Nice suggestions. You can also try out the resources at the links section of this forum. http://www.javaranch.com/scwcdlinks.jsp.
You may want to check out the sample chapters.. from some really good books.. in case you want a really depth study of some topics.
And don't underestimate the importance of writings lines of code..try program as much as possible.
[ October 29, 2002: Message edited by: Rachel White ]