If you are starting your CCIE studies you will have no doubt come across the CCIE Reading list from Cisco.
If you have the time to read all these books cover to cover then good luck, but like most of us this list will be used as a reference. There are a few books however that I recommend that you do focus on.
This list is starting from a CCNP level of knowledge and you should also hopefully have one of the books!
Also regarding books, I have now converted to having all my books on my ipad instead of a huge pile on my bookshelf, this means I can carry them all with me wherever I go. A lot of people prefer the kindle for reading, but I personally am happy with my ipad, it’s a personal choice. Either way you still have all the books you ever need in one place and have them with you all the time which is the main thing.
1. CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide
The first step to the CCIE Lab exam is passing the written exam I would highly recommend reading this book cover to cover, it gives you a very good overview of all the topics in the Lab exam and prepares you well for the written.
The book is for the 350-001 exam and not for the lab but it does cover all the topics you need to be aware of. I have not read the fourth edition as I used the third edition. So long as you are up on the newer MPLS and IPV6 topics you will be fine.
2. Routing TCP/IP Vol I & II by Jeff Doyle
Vol II covers BGP and Multicast. You need these two books but unless you want to don’t attempt to read them cover to cover. Use them as a reference, the writing style is easy going and it is always good to take a differenc appraoch to learning and read some good text.
3. MPLS Fundamentals
This book is my no means MPLS fundamentals, it will take you from a basic level to a very advanced level and so much more info in here than you will need for the R&S lab. Saying that it is a very good read and a book that I have read quite a lot of. It will teach you a lot about MPLS.
4. Internet Routing Architectures
That is my list of books, for everything else you need to read the documentation.
For the switching the switch configuration guide
The only other advice I can give is to just read and read and read. So long as you are reading about the technologies then you are one step closer.