Okay... So I've wanted to begin reading the Star Wars books for a while, because I both love science-fiction and long-running series (and I'm quite keen on the films as well, believe it or not!). The thing is, there are so many of them, I don't know where exactly to begin: different timelines, certain books veering away from the films, and books before and after the period of the films. Long question short: where do I begin? If anyone has even a little bit of knowledge, then I'll be able to make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing the first book to read. Also, if there are any mini-series or trilogies in this universe you'd suggest I or anyone else steer clear of, please let me know. While I'm at it, does anyone know of some long-running science-fiction and fantasy series I can sink my teeth into? I much prefer them to stand-alones, since I love being in different universes, and this way I get to be in them for longer. Here are a few I have read/am currently reading/ am about to read: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Middle-Earth stories (LotR, The Hobbit, etc.) Pern A Song of Ice and Fire Discworld The Oz novels (only the ones by Frank. L Baum) The Expanse (by James S. A. Corey) The Ender series (by Orson Scott Card) The Kingkiller Chronicle (by Patrick Rothfuss) Many of the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 novels, so don't bother mentioning any of them That's everything I can think of right now. I tried to get into The Wheel of Time, but couldn't manage it. Maybe I'll try again in a few years. I love overarching themes, and things which are of seemingly no importance until later books (the most obvious example I can think of is J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series). If anyone has a series to suggest that has that, then please mention them. In fact, even if it's not sci-fi or fantasy, I'd probably check it out anyway, because I just love that sort of stuff! I also don't mind people suggesting film novelizations and spin-offs to films, but only if they're of good quality writing wise. Thanks, and sorry for the long post!