If choosing a book is too overwhelming, I recommend trying a magazine. There is a lot of information and a couple of projects in each issue. There is also a long list of resources in each. My favorite is Stitch magazine.
There is also a forum called patternreview.com that is full of info. You can also talk to the wonderful staff od your local fabric shop. Most of them are sewing nuts and can help answer questions, choose patterns, and even help choose the best fabric for your project.
Good luck and have fun!!