Well i followed the best book for SCJP 5 and thats by Kathey Sierra and Bert Bates.
Unlike other books this book provides a live experience.
I didn't feel that i am reading a book. I felt as if the authors are interacting with me and they are with me while i was reading the book.
Their comments in each and every topic lightened my mood.
eg. Its the internet time baby!!, there are numerous such comments which creates fun while reading.
Plus one thing i noticed which i loved a lot.
They reference the programmer or developer with SHE and not HE.
The first book that i came across which uses feminine gender. I have never seen any other book which uses feminine gender.