re: Poker & Just picked up the following...
My advice has always been to pick one author (not book) to follow, read, study for a while. I know it's very tempting to want the variety and hop back and forth but it can get real confusing trying to juggle Harrington, Negreanu, Miller, Snyder, etc., as their philosophies will collide now and them.
The ultimate goal is to become your own player, but it doesn't hurt along the way to master someone else's style - worst case scenario is you know and can recognize what another player might be doing. I think I get a little edge at the table when I can determine a player is doing what an author says - plus having the gears to shift into other styles is always a plus. But the thing is you need clarity on what those are and that may be best accomplished one at a time versus one from column A, one from column B....
I think one of the most misunderstood authors is Negreanu. A lot of players trying to adopt his style just do not get how incredibly situational what he teaches is. Instead they are just kind of, "Well, Daniel says to play suited connectors, soo..."
I started with Negreanu but had to back track to Phil Gordon then on to Harrington, Miller, etc.
Most importantly - know what game your focus is (ring or tourney) and proceed accordingly. Learning and using tourney strategies at the cash table can be detrimental to your bankroll.