Coffee table books—they were never really something I thought I’d put much thought behind until I was gifted one as a house-warming present. Now, I can’t get enough of them, and I believe it to be my civic duty to spread the word that coffee table books are where it’s at. Look sophisticated AF with a perfectly styled coffee table and have excellent conversation starters nearby at all times. Whether you’re a traveler, a lover of all the cosmic things, or a total feminist who wants to make it known to all of her houseguests upon arrival, I’ve got the table book for you.
To Keep You Dreaming
If you’re passionate about any and everything that has to do with the beautiful sky we live under, these books are for you. And if your interests range anywhere from what’s written in the stars to what the stars are made of, these books are for you.
1. The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand + Improve Every Relationship
Are you the shaman of your friend group? Chances are you’d fall in love with this astrological take on relationships. Written by Gary Goldschneider, this astrological relationship guide teaches you how to live peacefully with those around you—no matter their sign (we’re looking at you, Gemini). With chapters arranged by sun sign and coupled with stellar illustrations throughout, The Astrology of You and Me offers advice and guidance for every star-crossed situation imaginable.
2. Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World
If you can make it past the captivating cover, you’ll find 300 images of our universe hand-picked by celestial experts ready to take you on a 2D exploration of the stars and planets. Using a range of human artifacts—from ancient cave illustrations to modern satellite images—Universe delivers a perfectly curated depiction of what we’ve always thought the universe to be, and beyond.
To Keep You Grounded
You know we love some yoga here at HealthWay HQ—it’s only right that we dedicate a whole section of our coffee table book finds to our favorite practice. If you’re a fellow yogi who loves to talk flow over a morning cup of joe, these are for you.
3. Mindful Movement, A Book by Alo Yoga
Brought to you by the creators of Alo Yoga, this coffee table book meshes posts from the beautifully curated @AloYoga Instagram with wise words and incredible practices. This one is for all of the yogis out there who put their body and soul behind their practice for the world to see. Mindful Movement will inspire you to get lost in your practice and truly appreciate the calmness and clarity that comes with yoga.
4. We Flow Hard: The Y7 Guide to Crafting Your Yoga Practice
Enjoy the beat-bumping flows and philosophy of Y7 Studio all the way from NYC in the comfort of your own home. We Flow Hard is a fitness and lifestyle book from the original hip-hop yoga studio that we’re sure will bring you just as much zen as it does #flowinspo.
To Keep You Wandering
Are you a frequent traveler, or someone who’s frequently daydreaming of travel? These books will take you to a faraway place without the hassle of trip planning.
5. Hit The Road: Vans, Nomads, And Roadside Adventures
There’s a movement going on, and it’s called a nomadic lifestyle. Millennials all over the world are ditching their urban jungles and setting out for a roadside adventure. Hit The Road features stories from people of all different walks of life who have packed up and turned to a minimalist lifestyle for the sake of freedom. Featuring renovated airstreams and Volkswagen campers, this book is just as visually satisfying as it is inflicting of wanderlust.
6. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small By Kath Stathers
This book takes you on a tour of life’s greatest wonders and awakens the adventurer in you. From bird watching in Kenya to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, author Kath Stathers thinks of every little thing you could possibly want to see and do throughout your lifetime and pairs them with pictures to affirm that these are, in fact, reachable dreams.
7. Wander Love: Lessons, Tips & Inspiration from a Solo Traveller
Who doesn’t love a good solo trip? If you didn’t before, you surely will after thumbing through this Instagram meets travel diary from travel blogger + photographer, Aubrey Daquinag. Wander Love is just as much of a photo journal as it is a solo travel guide—Daquinag dishes on her essentials for a digital nomad office, how to slay while en route, and how to up your travel photog skills. She even offers personal advice for solo lady travelers and unique destination guides for many countries. Get lost in the glory that is Wander Love.
To Keep You Inspired
It’s 2018 and the girl power movement is so real and refreshing. Keep it rolling by incorporating one (or all) of these gorgeous books into your living room aesthetic.
8. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
We love bad b*tches, and it’s not a problem. The description is truly in the title—Bad Girls Throughout History makes mention of 100 of the baddest women that we know and love, featuring the likes of Cleopatra and Coretta Scott King, to name a couple. Paired with fun and colorful illustrations, you’ll breeze through these 100 women in one sitting while sipping your morning matcha.
9. In The Company Of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
If you’re barely making it out of bed on Monday mornings, reach for this book. Compiling a list of the world’s most influential ladies, In The Company Of Women is sure to give you a surge of motivation. New York Times’ bestselling author Emma Straub profiled more than 100 exceptional and influential women from various different industries. In the pages, you’ll learn how these phenomenal women embraced their creative spirit, laughed in the face of adversity, and took a seat at the table that is entrepreneurship. This book will give you the kick in the pants you need to get up and make your dreams come true.
10. Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid, Gigi and Bella’s older and estranged sister (just kidding, there is absolutely no relation to the model sisters), knows a thing or two about art and beauty. Zaha Hadid is regarded as the greatest female architect in the world. Her designs were both ground-breaking and futuristic. Her creativity and grit made her the first woman to win both the Pritzker Prize for architecture and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. We could go on about Hadid and her tenacious spirit, but we’ll let you read for yourself. This book by Philip Jodidio showcases Hadid’s most spectacular buildings and acts as an homage to the late architect that blew the world’s mind with her unimaginable designs.
To Keep You Well
11. The Little Book Of Self-Care
Filled with 100 activities to foster connection between your body, mind, spirit, and surroundings, this oh-so inspirational book will leave you feeling refreshed and living your best life. Leave it on your marble top for when you need to spice up your self-care routine or keep on your bedside for a nightly reminder.
12. Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants
It’s a fact—house plants make us happier. So it’s of no surprise that we’ve included this amazing houseplant care guide. You know what they say: “happy plants, happy home.” This aesthetically pleasing cover will go with any decor style, and your plants will thank you, too.
13. Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way With Vegetables
We get it, shoveling down salads and veggies can seem like a chore when you’re eating them to stay well rather than just to enjoy them. After reading this book (or even just looking at the vivid pictures), we’re positive you’ll view your peas and carrots a little bit differently. Saladish dives into exotic plants and herbs to transform your boring side dish salad into a healthy and satisfying meal.