One thing I used to love about Star Wars novels and despise about Star Trek novels was that the Star Wars novels were pretty binding, each book obliged to fit in with the canon established before it. Star Trek, I felt, was just too "non-committal". Well, my feelings have since changed. Now I am sick to death of nearly all Star Wars EU and the lame directions it took the story and characters, and I prefer to stick mostly to the original trilogy, with a little consideration given for other material (including the prequel trilogy), but not much. Meanwhile, I've realized that Star Trek novels are very liberating: if you don't like the story, then it doesn't have to exist to you! As a result, I've finally opened up to them after many years, and I've found I enjoy them. I've only read a few so far, but I hope to greatly expand my view of the Trek universe. One thing I really look forward to doing is filling in so many gaps in the stories. We learn so little of Capt. Pike, less of Capt. April, we are missing a second five-year mission for the Enterprise that had only started with TMP, more on the Enterprises -B and -C, etc. I've made a list of books I hope to get around to reading at some point (I've already read a few of them) that flesh out eras like this. I'd love any feedback on any particular part of my list, which books in particular are more worthwhile reads that others. Note that the categories are largely chronological, but the books within the categories are not necessarily.