Cory Doctorow--I am embarrassed to say the only one of his books I've ever actually read is Little Brother. And I didn't understand most of the technical jargon. But it was still SO GOOD. And I find him an interesting person ... heard him speak at ALA and have read blog posts. Don't always agree with his opinions but I still find them interesting.
Jennifer Donnelly--seriously. Both of her books. So good! Sad for sure, the first one especially. But must reads.
James Dashner--The Maze Runner series. Creepy FUN. I have had an ARC for his first 13th Reality book for a while now. It keeps getting put down the To Read list because I own it. I am sure this is not what the publisher had in mind. But ... publishers! I'm not like that any more. I didn't have a blog when I first got the book! I promise I won't do that again and now I've let the cat out of the bag ... :X
Dumbledore. Ah, Professor Dumbledore. [SPOILER] How sad we were to see you go.
"In fact, being - forgive me - rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger."
"There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."
"We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on."
(Quotes found here)