I have just finished reading Cathy Duffy's Homeschool Top Picks book. This has to be a must read for the first time HSer. It has been a great leaping off point for me in selecting programs and texts that are best suited to my kids. It talks about the different way kids learn (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) and is helpful in picking curriculum that is going to work best for the different learning styles. Cathy duffy also has a great website here which has extra reviews and articles on just about any HS subject you can think of.