Take E.L. James, for example. Her Fifty Shades trilogy, which originated as Twilight fan fiction, was given a wide release in paperback and electronic formats to popular acclaim. The racy content caused more than one library to close its legs in modesty and temporarily ban the trilogy.
The book hype won't end this year with James' trilogy. Here are some other books that are bound to make waves (a few of which already have).
'Barack Obama: The Story' by David Maraniss (June 19)
Maraniss' book is getting press for its portrayal of a younger, marijuana-smoking President Obama. However, that's not the book's sole focus. It will also go into other chapters of the president's life, including his pre-political years.
'Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure' by James Patterson (Aug. 6)
The final book in Patterson's young adult Maximum Ride series will conclude the story of The Flock, a bunch of kids who are genetically changed into being part-bird. Will the last book in the series do justice to the eight-part story?
'Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox' by Raffaele Sollecito (Sept. 18)
Sollecito's book release will precede that of his ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox, which is not scheduled for publication until next year. The Italian will go into his prison time for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a conviction which was overturned.
'The Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling (Sept. 27)
Rowling hasn't published anything since 2008, when she released The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Now fans will have something brand new to read, something totally unrelated to the world of Harry Potter. The book is more than 450 pages long, but, as was the case with each of the Harry Potter books, it probably won't be enough to appease Rowling's voracious fans.
'America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't' by Stephen Colbert (Oct. 2)
Colbert is at it again. This book will come on the heels of his more recent release I Am a Pole (And So Can You!), a story about a pole who wants to find his true pole role (warning: That book was not for children, even though it's short and has a blurb from late children's author Maurice Sendak).
'Celebrate' by Pippa Middleton (Oct. 25)
Liked what you saw of the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister at the wedding of the decade? Well, you won't get more of that in her book, but you will get party-planning ideas. Her parents do run a party-planning company called Party Pieces, so it's fitting that they extend their outreach to the world of publishing.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel' by Jeff Kinney (Nov. 13)
It seems as if everyone's favorite Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley will be affected by middle school drama and romance in Kinney's latest installment.