I found learning about charting to be critical in developing a program to enter and exit stocks and control my risk. Without that you really cannot make money in the stock market.
You don’t need to read thirty books to learn all of this though. But you do need to read a few. So here are the top five books that I recommend for you to read on technical analysis:
Book 1) Strategic Stock Trading by Michael Swanson
Book 2) Technical Analysis Explained by Martin Pring
Book 3) Technical Analysis of Stock Trends by Robert Edwards and John Macgee
Book 4) Trend Following by Michael Covel
Book 5) Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders by Jack Schwager
I also suggest that you get your hands on my free technical analysis PDF titled The Two Fold Formula. It is all about the one most profitable stock patterns I have ever found when it comes to buying a stock.