I read half of 2 books both about Java programming. But I wasn't able to finish them since I didn't have enough time. However, I was glad that I read what I could since I was able to understand more Java although I'm still a beginner and I really hate Java (I prefer Pascal).
The only coding book I read from front to back (without being forced to read a book) is PHP for the world wide web. It was so outdated the guy in the book was using the wrong quotes for things :P One day I was just like screw it I wanna know php so I read the entire book. Though it didn't really help much, it was good for reference since the hardest part for me is memorizing the variables / function names. Making stuff is the easy part but I do often forget the basic set up of it all.
The best way to learn is by experimenting, books can only do so much you have to use your mind :LOL:
I didnt even know there were books on coding O_O I might go and get one soon, now that I know there are some :P But I much more prefer site guides and such. It's easier to be able to test, and sometimes comprehend.