Cicero once said that ‘a room without books is like a body without a soul’ and certainly, books add a dimension of warmth and life to the four walls of any room. When you feel like something is missing in your home redecorating or moving into a new place, ensure that you consider the books that you will buy and proudly display on your coffee table.
If you’re looking for some recommendations, here are five books we’ve picked out for you to display proudly on your coffee table – you’ll have them in your home for many years to come.
J. M Barrie, Peter Pan
They say that home is where the heart is, and adding to that, the heart is where childhood stories live. It would be amazing to come home from work, fall backwards into your recliner with Peter Pan and his adventures in Neverland within your reach. How easy would be it to just reach out and immerse yourself in the famous story of an immortal boy and his adventures. Having been published so many times, there are a number of different covers available for the book so it also serves an aesthetic purpose.
George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire
Indeed, as C.S Lewis once wisely imparted, “you can never get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me”. The Martin epic fantasy series is the perfect set of novels to have lying around. It’s definitely long but it’s also and absolutely wonderful experience to immerse oneself and escape reality. It’s the kind of book which you can never really put down.
Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People
This is the grandfather of all self-help books, which millions of people around the world have and will continue to read regardless of whether they’re in a rut, or not. It will improve your life based on Carnegie’s teachings. The book offers practical advice and techniques, written in an exuberant and conversational style. So take the opportunity to make friends quickly and easily, improve your popularity and win over people in your social and career circles!
Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
This is a classic American novel with warmth and humour despite the serious issues like rape and racial inequality which underlie the plot. It must be because courage, compassion and the infinite hope we attribute to children shines throughout the novel and its characters. In fact, British librarians have ranked the book ahead of the Bible as one “every adult should read before they die”.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Fitzgerald set out to write “something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned” and he achieved that with his novel The Great Gatsby. It is an interesting read, provoking thoughts of declining morality and spirituality in the commercial setting of our modern generation. At the heart of it is the tragic collapse of one man’s infinite hope. You should have this on your coffee table simply because reading it is a reminder to re-evaluate your priorities in life.
Hayley Jane loves her estate in Mt Aitken, Victoria because its serenity allows her to succumb to her serious reading addiction. Her personal goal is to help others realise the infinite possibilities that a book provides.