Since this question is posted under the "Meditation" section of the site, then I should only answer simply, and with no elaboration the following:
Since there is a spiritual tone to the Perl Monks site, though, I should supress the awful member of the Seven Deadly Sins, that being "Greed" (or would it be "Gluttony?") and answer similarly to
jepri's answer above and say:
But "Vanity" being what it is, I cannot resist the temptation to list all of my Perl books. So, here's my list:
Learning Perl (O'Reilly)
Perl in a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
Perl Cookbook (O'Reilly)
Programming Perl (O'Reilly)
Programming the Perl DBI (O'Reilly)
Perl (Black Book)
mySQL and Perl for the Web (New Riders)
Elements of Programming with Perl (Manning)
I really have only two: the Camel and Perl Pocket Reference. I also have CGI Programming wtih Perl (Guelich, Gundavaram and Birznieks) but I don't find it very useful and seldom refer to it. Actually, most of my Perl reading (apart, of course, from Newest Nodes) has been on CPAN - I find reading module docs, and looking through the functions, a top hole way of learning good programming in general, as well as learning to use the modules in particular.
Wow, that does look like a substantial library eh? ;-)
I think that I am a lucky owner of but a few books
from your list. Most of my knowledge about Perl comes
from various on-line sources (news groups, sites, and numerous
pods on any module). For various CS topics (such as
algorithms etc.) i have a few books here and there.
Seems like all that it takes to hack hehe ;).
1. Programming Perl.
2. Perl in a Nutshell.
3. Perl Cookbook.
I only own 2.
I also have Perl in a Nutshell (The Camel Head? from O'Reilly and which I need to buy) and MySQL by Paul DuBois (which has a chapter on the Perl DBI API so it kind of counts) currently checked out from the library.
The wish list could go on for pages though. (-:
I have an even dozen, roughly sorted in order of usefulness. Note that the books at the bottom of the list are still useful, they just have a smaller domain. A lot of people rave about Effective Perl Programming, but I think it loses a few points on its index -- it's not very good. A number of times I wanted to re-read a particular passage, and I kept drawing a blank, so now it's been swapped out, until I have time to read it from cover to cover, this time annotating it in the margin.