Bound to Be Read Books’ Jef Blocker Gives His Best Advice

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.

Jef Blocker


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.

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