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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel) | Suzanne Collins
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakeswill revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.
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kellyannprz
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Hurricane Fiona already has us with no electricity. Days for reading and staying safe✨

Bookwormjillk Thinking of you all in the path 2w
Bookwomble Hoping the storm passes over you safely 💖 2w
Meshell1313 Oh no. Stay safe! 2w
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kellyannprz
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Audiobook + book = 💛

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kellyannprz
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Another one my best friend lend me. Let‘s begin✨

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persephone1408

Did you guys see?? There is a teaser trailer on YouTube. Supposed to come out some time in 2023.

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Skyrimir
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I started this one when it came out and didn‘t get far. Figured I‘d give the audiobook a try. I would have loved to know more about Finnick, a young Haymitch, Mags. I‘m not sure why Collins chose to write about Snow, of all people. I don‘t really care about all these capitol characters.

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catrionataylor
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Mehso-so

I loved the hunger games books so thought I‘d give the prequel a try! Overall, I loved learning more about the world of Panem and how the games came about, but some of the story felt a bit rushed and confused. However, I do always find it impressive when I want to keep reading even when I don‘t like the main character!

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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨I loved the hunger games series so may have been looking for more. There was not as much adventure and danger. It does give you the prequel background that is helpful. I didn‘t hate it, but I was hoping for more which obviously it can‘t really do because there is three other books with the more.

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Roary47
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Already finished two books today. Started the tagged audiobook hoping to continue audio cleaning today while the kids are playing outside with the door open. 😊 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 7mo
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Alexx.Harperr
Mehso-so

I was excited to read this as it offered a much more nuanced and 'historical' view of the lesser-developed hunger games period. I enjoy this book 85% of the time, sometimes it felt as though the author tried too hard to make Lucy 'the mysterious quirky girl' and some parts seemed unfortunately rushed, plus I honestly didn't like the ending, but it's a quality read that I say people should give a go.

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thewallflower0707
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Mehso-so

This would have been better if we got multiple perspectives (e.g Tigris and Lucy Gray) or maybe even different timelines (e.g Snow at 18, when he rises to power and when he is president). What didn‘t help the book is the change in YA, nobody wants to read Dystopias anymore.

I would have loved a small chapter with Katniss & Peeta after the end of Mockingjay.

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#HungerGames

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Donna1980
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I love a good origin story and was curious as to how Collins would portray a young Snow. Surely the arch villain was always evil, right? Well yes but also no, at times I found myself feeling some sympathy towards him but ultimately his choices made it hard to feel this for long. The book lost its way in places but I enjoyed it for the most part & I loved the ending which hinted at just what the future Snow would become. Snow lands on top!

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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book93
We didn‘t need a book about the boy who became President Snow, but I'll read anything Suzanne Collins writes, especially if it's in the Panem universe. I loved all of the small details that nod to elements from the original trilogy, and the main heroine of this book was almost as compelling as Katniss Everdeen. The thing I liked most about this book, though, is that Collins didn't try to make the reader root for or feel bad for Snow.

Texreader Brilliant review. I was on the fence about reading this one but you‘ve convinced me. 11mo
GondorGirl Honestly, I liked this one a lot more than the trilogy (though I loved those books too). This did such a great job of showing off an incredibly dysfunctional human, without giving a dramatic story for how he became evil. He was just a horrible person regardless of what happened. 11mo
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Linsy
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The #13 always makes me think of District 13. This wasn't my favorite of the series, but if you're a Hunger Games super fan, you'll definitely enjoy this President Snow backstory! 🐍🐦

#triskaidekaphobia #littensdressedinblood
@MidnightBookGirl

Libby1 I liked this one. 12mo
Linsy @Libby1 I did too! I just got bogged down between sections and would put it down for large stretches of time in between. I just didn't feel the same addictive pull as the original trilogy. 12mo
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Dallin
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I found this book long and boring at times but I did enjoy it. I love how much more it adds to the hunger game‘s. I love the development of Snow‘s character.

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persephone1408
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#falltreasures @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Day 26: Bird on Cover
The first one I think of is the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, but there are so many books with birds on the cover 🐦

Eggs Well played !! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐦📚🙌🏻 12mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Bailedbailed

I really liked The Hunger Games trilogy, but couldn‘t get through this one. Oh well.

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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

While I think there were other prequels that I would have liked to read more, I did really enjoy the story of young president Snow.

I loved the story and Lucy Gray. I also found it interesting to see how the hunger games changed during the course of the book, into something resembling what we see in the original hunger games book. And while it isn‘t stated, I like to think that Lucy Gray is a relative of Katniss!

This is my #BookSpin for July

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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TheSpineView
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Pickpick

I liked but didn't love. Just not the same caliber as the original series. I did enjoy learning about Snow. Now I know how he ended up being the person he was. 4 stars for the book. However, the narration was terrible. It lacked emotion. A computer could have done just as well. 2 stars for the narrator.

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imabusybee
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Pickpick

It only took me a year to finish. I recommend the audio

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ladybean0814
Bailedbailed

My only DNF of 2021 so far

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MeJeMiller
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t need this book. Yes it‘s a good background book for the main trilogy but I‘d rather had a book about Katniss‘ parents. Did a lot of skimming the second half of the book

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LaraS
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A friend of mine pointed out how Collins totally name dropped a few times with old poets and songs in Songbirds & Snakes, cementing the fact that the HG is, in fact, our world in the “near future“, and not some alternate universe. I didn't pick up on that first time I read it.

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LaraS
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Re-reading this as a buddy read! 💚 💙 💛 💜

Gorgeous artwork from here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CCT3JcahQ62/?epik=dj0yJnU9SC1SZlhLQlRYWTVpUlAxVUNLQ2...

AkashaVampie Beautiful artwork!!! 1y
LaraS @AkashaVampie Right? I love searching for fan art whenever I start or finish a book, people are so creative! 1y
AkashaVampie @LaraS they are!!! 1y
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Tera66
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#Maycharacters
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#Manipulates
This made me think of Coriolanus Snow A.K.A President Snow from The Hunger Games. The ultimate manipulator from the beginning. The tagged book is the prequel to the Hunger Games where we learn his story and how he came to be the monster he is.

Eggs Fascinating character/prequel!! 1y
Tera66 @Eggs Agreed! 1y
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Bibliophile004
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This is Suzanne Collin‘s prequel to the Hunger Games series. It gives a background on President Snow. Not only was the book very well written, it ties in elements you learn about again in future hunger games books. The evaluation of future President Snow is fascinating. Must read for any Hunger Games fans !!

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passionliv22
Mehso-so

The pacing in the beginning was perfect! But after that it was downhill from there with question upon question. Don‘t get me wrong, it definitely made me like Snow more but I just don‘t think we needed this book in the series!

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Jovy
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Panpan

Another one of those books that didn‘t need to be written. It took forever to finish and didn‘t really make me appreciate why Snow is the way he is. Can I just get Finnick‘s story? Or Haymitch. Either one would be lovely.

#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView That's a bummer! 1y
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Anoukeboek
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Mehso-so

I didn't know I could hate Snow more! In that way, it was a good book. We really learn how Snow became the way he was in The Hunger Games saga. Although it was nice to have more insight in how the Games and Panem came to be, I did find this book to be too long. Tigris was a nice add though, especially her bond with Snow. A lot of things fell into place, but I wouldn't read it again.
(🎧 - audiobook)

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Coleen
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I mostly liked this. It was great to be back in the world of Panem. And as much as I wanted to hate Snow, he really wasn‘t such a bad guy, until he was. That was my biggest problem with this book. He seemed to change almost overnight and that just didn‘t flow right for me. But still...not a bad book. I don‘t think it deserves some of the bad reviews it‘s gotten.

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MommyOfTwo
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Umm.... a veterinarian for humans?!

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peanutnine
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Mehso-so

I bought this book when it first came out last year and read the first 2/3 in a few days but then hit a point that I just lost interest. I finally picked it back up again recently and it was still a fight to finish.
In the end I thought it was interesting to see Snow's backstory and get more insight into the history of Panem and the Games. But knowing what his character becomes, it was difficult to watch it happen 🙈

LibrarianRyan I agree. This was a big let down. I would have much more preferred to read at the 10th anniversary of the games with meg. that was what I originally thought this was going to be. I didn't want to see Snow humanized. Or feel even a tad sorry for him. It's like this book tried to show you he wasn't always bad, but nope. Didn't work for me. Here is hoping it doesn't get a movie. I think the Hanging tree song was my favorite part. 2y
peanutnine @LibrarianRyan yes I enjoyed the origin story and meaning behind the song the most. I was reading a discussion board where someone suggested that maybe Katniss was a descendant of Lucy Gray, who managed to survive and pass down the song to her son. I thought that was an interesting take. But I definitely did not enjoy being made to sympathize with Snow throughout. He made so many awful decisions that were so self-centered 2y
LibrarianRyan @peanutnine I had not heard the Lucy thing but that is an interesting thought. 2y
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ReadingIsMyHobby
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So after a long reading slump, I‘ve finally finished this book. It was good. Definitely not what I was expecting, but not in a horrible way. It was nice to have a prequel to read on this series.

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peanutnine
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Happy Caturday! 🐱❤️
Finally getting back to this book after a long hiatus. Camo is keeping me company 😻

#catsoflitsy #camothecat #currentlyreading

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Smlambert725

“Sometimes he would remember a moment of sweetness and almost wish things had ended differently. But it would never have worked out between then, even if he‘d stayed. They were simply too different. And he didn‘t like love, the way it had made him feel stupid and vulnerable...”. #February2021

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Amoon
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Didn‘t hear about this book till this year. It‘s a prequel to the Hunger Games that follows the life of C. Snow (president in the Hunger Games). We learn so much about the origins of the Binger Games. It reminds me of Episode 3 of Star Wars. We knew Darth Vader was evil years ago, but Episode 3 showed us his origin story. Just read it will be a movie. I liked it, but found myself skipping over long song lyrics

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Mehso-so

Eh, decent story. Rushed ending though. About what you'd expect with a prequel but worth it if you're an avid hunger games fan and want to learn more about president snow

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Smlambert725
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Two of life‘s most simple pleasures. Snuggled up with a puppy and a good book ❤️

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KaylaJM
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Pickpick

A little slow in the beginning but loved it in the end, made me want to re-watch the movies and then read this again!

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em_books
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Another pick for me! I‘ve seen so much hate for this book because it didn‘t meet the high standards that the HG trilogy gave everyone... but I really enjoyed it! It was an excuse to dive back into the world of Panem, to see how the games were created, to begin to understand the perspective of Snow! He‘s a confusing and unlikable character - that‘s the point! I recommend it to anyone who wants to return to Panem without unrealistic expectations.🖤

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Exbrarian
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Pickpick

My least favorite of The Hunger Games books. There are still stories from this world that I would like to read, but this one never moved me.

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jenniferajanes
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Pickpick

Whoa! What a backstory for President Snow. I‘m glad I read this, and I do have a better understanding of Snow, but I‘m not going to pretend I “enjoyed” the story. It rattled me!

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BrettH
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The Ballad of songbirds and snakes takes an otherwise boring young Coriolanus Snow and makes him have a story worth reading. Mrs collins successfully made the worst possible character into an interesting and captivating story. I am only half way through and I can‘t stop until I am finished.

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TheSpineView
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#JumpIntoJanuary @Eggs
Prompt: Green Cover

My girl Bella is posing with one of my books with a green cover.

BiblioLitten Bella😍 2y
Leftcoastzen Awwww so cute!🐶 2y
Powered_By_Plants Beautiful girl ❤️ 2y
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Eggs Bella is Beautiful 🖤🖤 2y
TheSpineView @Eggs Beautiful and spoiled! 2y
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Powered_By_Plants
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Thank you @eeclayton ❤️ #twofortuesday

⭐️ Has to be Coriolanus Snow aka President snow later in the hunger games , even when we learnt a little about his background , his poor upbringing and loyalty for his family there may have been a flicker of compassion but it didn‘t last long 😂 you just knew he would do anything to be on top 😈
⭐️ ooh both but maybe plot just a smidge more!

Fancy a go @LoydaElionora @Mishu94 @Kimberlone @ozma.of.oz

TheSpineView I have not read The Ballard of Song Birds and Snakes. It is on the list though! Thanks for playing! 2y
Ellies_Books06 Thanks for the tag 😊 I haven't read this book, but the plot is very important for me to like a book. Otherwise I'll get bored😉 2y
ozma.of.oz Thanks for the tag! ❤️ 2y
eeclayton You're welcome ☺️ I've never read any Hunger Games books, but I keep running into references to them, so I might give them a go. 2y
Powered_By_Plants @thespineview if you liked the HG it‘s a must , it‘s not as fast paced but I loved hearing about the earlier hunger games 🤩 @eeclayton aww yes definitely do! Even if you have watched the films you get a different feel with the books , it really captures katniss and peetas relationship better . If you haven‘t seen the films even better!! 🤩 let me know if you do read them. 2y
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Nic3
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Enjoyable

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jlowery999
Mehso-so

Ok so we (HG fans) all know how this character turns out, right? So you're like ... but HOW? I'm finished the book and I'm still wondering. He went from confused teen to complete psycho ridiculously fast. I wanted this to be more of a character building story so I could understand the mind of Snow. I'm left scratching my head a bit. All that said, I'll never turn down a return trip to Panem.

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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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1. My dad really fostered my love of reading, introducing me to classic sci-fi & fantasy. The best compliment my husband ever gave me is that I rekindled his love of reading for fun! 🥰

2. We do! Tagged book is last one my husband and I discussed.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2y
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MoMogrl
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Pickpick

Still not sure how I feel about this. It was enjoyable, but I still feel we don't have a full understanding of Snow from it. I am having a hard time putting in to words my feelings about it. Still a pick, but not completely what I was expecting.

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Kris10H
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I LOVE the Hunger Games books, and flew right through them - twice! This one...meh. Even in his youth, his vanity and self-centerdness make him difficult to empathize with. I was hoping this novel would help me to understand how President Snow came to be; that it would show some redeeming qualities; that maybe it was his life experiences that made him sour....
So far, nope.
Should I bail? About 1/4 done.

BookwormM All the things you hate are what I enjoyed I loved that Collins didn‘t try to make Snow sympathetic 2y
Kris10H @BookwormM I think I have a need, in general, to understand why people are the way they are. I guess it's an unfortunate reality that some people are just rotten for no discernible reason, so my problem with the book might be more about my expectations than about the book itself. 2y
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