We, however, are taking the longer daylight hours and slower pace of the season as chances to delve into some much-anticipated books.
Here are the pages into which the ELLE team is escaping, one outdoor reading session at a time...
- Jenny Dickinson, Acting Editor
- ‘Everyone should read When God Was a Rabbit. I read it in four hours straight a few weeks ago. The story of a sister and her brother, told against the backdrop of world events, it’s one I’ll go back to again and again.’
- Alice Wignall, Features Director
- ‘I’ve just finished the must-read of the summer, How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. Witty, fearless and true, it’s both a call-to-arms and an, at times surprisingly moving, account of growing up female and what it means to be a woman in 2011.’
- Carrie Gorman, Online Editor
- ‘I haven’t had a holiday yet so The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna has not been given the lounger time it needs. It’s been slow-going and I almost lost interest entirely but at around page 150 I broke through to find a rich and romantic tale from war-torn Sierra Leone that deserves a couple of days’ full attention on a sun-bed.’
- Emma Smith, Beauty Director
- ‘I’m reading Woody Allen’s The Complete Prose. I love his turn of phrase and the fact that I wear a mildly amused look on my face while reading it, always. I’m also dipping in and out of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer—as a result, I’ve given up meat and feel I’m having an adolescent moment.’
- Emma Sells, Online Fashion Features Director
- ‘I’ve been struggling to get into most of the books I pick up of late so I decided to revisit a well-thumbed favourite: Pride and Prejudice. There’s something very comforting about reading something that you’ve already consumed many times before—not to mention a book that reminds me of both happy GCSE English lessons and Colin Firth. And, let’s not forget, it’s really, really good.’
- Kat Webster, Online Picture Editor
- ‘I’m trying to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It’s a philosophical novel which explores human values through a 17-day motorcycle journey. I’m still very much in the first stages of this book, but if you want to challenge the way you think about even the simplest of things, then give it a go... I’m kind of hoping it gives me a bit of clarity at times.’
- Emily Cronin, Online News Editor
- 'Without a summer holiday in sight, I’m travelling via bookshelf. First up was The Lovers, in which Vendela Vida’s protagonist makes a lushly haunting pilgrimage to the Turkish coast. Now I’m onto The Rules of Civility, which crackles with that mix of potential and romance unique to New York. Add in a Holly Golightly-type mag assistant as the snappy heroine, and it’s un-put-downable.'