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, its one Ill go back to again and again.
Alice Wignall, Features Director
Ive just finished the must-read of the summer, How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. Witty, fearless and true, its 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 havent had a holiday yet so The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna has not been given the lounger time it needs. Its 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
Im reading Woody Allens 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. Im also dipping in and out of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foeras a result, Ive given up meat and feel Im having an adolescent moment.
Emma Sells, Online Fashion Features Director
Ive 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. Theres something very co More