I’m in the early stages of learning how to model in 3D in Blender. So far I’ve managed to create a pair of shoes, a chair and a head! And I must say I’m totally blown away by Blender’s awesomeness!
I bought a few books on Blender to ensure I’m making the most of it but I’ve been using YouTube tutorials most of the time. The blender community out there is incredible and the online tutorials available are excellent (http://www.blender.org/support/tutorials/), so much so, that I haven’t needed my blender books as much as I thought I would.