With The Last Jedi coming out this week, you might be starting to get in the mood for something from a galaxy far, far away. Whether you’re a Sith lord who loves the Dark Side, or a proud member of the Rebel Alliance who envies those who use the Force, there’s a myriad of books from which to choose. This list is for those on the Light Side – but don’t worry, Stormtroopers – there’ll be a list for you, too!
Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston
If you’ve watched Clone Wars or Rebels, you’re familiar with Ahsoka Tano – and now she has her own book, telling her own story. After she leaves the Jedi order under her training with Anakin Skywalker, she has to figure out who she really is and what she believes in. Note: before you start this, you might want to brush up on the TV shows Clone Wars and Rebels – otherwise it can be a bit confusing.
Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
If you liked Rogue One, this is the book for you. Here is the backstory of Jyn Erso that you wanted. After her mother was killed and her father was taken to serve the Empire, Jyn was taken in by Saw Gerrera, a rebel who resisted the Empire at all costs. An early look at Jyn, this is an easy-to-read addition to any SW fan’s collection. If you aren’t crazy about Rogue One, this might not be a must-read, but it certainly adds to the galaxy, and is a noble portrait of a rebel fighter.
Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Okay, I admit – I will read anything Claudia Gray writes. Her other two books about Princess Leia are ace, and this one, while not canon, is addictive and is a fabulous read. The Empire is in charge, and Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree have wanted to be pilots and train at the Imperial Academy since they were kids. When Thane sees how the Empire maintains its rule, he drops out and becomes a rebel – but Ciena stays, loyal to the Empire as always. Gray manages to write a story of friendship and love without being mushy or sappy, and there are no clichés in this story. Instead, you have a fast-paced, exquisitely detailed and well-researched SW book. You’ll see why I included it on the Light Side list if you read it.
The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace
These books by Chronicle Books are a fun addition for any SW fan – and what better book for this list than The Jedi Path? This ancient training manual is annotated by Yoda, Luke, Ahsoka, and more – and the comments add an extra layer to the already interesting copy. Addressing everything from the pillars of the Jedi path, to lightsaber instructions, to how to be a Padawan, this book has it all for the aspiring Jedi.
The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin
Clearly, this belongs on the Light Side reading list. Written by a an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist community who also happens to be a total Star Wars nerd, how could you go wrong with this? The themes in SW like karma, compassion, nonattachment, and others, share a similarity with Buddhism – to ignore this would be remiss. Bortolin masterfully blends the Jedi teachings with Buddhism, and brings a new approach to the films.
What books would you add to the Light Side reading list?