Summer reading contest: What’s your favourite beach book?

KindleLying in a hammock. Lazing on dock. Soaking up the rays on a pool deck or the sand. Waiting at the airport. We’ve all got summer on the brain, and the season presents so many opportunities to get lost in a good read. Whether you like to curl up with the good old fashioned paper variety or prefer downloading the latest titles to your ereader, the RogersBuzz team is sharing their favourite beach reads to help inspire your vacation book picks.

@RogersKeith: The TV series Game of Thrones drew me in to George R. R. Martin’s immersive world and the books didn’t disappoint. They’re big fat summer novels with maps and character charts. Start with A Game of Thrones and work your way through the series. By the end of the summer, you’ll be 5,000 pages in and desperately longing for Martin to finish book number six.

@RogersJenW Every summer I get inspired to revisit the classics, and Pride and Prejudice remains one of my all-time favourites. I love getting lost in the familiar love story of stubborn Lizzie and too-proud Mr. Darcy, who in my mind always looks like Colin Firth … And as for a new read, I can’t wait to pick up the Gillian Flynn thriller Gone Girl – I’ve heard it’s enthralling enough to make waiting at the airport just fly by.

@RogersMary: I like to lighten-up in the summer and read books that are fun and maybe just a bit romantic. My favourite author right now is @TinaReber who wrote Love Unscripted and the follow-up Love Unrehearsed. Definitely swoon-worthy and perfect for the beach or lazy summer nights.  This summer, I’m looking forward to adding some suspense and have heard that Three Graves Full is a must-read.

@RogersSarahM: Classic summer read: Anything from the Shopaholic series, but especially the first three books: Adventures of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic takes Manhattan and Shopaholic Ties the Knot. This summer, I’m looking forward to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, Wedding Night, and Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.

And you can pack all these titles away for your cottage weekend with an ereader. For a limited time, activate a new smartphone on a new line with a three-year term and you could be eligible to get a free Kindle Paperwhite 3G. For full details, see www.rogers.com/kindleoffer.

To reward our loyal RedBoard and FilRouge fans, we’re giving one lucky reader a Kindle Paperwhite 3G and a brand new Sony Xperia ZL smartphone – with a five-inch HD display and a 13 MP camera – which is launching on rogers.com and at Rogers retail locations today. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a built in light, eight-week battery life and storage for up to 1,100 books.

Just leave a comment below sharing your favourite summer read before  noon on April 15, 2013 for a chance to win. We’ll randomly select one winner after the contest closes.  For full contest details and rules, click here.

Update, April 16, 12 p.m.: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Contest! The prize has been drawn and we’ll be contacting the winner by email soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!

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  1. Every summer, since I was 12 years old, I’ve read Stephen King’s “It”. It’s long and engrossing and usually takes me the whole summer to finish but I love reading it so much. It reminds me of sunny days at the cottage, lazing in the hammock and scaring myself stilly.

  2. I finally got to reading Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” and I’m glad I did. An interesting sci-fi story from the early days of the Internet that actually managed to predict some of today’s computer tech with surprising accuracy. Can’t wait to read more of his books.

  3. My favourite beach books are anything by Tom Clancy. Maybe it’s a guy thing, probably because if I’m not reading then I’m getting bored just laying there. Ha! Not sure if its a good or bad thing that I can read them again and again. His recent ones have been eerily reflective of the current geo-political situation in Europe and Asia. Uncanny, Tom…uncanny.

  4. My summer read is To Kill a Mockingbird. I had to read it in high school many years ago, but I consider it one of my all time favourites and revisit it almost every year.

    • RogersJennifer says: April 2nd, 2013 a 12:26pm

      I also love revisiting my favourites from high school in the summer – this year, I’m planning to pick up The Great Gatsby again

  5. My favourite summer read is Alice In Wonderland.

  6. Gotta be Harry Potter.. There aren’t many books I’ve read more than once and I’ve been through HP more than a couple times.

    • RogersJennifer says: April 2nd, 2013 a 12:24pm

      I read through them again last summer, too! This year, I’m hoping to tackle the series in French

  7. The Hunger Games

  8. Any of Kate Atkinson’s books are great beach reads!

  9. It’s such trash, but I love this book called My Life Uncovered by Lynn Isenberg – it’s a chick-lit novel that just needs a beach and a margarita!

  10. Jane Phillips says: April 2nd, 2013 a 1:09pm

    My favourite summer read from last year was “Gold” by Chris Cleave, but generally for summer reading I love horror and thrillers or something light of the chick lit variety.

  11. I don’t have one… but maybe I’ll read more if I win?

  12. This past summer it was The Change series of books… great read.

  13. i think i wanna re-read motherless brooklyn by jonathan lethem this summer. would be great to do it on a paperwhite!

  14. Anything by Douglas Coupland but especially Generation X. All are easy summer reads.

  15. Planning on reading The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison again.

  16. Im hiting 40 this year but still enjoy reading “James and the Giant Peach” . It was the first “real” book I read as a child and I doubt I will ever stop reading it.

  17. zahra premji says: April 2nd, 2013 a 2:55pm

    My favorite summer reading is the latest J.D. Robb book from the “in death” series. Being in university, I don’t have a lot of reading time from September to April but when spring/summer comes along, I catch up on all the books that have been released as part of that series.

  18. To be honest I’m purely a non-fiction reader (mainly spirituality), but if I had to choose a favourite summer novel I’d read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams!

  19. Darrah Bailey says: April 2nd, 2013 a 3:08pm

    My favorite Summer book to read is Alice in Wonderland of course ;) Just ly in the sun and let my imagination take me away :)