12 Coffee Table Books

For Great Gift-giving This Holiday Season!

12 Coffee Table Books

Do you have some hard to gift people on your holiday shopping list? Looking for a useful last minute hostess gift? I have the perfect solution for these gift-giving dilemmas! Why not consider coffee table books suited to your recipient's taste? Who doesn't appreciate a glossy book to peruse when one's in the mood? These gifts get bonus points for doing double duty as home decor. I happen to know a YMC Blogger who has a wonderful collection of coffee table books featuring her love of travel, photography, and family. Take a look at this list of 12 coffee table books for assorted interests and happy gift-giving!



Do you have that friend who loves the lines of a building and tends to take pics with architectural interest? The Architects: From A to Z collection should help take their obsession to new heights!



Do you have a contemporary art enthusiast on your list? They can check out over 500 images from 12 cities in Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes. This collection is must-have for anyone looking to add to their bucket list!




I'm sure we all know at least one person who has a need for speed and marvels at the latest British car models. Drive Style features photos of high speed works of art that will set any car enthusiast's heart racing!



Do you know someone who can't get enough of celebrities and powerful personalities? Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age showcases a century of art, commerce, glamour, and greed. This time capsule style collection will put the spark in any pop culture addict's eye!



Do you have a friend or workmate who loves to design their work space? Consider giving them a copy of Working Space: An Insight into the Creative Heart to encourage even more creativity and productivity! 



What about that friend who has a passion for fashion? The collection of designs and designers in Fashion Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the History, Language, and Practice of Fashion will fit their style perfectly!



Movie buffs that need to know what goes on behind the scenes in their favourite films will love Moments That Made The Movies. They will be reeling with delight with this collection of movie moments!



How about the baker or the cookbook collector with a healthy sweet tooth? Be a sweetie and give them Butter Bake Goods with over 100 recipes of old time classic faves. The decadent photos of delectable desserts will definitely tempt anyone's tastebuds!



The Smithsonian History Year By Year is a book that should appeal to all ages and interests. It boasts a comprehensive overview of the world's history and presents plenty of visuals to mark the eras and take readers back in time.



Many of us can recall Maurice Sendak's stories and illustrations as part of our childhood book collection. The fantastical world portrayed in Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work is a gift of a trip down memory lane and wonderful to share with the little ones in our lives.



Who doesn't love music? Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music that Changed the World sings the praises of legendary talents and celebrates the soundtrack of our lives. This collection will hit all the right notes for the music lover on your nice list!



Winter holidays and hockey seem to go together like eggnog and gingerbread. The "Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Jerseys" is sure to score big with any family member or friend who loves their hockey heroes!


I hope these coffee table book suggestions come in handy for your gift search and giving. If you have any other coffee table books to recommend please share them in the comments below. Happy holidays to you and yours!


Relish reading,

Wanda Lynne Young



Main image photo credit from Flickr CC: Nina Matthews


Bookalicious Interviews Bestselling Author Mary Lawson

And You Can Win Her New Novel "ROAD ENDS"

Bookalicious Interviews Bestselling Author Mary Lawson

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I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and interview one of my favourite Canadian authors about her new novel ROAD ENDS. Watch the video interview below for insights into Mary Lawson's new novel and find out her interesting inspiration for writing ROAD ENDS. You're also welcome to check out the info on the Retreat Book Club chat for her first novel CROW LAKE and enter the ROAD ENDS giveaways on this blog and the Facebook Bookalicious Page!

ROAD ENDS brings us a family unravelling in the aftermath of tragedy: Edward Cartwright, struggling to escape the legacy of a violent past; Emily, his wife, cloistered in her room with yet another new baby, increasingly unaware of events outside the bedroom door; Tom, their eldest son, twenty-five years old but home again, unable to come to terms with the death of a friend; and capable, formidable Megan, the sole daughter in a household of eight sons, who for years held the family together but has finally broken free and gone to England, to try to make a life of her own. 



Mary Lawson was born and brought up in the farming community of Blackwell, Ontario. She is a distant relative of L. M. Montgomery, author of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Lawson moved to England after graduating from McGill University with a psychology degree in 1968. She is the author of CROW LAKETHE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, and ROAD ENDS. Lawson is married, with two sons and lives in Kingston-upon-Thames. Mary Lawson and her novels can be found on GoodReads.



We're giving away 5 copies of ROAD ENDS courtesy of Random House of Canada! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in the "Click Here To Spill It" bubble below. You have until December 27th, 2013 to enter. You must be a YMC member, and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win. 

Yummy Rules and Regulations: You must be a member to win. Click here to sign up. It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until December 27th, 2013. Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Winners will be picked using www.random.orgSee full contest rules.

To read about more great books, visit, and Social media fans can follow the bookish tweets with @RandomHouseCA on Twitter and find bookworm fun with Random House of Canada on Facebook.


Want more ways to win ROAD ENDS? Well, you're in luck my bookish friend! Check out the ROAD ENDS giveaway on the Facebook Bookalicious Page and enter as many times as your heart desires! But wait, there's even more! Fans of Mary Lawson can join a special Retreat Book Club chat with the author, so check out the details below!


Random House of Canada will be having a live Retreat Book Club chat with Mary Lawson about CROW LAKE on December 3, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. Check out the details for RBC's CROW LAKE chat and sign up to join the Retreat Book Club and I will "meet" you there!


Relish reading,

Wanda Lynne Young



Author Mary Lawson photo credit: Graham Jepson