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

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 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. audrey herf says: April 4th, 2013 a 11:22pm

    EXODUS-an amazing true tale of freedom

  2. Christina D says: April 4th, 2013 a 11:43pm

    Any book from Jane Austen

  3. Tom Dobronyi says: April 4th, 2013 a 11:48pm

    The girl with the dragon tattoo.

  4. Edith Rennes says: April 5th, 2013 a 12:15am

    I quite enjoy a courtroom drama and Greg Iles provides just that

  5. Suzanne Smith says: April 5th, 2013 a 12:18am

    Every summer, since I was a teen, I have always read “The Catcher in the Rye” and I love it more with each reading.

  6. Mike Gismondi says: April 5th, 2013 a 12:18am

    The Hobbit

    • RogersJennifer says: April 5th, 2013 a 8:48am

      The Hobbit seems like a must-read this summer! Seeing the first movie made me want to revisit it

  7. Angela Griffin says: April 5th, 2013 a 12:19am

    Silver linings playbook

  8. I love re-reading the Harry Potter books, it reminds me of my summer vacations where I spent all day in the tree house reading and imagining.

    • RogersJennifer says: April 5th, 2013 a 8:46am

      I love re-reading those too! I was so sad as a kid that I couldn’t play quidditch!

  9. Samantha Cacnio says: April 5th, 2013 a 2:05am

    My favourite summer read is “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coehlo

  10. Jennifer Lo says: April 5th, 2013 a 9:59am

    I can’t think of one… but may try Alice in the Wonderland? :)

  11. lisa bolduc says: April 5th, 2013 a 10:22am

    i have yet to read fifty shades of grey. i think i will try that one

  12. Anything by Gerald Durrell

  13. Douglas Adams-Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, great and refreshing book to read over the summer, especially if you like science fiction themed novels. The entire book is a satire on traditional science fiction roles and themes. While most of it does come off as simply off-the-cuff humor, a large part is devoted to taking the building blocks of what makes a science fiction novel and distorts them in a new and rather ridiculous fashion.

  14. joanne boustany says: April 5th, 2013 a 12:03pm

    I remember picking up The DaVinci code for a summer read and read it in just a few days, I just couldn’t put it down!!!

  15. Wendy Stafford says: April 5th, 2013 a 1:46pm

    My favorite authors are Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter I will read anything they write!

  16. Mary Harris says: April 5th, 2013 a 2:48pm

    I have just read “February” by Lisa Moore and I love it and will read it again during the summer.
    Another great book I plan to reread is driving in the rain.

  17. I like to grab any of the great classics. Slowly I’m getting through them all.

  18. ‘A Boy’s Own Story’ by Edmund White

  19. My favourite beach is most definitely How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Love the movie version too!