The first is Patrick Mauries Cabinets of Curiosities, a wonderful encyclopedia on the origins of the Wunderkammer. I happened on this book by chance while browsing a publisher catalogue and immediately bought it for the art library. Even though I get to keep it for the next few months I'm still tempted to add it to my Christmas Wishlist.
The second is a book called Beauty in Decay from URBEX. It's a photographic exploration of abandoned spaces and architecture which I find both beautiful and sad at the same time. It's the sort of book I'll pick through, dipping into during quiet moments. (Unlike C of C which I'll read cover to cover) Again, it's probably going to end up on my wishlist for Christmas this year.