From the coding perspective, I don’t have a lot of books. Most of what I’ve learned is through courses like the ones from Codecademy or just random tutorials found online. From my perspective, the Codecademy courses are enough to get you started. Once you get started, you just have to keep going.
Courses I’ve taken (not all from Codecademy):
Black Box Testing
Building APIs from scratch
Here are the few books I have and have found useful for my career:
How to win friends & influence people, Dale Carnegie -> this book was useful when transitioning to a leader\management role, it was recommended by a friend who is a manager
The Selenium Guidebook, Dave Haffner -> I failed many times at software automation, this book taught me what I needed to succeed
Cucumber & Cheese - A tester’s workshop, Jeff Morgan -> taught me why my initial implementation of Cucumber failed and how to do it properly
The other books I have are related to DevOps which are out of scope for this community.