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The Chronicles of Narnia: in which order to read them?

Apparently, many fans of Narnia are divided over the order in which the books making up the series should "properly" be read, with staunch proponents of reading the books in the order they are published (which is almost, but not quite, the order in which they were written) and of reading the books in Narnian chronological order (i.e. in the order in which the events described by the books take place).

Two arguments for the "proper order" are here (strongly in favour of publication order) and here (tries to present both sides, though I'd say with a slight "publicationist" bias). Both pages also give the books in both publication and chronological order.

What's your take on the issue?

Have a poll.

Poll #647511 Chronicles of Narnia

I prefer to read the Narnia books

in publication order
10(34.5%)
in chronological order
9(31.0%)
in a different order, which I'll explain in a comment
0(0.0%)
I've read them, but don't have strong feelings about any particular order
4(13.8%)
I haven't read the books and don't have any strong feelings about any particular order
6(20.7%)

Which of the books have you read so far? (listed in alphabetical order)

Prince Caspian
0(0.0%)
The Horse and His Boy
0(0.0%)
The Last Battle
0(0.0%)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2(7.1%)
The Magician's Nephew
0(0.0%)
The Silver Chair
0(0.0%)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
0(0.0%)

Which book was your favourite?

Prince Caspian
2(7.1%)
The Horse and His Boy
4(14.3%)
The Last Battle
1(3.6%)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3(10.7%)
The Magician's Nephew
2(7.1%)
The Silver Chair
1(3.6%)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6(21.4%)
no particular book
5(17.9%)
more than one book tied for favourite
4(14.3%)

Have you seen or listened to any adaptations of the books?

the 1967 television series (ten episodes)
0(0.0%)
the 1979 animated television special
1(5.0%)
the 1988-1990 BBC television miniseries
3(15.0%)
the 1980s BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
0(0.0%)
the 1998 stage adaptation
0(0.0%)
the 2005 cinema film
6(30.0%)
the 1980 musical retelling
0(0.0%)

Ticky?

Ticky!
29(100.0%)
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