Coffee Table Books to Brighten Your Living Room

Pretty Coffee Table Books

While I may not be the best at keeping my coffee table clean and clutter free, I do love how it looks with just a few pretty coffee table books on it. The books I’ve collected remind me of different interests I have, or of different places I’ve been. While some of my favorites are true coffee table books, designed to be displayed in such a way, others are simply beautiful volumes I’ve collected from time to time. Whether they’re standing alone on a clean table, or surrounded by mismatched yarn skeins and crochet hooks, I find that having favorite coffee table books around can brighten my day.

Coffee Table Books to Brighten Your Living Room

Some of My Favorite Coffee Table Books

I’ve collected a number of true coffee table books over the years, some of which are still in storage. In writing this post, I realized the ones I keep out now are centered on a few primary themes — feminism, cats, and Outlander. If that’s not me in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.

Coffee Table Books to Brighten Your Living Room

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Girls and Their Cats and Catlady

When it comes to cat-themed books, Girls and Their Cats by BriAnn Wills and Catlady by Leah Reena Goren are must-haves. Both were gifted to me and have become absolute favorites of mine. Catlady features some gorgeous water color illustrations, along with shorter form essays about relationships with cats. Girls and Their Cats offers interviews with women about their dear feline friends, along with portraits of cat mom and cat.

Feminist Offerings

If you’re looking some feminist motivation, I highly recommend Cinderella Liberator, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, and In the Company of Women. Cinderella Liberator, which I’ve written about previously, is a short and refreshing retelling of the Cinderella fairytale.

The Book of Gutsy Women is a collaborative work between Hillary and Chelsea Clinton that details the women who have inspired them throughout their lives. It features some of the famous names you might expect, but also highlights lesser-known formidable women.

In the Company of Women is a beautiful book, full of colorful portraits and interviews of women in different industries. The book focuses on makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, as the full title indicates, and identifies more than 100 “exceptional and influential women.”

An Outlander Option

I have a few Outlander books around, but The Making of Outlander the Series, which covers the first two seasons of the show, is one of my favorites. Between the photography and behind-the-scenes content, this book is a must-have for any Outlander fans.

Coffee Table Books to Brighten Your Living Room

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Coffee Table Books for the Instagram Lover

Sara Tasker’s Hashtag Authentic is a necessary resource for any Instagram lover, but even if you’re not as devoted to the platform as me, the book features gorgeous photography and great insights throughout. I don’t often preorder books, but I preordered this one about as soon as I heard about it. Read more about Sara Tasker here — I featured her in my Spotlight on Female Founders series!

For some added whimsey, check out Kate Kennedy’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Social Media Star: An Internet Fairytale of Fame, Fortune and Followers. Kate’s podcast, Be There in Five, is one of my all time favorites, so I knew I had to pick up the book. It’s a short, quick read with fun illustrations throughout. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!