- Do you actually leave books on your coffee table for people to browse through?
- If so, were they bought specifically for that purpose?
- If so, are they books that you yourself would be interested in thumbing through?
- If so, what's the ratio of text to pictures?
- generic collections of sub-par photographs from a standard set of locations (America! Italy! Greece!)
- compendiums of historical high-points buffeted by empty text (Civil War! Ancient China! Renaissance!)
- clips & snippets of paintings arranged into odd categories (Cherubs! Herbs! Puppies!)
There are some books, however, that are completely Coffee Table Worthy. When it comes to a quick browse, the more pictures the better--but they must be quality photographs or what's the point? I actually don't keep these sorts of books on my coffee table--although I would if it weren't for the fact that it's always heavy laden with papers and crafts and other temporary visitors deposited onto the catch-all by my children. Someday...when I'm all grown up...I'll have a coffee table that lives for books like these:
I love nature (LOVE) so things like these catch my eye:
|Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them|
And whether you like it or not, I'm definitely intrigued by this:
|Why is Lincoln's face so intriguing? Is that just me?|
And what about some of this?
|This may be the only way I'll ever decide to "read" Moby-Dick.|