My name is Jenn, and I direct the writing center and teach English at a local university in a small city in Texas, where I live with my husband (and his cat) and my Yorkie, Madeline. I have a love affair with fiction and classic film and Valspar paint and design blogs…and…and…

I guess I should also address the “picky” part of the title. Am I picky? Hmmm. I like to think of it as discerning. My friends may disagree. I pick books by their covers (sometimes). I hate leftovers, unless it’s soup. Movies? Classics are my favorite. Cary Grant – be still my heart. I once bought over a dozen paint samples for one room. Are we getting the picture yet? Good.

And a girl? Maybe I can’t claim that name anymore since I’m in my 30s, but my mom always said I was 10 going on 40, so I think I’ll hold onto it a bit longer.

  • Shane

    Good job, Jenn. Look forward to more.

  • Steve

    Very nice Jennifer. .very nice site. .

  • Sommer

    Very impressive Picky Girl! I love the name of the blog. Just got my book review magazine yesterday and they had a whole section dedicated to mysteries. It made me think of you.

    Anyway, I picked up the five year old and let him come to my school book fair this week. He picked out DIARY OF A WIMPY KID which is a novel that most of my students are reading now because of the upcoming movie. Of course he can’t read it, but we took some time today and I read the first thirty pages to him (don’t freak…the font looks like a kid wrote it so thirty pages is comparable to five regular pages). I found myself laughing and having to explain idioms to the five year old. “Mommy, what does it mean to take someone under your wing?” Ahhhh…I’m creating a genius…whoohooo! Of course, it got a little sticky when he was able to sound out the word moron. Well, I thought you would appreciate this tale Picky Girl.

    Keep up the awesome job! By the way, romance novels do absolutely ROCK! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Marlene

    I have to say, I am highly impressed! This blog is quite professional…though I’d expect nothing less. I enjoyed A Bit of Stealing on a Sunday very much, and the one about mystery writers as well…though ‘sweet mom’ that I am, I DO believe I’d have been quite capable of the task of choosing great reads for you when you were sick in Dec.! :0) Keep the posts coming, they are most enjoyable!

  • Just found you via a buddy on Twitter and had to stop in and say hello. English prof in Dallas here. I also teach online classes for some long-distance colleges and universities in my “spare” time (ha!). Glad to have found your blog.

    • Spare time – that is funny! So glad you stopped by, Andi. Nice to “meet” you. What sorts of classes do you teach?

      • I teach mostly freshman composition, but I also teach a Children’s Lit for education majors online. The last couple of terms at my full-time gig have allowed the opportunity for some more lit and writing: Literature and Film, Creative Writing. I love for those really fun courses!

  • Hi, nice to meet you !

  • just me

    Well, now I’m hooked. Bookmarking as we speak!

  • Ivan

    I love this pic.

  • Gorgeous photo! I need a more interesting profile pic. You’d think with a photographer for a husband that this wouldn’t still be an issue. Love your blog!

    • Haha! That’s the way of things for sure. This was actually a self portrait I did when I took a photography class as an undergrad. And thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      • You did an amazing job on your self-portrait. I apologize for the late reply. I’ve been swamped preparing for a conference. Hope to see you around campus soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi! I have been reading your reviews for a while now but I haven’t commented before.

    Love your blog name ‘The Picky Girl’! I wish I would have thought of it for my blog!

    Anyhow, I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award. If you want to accept it, check it out here,


    And it’s totally okay if you don’t want it. I’d understand. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Jenn – Thx for following me back on Twitter. I figured anybody who works with Holly Carey has got to be okay.

  • antricia tran

    Hi Jenn,

    What would you recommend to read for British or Scottish detective procedurals?

    • Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson are my two favorites. The Rebus series and Banks series. Such good stuff.

      Some people really like Kate Atkinson, and her books are ok but not my favorite.

  • antricia tran

    Yea, Peter Robinson is great. As for Ian Rankin, I will have to try. Have you heard of Mo Hayder (Jack Caffery), also a British author? She scares the bejejus out of me…but in a good way.