Originally Posted by Andrew H.
I would read them in publication order. That's the order they were written in, and I think the prequel/flashback books work better in publication order, too, since they illuminate what you may have been wondering about. The prequels were written to be read in publication order; you won't "miss" anything by reading them in the order they were written.
You wouldn't watch Star Wars by beginning with the prequels, would you?
Agreed, I also suggest reading them in publication order, that's what I did.