John Irving. I always buy, but never read, his books as they come out. I'm obsessively afraid that I'll never be able to read one of his books again for the first time (and there is nothing like the first time!). What if he dies? Or stops writing?!
Ashfall - Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.