A Very Vicious Venture

Happy Monday, and welcome to our first amble through the alphabet!

A banner reading, "ABC BOOK CHALLENGE" in a white box, against a blue background.

Last week, Sara @ The Bibliophagist showcased the ABC Book Challenge, which I thought would be such fun to take part in this week. Of course, last week’s letter was U, which makes this week’s letter V. Which I found, uh… vastly vexing! But enough verbiage: let’s get into what I managed to scrounge up, shall we?


The cover of Eric Carle's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, featuring a stylised caterpillar with a green body and a red head.

ALRIGHT, we actually have a few good ones here! Please no judgment on the fact that these are technically all kids’ books – kids’ books rule.

First off, we have The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from C.S. Lewis‘s classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. While it’s no The Silver Chair or The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Voyage is still a magnificent, rollicking journey full of adventure and life lessons. Not to mention that it’s got dragons, talking mice and sea travel! Plus it introduces the most odious character, Eustace Clarence Scrubbs, and I just have to commend good ol’ Clive Staples for giving this tedious kid a name that perfectly encapsulates his personality at the start of the book.

Next is Margery Williams‘s The Velveteen Rabbit, and guys, I had no intention of crying on a Monday morning (okay, this is a lie – doesn’t everyone cry on a Monday morning?), but good golly did my revisitation of this book cause some emotion. Just so we can all cry together, let’s revisit this part of the book, when the Skin Horse is talking to the Rabbit about being loved by children:

Pages from inside the book The Velveteen Rabbit, picturing the Rabbit talking to the Skin Horse.
An excerpt from the book The Velveteen Rabbit, with a quote from the Skin Horse.

Yes, yes; I’m teary again. I blame this book and the Toy Story franchise for convincing me that my toys were actually alive when I was a kid.*

Finally, we must mention The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, simply because this caterpillar’s appetite is as voracious as my own and it makes me very happy. I mean…

Images from the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, picturing the collection of food the caterpillar ate his way through: an apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, 5 oranges, a slice of cake, an ice cream cone, a pickle, a slice of cheese, a bratwurst, a lollipop, a cherry pie slice, a sausage, a muffin and a slice of watermelon.

*and by “kid”, I mean that I’m still fairly convinced that they live and breathe…


Hmmmm. This I found a little more difficult, but here are the titles that caught my eye:

What a wild smattering of books, huh? V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd has been a must-read for a while (I haven’t watched the movie either… oops!); on the other hand, Villette by Charlotte Brontë is a book I’d never heard of until today. I actually read the first chapter or two of Paulo Coelho‘s Veronika Decides To Die when I was in high school and remember being intrigued by it. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre sounds like a horrifying yet possibly necessary read.

Now, just for fun, an additional two categories:


Here, I’m gonna go for my girl Viola Eade, of Patrick Ness‘s Chaos Walking fame. She’s badass, she’s smart and tough, she’s sensitive and resilient. I think she and Todd are so cool that I convinced Kyle to read the series and he’s busy narrating his way through all the books: see here, here and here!

An illustration by Kae, picturing Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, characters in Patrick Ness's trilogy Chaos Walking. Todd is sitting in a window frame and Viola is sitting on a bed against the window frame. Their faces are obscured and they have their arms wrapped around one another.
“His Noise says my name.” How lovely is this fan artwork by Kae?

And finally…



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Alright, alright – I think I’ve exhausted the letter V, and now I’m off to vanquish the rest of this Monday 😉

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