If you are interested in audio recording and have a desire to learn more and hone your craft, these books are an excellent start. Listed in no particular order.
Mixing With Your Mind by Michael Paul Stavrou
A bit pricey at $80 USD, but worth every penny. This book is such an entertaining read and full of real world tips for obtaining great sounds in the studio. If you’re struggling with getting great guitar and drums sounds, are completely baffled by all those knobs on your compressor, or wondering why you would ever want to mix in mono, this book is for you. Highly recommend.
The Home Studio Guide to Microphones by Loren Alldrin
Loren recorded my college band Able Cain in 1992 or 1993, back when ADATs ruled the world. A few years later, he wrote this excellent primer on microphones. The book is a must read from anyone curious about how microphones work, wonders how to choose the right microphone for the job at hand, and wants some guidance for correct microphone placement. Even all these years later, I still refer to this book for ideas on how to mic instruments I don’t normally encounter. A great reference to have on the bookshelf.
Mastering Audio, Second Edition: The art and the science by Robert A. Katz
Hands down, the best book on mastering I’ve read to date. In fact, the Berklee School of Music uses it as the textbook for their mastering course! This book is a must read for anyone interested in digital audio and mastering. Full of technical information you won’t find elsewhere. Deep, but still an enjoyable read.
The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook: The Audio Mastering Handbook by Bobby Owsinski
A great introduction to mastering and related technology. If you’ve already read Bob Katz’s book, this one will seem a bit elementary, but the included interviews with ten top mastering engineers is absolutely priceless.