Long time no see
I got a new hobby - electronics. And I would like to recommend a book that helped me a lot with it. The book is "Make: Electronics" by Charles Platt. Best thing about it is that you can order a book with all necessary components (a.k.a starter kit). Also it's translated in many languages, I personally read it in Russian.
I had no experience in soldering before. A week after I started to read this book I soldered my first circuit:
(Please note that there is no soldering iron in a starter kit, you should order it separately).
Long story short - it's one of the best books I've ever read and I heartily recommend it.
Next step - AVR/Arduino and PIC microcontrollers.