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May 4 is coming up—for those of you obsessed with Star Wars, you’ll be celebrating Star Wars Day, also known as "May the Fourth Be with You" Day. On this auspicious day, fans like to rewatch all the Star Wars movies, shows and shorts and partake in celebrations across the galaxy. Here is a list of books to get you into the Death Star-destroying mindset.

GoodReads Synopses

"Tarkin" (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by James Luceno

“He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly...and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.”

"I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story" by Anthony Daniels

“In this deeply personal memoir, Anthony Daniels recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly describes his most intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film—from his first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (Star Wars: Novelizations, 3.5) by Alexander Freed

“As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate ... and a threat that may be too great to overcome.”

"Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 1: Aphra" (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2016-2019) #1) by Kieron Gillen

“Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he'll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it's time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she's off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra's got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some bounty hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!” (Goodreads)

"Dark Disciple" by Christie Golden

“The only way to bring down the dark side's most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces. But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force's power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku's side still runs deep, Ventress's hatred for her former master runs deeper. She's more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos's quest. Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don't compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior's spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy ... and her own doubt.” (Goodreads)

"Lost Stars" (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Claudia Gray

“Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine. After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger. The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead …” (Goodreads)

"Star Wars: Ahsoka" by E. K. Johnston

“Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.” (Goodreads)

"Star Wars: Queen's Shadow" (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by E. K. Johnston

“When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.”

"Kenobi" (Star Wars Legends) by John Jackson Miller

“In this original novel set between the events of "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope," Obi-Wan Kenobi comes to the aid of the residents of Tatooine during his exile. But he struggles with his new mission when he realizes that protecting Luke Skywalker—the last hope of the galaxy—means setting aside his compassion and his Jedi warrior training, for the future of the galaxy lies not with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but with a mystical desert recluse known only by the name of Crazy Old Ben.”

"Aftermath" (Star Wars: Aftermath, Number 1) by Chuck Wendig

“As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.”

Movies and Video Games

Don’t forget that you can also check out the Star Wars movies and video games from your local branch in addition to these great books! May the Force be with you this May 4 from Baltimore County Public Library.