If you've grown past shoujo and are looking for manga that's josei and slice of life, look into anything by ikuemi ryo. Her stories are always very angsty and heart-tugging but very subtle. Here's some of her best: taiyou ga mite iru, kiyoku yawaku, cousin. Once you start reading one of her works, you will eventually read everything else by her. Another story I'm reading right now that's blowing me away is Machida Kun no Sekai. I love how the focus isn't on love and I'm still immensely moved by the message the author's trying to send. Sometimes, I think it's the best manga anyone could ever read. It makes you want to be a better person. For something sweet, lighthearted and angst free, here are two shoujos that never bore me: Juuni Hizoku no Palette (i read this one years ago and it still has a deep impression on me) Sekai de Ichiban Warui Majo I hope you make it through everything on the list! Let me know if you end up liking anything.