A Practical Guide to The Runes by Lisa Peschel is the best go-to book for runes. It goes in depth on each rune and then also explains how to carve your own and how to make talismans using multiple runes. I must also say that if you pay more than ten dollars for it you're getting ripped off. It's geared towards beginners. A couple people have also told me to completely ignore the chapter on "Wyrd" or the blank rune.
For the rest I suggest hitting up the closest wiccan shop by you and asking them to help or just going through their book section on your own. Usually even if they don't have anything the shopkeepers at such places will have tons of suggestions or will at least give you author names to set your search off in the right direction. Always hit the magic shops before the New Age sections of your local bookstores.
I would also strongly recommend picking up an old fashioned farmer's almanac to go along with anything you pick up for the moon phases research.
Hope this helps a bit and that others will recommend more books for you.