The Youtini Star Wars Book Reading Order

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here are a number of Star Wars Book reading orders including chronological order and publishing order.

However, there are a number of issues with those reading styles which we completely break down in our articles The Best Star Wars Book Reading Order and Should You Read Star Wars Books in Chronological Order?

Since we are so dissatisfied with existing reading orders, we decided to create our own.

The Best Star Wars Book Reading Order

We have a full breakdown of our recommended reading order and why we so frequently recommend it on our post The Best Star Wars Book Reading Order. But here is the short version:

  1. Start with the Youtini Foundational Five
  2. Read all the newest novels within 30 days of their release (use our release schedule)
  3. Use the Youtini Ideal Reading Order (see below)
  4. Pick books based on what you like (use our reading collections)

How We Created the Youtini Star Wars Book Reading Order

Our staff has individually analyzed every Star Wars novel ever written and placed it in our reading order based on the following criteria:

  • Reading ease and required prior knowledge
  • The memorability of the characters and their importance in Star Wars
  • The comfort of the writing style and the flow of the book
  • The relative importance of the book in the grand scheme of the EU
  • Perhaps most importantly: the fun, entertainment, and likelihood to keep you hooked

How to Use the Youtini Star Wars Book Reading Order

Based on these factors, we have sorted books into 4 levels that you can peruse at your pleasure, and unlike other reading orders, you have a lot of freedom with ours.

You can read everything in the exact order that we present if you’d like, but you can also skip around as much as you want as long as you loosely stick to the same level before moving on to the next.

Here's a breakdown of each level:


Level 1: Must Read

These books are some of the best books to read first. They are the highest quality, important to the EU, and are an absolute blast to read. If you’re trying to find the best parts of Canon and Legends alike, Level 1 books should be your first priority.

Level 2: Should Read

These books are good, and there’s nothing wrong with being good! These books may not be as perfect as those in the level above them, but they all still maintain a high level of quality and can promise a lot of fun for the reader. Once you’ve finished Level 1, Level 2 should be your next goal if you are seeking the most well-rounded experience.

Level 3: Could Read

Get to these books when you’ve finished off the gems in Levels 1 and 2. A lot of these books vary dramatically in quality and often offer an average to mediocre experience. Get to them if you like, because sometimes, you don’t have to be too picky when Star Wars is on the cover.

Level 4: Can Skip

These books are controversial, occasionally just plain bad, and generally disliked by the community. That doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy them, but consider this the level of diminishing returns.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Level 1: Must Read

These books are some of the best books to read first. They are the highest quality, important to the EU, and are an absolute blast to read. If you’re trying to find the best parts of Canon and Legends alike, Level 1 books should be your first priority.

Released
Sep 26, 2006
#
6
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
1003 BBY - 1000 BBY
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
By
Drew Karpyshyn
Incredible
9.3
9.3
9.3
Released
Dec 26, 2007
#
7
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
1000 BBY - 990 BBY
Darth Bane: Rule of Two
By
Drew Karpyshyn
Very Good
8.9
8.9
8.9
Released
Dec 8, 2009
#
8
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
980 BBY
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
By
Drew Karpyshyn
Incredible
9.2
9.2
9.2
Released
Apr 11, 2017
#
9
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
11 - 2 BBY
Thrawn
By
Timothy Zahn
Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2
Released
Sep 1, 2017
#
10
in the
Youtini Reading Order
YA Novel
Takes place in
3 BBY
Leia: Princess of Alderaan
By
Claudia Gray
Very Good
8.9
8.9
8.9

Level 2: Should Read

These books are good, and there’s nothing wrong with being good! These books may not be as perfect as those in the level above them, but they all still maintain a high level of quality and can promise a lot of fun for the reader. Once you’ve finished Level 1, Level 2 should be your next goal if you are seeking the most well-rounded experience.

Released
Jul 21, 2020
#
44
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Audio Drama
Takes place in
1 ABY
Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
By
Sarah Kuhn
Very Good
8.0
8.0
8.0
Released
Nov 10, 2020
#
45
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
3 ABY
From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
By
Various Authors
Very Good
8.5
8.5
8.5
Released
Oct 12, 2021
#
46
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
A Long Time Ago
Ronin: A Visions Novel
By
Emma Mieko Candon
Very Good
8.8
8.8
8.8
Released
Apr 28, 2015
#
47
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
14 BBY
Lords of the Sith
By
Paul S. Kemp
Okay
6.7
6.7
6.7
Released
May 2, 2017
#
48
in the
Youtini Reading Order
YA Novel
Takes place in
13 BBY - 0 BBY
Rebel Rising
By
Beth Revis
Very Good
8.4
8.4
8.4

Level 3: Could Read

Get to these books when you’ve finished off the gems in Levels 1 and 2. A lot of these books vary dramatically in quality and often offer an average to mediocre experience. Get to them if you like, because sometimes, you don’t have to be too picky when Star Wars is on the cover.

Released
Jan 5, 2016
#
134
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
34 ABY
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
By
Alan Dean Foster
Good
7.0
7.0
7.0
Released
Mar 6, 2018
#
135
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
34 ABY
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
By
Jason Fry
Good
7.0
7.0
7.0
Released
Dec 5, 2017
#
136
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
34 ABY
Canto Bight
By
Jackson Miller, Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, and Mira Grant
Okay
6.5
6.5
6.5
Released
May 2, 2017
#
137
in the
Youtini Reading Order
YA Novel
Takes place in
0 BBY
Guardians of the Whills
By
Greg Rucka
Good
7.4
7.4
7.4
Released
Oct 31, 2017
#
138
in the
Youtini Reading Order
YA Novel
Takes place in
34 ABY
The Legends of Luke Skywalker
By
Ken Liu
Good
7.1
7.1
7.1

Level 4: Can Skip

These books are controversial, occasionally just plain bad, and generally disliked by the community. That doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy them, but consider this the level of diminishing returns.

Released
Feb 12, 1978
#
208
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
2 ABY
Splinter of the Mind's Eye
By
Alan Dean Foster
Okay
6.3
6.3
6.3
Released
Mar 3, 2015
#
209
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
0 ABY
Heir to the Jedi
By
Kevin Hearne
Mediocre
5.8
5.8
5.8
Released
Apr 1, 1995
#
210
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
12 ABY
Children of the Jedi
By
Barbara Hambly
Okay
6.6
6.6
6.6
Released
Oct 1, 1995
#
211
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
12 ABY
Darksaber
By
Kevin J. Anderson
Okay
6.8
6.8
6.8
Released
Mar 31, 1997
#
212
in the
Youtini Reading Order
Adult Novel
Takes place in
13 ABY
Planet of Twilight
By
Barbara Hambly
Okay
6.2
6.2
6.2