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Don't know what's wrong with me. I haven't watched Top Gear for two weeks running now and can't seem to muster the energy to really care. This hurts. I think it's partly that over the last couple of series its popularity has exploded and as it has, the presenters have become more and more caracatures of themselves. The fun stuff has become rather more forced than it used to be and it's rather lost its sense of natural daftness. But I still love James - still want to be James when I grow up - and I have been left with a permanent love of cars. To be fair, I've had the love of cars since I was tiny. I'm far from alone in being the only little girl who preferred playing with cars to dolls but I suspect there weren't as many who could identify so many at the age of about four. Then I lost it a couple of years later. I don't know what happened to my brain when I was a small child but I remember one day just not being able to remember the name for anything. "Airing cupboard" and "Ford Sierra" were two that I particularly vividly remember not being able to remember. And my love of cars lay dormant until I was at university and started watching Top Gear. I don't go as far as to remember much detail about the engines and the horsepower (except that the McMerc SLR is 626hp) but I have my opinions on a lot of them - the most unpopular being that I love the Nissan Cube. I identified quite a lot with James May at the time - I think most people who identify with a Top Gear presenter go with James - and it's all left its mark on me... but it seems I no longer feel any urge to watch it.

Today I have read A Study in Scarlet. About time too. Again I was astonished at its readability, considering its age. And yes, the Mormon section could, at least, have been shrunk down quite a bit. And I don't think I'll be recommending it to Jess, who is a Mormon. But the thing that really astonished me was how much of the framework remained in the BBC version from last summer. I think it could have been fun to see Gregson v Lestrade v Holmes but I can see why Sherlock had to be Sherlock v the police. Holmes himself isn't quite, at this point, the same Holmes he is in the short stories which is what I've read so far. This Holmes is quite bitter about letting the police take the credit for his work whereas later on he really doesn't care. I believe I'm quite looking forward to reading The Sign of the Four in the next week.
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1) The Liar - Stephen Fry*
2) The Blue Nowhere - Jeffery Deaver
3) Sabrina the Teenage Witch: A Novelisation - David Cody Weiss & Bobbi JG Weiss*
4) The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
5) Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
6) Blubber - Judy Blume
7) Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself - Judy Blume
8) The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
8) Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel - Eoin Colfer
9) Blood & Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause
10) Sit Down Comedy - Malcolm Hardee & John Fleming*
11) Walter's Wand - Eric Houghton
12) American Gods - Neil Gaiman
13) The Mountain of Adventure - Enid Blyton
14) All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye - Christopher Brookmyre*
15) The Coming of Age of the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer*
16) The Chalet Girls in Camp - Elinor M Brent-Dyer*
17) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle*
18) Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy*
19) Ruey Richardson at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer*
20) Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel - Eoin Colfer*
21) Theodora and the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
22) Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Compex - Eoin Colfer*
23) Love, Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli*
24) Upper Fourth at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton
25) Summer Camp at Trebizon - Anne Fine
26) Matilda - Roald Dahl
27) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - CS Lewis
28) The Witching Hour - Anne Rice

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1) Back Home - Michelle Magorian
2) In the Fifth at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton
3) Race to Dakar - Charley Boorman
4) Long Way Down - Charley Boorman & Ewan McGregor
5) Upper Fourth at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton
6) Third Year at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton
7) By Any Means - Charley Boorman
8) Clover - Susan Coolidge*
9) The Supernaturalists - Eoin Colfer
10) The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
11) Robin Hood - Antonia Fraser
12) The Dark - Marianne Curley
13) Merde Happens - Stephen Clarke
14) Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm - Enid Blyton
15) Riders - Jilly Cooper
16) Half Moon Investigations - Eoin Colfer
17) Circus Shoes - Noel Streatfield
18) Blood & Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause*
19) The Secret of Moon Castle - Enid Blyton
20) Smuggler Ben - Enid Blyton
21) The Vampire Armand - Anne Rice
22) Memoirs of a Master Forger - William Heaney*
23) Kursk - Bryony Lavery*
24) On the Ceiling - Nigel Planer*
25) Score - Jilly Cooper
26) Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky - Patrick Hamilton*
27) Mr Toppit - Charles Elton*
28) The Chalet School & Jo - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
29) The Vesuvius Club - Mark Gatiss*
30) The Chalet School and the Lintons - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
31) Lavender Leigh at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
32) Gay Lambert at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
33) The Devil in Amber - Mark Gatiss*
34) Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde
35) The School at the Chalet - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
36) The Chalet School and the Island - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
37) First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde*
38) Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
39) The Omega Threat - Mark Washburn
40) Kiss Kiss - Roald Dahl
41) Tickling the English - Dara O Briain*
42) Arripay - Rosemary Manning
43) Wicked - Gregory Maguire*
44) What Katy Did Next - Susan Coolidge

Books I started but didn't finish in 2009:

1) Jupiter's Travels - Ted Simon
2) Inkspell - Cornelia Funke (actually started 2008)
3) The Court of the Air - Stephen Hunt
4) Funnymen - Ted Heller (actually started 2008)
5) Murder or Mutiny - Pamela Stephenson
6) Underground England - Stephen Smith
7) Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie
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1) Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown
2) Pongwiffy and the Goblin's Revenge - Kaye Umansky
3) Torchwood: Slow Decay - Andy Lane
4) What Katy Did At School - Susan Coolidge
5) Bedknob and Broomstick - Mary Norton
6) Tales of Polly and the Hungry Wolf - Catherine Storr
7) The Secret of Killimooin - Enid Blyton
8) The Twins at St Clare's - Enid Blyton
9) The O'Sullivan Twins - Enid Blyton
10) Summer Term at St Clare's - Enid Blyton
11) The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend
12) The Deptford Trilogy - Robertson Davies*
13) The Rise and Fall of the Queen of Suburbia - Sarah May*
14) Airman - Eoin Colfer*
15) Anne of Avonlea - LM Montgomery
16) Twilight - Stephenie Meyer*
17) Torchwood: The Twilight Streets - Gary Russell*
18) Stardust - Neil Gaiman*
19) Torchwood: Something in the Water - Trevor Baxendale*
20) Torchwood: Trace Memory - David Llewellyn*
21) Anne of Windy Willows - LM Montgomery
22) UnLunDun - China Mieville*
23) Notes from the Hard Shoulder - James May
24) The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
25) The Perfect Hamburger - Alexander McCall Smith
26) Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
27) The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick*
28) The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
29) Seeing Redd - Frank Beddor*
30) The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud*
31) The Golem's Eye - Jonathan Stroud*
32) Ptolomy's Gate - Jonathan Stroud*
33) Before Green Gables - Budge Wilson*
34) The Chrysalids - John Wyndham*
35) A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
36) Long Way Down - Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman*
37) A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
38) The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
39) Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
40) Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer
41) Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer
42) Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel - Eoin Colfer
43) Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer
44) Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer*
45) Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf - Eoin Colfer
46) Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer* 
47) The Hockey Term at Trebizon - Anne Digby
48) The School at the Chalet - Elinor Brent-Dyer
49) The Queen's Fool - Philippa Gregory*
50) The Heart of the Dales - Gervase Phinn*
51) The Cry of the Icemark - Stuart Hill*
52) Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan*
53) The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie*
54) Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie*
55) The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
56) Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
57) The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde
58) The Practical Princess - Jay Williams
59) The Story of Dr Dolittle - Hugh Lofting
60) The End of Mr Y - Scarlett Thomas*
61) The Wednesday Wizard - Sherryl Jordan
62) The Sword in the Stone - TH White
63) Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie*
64) Race to Dakar - Charley Boorman*
65) By Any Means - Charley Boorman*
66) Long Way Round - Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman*
67) The Minutes of the Lazarus Club - Tony Pollard*
68) Torchwood: Skypoint - Phil Ford*
69) Torchwood: Almost Perfect - James Goss*
70) Watchmen - Alan Moore*
71) The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
72) 20000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne*
73) Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
74) The Named - Marianne Curley
75) Neuromancer - William Gibson*
76) Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
77) Inkheart - Cornelia Funke*
78) Princess Diaries: Ten Out of Ten - Meg Cabot*

Books I started in 2008 but will finish in 2009
1) The Court of the Air - Steven Hunt*
2) Funnymen - Ted Heller*
3) Merde Happens - Stephen Clarke*
4) Inkspell - Cornelia Funke*

*books I have never read before

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