Lots of elves sit on shelves, but at The Missourian Santa’s select troupe has been burning the midnight oil so they could share their top picks from 2017 with area readers.

Our industrious, literary elves delved into genres galore to compile their list, so you’ll know which to add to yours, or to gift to a family member or friend.

Books are a wonderful present to give throughout the year, a fond reminder of the gift-giver, who’ll be thought of with every page-turn — what could be more memorable than that?