Alrighty. I am re-doing the EU over before ST totals it (or attempts to reference it all [or ignores it all but doesn't reference it]), and have distilled it down to this... 0. DotJ (all) 1. Lost Tribe of the Sith 2. KotoR I 3. KotoR II 4. The Three ToR Trailers 5. Darth Bane 6. Darth Plagueis 7. TPM 8. Rogue Planet 9. Outbound Flight 10. AotC 11. Clone Wars Movie 12. Mortis Trilogy 13. Savage Oppress Trilogy 14. The First Maul Arc (end of season 4 and first Obsession-messy episode of Season 5) 15. The Second Maul Arc (the spoiled Season 5 arc involving stuff I'd rather not spoil 16. The Inevitable Finale Maul Arc 17. Labryinth of Evil 18. RotS 19. ANH 20. ESB 21. Shadows of the Empire 22. RotJ 23. The Thrawn Trilogy 24. The Dark Empire Trilogy 25. Crimson Empire I & II 26. I, Jedi 27. Darksaber 28. The Thrawn Duology 29. YJK Jedi Shadow 30. YJK Jedi Sunrise 31. Vector Prime 32. Ruin 33. Balance Point 34. Conquest 35. Rebirth 36. Star by Star 37. Traitor 38. Destiny's Way 39. The Final Prophecy 40. TUF 41. DNT 42. Betrayal 43. Exile 44. Sacrifice 45. Inferno 46. Fury 47. Revelation 48. Invincible 49. Outcast 50. Omen 51. Abyss 52. Allies 53. Vortex 54. Conviction 55. Ascension 56. Apocalypse 57. Legacy & Legacy: War Fundamentally, I have largely grouped moments by the introduction of new but key characters or groups, the recreation of groups, political or otherwise, and the charge of relationships between groups and/or characters. While the X-wing novels represent the pinnacle of the EU, ditto the Allston NJO duology, they don't necessarily move along the plot or change relationships... though they're heavily recommended in all. The films are obviously key, and to be honest the end of the ToR era doesn't really matter insofar as much as Bane ends it. We all know the Old and New Sith Wars will inevitably be connected into a three millennia long war. That it re-starts after Darth Traya dies is sufficient plot-wise. That the ToR Sith originate from Sadow's Sith is covered by Tribe. Maul, as a 'film' Sith, gets prominence and so his arc(s) are rather important, and as the Clone Wars is a film, it gets relevance (and covers Ahsoka's introduction). Mortis is connected to Apocalypse, and distilling FotJ down to it's essential parts is fairly hard as at least one major plot point is in each one, bar Backlash. Equally hard is distilling LotF down. The introduction of the Confederation as an enemy needs detailing, but out of Bloodlines, Tempest and Exile, the weakest of the three entries from the relevant authors, Exile has the most information and actually presents the Confederation as a foe, setting up the essential Sacrifice and Inferno. Some novels get discarded by being inevitable. CoPL, for example. Do we need to know how Han and Leia get married? It's implied that 'happily ever after' exists for the couple in RotJ. TTT survives without detailing the 'how', but it introduces Thrawn and Mara Jade; it's essential reading. The end of the so-called Callista Trilogy obtains relevance because of Allies, but also because of the Daala arc, which inevitably demands CotJ be included. Rogue Planet, Outbound Flight and Crimson Empire II round off the pre-NJO requisites, and you can't have CE II without CE I, and they round off the Dark Empire Trilogy well. Distilling NJO to key points is difficult too, but Ruin, despite being a paperback, is important for Ithor, the Remnant and Horn's plot-points, all of which are relevant later on... And so on... I don't believe I've missed anything appallingly important from this summary, if I was to present it to a friend to get them back into SW in time for the ST in 2014. I'd love feedback, and I'm aware there are cracking novels I have missed, but their essential nature is something I'm trying to obtain.