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. Yoga books.

  2. Wanted Man – I read Lee too.

  3. Face of Deeception by Iris Johasnsen – a favorite of mine

  4. Anything by Noah Chomsky …. his books are really thought provoking.

  5. Anything by science fiction master like Clarke (2001/2010) or Asimov (I Robot series).

  6. Micha Hoffman says: April 15th, 2013 a 11:52am

    I love going out on my porch and reading comic books while lounging in the summer’s heat.

  7. i am going to start reading game of thrones

  8. Gian B Verster says: April 15th, 2013 a 2:57pm

    Gulp by Mary Roach or Karl Marx: A 19th-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber both recommended by Jon Stewart

  9. Kelvin Trinh says: April 15th, 2013 a 4:39pm

    Hoop Dreams!

  10. Inna Gubash says: April 15th, 2013 a 5:03pm

    Boris Akunin, Coronation

  11. Tammy Dalley says: April 15th, 2013 a 6:29pm

    Between sister by Kristen Hannah!

  12. I enjoy re-reading favourite books – The English Patient, The Notebook, the Sue Grafton series, easy, enjoyable summer reading.

  13. pride and prejudice

  14. alice in wonderland

  15. I liked pride and prejudice and a few others..

  16. Barrie Chevalier says: April 15th, 2013 a 10:16pm

    spatula11
    A great summer read is any well written mystery,and Canadian Linwood Barclay writes them well.I’ve liked every one of his I’ve read. Try “Trust Your Eyes”.

  17. I love anna karenina

    • RogersElise says: April 16th, 2013 a 1:20pm

      Anna Karenina and War and Peace are two of my favourite books. I usually read one of them each year. I find that the destiny of both Kitty and Anna, how they change throughout the book, how one finds happiness while the other loses hers always resonates in my life.

  18. Harry Potter Series

  19. Christina Ferguson says: April 16th, 2013 a 1:33am

    I think I am the only person on the planet who hasn’t red 50 Shades of Grey yet so that is on my list of summer reads.

  20. I’m grabbing a htc one!