"There is a jewel-colored afghan draped over the back of an old sofa, books neatly lined up in the cases along the walls, plants along the top shelf. She has a lot of books. I can see from here that they're nearly all paperbacks so they don't look quite as pretty as what you see in magazine pictures, but they do they job just fine, which is to make you feel satisfied. It's a cozy thing to know you have so many books, that you can at any moment walk over and browse in your own house."
That is from the book Joy School by Elizabeth Berg. I found it quite a lovely description.