I recently bought a house with a wood burning stove and having no experience with one or dealing with wood in any way, although it had always interested me, I sought to educate myself as thoroughly as possible.
I came across Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting by accident
At the time I did not know how popular the book was but after reading it over the past week I can see why.
My wife thought my love of the book was "cute but odd" but I really became sucked in by it. I was originally driven by the desire to learn what I could about trees types, wood burning, seasoning, wood cutting and the tools for doing so. Yet the book proved to be more than that, it is also a calming and enjoyable read about nature and our relationship with wood and wood burning. I cant really explain it but for someone who works at a desk in an office in a big city, the book proved very effective at transporting my thinking to a much calmer and more grounded place.
It is not a step by step guide as to how to wield an axe, sharpen one, chopping technique, etc. However, if you cut and burn wood or simply enjoy the topic or the outdoors, I highly recommend it