Jef Blocker from Bound to Be Read Books is here to give you his best advice on how to pick a great read this summer.
Q: What genre do you recommend people explore?
A: Some of the best writing today happens in graphic novels – they’re not just about superheroes anymore. Start with “Maus” by Art Spiegelman, “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi, “Blankets” by Craig Thompson or “Stitches” by David Small.
Q: What are your favorite books released this year?
A: “The Martian” by Andy Weir, about an astronaut who survives after being stranded on Mars and “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Beukes, featuring a time-traveling serial killer in Chicago.
Q: Which lesser-known authors should people get to know?
A: Get to know some of Atlanta’s own writers: David Fulmer (mystery), Jessica Handler (memoir), Laurel Snyder (children) and Kate Sweeney (nonfiction).
Q: What titles will teens enjoy?
A: “What They Always Tell Us,” by Martin Wilson, “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan and “Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging” by Louise Rennison.
Q: What format do you prefer to read?
A: I prefer physical books because they provide a tactile, sensory experience that allows a reader to escape one’s life, and they don’t interrupt you with Facebook updates or new e-mail notifications.