Ok I guess the first book that Ive read about Magic was a book called: “Visions and Prophecies”. That book talked about prophecies and visions caused by magic in nature(Nostradamus,John Dee etc). In one chapter there was an exercise called “Using the pendulum”. I started practicing the way that the book described and to my amazement the pendulum started rotating like crazy! At first I beleived that the answers that it gave me must be produced by my own self because I already knew the answers. But when I tried it for an upcoming test (6th grade) and it gave me the upcoming right questions of the test I was shocked that it atually worked! The pendulum had gave me the right questions and answers to the test! Thats how my journey to the study of the occult began. I was 12 at the time.
The 2nd book that was verry helpfull to me was: “Encyclopedia of Minerals and Gems”. It helped me alot since Ive learned the properties of many mineral rocks and gems and helped my further down to the Elemental magic path wich I was at the time. I could bind elementals there and I could use their help when needed.
The 3rd book which really helped me alot was “Become A Living God” wich helped me reach new grounds both in meditation exercises and in ritual work respectively.
The 4th book was “Works of Darkness” and helped me understand better the nature of Darkness itself.
The 5th book “Kingdoms of Flame” helped me reach a new level in working with gateways and contacting spirits and communication with them also. My evocation(s) became better and I was satisfied with the results that spirits gave me. I received much more that I bargained for and I mean that in a good way~
I have read a bunch of other books but those 5 was the most satisfying (in contents) and in manifesting results books.
Also forgot to mention about The Exorcist’s Handbook. It revealed alot to me and helped me with visualization magic.