I do love the texture old paper books have. Sadly a lot of people throw books into the tip, so if you can, ask your friends if they have any they want to throw away, otherwise head down to your local charity shop to see what you can find.
I like to find books that have a hand stitched spine they make the work a lot more easier.
Add some of your own pretty embellishments too, using a hot glue gun. How about a tea light shelf to illuminate in your room. Think about the colours you are going to use, make sure they could match someones lounge. Have you got some scrapbook paper? How about glitter or pretty beads?
There are some great tutorials you can follow this is a fun one for christmas!