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 , 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.