The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson- Book Review

When your book matches your nail polish!

I flew the coup for some much needed rest and relaxation recently. My goal once I arrived at my destination was to move just enough so that no one thought I was dead. I brought The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson with me for some poolside reading.

The Star Side of Bird Hill is set mostly on the island of Barbados. It tells the story of the trials and triumphs of the women in a family from the point of view of the matriarch, her daughter, and the grandchildren.  In 304 pages Ms. Jackson poetically addresses mental illness, sexuality, religion, and the bonds of family.

I liked the book a lot and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read. This is the author’s first novel, but hopefully not her last. You can check out her website here.

What are you guys reading now?




  1. Mango and Fudge
    October 9, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Sounds like a good book – I love the Illustration and of course the nail polish match. Lol you sound like me on a normal day … I have not been reading much of anything latelty, which is a shame – the last thing I did look through was "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" e-book – it was good :)I hope you've been enjoying yourself :)!

    • Of the comely
      October 11, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      I loved the illustration too. There were a couple of reviewers on Amazon that thought the cover was garish. I couldn't disagree more. I'll add that one to my list. So many books, so little time 🙂

  2. Machachu
    October 10, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Sounds nice, I will have to check it out. Right now I'm reading "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 🙂 x

    • Of the comely
      October 11, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      Hi Machachu. Welcome! My mum and sis have both read that book. Did you like it?

  3. ahhhsoNeo
    October 11, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    I thought the nail polish was part of the book cover – great shot. Unfortunately haven't had the time to actually read a book, rather than just to find books to read – eep.

    • Of the comely
      October 11, 2015 / 10:56 pm

      LOL! Thank you. They matched perfectly, and I pinkie swear that I didn't plan it. I've had some months where I didn't have time to pick anything up so I know the feeling. When you do have some time try this one. I think you would like it.

  4. Chic Therapy
    October 12, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    I just picked up reading again. And I am currently reading The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami.

  5. Chic Therapy
    October 12, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    So my local library has the book you are currently reading. Will pick it up tomorrow!!

    • Of the comely
      October 13, 2015 / 3:19 am

      Let me know if you like it Chic Therapy. I loved Colorless by Murakami but then I read The Wind Up Bird Chronicles and it gave me such a headache I decided to take a break from his books. How are you liking The Elephant Vanishes?

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