Chronological order, meaning simply in the order of the Star Wars Timeline, is probably the most commonly recommended reading order out there.
Reading in chronological order means locating a timeline somewhere, for example the excellent timelines over at Yoda’s Datapad, [Insert other timeline], or even ours here at Youtini - which is gorgeous - but I suppose we are a little biased.
Then, you follow the timeline book-by-book, reading each new entry on the timeline in the order that it occurs in the Star Wars chronology.
You’ll start with books many millennia before the films and progress all the way through the films and several decades after.
Why shouldn't I read Star Wars books in chronological order?
Should I start with the first book on the timeline?
Should I read Star Wars books in publishing order?
The High Republic Era
Set around 200 years before The Phantom Menace, this timeline features the Jedi at the height of their power and glory. But peace is a prize to be won, and this era is full of challenges for the Republic to overcome.
Set between the Prequel and Original trilogies, a new aggressive Empire flexes the iron will of Darth Vader and the Emperor over a weary galaxy. But seeds of hope are sown far and wide as a Rebellion is born.
During the Original Trilogy of movies, the Galactic Civil War rages. The Empire tries to quash the sparks of hope, but a tide of heroes rises to meet their threat and counter the machines of war poised against them.