Below I share with you some delightfully nerdy coffee table reads (in no particular order). I attempted to cover a wide range of interests and fandoms with the list in order to appease many a nerd and geek. Without further ado, I give you 10 great coffee table books for inspiration and enjoyment! (Click each book title for further information)
1. The Elements
The Elements, by Theodore Grey, is the perfect coffee table book for the geek who loves science and/or chemistry. This book is educational, while remaining non-technical and witty. It turns the elements of the periodic table into works of art. Each of 118 elements gets a dedicated 3-4 page spread which includes eye-opening images that are sure to delight.
2. Star Wars: The Blue Prints
Straight from the back cover: "Star Wars: The Blueprints brings together the original technical drawings from deep within the Lucasfilm Archives. Combined with insightful commentary from best-selling author J. W. Rinzler, the collection maps in precise, vivid, and intricate detail the very genesis of one of the most enduring and beloved stories to appear onscreen."
This book is a true collector's item for any fan of Star Wars. Filled with gorgeous drawings, This book has a place on any Jedi's (or Sith's) coffee table.
(Have an ultra-fan at home? Check out the limited edition version for the ultimate collectable)
A classic, evident by its long history in gaming, The Legend of Zelda is a world worth reading about. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a visually appealing book on the Zelda franchise. This entertaining book is full of Hyrule history, Legend of Zelda gaming chronology, concept art, a Manga comic, and more! This book is sure to please the biggest of fans down to those just discovering The Legend of Zelda.
4. The CG Story: Computer-Generated Animation and Special Effects
From George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, to the founders of Pixar, this tantalizing book discusses the history of CG in an compelling manner. The CG Story: Computer-Generated Animation and Special Effects, by Christopher Finch, is an interesting page turner for both old and young geeks alike due to its pages which are full of recognizable characters and movie scenes.
5. Cosplay in America
What it lacks in text, this book makes up for it in photographs. Cosplay in America, by Ejen Chuang, is a beautiful collection of cosplay photos from across America. Covering a wide range of different cosplayers, this book truly shows the artistic side of cosplay in a well laid out format.
For the comic book, superhero loving nerds out there, I present to you the A-Z Marvel Encyclopedia, by DK Publishing. This book covers all your favorite superheros and villains (from Spiderman to Hulk to Wolverine); it even covers the lesser known ones too. With an excellent layout, fantastic artwork, and interesting character stats and info, this book will keep you turning pages.
7. Geek Wisdom
Geek Wisdom, by N. K. Jemisin, is a book comprised of mini essays that discuss the wisdom found in quotes from movies, games, television, and more. For those looking for a coffee table book with a little bit more of a textual substance, this is a great option. Geek Wisdom covers many aspects of geek and nerd culture between its covers and it's sure to inspire contemplation.
8. Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food
For the culinary geeks out there, and for those who are curious about the science that goes into creating a dinner masterpiece, Cooking for Geeks, by Jeff Potter, has you covered. This book is full of facts, is engaging, and goes beyond a simple recipe book....it lays out the science of cooking and even covers topics such as kitchen-prep before cooking and how to choose the right cookware.
Lego bricks open up a world of creation for both adults and kids alike. Beautiful LEGO, by Mike Doyle, showcases the imaginative creations of dozens of artists with stunning photographs. This book will take you on a jaw-dropping photo journey of creations from around the world that display different building styles and motifs.
10. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
To round out the list, we have the 'classic' nerd book that most have heard about; The Zombie Survival Guide, by Max Brooks. This entertaining survival guide parody will ensure that you survive the impending zombie apocalypse. From zombie physiology, to weapons and traversing, this book has your survival strategy all laid out!
Star Wars: The Jedi Path
Calling all Jedi! "...discover the history and lore of the Jedi Order, the ways of the Force and how to wield it, the subtle nuances of lightsaber combat, and the dangers of the Dark Side." The only reason this awesome book didn't make it into the list above is because I already had a Star Wars book listed; that doesn't make this book any less worthy of gracing your coffee table though!