I don't review every book I read. I review most of them, but from time to time I read things that I just don't have that much to say about- which is not to say I didn't like the book, just that I don't have enough thoughts about it for a full-length post. I have a stack of those books from last year staring at me on a bookshelf near where I blog, and I think now is as good a time as any to finish up with them.
Election is Tom Perotta's novel that was used as a the basis for the 1999 film starring Reese Witherspoon. I liked the movie better. The story is the same but the filmmakers did a great job of tightening up the characters and sharpening the satire- which is pretty cutting in the book but razor-sharp on screen. I enjoyed this story about small-town high-school election shenanigans but I'd recommend the movie over the book.
If I Loved You I Would Tell You This, by Robin Black, is a stunning collection of short stories from a gifted voice in fiction. I was profoundly moved by some of these, and awed by the rest. If you read short stories, this should already be on your shelf.
The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks, is another you might know from its film adaptation. A lyrical, bitter and impeccably crafted multi-voiced narrative that moves back and forth through time, it tells the story of a tragic bus accident and its impact on a tiny, tight-knit, snowbound town. It's another modern classic and should be on everyone's bookshelf.
FTC Disclosure: None of these books came to me for review.