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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is about my favorite books that aren’t “written” like a “normal” book. So, graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Mine will be all manga but that’s because I haven’t read many graphic novels or comics and I also just recently got into audiobooks. Some you may not know due to the fact that most I’ve found translated on the phone app MangaRock (no, this is not sponsored). But let’s just get into this!
5. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
So, I put this as #5 because I haven’t actually finished this one yet. I remember watching the anime first and falling in love so I started reading the manga.
It’s a story about a girl named Yuki who goes to a school that has two separate groups of people who take classes at different times of the day. There’s the Day Class-which Yuki is a part of-and the Night Class. Yuki and the guy, Zero-who was pretty much raised by the same man who has raised her for the past 10 years-are the guards of the Night Class.
When I read this manga back in the day, I remember it being a nice jumble of action, drama, romance, and a bit of comedy. I keep meaning to reread this manga but I think I’ll get it in physical form before I do that.
4. Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi
Ugh. Dengeki Daisy is a manga that I actually ended up reading with my brother. I would adore seeing this being made into an anime. Actually, as I was looking at the author’s GoodReads page, I noticed that she wrote another manga that I adored, Beast Master. I just wish there was more to that one.
This manga follows Teru, a high school orphan. She has been communicating through text with “Daisy,” an unknown person who was sent to protect Teru by her brother before he died. After breaking a window, Teru ends up working under the school janitor.
This manga is so in depth in compared to many manga that I’ve read. There are so many different things going on in this manga that it’s mind blowing. It’s more than just a romance. The author took great care in creating elaborate back stories to each and every character. I definitely would read anything that she releases.
3. Say I Love You (Suki-tte Ii na yo)by Kanae Hazuki
This is another manga that I read with my brother. I also watched the anime with him. I had read this before he did and before the anime came out. We both ended up watching the anime without realizing it. We got talking and he read the manga along with me rereading it. We would text each other as soon as a new chapter came out.
This manga follows Mei, a teenage girl who has spent her life alone. She wasn’t the type to try making friends during school and kept to herself. That is, until she accidentally injures Yamato. Then he takes it upon himself to become her friend.
This manga was both hilarious and adorable. Once again, another I want to reread. I’m so glad that manga are quick, easy reads for me. I have so many I want to reread.
2. Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu by Kotomi Aoki
Ugh. I just can’t with this manga. This little piece of work hit me in every single feel I have. Well, had before this manga destroyed them all.
I read this manga so long ago that for a while I forgot the name of it but remembered the general story of it. I don’t want to spoil anything and I feel you should just go into this blind. If you want to cry like a little baby several times because of both happiness and depression, this. Read this. I recommend this to everyone.
1. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Fruits Basket has been one of my favorites for such a long time. I just started reading it again the other day. I love this manga and the anime. I wish the anime had gone farther into the story, though. It ended before you even figure out a huge part of the manga. That’s one reason I would recommend the manga over the anime.
This follows orphan, Tohru. Her mother had died in a car accident and after a few months and several circumstances, she ends up living in a tent in the woods. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s living on the land of the most popular boy in school, Yuki. After running into him and even more circumstances, she ends up living with him and his uncle and cousin. But, the Sohma family has a deep secret that Tohru just happens to find out.
This manga has so many different characters that have such different lives despite the fact they are from the same family. It’s so interesting going through each character and discovering their back stories.
I hope you liked this list and I hope that you check out one or more of these if you haven’t yet! If you haven’t noticed, I adore romances (or in the manga world, shoujo). If you have any recommendations, please let me know! Also, list your top 5 non-written novels in the comment section even if they aren’t romance!
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