Snow globes and good books provide scenes to awaken our imaginations, replacing daily life with fantastical realms that delight.

Both derive their action from offerings that pile up, be it snowflakes or words, each building to a fitting finish, until all is settled. Collective and decorative to display, books and snow globes are best loved when handled, pages turned or keepsakes turned over.

Let the magic begin this holiday season with favorite reads from The Missourian book editor’s shelves, a flurry of great reads you’ll be happy to escape into, or gift to a family member or friend.