in high school but I do remember reading him after college. I think the first book I read by Orwell was 1984, which is an amazing novel in its own right. It was one of my first views into dystopian worlds, which I promptly fell in love with,
But back to Animal Farm and this specific book. I think that it is undoubtedly a classic, which is another reason that I’ve included it in my coffee table selections. The entire political discourse of the novel is what we are currently and consistently living in. So even though it was written in 1944 it still feels highly relevant to today. I’m sure that there are other authors or writers or critics with greater insight to this book than I, but I’m going to keep this light.
So Ralph Steadman illustrated this specific book. I was introduced to him by reading Hunter S. Thompson and watching the documentary Gonzo. Finding this illustrated book existed utterly blew my mind. What a small world melding of so many creative types that I adore and respect.
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders By Vincent Bugliosi
This one may seem odd to include in a list of books that I have on my coffee table, but let me explain. I am highly fascinated with True Crime, and what better but one of the most infamous cases in American History. Growing up, I was very sheltered as a child and had no idea things like t his happened in the real world. I didn’t hear about Charles Manson until I was in college. Then I dove down that rabbit hole into more books and documentaries and online conspiracies. But this specific story was one that really drew me in.
I also think the way that it is written out, the portrayal that Bugliosi gives of the court cases and how everyone ties to each other was well done. I haven’t read anything else by him yet but thoroughly have enjoyed this book at least five times. Why have I read it so many times? I think that with true crime or anything historical, it can be easy for facts or information to get lost in the shuffle. I think I find something new or something that I forgot each time I read it.
Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
Another satire author sits on my coffee table. For some reason I really connect with satire, but Palahniuk has always have had a place on my shelf, er, table. The first time I ever saw Fight Club was after a really terrible break up (my first) when I was nineteen. I couldn’t stop watching it after that, over and over, like it was the only thing making me feel better. But ironically it isn’t my favorite out of his books. Rant and Invisible Monsters take a tie for that title. So here sits Rant.
What I love most about this book is that it does have a significant shock factor in it. It has some very gross or tasteless aspects to it, which really turned my mother away from it. Apparently she doesn’t like thinking about picking boogers, who knew? But underneath that it has a twisting, turning storyline that in the end fits together like a puzzle. I also always find stories that have mini interviews in them, and how they don’t lose the overall voice of the story to be enjoyable.
Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
This is the one book I mentioned that I haven’t read yet! So why is it on my coffee table? Just for show to look well read? Well no, not exactly. I also like to put books on here that I NEED to read. It’s a part of my TO BE READ pile that’s out in the open; a constant reminder that there are too many books and not enough time. It is also one of the first books that my partner has ever given me. That sounds bad since I haven’t read it yet, but he’s and understanding man. I swear I’ll read it in 2019.
So what do my coffee table books say about me? Probably that I’m a little odd, that I have a multitude of interests and also that I’m lazy that I haven’t read them all. Do you have a coffee table selection? If so, what’s on it? I am constantly looking for new recommendations, including from indie authors.