There is only a handful of things that would make a house become a home other than books.  It lends the house a life and intimacy of its own.  The thing I miss the most from our previous home is our beautiful black bookcases filled with books and magazines ranging from different subjects that covered everything from Design, History, Bestsellers to even fun books like "How to be like Audrey".  They have this magical touch that makes them look good in any type of display either piled up on the floor, on top of a table, or in bookcases. Yes, every home should have books.  Enjoy!
Images from AD, HB, Elle Decor.