15 of the VERY Best Coffee Table Books

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The best aesthetically pleasing coffee table books that you’ll love reading too.

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These books are calling your name.

With every budget, person, & aesthetic in mind, these are the 15 best coffee table books that make a stunning statement & are just as good to read.

After our team took a little poll, we realized only a handful of us love to collect coffee table books, whereas the majority of my Hip sidekicks don’t own any at all! Despite our differing coffee table essentials, I set out to find the very best ones and every one of them will look just as good as the last. 😉

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These are the top 15 best coffee table books for 2022:

  1. Best compelling book – Humans
  2. Best plant-lover book – Plantopedia
  3. Best organizational book – Beautifully Organized
  4. Best recipe book – Nothing Fancy
  5. Best cocktail book – Cocktail Codex
  6. Best travel book – 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
  7. Best nature-lovers book – The Art of the National Parks
  8. Best luxury book – Assouline Publishing: Travel Series
  9. Best fashion book – Tom Ford
  10. Best informative book – Stuff You Should Know
  11. Best motivational book – Do It For Yourself
  12. Best host/hostess book – Eat Drink Nap
  13. Best homebody book – Down to Earth
  14. Best interior design book – Made for Living
  15. Best movie-lover book –  The Star Wars Archives

Here’s why these 15 coffee table books made our top list in 2022:

1. Humans is deeply familiar & one of the most influential art projects of the decade – it’s for every human.

hand holding humans coffee table book

Buy Humans on Amazon – $17.50 (regularly $35)

Full of deeply familiar stories from humans across the globe, this book was an instant New York Times #1 Bestseller and one that every person will resonate with. Author & photographer, Brandon Stanton, documents each unique & intimate story with vibrant photos and moving stories we can’t help but fall in love with.

Grab this heirloom leather-bound version of Humans for the ultimate gift.

humans and humans of new york books on coffee table

Can’t get enough of these books? You can also grab Brandon Stanton’s original book, Humans of New York, which hit shelves in 2010 and is a reflection of his blog that started it all.

2. Plantopedia is every plant lover’s dream book come true & your guide to serious plant goals.

arm holding out black plantopedia book in front of various green plants on bookshelf

Buy Plantopedia at BAM – $34.20 (regularly $45)

I was recently gifted this gorgeous plant book and was so blown away upon unwrapping it! To my surprise, I had never even heard of Plantopedia despite being a huge plant lover, but it’s everything I would have wanted had I known about it. 😍

hand holding open plant book with monstera

Every page is filled with the most minimalist and aesthetically pleasing potted plants you’ll ever lay eyes on. There’s also a plethora of information for 130 different plant profiles and everything you need to know to care for them. Plus, there are even some unique gems you’ve likely never heard of like that Monstera Deliciosa. #plantgoals 🤩

3. Beautifully Organized is a genius guide to a functional, stylish, & welcoming home. 

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Buy Beautifully Organized on Amazon – $15.99 (regularly $22.95)

Author, Nikki Boyd, shares her best organizational advice along with hundreds of photos of breathtakingly organized & functional spaces. If you’ve been longing for a more functional home but don’t know where to begin, you’ll love how she breaks down this book, room by room.

Want to get organized for FREE? Download our FREE 4-week declutter challenge to kick off 2022 right.

4. Nothing Fancy beautifully combines great food & entertaining without all the fuss.

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Buy Nothing Fancy on Amazon – $21.49 (regularly $32.50)

Entertaining friends and family is supposed to be fun, not stressful. With this curated recipe book & New York Times Bestseller, you’ll not only have a vast collection of relaxed, yet impressive recipes to choose from but you’ll be able to host anything with ease – from a 15-person dinner party to a spontaneous weekday dinner date.

5. Cocktail Codex provides the tools to understand & execute the most profound cocktails imaginable.

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Buy Cocktail Codex on Amazon – $20.99 (regularly $40) 

Cocktail enthusiasts of every level will love diving into this informative, award-winning cocktail book. Stemming from Death & Co in NYC voted America’s Best Cocktail Bar, there’s no better book about drinks than this surprisingly simple approach to mastering cocktails.

Grab the original Death & Co. book filled with modern classic cocktails to complete your bartender’s collection.

6. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die was named the best travel book of the year.

1000 places to see before you die book on coffee table

Named the best travel book of the year by the New York Times, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, and many more prestigious publishers, this coffee table book will take you on a beautiful journey across the world. Full of stunning imagery & informative text, your bucket list will be overflowing after thumbing through every page.

7. The Art of the National Parks beautifully captures wanderlust & art that every nature-lover will appreciate. 

the art of the national parks book on wood table

Buy The Art of the National Parks on Amazon – $27.32 (regularly $45)

Covering all 63 of the national parks, this book is the perfect combination of art, flora & fauna, and the best sights you’ll want to see at each park. Inside, you’ll also find eye-catching posters created by some of the world’s foremost contemporary artists and designers to capture each national park’s unique beauty.

8. Assouline Publishing: Travel Series books are fit for the most luxury coffee tables around.

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Handcrafted with the finest silks, cottons, linens, papers, and other exquisite materials, these vibrant linen-covered books are the most aesthetically pleasing assemblage of books you’ll find online (but their price is not for the faint of heart 😂).

three colorful destination books on gray background

Made by Assouline Publishing, their iconic Travel Series books feature stunning photographs and details of destinations many only dream of going to – including Tulum, Capri, Mykonos, Hamptons, and so many more. 🤩 They’re the perfect luxury books for any travel enthusiast, wanderlust dreamer, or the perfect gift to reminisce about your once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

9. Tom Ford is the most iconic coffee table book ever made & perfect for fashion seekers.

tom ford black and white book sitting on wood coffee table

Buy Tom Ford on Amazon – $81 (regularly $140)

Arguably the most iconic coffee table book ever made, this show-stopping book is a statement piece all on its own. Any fashion lover will adore this complete catalog of Ford’s design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. Bear in mind, Tom Ford is known for his sexy & edgy style so there is some nudity in this book, and may not be for coffee tables with kiddos.

10. Stuff You Should Know will teach you endless things & is guaranteed to be a conversation starter.

hand holding stuff you should know book

Buy Stuff You Should Know on Amazon$13.41 (regularly $27.99)

From one of the most popular podcasts in the world came this super informative book about… well, all the stuff you want to know or thought you already knew. It’s perfect for the curious-minded and those who are always wanting to learn more.

“This book is one of my favorites to randomly crack open and read about every day interesting facts. The same goes for house guests as well, who can’t resist thumbing through and learning about the difference between ‘donut and doughnut,’ or the bed that tucks itself in.” – Shane, Hip sidekick

11. Do It For Yourself is unlike any other guided journal you’ve ever tried. 

hand holding corner of do it for yourself journal on white sheet

Buy Do It For Yourself on Amazon – $15.29 (regularly $16.99)

  • Sold out? You can also find this book at Books a Million for slightly more.

The only paperback book worthy of making our best coffee table books, this guided journal masterpiece is unlike any other you’ve had. Filled with thought-provoking prompts that make you dig deep and pop-art-inspired graphics & quotes, you’ll have all the tools to find the much-needed space to focus your energy, clear up mental clutter, and set yourself up for success.

12. Eat Drink Nap is the perfect coffee table book if you want to perfect the art of entertaining.

hand holding eat drink nap linen hardcover coffee table book on white couch with blanket and plaid pillow

Crafted by Soho House, which is a prestigious member-only club that originated in London, you’ll get an inside peek at how Soho House perfected the art of entertaining. Including everything from dining to sleeping, you’ll love gawking at all the industry-leading designs, scrumptious foods, and inspirational interiors. You’ll gain insight into how to make people feel at home, how to make a room stylish but welcoming, throw the perfect party, and so much more.

13. Down to Earth will have you bouncing around home inspired to redecorate every nook and cranny.

hands holding out down to earth coffee table book in front of fireplace

Buy Down to Earth on Amazon – $29.49 (regularly $45)

Picking up right where her first book, Habitat, left off, Lauren Liess takes her interior design a step further in this sequel. Every page invites readers to provide functionality and creativity into their space by incorporating nature, easy living, and approachability – it’s undeniably everything any true homebody wants to achieve in their cozy home.

14. Made for Living is your guide to an effortless Instagram-worthy home.  

close up of made for living and beautifully organize coffee table books

Buy Made for Living on Amazon – $24.59 (regularly $40)

Within these pages, trendsetting designer Amber Lewis shares everything you need to know to create a modern eclectic style that’s effortlessly made to be lived in. Complete with tons of photographs of her signature laidback style, you’ll find out just how to perfect the art of layering and achieving a room with the cozy, yet airy vibes everyone desires.

15. The Star Wars Archives 

the star wars archives coffee table book on wood table

Buy The Star Wars Archives on Amazon – $169.99 (regularly $200)

Filled with over 600 pages of glorious interviews, drawings, behind-the-scenes, production notes, and hundreds of color photographs, this book will take no convincing for any Star Wars lover. The world hasn’t been the same since 1977 when Star Wars hit the scene and I guarantee your coffee table won’t be either after grabbing this collectible. 😉

Want something more budget-friendly? This hardcover The Star Wars Archives book is under $25!

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 8

  1. AngieM

    Has anyone read any of these? Any thoughts about them?

    • justineconroe

      The Humans of New York Books are amazing!

      • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

        That book is next on my list! I have followed their Facebook page for years and years and I’m always so inspired by the beautiful stories.

  2. Amymae1100

    Humans is a great book but not for kids. I wouldn’t have it out where a child could read it

  3. Camilledyan

    There is a wonderful Route 66 book by Dr. T Lindsay Baker. It’s pretty nifty.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing, I will have to check that one out!

  4. Jennifer H.

    I actually bought Beautifully Organized. I first found it at Khols. And I ended up buying it there on clearance. I haven’t read it yet. But the pictures are beautiful and it looks quite informative. I collect all organization books! 😉

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great find, Jennifer! I personally own the book and love it too!

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