A Belated Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Life caught up with me and I didn’t get a chance to do a 2009 wrap up post!

I still wanted to write a short post about new things coming up on Jenn’s Bookshelves:

  • Reading more books from my TBR piles!  This year, I vow to be a bit more selective when accepting review copies.  My poor TBR piles are about to collapse and I need to pay some attention to them!


  • My son, John-John, will be launching a new feature entitled “Tales of a Reluctant Reader” in which he will focus on books that interested him, as a reluctant reader.  I still need a button for this feature.  Anyone willing to help out? Also, if you are a publisher or author with a book geared for reluctant readers, John-John is accepting review requests! Simply fill out the Review Request Form.


  • I was recently diagnosed with pigmentary dispersion syndrome.  It’s a mild form of glaucoma.  Basically (if you don’t want details skip the rest of this!) the pressure build-up in my eye is causing the pigment to fleck-off and drift into the black part of my eye.  In addition, I also have a small rupture close to my optic nerve.  I go back to the dr. on the 18th for more tests and to discuss my options.  More than likely, I will have a procedure in which they use a laser to create a small “vent” to help alleviate the pressure.  If this doesn’t work, I will have to use eye drops to alleviate the pressure.  What does this mean? Lots of dr. appointments and not a lot of free time.  So, publishers and authors, if I have agreed to review your book, please be patient with me.


Ok, I think that wraps it up!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

6 Responses to A Belated Happy New Year!

  1. So sorry to hear about your eye problems. I think we tend to take our eyes for granted until we have problems with them.

    I’m so excited about John-John’s new feature!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. Eeek! I hope your doctor(s?) can figure things out quickly. I love that John is now accepting review requests.

  3. Florinda
    Twitter: florinda_3rs

    Oh, that eye problem sounds worrisome. As someone with severe myopia and astigmatism, things that could affect what vision I have always make me anxious. Good luck – I hope it responds well to the treatment!

    And I’m trying to be more attentive to my own TBR stacks this year too. We’ll have to see how that goes :-).

  4. It’s so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I’ve recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, “Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers.”

    I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

    My blog, Books for Boys http://booksandboys.blogspot.com is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading. And I have a new book, Lost Island Smugglers, coming out in June.

    Keep up your good work.

    Max Elliot Anderson

  5. Good luck with the eyeball! Is it just one eye, or does it affect both?

  6. Happy New Year Jenn. I can’t wait for John-John’s feature. Fingers and toes crossed about the eyes..