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Sparrow Hill Road
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire
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Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Crossa man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didnt ask Rose what she thought of the idea. Its been more than sixty years since that night, and shes still sixteen, and shes still running. They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by Rose, a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming whats his. Shes the angel of the overpass, shes the darling of the truck stops, and shes going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, its not like it can kill her. You cant kill whats already dead.
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DGRachel
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I loved this. Sparrow Hill Road is kind of a ghost memoir - it's the story of Rose Marshall, a teenager killed by a jerk in his bid to stay young forever. Sadly for Bobby, Rose escapes before he can claim her soul. She's still dead, but as a type of road ghost, we get to follow along as she navigates the rules of being dead. I enjoyed the lore and Rose. Highly recommend if you want ghosts, not gore. #screamathon
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DaveGreen7777
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@JoScho Thank you for another boo-tiful #ManicMonday! 😁

📖 - “Sparrow Hill Road” - featuring my favorite urban legend ghost... the Vanishing Hitchhiker! 😱

🎥 - “Thirteen Ghosts” 👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻

🎶 - “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish 🤟

JoScho 👻🖤👻 4w
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DGRachel
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Not strictly book-related but today has been a good day. Work was busy, but not traumatic. I got one project finished and managed to make a good dent in two more work projects with only 30 minutes of work-at-home time. Did 3 rows on my 2018 temperature afghan. Started this audiobook, which I‘m LOVING, and now I‘m going to read a chapter or two of Trolls before heading to sleep. Here‘s hoping you all have a great week, too! 😘

Trashcanman So glad today was kind to you, I hope it lasts all week. 1mo
DGRachel @Trashcanman Thank you! I hope you are doing well, too. I‘m always rooting for you. 😘 1mo
Trashcanman @DGRachel Thank you, truly. I am today was a tough day but I'm better as a whole. It surprised me when people say things like that. I Thank you. 1mo
Freespirit Sounds like a good day! 1mo
DGRachel @Freespirit It really was! @Trashcanman I‘m so glad you are doing better, even with rough days. ❤️ 1mo
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Momma_Jo
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"Sometimes, all a dead girl can do is stand up and take responsibility for the things that gather in the shadows."

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Momma_Jo
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Some early morning reading before I have to head to work at six. It's nice and quite with everybody else asleep. Well all except the Meowgi.

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Branwen
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire
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It rained early today so tonight is slightly cool, not too hot. Perfect weather for sitting on my balcony reading about hitch hiking ghosts! 😱👻💕📚 I'm really loving this so far. It's the perfect blend of spooky and awesome. Plus, you know...Seanan Mcguire. 😍💕

DaveGreen7777 YAY!!! I‘m glad this book is a good one! 😀 2mo
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 Yes! I finished it last night and absolutely loved it! Thank you, my friend! 😀💕📚 2mo
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Branwen
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Happy September and happy Sunday, littens! 🍁🍂🎃💕📚 It's rainy and chilly today, so I'm relaxing in my book room with my cozy blanket, snacks, tea, and books! Such a perfect day! 💕📚

Liatrek Looks very cozy😊 2mo
Branwen @Liatrek It really was! I could have sat there forever! 😊 2mo
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Branwen
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I'm so excited that tommorrow is the first day of September! I really love this time of year! 🍁🍂🎃 Here are the books I'm going to try and read within the next two months. I've got vampires, witches, faeries, and ghosts represented! The Strand is going to be an awesome buddy read starting Halloween weekend with some fantabulous littens! I'm reading the tagged book first because it was a present from the marvelous @DaveGreen7777 last year! 💕📚

DaveGreen7777 YAY!!! I‘m always so happy to see one of my gifted books to you in a Litsy picture! 😁 2mo
Ruthiella Great thematic stack! 😍 📚 2mo
Branwen @Ruthiella Thank you so much! 😊💕 @DaveGreen7777 Yay! I'm so glad! I can't wait to tell you what I think of it! I started it earlier today and really like it so far! I didn't realize until I looked today that it's by Seanan Mcguire who I absolutely LOVE! Her Wayward Children series is fantastic! 😍💕📚 2mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Rose Marshall is hitchhiking across the country, acting as a guide to those who die on the road, all while trying to keep ahead of the man who killed her.

Y'all I love ghost stories so much!

I loved how it felt like an exploration of how a story shifts and changes as it's told, while also building this amazing other world.

It felt a little disjointed at times, like tumblr posts collected together. But I will be picking up the sequel! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

Clare-Dragonfly Oooh. I didn‘t really like the one Seanan McGuire book I read (first in the Toby Daye series) but this sounds so good… 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I love your “like tumblr posts collected together“ - I feel THAT writing vibe! 3mo
LibrarianRyan I much prefer the paper back cover to this one. It's nice, butttt 3mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff @Clare-Dragonfly I‘d highly recommend it! 3mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff @TheAromaofBooks It took a bit to get used to, but I actually ended up enjoying it! 3mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff @LibrarianRyan I had to look that up and damn! I would have paid extra for that cover! 3mo
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toofondofbooks
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Fun ghost story. I enjoy Seanan McGuire.

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Cailey_Mac
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‘Most of what we know about the life and death of Rose Marshall, often referred to as “the Girl at the Diner” or “the Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road,” is circumstantial and unclear. We have verified the dates in this document to the best of our ability, but as most of the participants are deceased, we are unable to swear that all the dates are accurate.

Cailey_Mac *continued* Of this much, we are sure: Rose Marshall lived. Rose Marshall died. And as of the time of this writing, Rose Marshall does not yet rest in peace. 4mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire
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Argh!!!😒 It's book 2. Now I have to get book 1.

SaturnDoo Uggghhh I hate when I do that. 5mo
kyraleseberg I read this book first and it did well explaining the story, enough that I wasn't lost! 5mo
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BookishTrish
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire
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Mehso-so

I liked the world and the characters. The episodic structure sometimes made it hard to feel compelled to read it when so many other books are trying to pull focus. I‘ll read the second one for sure. I think I‘ll like it better now that I know what to expect.

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BookishTrish
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It‘s #after8 AM

jpmcwisemorgan Yes, it is. It‘s almost lunch time for me and I don‘t want to eat any of the food I own. 8mo
Stacypatrice Your mug is adorable 💛 8mo
ladym30 ❤️the owl! 8mo
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

The book was organized into connected tales: true stories, ghost stories, campfire stories and scary stories. Decent world building, interesting characters, and everything you needed for a ghost story, but in the end nothing really resonated with me. Someone else might love it, but it was meh for me.

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SW-T
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A different kind of ghost story.

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Rudis
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#literarylove #soulmate There are two sets of soulmates in this story, and watching them interact is a lot of fun, and is most of the heart in this urban fantasy novel.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Fun cover!!! 9mo
AJBowers Oooh look at that cover! 👀👀👀 9mo
vkois88 It sounds good, and I agree that the cover is pretty cool 9mo
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rjsthumbelina
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire
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I loved the world-building,just like everything she ever writes.Her worlds are always so intricate that you almost have to believe that it's real!I enjoyed it,but felt kinda like the first 2/3 were prequel short stories,which I guess were necessary to introduce the characters and let the reader know about the past,but it didn't feel like a cohesive story until the last third.I also didn't like that time was not linear at all. Will continue series

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rjsthumbelina
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We're getting so close! It's very difficult to finish an audiobook when 2 people that work full time are listening to it together - even though we had 2 days off together (Christmas almost didn't count though- we were going from family to family). Anyway, this book is written a little differently from Seanan's others, but still includes her flair for intricate mythology, which is what I love most about her work

DGRachel I think this is the book of hers that I have in print. It was recommended by a local bookseller. Someday I‘ll get to it... 11mo
rjsthumbelina @DGRachel I know that feeling! I love her October Daye series and her Wayward Children series both. So good. This one still has the really intricately developed mythology behind the stories that I love, but the plots tend to jump all over the place, which is a little jarring. It probably would make more sense in print than in audio 11mo
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rjsthumbelina
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire

Was listening to this one with my husband around, and accidentally got him sucked into it, too! Good thing we're both off today and tomorrow! Now he understands why Seanan is one of my favorite authors 😉

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Aaronlisa
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I have been in such a reading slump. This book was one I could not put down. I liked both the character of Rose and the mythology of her world.

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CorLostForWords
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Seriously, the more I read, the more I fall in love with Seanan McGuire‘s writing. She has this habit of making you become so emotionally invested in the characters/book. Her writing is so atmospheric and just, intensely awesome.

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CorLostForWords
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Two of my favourite things.... books and #RoryWilliam. Loving this read so far!

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CorLostForWords
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Someone FINALLY fell asleep so I can start in on this book. I have been waiting impatiently to start it. 😊

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Rudis
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What to say about the ghost girl? Her stories were that odd mix of “want to read faster” and “read slow to savour” that means I slip into the world of the book for an evening. Seanan McGuire shows once again why she‘s very quickly become one of my absolute favourite authors - everything she writes is golden.

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howlinglibraries
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A power outage in the middle of summer means a car ride for A/C, and a new read for #24in48, because I‘m feeling #spooky. 🖤 👻 #seananmcguire

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jpmcwisemorgan
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Finished! This is, to me, the ghost story version a fairytale retelling. It takes myths and legends AND GHOST STORIES and tells the story of one of the ghosts. If you ever told a ghost story, listened to a ghost story you should read this book. It‘s a wild ride with some neat little twists, especially at the end. Those we meet in life and death truly are important. Bittersweet but worth it.

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jpmcwisemorgan
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Does the book look sad? I ran out of lunch and there‘s still almost half a book and I‘m sad that I can‘t keep reading.

DGRachel Oh no! Glad you aren enjoying it, though! 1y
8leagueboot Been there! It will be waiting for you on the other side! 1y
jpmcwisemorgan @8leagueboot I‘m trying to get there as fast as I can! 1y
jpmcwisemorgan @DGRachel @8leagueboot I finished! It was almost unputdownable. 1y
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jpmcwisemorgan
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire

I stayed up too late reading and now I‘m at work and all I can think of is getting back to this book. It‘s good, and a super fast read. It‘s a ghost story but not scary (so far). It take urban legends and ghost stories and creates a story that ties them together. For anyone looking for a spooky read for October that‘s not going to scare the living daylights out of you, this might be a good fit.

DGRachel The assistant manager at Barnes and Noble brought me this book when she went to the back to pull a new release I was looking for, saying based on the other books I was buying, she highly recommended it. Nice to see Litsy love for it, too! 1y
jpmcwisemorgan @DGRachel I‘m distraught that my lunch is over! I‘m over half-way done now and I can‘t stop!! 1y
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jpmcwisemorgan
Sparrow Hill Road | Seanan McGuire

Holy biscuits! This starts out so sad. I‘m reading this because I have access to an ARC of the second one and I thought I‘d better know what I was getting into.

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DragonsChilde
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I would be chilly if I were alive, instead I'm freezing because I'm dead.

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Abby-J
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This is one of the best #ghost stories I've recently read. As the plot moves along, it explains at categorizes types of ghost in American urban legends. Rose, the main character, is a hitchhiking ghost. #OctPhotoChallenge

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EmilyVA
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Bit slow at times, but an interesting world.