I just started reading the Star Trek books and would like to know what is the best order for reading so that I can progress chronologically.
Short answer: Yes, some fans think there is a proper order to read star trek novels.
There are several websites:
I don't know if they all agree or if each suggests a different order.
And there is the James Dixon Star Trek chronology, an attempt to put all Star Trek movies, episodes, movles, comic books, etc. etc. in chronological order.
Here is a link to one version of it:
The long answer could be a complicated discusssion of the many problems with putting all the several hundred novels in proper chronological order. Some of the websites discuss some of the problems in their introductions.