Friday, July 08, 2005

Coffee table books

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"My own personal definition of a coffee table book is a book that is large, over-sized, has lots of pictures, is about a specific theme (e.g., Georgia O'Keeffe's 100 Flowers, steeple chasing, Disney Animation, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.) and generally speaking not something that most people would sit down and read in an afternoon. Coffee table books are often displayed singly or in piles for the benefit of guests to peruse, to stimulate conversation, because they look good, or whatever."

1. Do you have any coffee table books?
I'm trying to think of any books we have that could be classified as 'coffee table', and I'm not sure we have ANY! We do have a lot of illustrated reference books, but they're a lot more wordy than your average coffee table book.

2. Do you have one or two, or would you say you have a collection of them?
See above!

3. Do you keep them on your coffee table? If not, where?
Well, we don't have space for a proper coffee table. If we did, I probably would have coffee table books! Although I'd get a table with space under the top for books - if books are lying about one of the cats always sits on them (she's a paper freak!).

4. What are they about?
I can tell you what our reference books are about! Mainly history, gardening, crafts, and formula 1. I won't say any more in case reference books come up in another BTT question.

5. Have you read them? All of them? None? Why?
Now my mum and dad have a few coffee table books and I've flicked through most of them. I suppose they're the sort of book you pick up every now and again but don't read through in one go. For me at least.

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