You dont want to know how old i was when phantom menace came out. I noticed no one talked about reading Splinter of a minds eye, the prequels to the phantom menace, or a butload if books after Endor, like dozens, im just saying, and you call yourselves real Star Wars fans.
I read all of those older Star Wars novels! Quite a few of them more than once. They are still kicking around my basement in the midst of a 1000 other books. Not sure when I stopped buying those, but it has been a while. Think I quit buying *everything* during the midst of the young adult, young jedi books. Still bought a few more of the non-YA after that, but think tapered off after that.
I really enjoyed some of the Han Solo and Lando stories, the Rogue Squadron books were fun. Of course the Grand Admiral Thrawn story-line I loved back then. And was great to see him in the recent Rebels cartoons!
As for the movie, meh, I'll probably watch it once it hits Redbox or maybe even when it appears on cable. The Last Jedi didn't exactly kill Star Wars for me, but it certainly didn't help.
I really liked The Force Awakens on first watch, little less on the 2nd and 3rd viewing. It's sort of settled in as a mid-range for me at this point. LOVED Rogue One! Think it sits at #2 behind only Empire for me personally. The Last Jedi I didn't care for, and probably made it so I'll not go see a Star Wars in the the theater again, or at least until I've seen something that looks like it is not only pointing back in the right direction, but actually moved some way in that direction. Obviously, I'll need to watch the newer movies as they release to see when that happens, it just won't be in a theater.