Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2012: Books

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Top 5 Fiction Titles of 2012
“Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon
“NW” by Zadie Smith
“This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz
“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
—Naomi Huffman

Top 5 Books of 2012
“NW” by Zadie Smith
“A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers
“The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker
“HHhH” by Laurent Binet
“Treasure Island!!!” by Sara Levine
—Kelly Roark

Top 5 Fiction Releases of 2012
“This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz
“A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers
“The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker
“Hope: A Tragedy” by Shalom Auslander
“NW” by Zadie Smith
—Eric Lutz

Top 5 Chicago Literary Blogs in 2012
Gapers Block Book Club
Windy City Writers
Bookslut 
Literary Chicago
Harriet
—Naomi Huffman

Top 5 Annual City-wide Literary Events in 2012
Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago Zine Fest
Printers’ Ball
Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Story Week Festival of Writers
—John Wawrzaszek

Top 5 New Vampires in Bookdom
Witches
Skin Walkers
Dauntless
Faeries
Shadowhunters
—Kelly Roark

Top 5 Books No One Knows You’re Reading on the Kindle
“50 Shades of Grey”
“50 Shades Darker”
“50 Shades Freed”
“Twilight”
Anything by Ayn Rand
—Kelly Roark

Top 5 “Holy” Exclamations in “50 Shades of Grey”
Holy crap
Holy cow
Holy shit!
Holy fuck
Holy hell
—Kelly Roark

Top 5 Quotes from “50 Shades” That Aren’t What You Think
“I feel giddy and I tremble all over” (holding hands)
“As if on cue, I blush. Crap!” (someone eats a muffin)
“No! my psyche screams as he pulls away, leaving me bereft.” (coffee date is over)
“Oh shit…. How long is this going to last?” (throwing up)
“My heart rate spikes instantly, and I hear the blood pumping in my ears.” (checks email)
—Kelly Roark

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