Let's face it- there are a LOT of Star Wars books. Like I said in a recent article, it can make it pretty intimidating to break into it all. When you start with a book, how do you know you won't have to read others for context? Well never fear for those of you who are looking for just one book you can read with only your movie knowledge, I've got a few for you to try!
The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a series of short stories told about Luke from the perspective of other characters. The stories range from certainly canon down to the last detail to a little mythical and embellished. All of them really feel true to Luke's character, and are as funny as they are heartfelt.
Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry
Moving Target is one of the Journey to the Force Awakens novels, this one focusing on a story about Leia after The Empire Strikes Back, with a prologue and epilogue set around The Force Awakens. The story is an exciting one that does nothing but add to our understanding of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, all while detailing a fun Leia adventure for us.
Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Master & Apprentice is a great book for The Phantom Menace fans, or just anyone who likes Qui-Gon or Obi-Wan. It's a great adventure that takes place before The Phantom Menace, and we learn about the partnership between the two and how they grew to work so well together. It's a great standalone adventure for the characters, and you don't need any more context than what the films provide.
A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova
A Crash of Fate is one of the more independent Star Wars books, with almost no connections to larger stories happening from other media. It's a really beautiful story that takes place on Galaxy's Edge's planet Batuu with new characters. It really lets you dive deep with them and is a fun story with all the elements you could want from Star Wars.
Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon
Easily the most independent of the Star Wars books, Ronin takes you to an alternate galaxy with a very different history of the Jedi, Sith and Empire. It's a fun book to throw your preconceptions of Star Wars out the window and really fall in love with the world from a different lens. Inspired by the Visions' short "The Duel," you get to piece together the history of this new galaxy throughout the book while following around characters who are often equally mysterious.