This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
My favourite book is the "Apache Tomcat Bible" from Eaves, Jones and Godfrey. It explains how to download and install Java, MySQL, Tomcat, Eclipse, Ant ... and above all, it gives an overview of the Model-View-Controller design pattern.