You can't do jump-scares in a book. There's no computerized special effects, or actors covered with gruesome makeup and KY jelly. You can always put a book down for a few days.
TIME's Lev Grossman selects the decade's finest literature, from a book about dueling magicians to one about dueling family members.
Seriously. Just say NO to "50 Shades of Grey".
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A day you've laughed is day you haven't wasted.