I’ve been a fan of the Technical Analysis for Dummies by Barbara Rockefeller. Barbara is a regular contributor to a Currency Trading, a free PDF file downloadable monthly magazine. I got many things out her book.
Then I splurged on Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets by John Murphy. This book is considered a classic and now I see why. All the big technical tools are explained, RSI, Stochastics, Bollinger Bands, Elliot Wave theory, moving averages.
The most interesting thing was reading about monthly and weekly charts and how to use them with daily charts. A chapter on System Trading provided insight into the most successful systems ever, and they were really quite simple.
I can see why this book was a classic, if you want to move from a newbie to
competence, then you need to check this book out and get it for your reading and studying pleasure.