It’s good to unplug in the summer.

Or is it?

On breezy, warm summer mornings, my wife and I will often take our coffee out on to the back deck to “read the paper.” It has the negative look of a person with their face in a device, but really we’re just collecting the day’s news in the same way we would have done with a big, thick weekend edition of the newspaper. We’re just reading it off a screen.

On long summer evenings, we’ll do the same with a beer or a glass of wine, this time “reading a book.” Again, no paper products are to be found as we page through the glow of our Kindle.

Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook? Like, share, repeating on Twitter on Instagram? Sure, that kind of device behaviour is not productive. But reading? Reading the “paper” and reading a “book?” Give your permission to plug in all day for that kind of activity.

newspaper antisocial

This summer, give yourself license to plug in. It’s really no different than reading a paper. When you’ve got quiet time, read. When you’re out with friends, put the phone down and engage.

To make the goal of reading more this summer, I’m trying out the Kindle Paperwhite. According to a study conducted by OnePoll, 68% of men recognize the benefits of reading but don’t have the tools or time needed to enjoy it. 

So, instead of a stack of books on the shelf, or in a suitcase, or under my arm, I have them all on a pocket sized device. There’s no screen glare (even at the beach), I can charge the Kindle up and have it last an entire vacation (not just a few hours), and there is a huge selection on the Kindle store (including 1M books < $4.99)

Here are some new reads I’m looking forward to as I work through this 2017 Summer Reading List For Dads:

dad books

To equip my fellow busy dads with the necessary tools to enjoy the benefits of reading, I’m giving you a chance to win a $150 gift card. You can use it to pick up a Kindle Paperwhite for yourself and then load it with some books.

Amazon GC

You really want to commit yourself to getting into reading this summer? Start a summer reading club with your kids and see who can read the most titles! Having this in your pocket will make it so much easier.

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Terms and Conditions:

  • Prize: a $150 Gift Card
  • Contest only open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.
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  • Contest winner will be notified by email on June 30, 2017. The prize will be shipped/emailed to the winner.


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  1. jan June 13, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I am a big fan of ‘I Know This Much Is True’.

  2. Tammi L. June 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    My next book will be a James Patterson… possibly Cross The Line. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. Jenny B June 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    The next book on my summer reading list is Big Little Lies!

  4. Israel Y June 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    my next book is Orhan’s inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

  5. Andrea Amy June 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I am curently reading The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore and then I will read United as One (also by Pittacus Lore). Generation One (Pittacus Lore again) comes out later this month so then I will read that one too.

  6. Shannon June 15, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I am reading I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi. I have nothing on my to read next list. My husband is an avid reader and he would put this gift card to good use buying all the Lee Child Reacher novels.

  7. Victoria Ess June 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I’m reading “Get your sh*t together” and recommend it!

  8. Bradley M June 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I’m currently reading “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory”. I’m looking forward to reading “Being a Dad Is Weird” by Ben Falcone next

  9. Pd Reimer June 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I am reading Bread for Believers by Dr. Curtis Hutson; loving it!

  10. Darren Scrubb June 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I am reading Expert Secrets right now.

  11. mng June 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I am reading “the Spirit of St Louis”

  12. Brenda Penton June 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I am currently reading The Presence Process and I plan on reading Alchemy of the Heart next.

  13. Wanda Tracey June 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I just finished reading “A Painted House” by John Grisham.I think my husband and I would love to read “The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway by Ben Mezrich. These books sound really good!

  14. Krista M June 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I would recommend to others “A House in the Sky: A Memoir” by Amanda Lindhout. Hands down the best Canadian non-fiction book I’ve ever experienced. It’s a memoir so profound.

  15. Maritess June 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I am currently reading the The Best Kind of People and my next summer book is Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I would recommend Wonder by RJ Palacio.

  16. Lilly Kavanagh June 15, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I am reading a whole bunch of books for kids right now for my baby boy who is 5.5 months old lol. So there’s a lot of Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears. But I am also reading The Alchemist right now Not sure what I will be reading next since most of my time is dedicated to my little man right now.

  17. Lisa L June 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I’m not currently reading anything but on my to read list this summer is Stranger in the woods by Micahel Finkel.

  18. Jenn Beckett jennpup June 16, 2017 at 4:34 am

    1 – Which book are you reading right now? RPM for Verbal Children
    2 – What is next on your summer reading list? Some Fantastic Place: My Life in and out of Squeeze by Christopher Difford
    3 – Which book would you recommend everyone else check out this summer? Handmaid’s Tale if you haven’t already!

  19. Phil June 16, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I’m just finishing up ‘Dragon Teeth’ by the late Michael Crichton. An excellent twist on the Jurassic Park series.
    ‘Roughneck’ by Jeff Lemire is next on my list – a graphic novel, but still looks to be a good read.
    I’d recommend ‘The Magicians’ by Lev Grossman, if you like the Harry Potter series (and bonus, they have a show on SyFy)

  20. Jonnie June 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I’m currently reading Katy Segal’s memoir, Grace Notes. She has a great writing voice and I’m really enjoying it.

  21. margaux retrophiliac June 16, 2017 at 10:39 am

    The book i’d like to read is Caitlin Jenner’s biography.

  22. em June 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I’m currently reading Baby Sign Language.
    My next book to read is The Beat of My Own Drum by Sheila E.
    I recommend The Gifts of Imperfection Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

  23. Stephanie June 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    On my summer reading list is ‘How To Be A Bawse’ by Lilly Singh!

  24. Tainan Lu June 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I am currently reading the Seducing Sensei

  25. Andrea June 16, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I recommend “The Best Kind of People”. Very good book!

  26. Jenny T June 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I am reading Kevin Hart.

  27. michelle matta June 16, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I just started the Handmaids Tale. I just finished the Couple next door, I enjoyed it. I would recommend people give “Big Little Lies” a read.. it was a great book, and now I get to watch the show. win win. My next one I want to read is the Nest. These questions are great for me right now, i just got wayyyy back into reading 🙂

  28. Elizabeth R June 17, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I am a little behind the times but I am reading The Girl on the Train.

  29. kristen visser June 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    The book I am currently reading is Carly’s Voice. My oldest daughter is autistic so this book really speaks to me and means a lot to me. Giving me a better insight into my daughter

  30. Andrea D June 17, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I want to read Big Little Lies because I saw the show and loved it!

  31. Glogirl June 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    A book I am currently reading right now is called “An Amish Market”. It is a fiction book with 4 short novels in it.

  32. Sunshine G June 17, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I’m reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin – it’s giving me some ideas on making home life smoother!

  33. Amber Y June 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Right now I’m reading Who do you love by jennifer weiner. Next up on my reading list is All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer. As far as recommendations go I’d say read The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. It was a good one that I read this past fall.

  34. Nicolas Chow June 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I recommend silverwing

  35. Chris MacDonald June 18, 2017 at 4:04 am

    I am reading Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell. (love her books!) Next I will read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I would recommend A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny.

  36. Jenness M June 18, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’m currently reading Lord of Shadows. Next up is Camino Island by JJohn Grisham. I highly recommend Seal of Honor.

  37. Faye W. June 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    The Hunger Games is next on your summer reading list.

  38. Dan Kent June 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I am reading Far From True by Linwood Barclay

  39. joy June 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I am currently reading Dragon Springs Road. Next, I will be reading Her Every Fear. I highly recommend The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – thanks!

  40. Julie bolduc June 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I am reading a book called Eleanor & Park it’s about two teens falling in love it’s a page Turner

  41. Joey B June 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    1. Shift Work (Tie Domi)
    2. That “moneyball” one you mentioned
    3. Same book I always recommend: The Wealthy Barber

  42. dal legault June 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    war and peace

  43. Tanis June 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I’m answering these questions for my hubby since he will get the GC to use to buy a Kindle!
    1) The Brain That Changes Itself
    2) 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    3) What Doesn’t Kill Us

  44. Burcu June 24, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I am reading “Undoctored” by William Davis right now.

  45. brenda smith June 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I need to catch up on some new James Patterson books. Maybe Cross the Line.

  46. Rebecca Roberts June 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I’m currently reading Patricia Cornwall – Predator!

  47. Joni June 24, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I would recommend Gordon Korman’s books to everyone. Or maybe I only like them because i’m….childish?

  48. Laila I June 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I am reading Freakonomics right now! I love it

  49. wsiemens June 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Right now i’m reading Neil Degrasse Tyson – Astrophysics for people in a hurry, and definitely recommend it!

  50. Soozle June 27, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I am reading Bloodline in the Sigma Force novels

  51. Sab Edwards June 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Do your sons like to read? You should try the series Pendragon, very good, and quite a few books to keep them reading and intereted well past summer

  52. Lushka Smith June 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    My next book is going to be The Girl on the Train.

  53. Adam Steele June 29, 2017 at 12:06 am

    ‘Rich People Problems’ by Kevin Kwan is next on my list

  54. Michelle K June 29, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I would like to read – I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, by Kevin Hart.

  55. Eva Mitton-Urban June 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Currently too busy with work committments and school events for my son’s upcoming 8th grade completion to indulge in the delights of having uninterrupted reading time. Have started to peruse “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr will be on my summer’s list of solitude moments in my backyard. I would recommend “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman to your audience, great inspirational book.

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