When I was in high school, a friend of mine used to collect mangas. There were piles of Japanese manga volumes lining up the shelves in her room, and we would all go there and borrow some, or go wow at her vast collections. It was from her that I developed a fondness for some mangas, and gradually built my own collection and found the ones I treasured the most till now.
Now I'm 27 and still an avid reader of manga. I read most genres, from horror to young adult to romance to fun ones that tackle fantasy and cooking and modelling. But the ones I really care about are slice-of-life stories, be it a story about every day life (Mokke, Yotsubato), to heartwarming ones (Here We Are), historical/period manga (Emma, Gisele Alain) and sweet high school mangas. I do love a bit of drama, but there is something raw and beautiful in reading about everyday lives.
My love for graphic novels grow beyond Japanese mangas. It is through another friend that I learn about Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis series, and through Goodreads that I finally discover Smile. I also cherish my collection of Kim Dong Hwa's graphic novels - they are always so gentle, with beautiful illustrations and almost a poetic narrative as well as dialogue. Graphic novels are fascinating. They contain painstaking and wonderful artwork, but need a strong story to hold the whole piece together. Sadly, I haven't read that many, but I'd still recommend them anytime.
On my wishlist:
Solanin: about the life of a girl trying to fit in and find her place in the world
Oddballs living in an old house. Contemporary.
Silent short stories about human relationships? I'm in.
This one's part of a stand-alone series, depicting human lives.