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. I love Eat, Pray, Love as a summer read.

  2. Andrea Hickey says: April 4th, 2013 a 12:56pm

    A good fiction book.

  3. Belinda Skuta says: April 4th, 2013 a 1:27pm

    I’m hoping to read the Hunger Games trilogy set this Summer!

  4. Gordon Green says: April 4th, 2013 a 1:27pm

    I am currently enjoying a John Sanford novel, ” Buried Prey”

  5. I am planning to read Catching Fire, the second in the Hunger Games book.

  6. My choice for favorite summer read is The Power Trip by Jackie Collins. I love reading any of her books and they are a perfect summer read.

  7. The Name of the Wind, and its even more fantastic sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, both excellent books!

  8. Sandi Tymchuk says: April 4th, 2013 a 2:02pm

    not exactly beach reading, but historical fiction such as the Century Series or Pillars of the Earth interests me

  9. Kristine Music says: April 4th, 2013 a 2:03pm

    Veronica Roth has released two of the books in the trilogy, Divergent and Insurgent. These are the best summer-read books because they’re TeenLit and easy to resume, should you need to walk away to refresh your drink or take a dip in the pool. Once you’ve come back to it, you’ll be submerged because the plot is riveting!

  10. the HObbit

  11. I’m going to read Fifty Shades this summer cause I’m so curious as to all the hype about this book

  12. woody siemens says: April 4th, 2013 a 2:38pm

    Game of Thrones!

  13. Currently I’m reading several celebrity autobiographies & enjoying them immensely. The one that I’m reading now is Michael Caine’s latest – “The Elephant to HollyWood”.

  14. my favorite read are Harlequin books

  15. April Andrews says: April 4th, 2013 a 3:29pm

    One of my favourite summer reads was the James Clavel classic, “Shogun”.

  16. My favourite summer read is Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I read it at least once a year.

  17. Book I have just started reading is “1Q84″ from Haruki Murakami. I am really enjoying it so far and look foward to finishing it off this year.

  18. Anything by Maeve Binchy!

  19. Veronica Wong says: April 4th, 2013 a 3:52pm

    price & prejudice