I can’t believe that this is the final post in this challenge! I’m going to assume that a ‘coffee table book’ is a book that you would leave out and hope that someone who was visiting would want to talk about. This is a difficult question for me, because I don’t do that.
If I did do it I’d probably put something like ‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R. R. Martin on the table, or any other book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Why? Firstly, because the books are now huge due to the success of the show. Chances are that a guest would have at least heard of the TV series and it wouldn’t be a complete blank slate. Secondly, the books are though provoking – I have lots of conversations about them. George R. R. Martin incorporates a lot of realistic things into his books – and you can compare some events to real history, so it makes for a good conversation. Finally, I think it would be a bit too personal to put a political or controversal book out to talk to guests about – you don’t want the conversation to become too deep and heavy, or end in a fight.
Maybe I’ve misinterpreted the question and a ‘coffee table book’ is a book with a pretty cover that makes your table look better. I don’t really admire book covers though – I like some of them, but as long as the book is good I’m usually okay with a less than beautiful cover. But I think that the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ books have lovely covers anyways, so they kind of double.