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The BEST 20th Episode Ever : "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes"

Updated: Jun 23, 2020



I can hardly believe that we have recorded twenty episodes! Thank you for your support as we put ourselves out into this crazy world.


This week's episode is all about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This episode is FULL of spoilers. We start our discussion off by telling what our Covey names would be... what's a Covey name? It's the name of a ballad and a color. Here are ours...


Sarah - Constellation Yellow (based off the song "Constellations" by Ellie Holcomb)

Mandy - Free Yellow by (based off the song "Free Fallin' by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Katie - Tennessee Orange by (based off the song "Tennessee" by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors)

Holly - Clair de Blue based of the song "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy )


Book club discussion questions


1. Tigris and his "Grandma'am" are always projecting onto Coriolanus that he will someday be the president of Panem and that "Snow always lands on top." How do you think this impacted his thought process? Do you think it helped or hindered him?

Did you ever find yourself sympathizing with Coriolanus?


2. “If the people that were suppose to protect you played so fast and loose with your life then how did you survive? Not by trusting them, that was for sure. And if you couldn’t trust them then who could you trust?” Snow said this right after Dr. Gaul had Clemensia bitten by the snakes. Have you ever felt like this with our government? If so, what might be a solution to the problem?


3. Dr. Gaul talking to Coriolanus after he comes out of the arena : "Who are human beings?" This section of the podcast Mandy read from a portion of the book.


4. “On the whole I think we are right about needing order.” -- Corio to Lucy Gray Lucy Gray in reply : “The Covey believe you are put on earth to reduce the misery not add to it." Do you think the Hunger Games are right? Discuss order and its place.


*Grading Scale

A - All Good

B - Better than most

C - Could have been better

D - Disappointing

F - Failure on all levels


Ratings for this book

Mandy- C

Sarah - C

Katie - B

Holly - B

Ideas for hosting a book club for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes


Location - Recreation of the hob, Small local bar/restaurant with live music

Activity -  Make something resourceful (like Tigras did with the shirt) Get random ingredients and try and make a yummy meal out of it. Create a ballad for your life :P 

DécorWhite Roses 

Attire - Redesign one of your old outfits into something awesome ; Snake dress

Favor - Lavender Soap

Food - Cabbage Soup, Boiled Potatoes, Bread, Butter, Squash, Pie, Sandwiches, Lamb Stew with Plums

MusicFolk music

Favorite quotes from the book


Nothing you can take from me was ever worth keeping”  Lucy Gray


If history teaches you anything it’s how to make the unwilling comply”  Professor Crispos Demigloss ( We didn't get a chance to talk about this on the show but look out for some social media posts about it this week.)


You’ve no right to starve people, to punish them for no reason, no right to take away their life and freedom. Those are things everyone is born with and they're not yours for the taking. Winning a war doesn’t give you that right, having more weapons doesn’t give you that right, being from the Capitol doesn’t give you that right. Nothing does.Sejanus Plinth


Show Notes


Enneagram ( Podcast Episodes #17 and #18)

Dolly Parton's America

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eger (Podcast Episode's #11 and #12)

Upcoming Books


Mandy's Next Book: The Guardians by John Grisham


Sarah's Next Book:

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd


Katie's Next Book:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Holly's Next Book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

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