September 1st is Force Friday II – if you’re a Star Wars fan, you probably know what this is, but for the rest of you, it’s the day that kicks off a weekend full of Star Wars goodness. New products that celebrate the forthcoming movie The Last Jedi go on sale, along with the reveal of new characters. Multiple retailers around the country are opening at midnight to celebrate, with raffles, giveaways, and other fun things.
The movie doesn’t come out until December, though, so what to do in the meantime? How about reading some bookish Star Wars goodness? Here are some books to satiate you until the new movie comes out. If you’re new to the galaxy, don’t panic – I’ve got some suggestions for you, too – but be careful, the Force is strong, and you might find yourself quickly becoming obsessed! (Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…)
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel by Alessandro Ferrari and Kawaii Studio
I love this book. I think it’s a great place to start – there’s also a prequel trilogy book. It’s easy to read, the graphic novel format makes it super enjoyable, and whether you’re new to SW or a veteran, these give a good overview of the story.
Star Wars: The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace
This “training manual” is your go-to guide for Jedi teachings. Learn about the Force, lightsaber instruction, and the history of the Jedi with this handbook. It’s annotated by Yoda, Darth Sidious, Anakin, Ahsoka, Luke, and more. A perfect addition to any fan’s library, and the perfect size for throwing in your bag and taking along with you.
Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Ahsoka, here’s your chance to find out. An often-overlooked female in the Star Wars universe, she finally gets her own story here. One of the things I love about the SW world is how detailed all the side stories are, and the web of lives and occurrences that exists. This is a perfect example.
Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid
This comic looks at what happened after Leia watched Alderaan be destroyed, and the subsequent destruction of the Death Star. Without a home, she needs to figure out who she is and what her mission is. Leia’s kick-ass nature is on display in this comic, and it’s a really fun read.
Star Wars Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Christian Blauvelt
This comes out on Force Friday, so it’s especially perfect. As the title implies, it’s for beginners. While I wouldn’t recommend it by itself, I think it’s a great supplement to other SW texts. It has basic answers like who’s who, what is the Force, and so on. It’s also a great book to read with kids if you’re just introducing them to SW.
What are your favorite Star Wars books?