No house is complete with books, lots of them. Whether in a library, a study, a den, by your bed, books are necessary. While I understand that sadly people don't read anymore, I love to read and like Jackie Kennedy, I want to be surrounded by my books when I die (along with Truman, my family and the horses).
Coffee table books are fun, easy, ones you want to thumb through over and over again; they make the best gifts. Here are a few of my picks: