Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Freebie
Essentially, pick a topic you didn't get to do when it was posted originally. I decided to go for February 15th 2017: Favorite Non-Written Novels
Where do I begin with this one?
Lumberjanes follows a group of best friends that are attending a scout camp. Not your typical kind of scout camp, they aren't sat around making fires and toasting marshmallows. Okay, sometimes they do that. But for the most part they're fighting off yetis, riding on were-bears and battling three-eyed wolves. The art is phenomenal, for the most part the team was led by Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the hit comic Nimona. By far one of my favourite series I've read to date. And they did a cross over with Gotham Academy.
I love Giant Days because it fills a glaring hole, one that spreads across literature. There are hardly any novels/comics/manga set a University level. WE NEED THESE. The only other one I can immediately think of is Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. Giant Days follows four girl that share a flat and they're all as different as night and day. Throughout the series different issues students face are brought up and explored, for example there's a character that has never had a drink before uni, there's one that gets slut shamed all sorts of, occasionally unfortunate and common experiences. If you're starting Uni or have been I think this is a great series to give a go.
This is such a wonderfully weird series. I describe it every time as the film Orphan meets Wreck-It-Ralph's Sugar Rush Kingdom. Gertrude made a wish when she was a little girl that she could go on a quest. Turns out she sucks at them. Thirty years later she's still trying to find a way home. Trapped in the body of a child a very bloodthirsty and angry Gert is still trying...and failing to get home. This series is so bloody but because it's like a fluffy candy floss land it doesn't feel like it. There's also very little real swearing, Gert has her own words instead. I adore this series. I try and get everyone to read it.
Think of this like the grown up version of Lumberjanes. The Rat Queens are a group of binge drinking, battling and bad ass girls that fight monsters on the regular to earn money. The four girls: Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. They are so fun to read from but I also love the panels and arcs they have alone. In each volume we learn more about each character individually which enhances the story so much overall.
Chew is possibly even weirder than I Hate Fairyland....if that was possible. In this alternate universe chicken is now illegal and a controlled substance according to the FDA. As a result there is a chicken black market and a lot of murder. Enter Tony Chu, a detective with the FDA who has a rather unique ability. He's a Cibopath, when he tastes a food he can see where it has been. It's really useful, provided he doesn't mind having to nibble on a corpse in order to crack a case... Yeah. It's that weird. READ IT.