Two books were being used this weekend. Cozy Crochet by Melissa Leapman and Trendsetting Totes from American School of Needlework. Neither of these books is particularly new. But they are both good choices.
Cozy crochet has a wide range of designs: good if you want to try lots of different projects. Totes is, of course, a very specific project book, but it gives you several different ways to do each design. Which can get your own creative juices flowing.