THE BEST Books

Bookface

Bookface

Created in collboration between filmmaker Jacco Kliesch and Erlangen City, Germany’s public library, this short film offers a cinematic take on the playful “bookface” art trend, in which people line up real-life scenes with photographic images on book covers.

Believe It or Snot

Believe It or Snot

A fun book for science geeks and anyone who enjoys biology, Believe It or Snot: The Definitive Field Guide to Earth’s Slimy Creatures catalogs snails, bugs, lizards, mammals, and other critters, and explores just how much goo, slime, and mucus they leave in their wake. From the authors of Does It Fart? and True or Poo?

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Humble Pi

Humble Pi

Matt Parker’s book Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World tells tales of the catastrophic consequences of mathematical errors in everything from architecture, to sweepstakes, to air traffic control systems. Perhaps it’ll be the kick in the pants you need to actually pay attention in math class.

oh no

oh no

Webcomic Name author Alex Norris’ darkly comedic book about life’s many little disappointments is filled with dozens of hilariously cynical 3-panel comic strips, each of which ends with the same “oh no” punchline. The 128-page paperback includes many previously unreleased comics.

The adidas Archive

The adidas Archive

A very special gift for sneaker fanatics, Taschen’s 644-page coffee table book tells the storied history of famed footwear brand adidas through images. It features more than 350 pairs of shoes, including rare prototypes, one-of-a-kind originals, and iconic designs throughout the years.

Star Wars Maker Lab

Star Wars Maker Lab

Young geeks will love to complete the challenges in this DIY book, filled with 20 different science experiments and craft projects inspired by the Star Wars universe. Using household objects, kids from 8-12+ will build their own mouse droid, a Tatooine sand globe, tabletop gliding landspeeders, and more.

100 Parks 5000 Ideas

100 Parks 5000 Ideas

Ready to hit the road this year and explore North America? National Geographic and author Joe Yogerst’s travel guide offers up page after page of great ideas of places to see and things to do at national, state, and city parks throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Dots & Lines

Dots & Lines

This playful pair of books from Flipboku is packed with fun drawing activities. The first book, Dots, has dot-to-dot puzzles which form six professionally-illustrated cartoon animations when complete. The second book, Lines, offers up six brain-bending animated optical illusions.

LEGO: Absolutely Everything

LEGO: Absolutely Everything

The perfect gift for brick fanatics, LEGO: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know features 240 pages packed with facts, figures, and other trivia about the history of LEGO, listings of bricks by category and color, LEGO easter eggs, and much more.

Me & Mr Cigar

Me & Mr Cigar

Legendary Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes has unexpectedly become a kickass book author for teens. Gibby’s debut novel is as brash, twisted, fearless, and darkly hilarious as he is. The chapter titles alone deserve a Newbery Medal.

DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman

DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman

DC Comics‘ illustrated reference details theories on the physiology and abilities of the publisher’s most famous super-powered characters. As if that wasn’t interesting enough, it’s presented as a sketchbook created by Batman.

Video Game Console Field Guide

Video Game Console Field Guide

Do you love classic video games? The Video Game Console Collector’s Field Guide is a 320-page compendium that provides a visual guide to more than 900 pieces of gaming hardware, an index of information on systems, and a checklist where you can keep track of your collection. Available in digital or hardcover print versions.

50 Things to See in the Sky

50 Things to See in the Sky

Astrophysicist and author Sarah Barker teamed up with illustrator Maria Nilsson to create this great book for beginner stargazers. It offers up informative details and viewing tips for things you can glimpse when you look up with off-the-shelf binoculars or a telescope. The glow-in-the-dark book cover is a nice touch.

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The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails

The Big Book of Bourbon Cocktails

We love a good sippin’ bourbon as much as the next guy, but whiskey also goes great with mixers. Amy Zavatto’s colorful book is filled with 100 great drink recipes, including the perfect versions of classic cocktails, and drinks grouped by sweet, savory, spicy, sour, and other flavor profiles to suit every taste.

The Ultimate Sneaker Book

The Ultimate Sneaker Book

A 670-page anthology about the history of Sneaker Freaker and the world of sneaker collecting. It features the biggest sneaker moments and everything from famous to obscure sneaker brands. A special metallic red edition is available here.

Universe

Universe

Navigate the wonders of the night sky via Phaidon’s book Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World. It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through our fascination with space, from cave paintings to modern astrophotography. Its 300 images were curated by stars of astronomy, photography, and art.

Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Let Beastie Boys members Adrock and Mike D walk you through their story in “revealing and funny accounts”, from their amateur days to the release of their classic albums. Also features contributions from their friends such as Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson.

Covobox 2.0

Covobox 2.0

Covogoods’ Covobox 2.0 is a hidden storage box that’s made of real books on its front side. It’s perfect for hiding gadgets, cables and other small items on a shelf. The half-box slides out for easy access. You can customize your order’s size and color.

Arcade Game Typography

Arcade Game Typography

The 70s, 80s, and 90s gave us tons of classic arcade games, and along with them came lots of great pixel art. Typeface designer Toshi Omagari’s book catalogs some of the many cool pixelated fonts which were used for displaying scores on arcade machines. ReadOnlyMemory has a limited-edition hardcover version as well.

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

Like to build structures with LEGO? Brick expert Alice Finch’s book is packed with over 1000 ideas for creating detailed brickwork, windows, columns, staircases, and lots of other architectural details for your models.

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The Memeing of Life

The Memeing of Life

Whether you’re obsessed with memes, or are a meme newbie, Sean Murphy and James Richards’ book is here to help, with stories about why memes exist, along with popular internet memes, their origins, and in the rare case that they actually have meaning, that too.

Stories Behind the Images

Stories Behind the Images

Adventure photographer Corey Rich travels to the edge along with his subjects to capture incredibly dramatic images of adrenaline junkies and outdoor athletes. From hanging off of a cliff to standing on the top of the mountain, this 288 page book takes us inside of the artist’s process and features 130 color photos of his works.

Strange Planet

Strange Planet

“Let us store irregular shapes inside shapes with flat surfaces.” Author Nathan W. Pyle’s charming and hilarious Instagram is now a book, filled with panel after panel of alien beings as they find their place and build their lives on an unfamiliar planet.

Tiki Pop

Tiki Pop

Tiki bars have had a bit of a resurgence of late, with their Polynesian-themed cocktails and kitschy tropical decor. Sven Kirsten’s 640-page, hardcover coffee table book delves into the history of America’s pop take on tiki culture, with lots of wonderful archival photos and historical artifacts dating back as far as the 1930s.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers

Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ hardcover 1,000 Record Covers showcases a thousand of the most beautiful and memorable vinyl record cover sleeves from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Makes a great coffee table book for any music lover.

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.

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