Rui Carreira is a pop-culture–oriented individual and he loves all things cinema, anime, gaming, and entertainment.
Star Wars Books Have Awesome Content: Don't Stick to the Movies
Star Wars is a huge saga with thousands upon thousands of years worth of stories and interesting characters.
If we are being honest here, I must tell you my favorite character of all time isn't even in the movies (Darth Malgus), and that there are tons of other characters who are simply much more interesting than boring old Rey.
If you came here looking to start delving deeper into Star Wars lore and to read about those characters, then know I have chosen some really nice books for you to read.
The list is subjective, of course, and though I've read most Star Wars books, I'm sure I haven't read them all, so bear in mind the list is in no way THE list, but if it's on this list, then it's quality is assured.
Feast your eyes on the top 10 Star Wars books according to one of the greatest fans of the saga.
What characters are Canon vs. Legends?
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Darth Vader
- Darth Malgus
- Mara Jade
10. Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy
One of the biggest moments in Star Wars happens when Anakin Skywalker falls to the Dark Side.
Unfortunately, the prequels rushed it and made it seem like a simple whim. The books are amazing though and they give Vader and Anakin the attention their characters deserved.
Character development is respected here and it happens gradually.
Granted the trilogy is, of course, three books—I decided to group them because they're the same story, and you can't just read one.
An amazing Star Wars book saga that every Darth Vader/Skywalker fan simply must read in order to fully understand the characters.
9. Star Wars: A New Dawn
What can I tell you about Star Wars: New Dawn?
Well, you already know the two main characters (the ones in the cover) from the animated series—if you don't know them yet, I won't spoil.
The book is very good at making you feel part of the world, as its immersion value really raises the standards of what we're used to in this kind of story.
Without spoiling it for you, I can guarantee you that the book, although a modern one, really gives out that classic Star Wars vibe you get when reading those good Legends books.
If you're a fan of the series, you really need to grab this one up. If you don't like the series, I'd skip it.
8. The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
Did you ever wonder what was on those Jedi Manuals in the Jedi Academies? Well, you need wonder no more as you now have access to one right at your fingertips.
This is a Jedi Manual full of texts Padawans and Jedi alike were expected to meditate upon, and instructions on how to better your mastery of the Force.
If you want to train like a Jedi would, you simply need this manual. It's not a story per se, but an item that adds a lot of "realism" and "immersion" to your Star Wars fandom.
Plus, it has the great benefit of being an amazing gift for every Star Wars fan out there, just bear in mind there's a Sith Code as well if you're friend likes the Dark Side better.
7. Star Wars: Heir to The Jedi
My "Top 10 Strongest, Most Powerful Jedi of All Time" post is one of the most read and viral Star Wars posts in the entire Internet (and I'm grateful for that as it made me quite some bank), but one of the biggest questions I get is: Why is Luke Skywalker the strongest Jedi ever?
Well, this book starts to answer that question as it goes over Luke and his character development events, propping him up to do some of the insane feats he pulls off later.
Luke is a very humorous guy (unlike the way Disney portrayed him to be in the latest films) and he does a whole lot of stuff, like...
...well, I won't spoil it for you.
Let's just say Luke Skywalker gets the respect he deserves in this book, and I hope Disney will pick up on it.
6. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
This is how Star Wars stories should handle the female gender.
We can clearly see how Star Wars (the movies) tries to put some female protagonists in there to "diversify" the cast and for no other reason, and it is plain simple how everyone sees it is forced in some cases.
A good character is good no matter its gender, and in this book, you have a female protagonist that is a great hero—as it should be.
As I'm a hardcore Star Wars fan, I have countless female friends who are fans as well, and there's a huge part of them that claims this is their female role-model on the saga.
Find out why reading this book on the Star Wars hero womanhood needed.
5. Star Wars: Revan
Hands down one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars Legends, you may be thrilled to find out Disney made it Canon.
Yes, Revan actually exists post-Disney as well, being one of the only characters to transition from Legends to Canon (one of the first, I hope, since they clearly build characters worse than most of these books' authors).
Revan is my favorite Jedi of all time, and throughout this book, you'll find out why. Trust me on this, his story is worth reading.
Thank me later.
He's my favorite Jedi on the entire Star Wars saga so...
4. Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy
This entry is different. You see, there are two Thrawn Trilogies.
The Legends trilogy, which is the Heir trilogy and one that I recommend, and the Thrawn trilogy that Disney is in the process of making (they are working on the last book).
I believe you should read both, but start off with the old one. It is as they say: Oldie but Goldie.
Find out why Disney decided to resurrect Thrawn (make it Canon). They did the right thing.
I still didn't read the new trilogy, but I'm sure I'll get to it eventually.
3. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
If you're a geek over Star Wars and you simply must know every piece of lore to make your mind the biggest Star Wars knowledge compendium ever, then this book is for you.
What makes it so great?
It's like a paper wiki full of the most beautiful art on events, people, droids, heroes, ships, locations... you name it.
If I had to choose a Star Wars book to get as a present, I'd, hands down, ask for this one (if I didn't have most of them already).
In spite of being in the 3rd place of my list, it's simply a must-have for every hardcore Star Wars fan.
2. Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories
Delve into the dark side by discovering what happens to the unfortunate Sith Crew who maroons on a strange planet.
These collected stories on the lost tribe of the Sith will entertain you with a serious, sometimes dark, atmosphere surrounded by that Star Wars vibe we all love.
It is clear why people claim this book to be among the best ever written, and it is by the same author of the most popular book of the Saga, the one I placed at number 1 simply due to its popularity and the love this character generates throughout the web, even for those who simply watch the movies.
Who may that book be about?
1. Star Wars: Kenobi
Did Old Ben Kenobi just lay low on Tatooine while all that evil was going about in the Galaxy?
Obi-Wan Kenobi knew that he was supposed to lay low for the sake of the Jedi, Luke and the possible future we would see confirmed, but he also knew he had the power to fight evil in all its forms, and fight evil he did.
Find out what happened between his escape from the Empire to Tattooine and the moment in which Luke found him in this beautifully crafted book you simply must read if you call yourself a fan.
I highly recommend it!
Book Suggestions and Alternatives
Some of these books have alternatives, like the illustrated guides you can buy instead of the one I recommended and the fact that the Jedi path has a Sith and Mercenary equivalent.
I also want to tell you, once again, that in no way are these the only books that need reading, and I even accept there would be better choices, but I found out that in my experience these are the books people should start their reading on, and that some books on more exotic characters are best understood once this list is all read.
Again, this is all subjective so I ask of you to respect my choices.
Have a great year of 2020 reading the top 10 Star Wars books of all time.
Bonus Section: My Animated Stories Channel
© 2020 Rui Carreira
Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 07, 2020:
Yeap, love them myself.... I got a bit furious about the fact Disney declared most books non-canon.
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on January 06, 2020:
Hi Rui, I've read about half of these and can confirm they're great! For instance, people are torn on the Revenge of the Sith movie (which I personally like), but most fans who read the novel love it. And have you read the Legacy of the Force novels? Definitely some of my favorites.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 06, 2020:
I like the list of Star Wars hooks You enlightened me on the different books I did know of a few of these books. Suggestions and alternatives are informative and worth a try.