What sums up 2012 for you? Was it the London Olympics? Prince William's jubilant smile on his impending fatherhood? Or the Jimmy Savile case and all of its disturbing fall out?

Maybe the news Barack Obama had secured four more years made your year? Or the somewhat smutty news that E L James's 50 shades of Grey is the fastest selling title and most quoted tome of the last 12 months?

And speaking of the explicit, the Tulisa sex tape was one of the most talked about stories of the year. The X Factor judge initially denounced the tape as "100% fake" - but later made a full admission via another video.

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Huffington Post UK's top ten stories of the year

The abduction of April Jones united the nation, with efforts to keep the five-year-old's face in the news continuing. Another youngster who had dominated the headlines is Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for the "crime" of promoting education for girls.

Whitney Houston's death in a hotel bathroom left the entertainment world in shock. A coroner ruled Houston had died from heart disease and the effects of cocaine use. The singer's funeral saw her coffin carried from the church to the strains of her own hit, I Will Always Love You.

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Meanwhile one of the other notable deaths of the year was that of the first man to walk on the moon - Neil Armstrong. The Commander of the space ship Apollo 11 died aged 82 after complications arising from a recent cardiac bypass.

According to our readers, these were the hard-hitters of the year. We've collated the stories and the pictures in one place - click through the slideshow and read all about it.

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  • Jimmy Savile

    The investigation into <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/jimmy-savile" target="_hplink">Jimmy Savile</a> continues more than a year after his death. Police have said the alleged catalogue of abuse could span six decades from 1959 to 2006 and involve 60 victims. Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis and a man in his 70s, reported to be former television producer Wilfred De'Ath, have been arrested and bailed as part of the probe. In November the force said it was dealing with around 450 potential victims, the vast majority of whom claimed they had fallen prey to Savile. Officers are looking at three strands within their inquiry: claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others.

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States, convincingly defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Addressing his supporters at a rally in Chicago in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Obama said Americans had <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/06/barack-obama-re-elected-president-of-the-united-states_n_2085224.html">"voted for action, not politics as usual".</a> Walking on stage with his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia and Sasha, Obama insisted: "The best is yet to come, but we have more work to do."

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/03/kate-middleton-prince-william-baby-royal-pregnancy_n_2231812.html">The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby,</a> it was announced on December 2. St James's Palace confirmed the news as the Duchess was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness. The royal couple sparked baby rumours a week earlier during a tour in Cambridge, after William accepted a romper suit from a well-wisher, telling her "I'll keep that."

  • 50 Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey has become <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/07/50-shades-biggest-selling-book_n_1751521.html?utm_hp_ref=50-shades-of-grey">the best-selling book of all time in the UK.</a> 5.3 million of us have bought either a physical copy or a more discreet e-book version of the novel that has been writing its own headlines (or producing its own parodies) for months. It has now sold more copies than The Highway Code - an astonishing feat for a novel that is primarily only aimed at 50% of the population.

  • April Jones

    The abduction of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/april-jones" target="_hplink">April Jones</a> united the nation with efforts to keep the five-year-old's face in the news continuing. April, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was abducted from the town's Bryn-y-Gog estate on October 1. Local man Mark Bridger, 46, was arrested the day after and his Land Rover Discovery seized for forensic examination. He was later charged with the abduction and murder of April and perverting the course of justice by disposing of her body.

  • Mo Farah at the London 2012 Olympics

    London hosted the 2012 Olympics, with Team GB scooping 65 medals, with 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze. Pictured is the 'Mobot' - the trademark move of Mo Farah. Well, unless you count 'running very fast' as a trademark move.

  • Neil Armstrong

    A notable death of 2012 was that of the first man to walk on the moon - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/neil%20armstrong" target="_hplink">Neil Armstrong</a>. The Commander of the space ship Apollo 11 <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/25/neil-armstrong-dead-first-man-in-space-dies_n_1830362.html" target="_hplink">died aged 82</a> after complications arising from a recent cardiac bypass.

  • Tulisa Contostavlos

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/tulisa-sex-tape" target="_hplink">The Tulisa Contostavlos sex tape</a> was one of the most talked about stories of the year. The X Factor judge initially denounced the tape as "100% fake" - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/21/tulisa-contostavlos-sex-tape-confession_n_1371312.html?utm_hp_ref=tulisa-sex-tape" target="_hplink">but later made a full admission via another video. </a>

  • Whitney Houston

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/whitney%20houston" target="_hplink">Whitney Houston</a>'s death in a hotel bathroom left the entertainment world in shock. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/05/whitney-houston-autopsy-white-powder-bath-spoon-mirror_n_1404811.html" target="_hplink">A coroner ruled Houston had died from heart disease and the effects of cocaine use.</a> The singer's funeral saw her coffin carried from the church to the strains of her own hit, I Will Always Love You.

  • Malala Yousafzai

    The 15-year-old was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for the "crime" of promoting education for girls. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/malala-yousafzai">Malala</a> was flown to Britain for specialist treatment at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital after escaping death by inches when the bullet "grazed" her brain on 9 October. Celebrities including <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/15/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-schoolgirl-shot-in-the-head-receives-song-dedication-and-stripteasefrom-madonna-_n_1966302.html">Madonna</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/malala-yousafzai">Angelina Jolie</a> have publicly thrown their support behind the teenager and there are growing calls for her to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.