We get you, Santa. 

Lists can be unruly, especially ones that track everyone around the world. We think it's tough enough in a country that produces hundreds of thousands of books every year.

But we're here to help, offering some of our favorite titles of 2019, just in case you need suggestions for those on your "nice" list. 

Post-Dispatch reviewers pick 25 books to consider, supplemented by wire reviews and even ideas from local booksellers and librarians. Two weeks from now, we'll also provide a selection of coffee-table beauties. Hope this helps — even if they do weigh down the sleigh.

By Jane Henderson, Post-Dispatch book editor