A cry for help

It’s been a while since I had time to read, and now that I’m sitting down and tearing through my backlog, I’m realizing how much awful, cliche-driven tripe there is out there. It’s been ages since I ventured into the SFF section of the bookstore and now I seriously need a roadmap. Guys? What are your favorite authors/books that I just have to try? Or even something non-SFF but completely awesome?