Books serve two purposes during the holidays. They make the perfect gift, even if that means you’re giving it to yourself. We went through the motherlode of Amazon to find all the most beautiful, show-stopping, interesting coffee table books. Did we judge these books by their covers? Yes. But as they are presents, they should be, first and foremost, pretty. Anyway, I’ve always thought that the “cover judging” thing is a bit of false wisdom. From the Buckingham Interiors book for your royally-obsessed friend to the hottest new Italian cookbook from Bestia for the foodie in your life, there are plenty of presents to go around.
And they serve as a perfect escape – from the family that’s driving you nuts or just because you finally have the time. Something about the weird, unscheduled laziness of the holidays makes it the perfect opportunity to stay in cozy clothes all day long and finally get around to reading some of the most buzzed-about books of the year.
Do yourself a favor and make an early exit from one of the many holiday parties you have on the schedule. Change out of your fabulous outfit and into your equally fabulous pajamas. Curl up in bed, on the sofa, or by the fireplace and just start reading. From fiction to nonfiction to coffee table beauties, we rounded up all the best books for giving and receiving.
Coffee Table Books