Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books for Readers Who Like Manga/Graphic Novels (Especially in the Shoujo Genre)

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Hi everyone! Once again, I’m participating in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is actually Ten Books for Readers Who Like _____, so it was really left for the blogger to choose this week’s theme. Since it’s rare to get this opportunity to make up your own topic for the weekly feature, I thought it’d be fun and different to talk about books most of my readers don’t read, manga (or graphic novels)! And, I guess, some could argue that manga/graphic novels aren’t books, but I don’t care, I still think they are.

Oh, and if you click the image, it leads you a page called myanimelist, which is basically the equivalent to goodreads for someone who loves to read manga or watch anime. And if you hover over the pictures, they should all be sourced/cited to where I got the original image since these aren’t my photos (well except for one).

Anyway, here goes!


28714-sb2_superSkip Beat!
by Yoshiki Nakamura

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo

This one is my favorite and the art is gorgeous! It’s about a girl named Kyoko, and she follows her childhood crush to Tokyo. There she helps him achieve his dreams of becoming a singer and actor, but he dumps her after a couple of months. So to seek revenge, she decides to enter the acting industry herself to show him how much more successful she will become without him in her life. Kyoko goes through a lot of character development as more volumes are released, and there’s some great humor too!


cvr9781421538235_9781421538235_hrKamisama Hajimemashita
by Julietta Suzuki

Genre: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance, Shoujo

The protagonist, Nanami, becomes homeless after her father abandons her. She then meets and helps a man named Mikage, and he allows her to stay at his residence. When she arrives at his “residence,” she learns that Mikage was a god and has now passed on his powers to her as a human diety. At Mikage’s shrine she comes to term with her newfound gifts, and grants the prayers the shrine-goers give with the help of the shrine spirits and her familiar (bound servant), Tomoe. Kamisama Hajimemashita is very cute and incorporates mythology.


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by Ai Yazawa

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of Life

This one has a really unique storyline despite it being in the slice of life genre. Two girls, in their 20s, both named Nana meet by chance on a train going to Tokyo. Both have trouble defining their identity and deciding what they want for their life. Despite being so similar, they are very much different. There’s a lot of life lessons incorporated in each volume. And there’s a heavy emphasis on relationships and finding one’s self. The art is also beautiful in a unique way. Oh and fun fact about the manga: the author decided to go onto permanent hiatus after a crazy cliffhanger, so it’s never finished. She pulled a Stieg Laarson, but she’s alive. 


official-calendar-chihayafuru-33037555-500-709Chihayafuru
by Yuki Suetsugu

Genre: Drama, Sports, Josei

Chihayfuru is pretty unpopular among the non-Japanese readers because it’s not fully released in English just yet. I learned a lot about Japanese poetry and some history from reading this one though. It’s about a girl, Chihaya, that loves to play Karuta, a card game about the 100 Japanese poets, and she’s determined to one day become the Karuta Queen (a real title). Karuta is a game of mental will and physical ability. Some even consider it a sport because of how much physical strength you must use. This one is really interesting to read, and the art is beautiful as well. There’s also character development and a very realistic love triangle (seriously, I’m not joking).


Vacvr9781421508221_9781421508221_hrmpire Knight
by Matsuri Hino

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Supernatural, Romance, School,  Shoujo

Definitely not the best manga out there, but still one that’s close to my heart since it was the first one I read. And, I still find it better than Twilight. It’s about a human girl named Yuki, and she’s one of the Cross Academy’s guardians. Cross Academy is a school her adopted father made to a create liaison between both human and vampire students. There’s a lot of plot twists, and at first the storyline is intriguing but, eventually, the story drags.


303544Claymore
by Norihiro Yagi

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Shounen

Claymore has a lot of action, blood, and gore, but I actually liked it (horror is usually not my cup of tea though). Claymores, are “silver-eyed witches” that help eradicate yoma, or gut eating demons. But these claymores also have yoma blood in them, so the more they use their yoma powers during fights to become stronger, they get closer to “awakening” or becoming a yoma themselves.


KaichouwaMaidSama_vol01_CoverKaichou wa Maid-sama!
by Hiro Fujiwara

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

This one has a fun and lighthearted storyline about a girl named Misaki. She’s bright, witty, and headstrong but she’s also prejudiced against males. Much of her skepticism is due to her dad leaving her family at a young age. And because of the absence of a male figure, she takes it upon herself to work part time jobs to support her family. One of them being at a maid cafe. She’s embarrassed to disclose her job at school because she’s respectable and gives off a strict demeanor.


2388d3f9b75da8f973e86d75f88f21061409893140_fullAkatsuki no Yona
by Mizuho Kusanagi

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo

Yona, the daughter of the late king, becomes a fugitive after her father is murdered. She decides to embark on a journey of learning about her kingdom. In the process, she also seeks the 4 dragons that used to serve the legendary Hiryuu, her ancestor. It was interesting to find a lot of Korean names and influences in this. There’s some action, and a lot of humor. I’m actually currently reading this one, so I thought I’d add this to the list.


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by Maki Minami

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

Special A is about 2 best friends that have always been competitive in academics, sports, and life, but eventually find themselves falling for each other. It’s nothing too special, but I still really enjoyed it. There’s a lot of character development, and displays a lot of friendship and loyalty.


IMG_2316Sailor Moon
by Naoko Takeuchi

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Shoujo

Basically my childhood (along with Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Naruto). That is all.


Any thoughts? I would love to know if you’ve read manga before (or watched anime), or if you found one of these interesting!

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44 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books for Readers Who Like Manga/Graphic Novels (Especially in the Shoujo Genre)

  1. Kimberly @ Come Hither Books says:

    Such a fun Top Ten Tuesday topic to be able to choose anything. I love that you chose manga. It’s a genre that can be very intimidating for a beginner. A guide is so valuable.

    I read a lot of graphic novels, but have only ventured into manga a few times. For anime, a few as well. My favorites so far have been Chi’s Sweet Home or Death Note for manga and Cowboy Bebop for anime.

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Hi Kimberly, thank you for checking this week’s list! I’ve seen the Death Note anime, but that one’s on the more dark side. I haven’t heard of Chi’s Sweet Home or seen Cowboy Bebop, but I’ll be sure to check it out! I definitely recommend Skip Beat if you want a lighthearted one, it’s really great. I know I didn’t give the manga justice through my short synopsis, but it is ranked for one of the highest for a reason. Also, there’s a believable love triangle that isn’t frivolous, and it’s more about the protagonists journey as a actress than the love story! I also love good character development. And the art is so beautiful. So, if you ever decide to give another manga a try, maybe consider checking that one out! 🙂

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      • Kimberly @ Come Hither Books says:

        Chi’s Sweet Home is perfect if you’re a cat lover/owner. It’s the story of a little kitten who gets lost and finds a new home. The illustrations will make you smile in recognition if you’ve ever had cats. It’s the series I pick up when I’ve had a bad day because it just makes me happy.

        What I like about Cowboy Bebop is the way they use music in the show. It’s a science fiction setting, but it uses a different style of music for each episode, from jazz to classical to heavy metal. The music ties into the plotline or featured character so perfectly that it always adds a dimension to the story I wouldn’t have seen without the music. I’ve never seen a show that did that before (anime or otherwise) and it made me fall completely in love with the show from the very beginning.

        I will give Skip Beat a try. Thank you!

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        • sumlynnnguyen says:

          Aww, I do adore cats (or any furry animals), so I’ll make that one my next manga read (along with Attack on Titan, since it’s so popular)! I also love anime because of the soundtrack and musical scores. The music in Cowboy Bebop already sounds unique in comparison to the other animes I’ve watched, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it! Thank you!

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Ahh, but it’s just so awesome! At first I thought, “Oh no, not another girl who becomes depressed because her somewhat boyfriend dumps her…” but the protagonist really exceeded my expectation of being a whiny girl. She actually becomes a strong and frightening heroine driven by revenge, which is a refreshing change. Also, there’s a unique plot, well done cliffhangers, a realistic love triangle (which doesn’t dominate the plot), and just gorgeous art. I would definitely give it a try. I also was intimidated by how many chapters/volumes were released, but it’s so good I found that I didn’t mind. I honestly can’t say enough good things about it. And yeah… I stopped liking Vampire Knight halfway reading it.

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      • Erika says:

        Yes I have heard good things about Skip Beat. I may pick it up when I know it’s going to end soon.haha I usually prefer it when a manga either already ended because I can be very impatient. I hate waiting for new scantalations to come out. Then again I haven’t read manga in awhile so I may consider it on my to read list.

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        • sumlynnnguyen says:

          I totally know what you mean, I feel that way about any form of entertainment (like tv series, that’s why I marathon and look like a panda for days). Definitely add it to your TBR list, and you can pick it up whenever you’re in a mood for manga. 🙂

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  2. Maca says:

    Nana is something I am scared of reading. >_< I've watched the anime and it made me depressed for months. But it's a good story and I might read it someday. I love Skipbeat too, though it's too long. haha. I just finished reading the final volume of Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie In April) . 🙂

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Ahh, yeah, that’s an anime I loved because it had some (kind of) life lessons entwined in the story line and it’s pretty realistic. Also, the bond between the Nanas is both sweet and heartbreaking to read and watch. And I would refrain from reading that one to be honest, because the author decided to leave her readers in suspense with a huge cliffhanger. I believe she’s been on a hiatus for 5 years since she last updated the manga. So we’ll never know how it ends, which makes it worst. Thanks for checking this week’s list! I enjoyed looking at your Coming-of-Age book list, they were great!

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Oh and I really want to read or see Your Lie in April! I’ve heard great things, and I’m a sucker for those great soundtracks. I really enjoyed La Corda D’oro as well, and that’s what YLiA reminds me of. The plot wasn’t that awesome, but the classical music in the performances are well done (I actually play the piano, so I enjoyed hearing the pianist that played all the Chopin pieces).

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  3. Trisha Ann says:

    Heard a lot of good reviews about Claymore. Sounds to me like shadowhunting stuff haha. If you’re being a little brave for some action/fantasy anime, I recommend Attack on Titan and Psycho-Pass 🙂

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  4. kamifurr says:

    I love Manga and Anime! I even attend our Anime Convention every year. I haven’t read or watched as much as I’d like. There is so much to choose from. I want to read Vampire Knights!

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Wow, that’s so cool! To be honest, I haven’t really read that much manga (explains why everything is shoujo on this list, haha). And Vampire Knight is good up to a certain point (for me at least), I also felt the same way about Sword Art Online. Thank you for visiting! ^.^

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  5. Mallory @ The Leaning Tower of Tomes says:

    I haven’t read any manga, but I’ve watched a bit of anime. Vampire Knight got on my nerves after a while with all the angst, oh my lord. I couldn’t finish the second season. But I adored Maid-Sama! and Special A. (Ouran High School Host Club was another really fun anime I loved.) They cracked me up and I stayed up waaaaaaaay too long into the night binge-watching them. 😀

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      I don’t blame you about Vampire Knight, but it was the first anime and manga I saw/read so I think I’ll always include it in my top ten even though I know it’s not that good. And if you loved those 2, I think you’d like Special A! It’s also in a school setting and there’s some light romance, no love triangles.

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  6. Ardelia says:

    I read manga once. I borrowed one of my cousin’s books. It was weird at first, reading from right to left and from the back of the book to the front of the book. I thought it was pretty good, though. It was definitely a refreshing change.

    Admittedly, I didn’t think that comics/manga/anime were literature, but I took a class in college that explored comic books as literature. That totally changed my mind. I think it’s completely possible to write and study manga as literature.

    This was a great, unique post. Thanks for stopping by!

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      It is very different. And I actually don’t read manga too often, because I still have a hard time adjusting on how to read them. And I used to think authors took forever releasing their sequels to books, but mangaka take even longer because of the illustrations. Also, I think I don’t take enough time to appreciate the illustrations, so I feel guilty when I read them too fast. And for the longest time, I thought so too! But sometimes it’s fun to read some fluff manga. even though the story line lacks depth. Also the art makes up for it, it’s always breathtaking. So I think I have a greater appreciation for it as art than literature. But I thought it’d be more fun considering them as literature for this week’s post! Thank you! 🙂

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  7. Stephanie A. Allen says:

    I’ve only read a couple graphic novels, and zero manga. I don’t understand people who don’t think they’re “real” books, though. I mean, they have a story, just like “real” books. The stories are just told in a different way.

    Also, I know that teachers are starting to use graphic novels more to help students who struggle with reading or are learning English, because having pictures along with the text helps with their reading comprehension. And I read an article recently about using comics in history classes. Take that, literature snobs!

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      That’s a very valid point! I think it’s a great way for kids to start learning to read, it’s just a more complicated picture book! You should definitely consider trying some manga sometime, they’re fun to read as well. Thank you for visiting, I really enjoyed your list! I love strong heroines, and Tamora Pierce books were the books I mentioned I had on my TBR list.

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  8. sumlynnnguyen says:

    That’s a very valid point! I think it’s a great way for kids to start learning to read, it’s just a more complicated picture book! You should definitely consider trying some manga sometime, they’re fun to read as well. Thank you for visiting, I really enjoyed your list! I love strong heroines, and Tamora Pierce books were the books I mentioned I had on my TBR list.

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Sailor Moon is definitely a fun and nostalgic one for me. Thank you for taking the time to visit, Alex! ^.^ I really enjoyed your last week’s post on fairy tales (I can’t believe it’s already almost Tuesday again)!

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  9. mylittleemo says:

    OMIGOD JUST WHEN I THOUGHT WE COULDN’T SHARE ANY OTHER SIMILARITIES, I SEE SKIP BEAT ON YOUR LIST! Skip Beat is literally my all time favorite shojo. I’ve read and watched all the released stuff I’ve been able to get my hands on. Literally nobody I know actually recognizes this series and all of my friends tend to avoid shojo so I can’t really make them watch it. 😦

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      OH MY GOSH, NO WAY! Well that’s better than my friends, most of mine don’t even read manga or watch anime. I don’t indulge too often since I’m still in school too, but it sucks to not have anyone to fangirl with. Yay, now I know who to run to! 😉 It is my all time favorite as well. I usually only watch/read shoujo though.

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  10. imaginativefaith says:

    I used to read manga and watched anime all the time in high school but then tapered off in high school. I only kept up with reading Naruto because the series end came up last year and I wanted to know how it ended. I’ve had trouble getting back into a series. The one about poetry sounds interesting since I like poetry.

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Chihayafuru, the anime, is slow to get into at first but it’s a great story. There’s a lot of character development and the soundtrack is wonderful! I hope you like it! (And, WOW, Naruto sure has a lot of volumes!)

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