Time for the next category in the  RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #7: A Coffee Table Book

I’ve noticed I tend to collect beautiful coffee table books but not read them. Sometimes, they’re only photos – no text – but at most, I glimpse through them quickly.

For this category, I’m challenging you to “read” a coffee table book, front to back. Take your time and study each page. Read the captions. Really take it in.

Here are a few suggestions from my personal collection (I haven’t read any of them yet):

Paris Chats (Various)

Here’s a great example of a book without a lot of text – and the text inside will be in French. I bought it on our last trip to Paris but I haven’t examined it yet. It appears to be full of photos of les chats taken in the streets.

Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals (Christopher J. Payne (Photographer), Oliver Sacks)

These photos of abandoned and decaying mental hospitals are accompanied by an essay from Oliver Sacks, a renowned neurologist.

Humans of New York (Brandon Stanton)

This book will take longer to read through because each photo comes with a story. I expect it to be a book version of people-watching.

Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences (Matthew Christopher)

This sounds a lot like Asylum, but Christopher expanded his collection to include all kinds of abandoned buildings – schools, hotels, homes, prisons, etc. I’m not sure how much text is included but I’m excited to see what’s inside.

Ireland From the Air (Peter Somerville-Large)

Travel books are a great way to complete this category. My husband is Irish and we’ve visited the country a couple of times. Seeing it from the air is a beautiful experience and this book is full of those photos.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.

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