Well I got a few books being a new Knitter and have some "reviews". The first thing I bought was a knitting kit from Boye's, "I Taught Myself Knitting", that came with 2 needle sizes (6 and 8's), and all the starting gear for only 10 bucks. The book is okay for starting stuff, but the patterns made me laugh so hard! :roflhard: They are very very 80's, stuff nobody would ever wear unless they only shopped at Goodwill Discount Stores. (The stuff is too dated for the regular Goodwill stores hehe).
The second book I got was "Ready Set Knit" by Shasha Kagan http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1589231856/qid=1136417722/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-3362122-4518533?n=507846&s=books&v=glance . It has some great projects, others that are very ugly, but as far as it teaching me anything about knitting, it failed. The pictures and explinations on the beginning stuff were not helpful at all, and for 20 bucks at Michaels, it wasn't worth it.
The last book I bought and LOVED was "First Knits" by Luise Roberts and Kate Haxell http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564775607/qid=1136417944/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-3362122-4518533?s=books&v=glance&n=283155 . It is broken into sections for each type of stitch, starting of course with the Knit Stitch. It then has projects that use that type of stitch, so you feel like you're really progressing fast, since you start projects ASAP! It also has workshops at the end of every new technique, and they have amazing pictures. I'm very happy with this book and am learning a lot from it. The only down fall is it tells you to only buy one kind of yarn from one certain company. I think they should just tell you the weight and let you decide on your own. If you have any brains though, you can figure it out and buy what you'd like.
I hope this helps some new knitters in the market for good books.