Winter Warmers blog hop

Once upon a time, a wonderful writer and blogger named Blue was tagged in a blog hop called the Summer Sun Award. Because Blue is a rebel, she decided to go along with the blog hop, but when she tagged people to participate she flipped it on its head, renaming it Winter Warmers.

And, in a great sense of irony because it actually is summer here next month, she tagged me. 😉

Favourite song with winter in the title or lyrics.

Confession: I could only think of Winter Wonderland when I pondered this question. And it’s ok, but not my favourite. Then I thought, hey, maybe I could make the question “favourite song about winter or Christmas”. Then I chose White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin, which (when I listened to it as I was preparing this blog post) made me cry.

Gee, thanks, Tim. :p

Ironically, it’s about an Australian Christmas anyway — white wine in the sun might not go down so well at Christmas in England. Which makes it about summer. I’m a rebel like that.

Favourite book about winter

My most recent favourite would have to be The Memory Game by Sharon Sant. It’s not about winter, per se, but winter plays an important role.

Here’s the blurb:

18741309If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.’

Weeks after fifteen-year-old David is killed by a speeding driver, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his schooldays bullying.

Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.

Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…

I should warn you, though — this book made me cry like a baby!

Favourite “hot” winter film

I’ve been sitting here thinking and thinking, and I’ve got nothing. I’m just not a film person. The only cold scene I could even think of from a movie that I love is from Fellowship of the Ring, where they try and cross the mountain, and Legolas is showing off by walking on top of the snow.

So I’ll say pass to this question and lose a point. And know that once this post is up, I will think of ten or twelve different answers.

Favourite winter memory

Duns Castle. My future home.

Duns Castle. My future home.

In 2011, we went to Scotland. It was a scorching Australian summer here, so we arrived in the depths of a northern hemisphere winter. All the locals thought we were barmy for choosing that time of year to visit, but that’s alright. Besides, we stayed in a castle for four nights, and who wouldn’t love that? It would’ve been perfect if it had snowed, but it held off till the day we left.

That being said, what’s not to love about a roaring fireplace someone else has stoked when it’s freezing outside?

I also have an enduring memory of driving along a country road through an area where it had snowed, and seeing a tree totally covered in snow and ice crystals. It was breathtaking.

Favourite winter holiday destination

Somewhere warm. Unless it’s a castle.

What books will be in your suitcase this winter?

Well, given winter is just over six months away, that depends how slowly I read. It may be something on these shelves.

My to-be-read shelf has conducted a hostile takeover

My to-be-read shelf has conducted a hostile takeover

I’m also certain I’ll be reading and re-reading some of my own books in the interim, because Isla’s Inheritance comes out in the Australian spring, so there will be ALL OF THE PROOFING TO DO!

And I tag…

Stacey Nash

Katie Teller

Emily Mead

Karen Soutar

Lauren Spieller

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