Bored and looking for a manga or manhwa to read? Then you've come to the right place. I've read a lot of manga, several hundred books. A good majority is Shounen/Seinen, but you'll find some great Shoujo/Josei mixed in. My list may not appeal to everyone, but I have a feeling everyone can find something they like here, as it's a pretty wide selection.
There may be minor spoilers ahead about basic plots and settings! These are all the books I've enjoyed, and would rate at average or above. Nothing below average from my collection was added to the list. My favorites have stars, and they are highly recommended. :)
*Usagi Drop - A salary man ends up with a little girl who was his grandfather's daughter. How can this single bachelor with a heavy workload and little money deal with this crazy toddler? A rather realistic slice of life book that is compelling all the way through.
Ai Ren - A very downbeat, depressing tale of a young man and young girl who are both destined to die for separate reasons living in a deadly futuristic world, and attempting to enjoy the last moments of their lives. I'd suggest you only read this when you're already in a down mood, or it can bring you down pretty quick.
*Battle Royale - Every year, one class is selected at random to be thrown on an island to fight to the death. Many will be forced to enter the island...but only one can leave. Who will it be? Is there any way to escape this one way ticket to death?
Billionaire Girl - A great romance tale that is regrettably only five chapters long. It's a very touching tale about a young girl with a lot of money, but no real friends or life. Is it too late for her to learn about the world around her? Or will people only care about her because of her money?
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai - Several weird outcasts at a high school band together so they can discover the thing that is most mysterious to them.."friendship". Together, they create a club about making friends, and have many fun activities together.
Btoooom! - Similar in many respects to Battle Royale, again a group of people are thrown onto an island to kill each other. A few important differences, the island and weapons used are based on a FPS game; all the combatants are equipped with bombs. And the reason they're all on the island is because someone close to them nominated them; some family member or close friend chose them to die.
*Gokukoku no Brynhildr - Long ago, a boy had a close friend who attempted to show him aliens. Years later, someone who looks just like her reappears in his class. Is it her? And why does she deny any knowledge of the girl or him?
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko - This one is rather ecchi in a funny way. A magical cat statue by a tree has the ability to take something you don't want away, and pass it on to someone else. When a boy who pretends to be a respectable guy at school wants to just be honest, he prays to the cat statue to take away his "facade" (or fake face)...the cat obliges. Now, unable to censor anything he is saying, some of the most hilarious things come out of his mouth. Can he, with the help of his new friend who lost her ability to show any emotion at all, find his facade and get it back before he says something truly embarrassing?
*The Breaker - The absolute best martial arts manhwa I have ever read. A young high school student with no ability whatsoever is thrown into a secret world of martial artists. Will he survive? Also check out New Waves, the sequel, which is still running and very good also.
*The Children's Teacher Mr Kwon - A man who is hinted at being a gangster is teaching at a school smack dab in the middle of nowhere.
Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan - A sad story about a woman who wants to end her own life and a man on death row who'd love to live one more day. Can they even begin to understand each other?
*Aishiteruze Baby - This book is about a young girl who is practically thrown away by her mother, but is barely old enough to understand it. It's about a young man who is in High School, and barely able to care for himself, given the responsibility of taking care of her. The only manga to ever make me tear up.
*Annarasumanara - This book is about a young girl divided between the world she dreams of and the cold hard reality of adulthood. Young Ah-ee accidentally runs into a magician in an abandoned old theme park who tries to convince her to embrace the passionate childhood she used to have. Her classmate Il-Deung however, is the epitome of success - he's rich, smart, powerful. The symbol for which all adults should strive to be. Which life will she choose?
Gakuen Babysitters - A boy who loses both his parents is left with his toddler brother. With the agreement that he'll take care of the kids at the school daycare center, he stays with the principal. A great story full of emotion.
Half Prince - Trying to one-up her brother in a virtual reality online massive multiplayer RPG, a girl creates a male character in the game, and fights monsters with the help of a few close friends she meets online.
Love So Life - This is a very cute Shoujo, a story about an orphaned girl (without any angst I should add) who takes care of twin toddlers, and who has a bit of a crush on the twin's guardian. She takes care of the toddlers by remembering things her mom did for her and how she felt before her mom died - this is sure to put you on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, though it's a very upbeat story for the background it has
*Orange Marmalade - If you want teenage romance and angst, this is your book; a young vampire is in love with a boy with the perfect blood for vampires (common story, but keep reading anyway), and she can't reveal herself to him. You see, everyone already knows vampires exist in this world, and they're more hated because of it...so if she reveals her identity, her family would be forced to move, and they really can't afford it.
The Day the Magpie Cries - a bit of an oddball, a girl fights for her right to do things in the traditional manner, such as wearing traditional clothing. A very cute and fun book, I am loving this one.
Ai-Kora - Very similar to Love Hina, Ai Kora is about a man attracted to certain parts on females, such as a certain voice, certain legs, etc. What happens when he's thrown into a women's dorm filled with women that have his parts he's so attracted to? And what happens when this man who only cares about looks of women actually falls in love with one of them? A sweet, though very funny, harem/ecchi/romance.
Ao no Exorcist - The son of Lucifer chooses to become an Exorcist, one who battles against demons and the forces of darkness.
*Assassination Classroom - A fairly new manga about an alien who threatens to blow up the earth in a short amount of time unless someone can kill him. He then demands to...teach a class? And the class has to attempt to kill him before he destroys the world? Nice. The story seems silly, and the character design of Koro-sensei even more so, but you'll find yourself rooting for him nonetheless as the story gets deeper as it moves along.
Beelzebub - I didn't like this at first, but it grew on me. A delinquent is tasked with taking care of Satan's child until he's old enough to destroy the earth.
*Change 123 - A boy falls in love with a girl with three other split personalities, each of which have their own look and martial specialty.
*Claymore - a very complex tale about young girls who are somehow made half monster and forced to hunt down monsters.
*Deadman Wonderland - there's no way to describe this book in one paragraph, but suffice it to say, it's a very tragic tale. A boy is attacked in a classroom by a mysterious Red Man; all his classmates are killed, but he's left alive. He's charged with their murder, and sent to live out the rest of his life in Deadman Wonderland, a combination amusement park/detention facility.
Death Note - A small booklet that gives its holder to kill the person whose name they write inside it falls into the hands of Light, a very intelligent young man. This is a very psychological story, a battle of wits that will keep you entertained until the end.
Gamble Fish - a young man on a mission bursts into a very expensive, very exclusive school and challenges anyone to gambling matches. The catch is that every time he wins, the bet doubles. The bets get crazier as time goes on, and it's fun to watch each match get that much bigger.
*Girls of the Wilds - my current favorite manga of all time, GOTW is about a high schooler trying to take care of his siblings when his mom abandoned them. He enters Wilds school, a school that was formerly only for girls, and which teaches fighting of all types. Can he survive surrounded by martial artist girls all around him?
Love Hina - the absolute classic romance harem manga, this should be a must for anyone.
Nowhere Boy - Starting out very weakly and a bit too strangely, many might pass over this Naver masterpiece. Once time moves on, this Manhwa shows it's real energy and it develops the main characters and you see where all the pieces that were set up beforehand come together. Certainly a book worth trying out. It concerns the world's most unhappy boy and the woman in charge of making him happy again before he destroys the world (seriously).