OK - in the process of trying to change from newbie to more advanced I've gone through tons of know-how books on wordpress. I even signed up for online video classes, one which is really good.
But on books - finally I found one that I am excited about recommending to anyone.
I am now reading it online, although I want to get the print version once available. Just found it a few days ago but as you can see I am excited only because it is probably the best instructional guide I have seen yet. This is the first book I've seen where every page is printed in color and that is easy to follow and read. The negatives - it's 450 pages which is a lot to read. Reading it online is good, but the print version is spiral bound which makes it kind of nice if you use it when following along on your computer. If you're interested, I put the link at the bottom. It's called Digging into WordPress. You will love it.
Here is my link to it if you decide to look at it:
Digging into WordPress
OK - hope I've helped some of you a little. Take care. Maria [email redacted]