New Year's Eve 2008. It's frigid in NYC, with snow flurries and a biting wind coming down from the north, and tonight, with the wind-chill factor, it's supposed to get down to -10 to 0 by midnight. I'm getting ready to greet the new year with a nasty cold and am not looking forward to going out tonight. But, here I am in NYC, with reservations at a restaurant near Times Square for dinner with my daughter, her boyfriend, and another couple, so have no choice but to go out. Thank goodness for Emergen-C! And my Ugg boots, down-filled puffy coat, and long johns.
Last book of the year was The Wildcats of Exeter, a medieval mystery set in around 1088, featuring Ralph Delchard, head of the Royal Commission investigating land disputes for the King's Domesday Book. It's the 8th book in the series, and I've enjoyed all of them pretty much equally. A light, easy read.
First book of 2009? Probably The Secret History by Procopius, about Julian and Theodora and their court, or perhaps The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar. Not sure yet. I went to The Strand in the East Village the other day and picked up five books ~ the three I just mentioned, plus The Gettysburg Gospel and The Ruby Tear by Suzy McKee Charnas. I love that place, even with the crowds and the sauna-like heat of the interior and the difficult to maneuver shelving "system."