However, if your budget doesn't allow for hitting the nearest multiplex(or those blockbuster films you wanted to see are no longer at a theater near you), the best solution is to pick up a solid read that fits into the genre you were in the mood for.
For example, feel like an action adventure/thriller type of flick? Recently released at literary ports of call is Daniel Silva's The English Girl, which is overflowing with international intrigue.
The gal of the title is Madeline Hart,a rising star amongst the young politicos in Britain who vanishes during her summer vacation on the island of Corsica. At first, her disappearance is big news but as interest begins to fade away(along with any clue about what happened to her), a ransom demand is delivered to the home of a major adviser to the Prime Minister. The demand also includes a video where Madeline is forced to reveal that she and Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster have been having an affair,something that would affect politics and the nation,not to mention the PM's wife.
Calling in a favor, somewhat retired Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is tasked to find the girl before the deadline of seven days is up. Gabriel takes the job but soon becomes more concerned about Madeline's safety than her lover seems to be. I happen to be reading this right now and it's quite the rollicking ride. For a fast paced and smartly written thriller, The English Girl is a mental matinee worth attending:
If you don't have Starz,however,that doesn't mean you have to miss out. Three of the books in the series are readily available in paperback and you should start with The White Queen,which covers the life and times of Elizabeth Woodville,whose unlikely marriage to conquering king Edward IV of the house of York sparks much of the drama to come.
The third book added to the miniseries adaptation is The Kingmaker's Daughter and that showcases Anne Neville,whose sister Isobel is manipulated by their ambitious father into marrying Edward's brother George.
Anne becomes the wife of Richard III and hopes to find some peace but all too soon,the power plays by the men in her life leave her with very little chance of that.
There are other titles in the Cousins' War saga to enjoy as well(Lady of the Waters and The White Princess) but this triptych of regal ladies making their own moves in the warfare that their noble men engage in makes for quite the battle royale:
While growing up in the shadow of her parents(not to mention favorite hostage of super villains and mega criminals),Celia's career path as an adult goes to the seemingly mundane realm of forensic accounting. By staying out of the super power spotlight, Celia hopes to find some sort of normal life on her own terms.
Her keen skills with numbers,however,brings her back into the family fold as her parents' most deadly opponent,The Destructor, is on trial for tax evasion. Celia's reluctant role in this case threatens to open up a can of personal worms but more secrets regarding the true origins of her parents' powers are on the verge of being revealed as well.
I've talked about this book before and if you haven't read it yet, now is the time to do so. If anything,it'll give you and your comic book buddies something other to discuss than which movie was more violent,the latest Wolverine or the newest Superman:
So, even if you do manage to see a summer movie or two before September is upon us, there are still plenty of good relaxing reads that will entertain you just as well. At the very least, you'll have a lot to share with your book club once this season is over or for that "What I Read This Summer" book report in the fall: