When I was first learning to be a web geek (way back in 2005 ;-), I bought a lot of nerd books. I would stay up late into the night reading about code and writing code and saying f&%k to the computer screen when my code didn't work. And then trying again until I didn't need to say f&$k for my code to work (there are actually times of the night when that seems like a viable way to make your code work).
Nerd books are great for learning new things about your chosen craft. But web-nerd books get outdated pretty quickly these days. So I've mostly stopped buying nerd books. In the last couple of years, however, two companies have started printing nerd books that are short, concise and beautifully designed. So eventually, I will be down to just this stack of pretty nerd books. These are my favorites.
-- The Scavengers of September #16: something you have too much of.