i agree with what Memphis said. i'll add: check out The Solitary Practioner by Scott Cunningham if you don't have other pracitioners around you.
I'm kind of a generalist pagan with some buddhist/hindu/presbyterian/science thrown in. I'm not a big fan of covens personally but mostly because I'm not a big fan of organized religion in general. I think of my spirituality as a more personal experience and not something I want someone else to dictate how I experience or practice it. I take the same approach with the books as more of a guide for ideas and to provoke thought to develop my own beliefs and practices that work best for me, and not necessarily as a rule book or "bible". I do have a few like-minded friends who I celebrate various rituals and holidays with. We include our kids too and have very informal ritual ceremonies that usually end up an eclectic mix, most of which we make up on the spot based on what the situation calls for and whatever tools we can scrounge up, but loosely based on ideas we get from various books. In my opinion, what's most important is what it means to you and not what it means to someone else.
I've gone to some local coven meetings before though and they are all nice people, it just wasn't for me, although it was good to talk to other more experienced practitioners when I was first starting out. Some people really like the organized aspect though, especially if you come from a very ritualized kind of background like Catholicism or something, it might make it a more comfortable transition. To each her own!
Well, first you don't have to be a wiccan to be a witch. If you are interested in magick and rituals in general, I recommend reading up on Paganism in general. There is such a vast spirituality and belief-based groups that fall under Paganism. I was never really interested in Wicca, but instead felt a close relation to Druidry, Celtic Paganism, Native American spirituality, and Gaiaism. The best books in my opinion to start off reading about Paganism is River and Joyce Higginbothom's book Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-based Religions and Pagan Spirituality (but only after you have read and practiced the first book as it is an advanced reading). I really enjoyed these books and felt like I learned a lot by doing the exercising and such. They both are set up kind of like school textbooks as there is a specific section and chapters, then exercises at the end which usually include a guided meditation.
After you figure out which branch of Paganism you like (or if you just like the beliefs of Paganism in general) you can then search for specifics. I used to consider myself an Eclectic Pagan, pulling beliefs from a number of branches. I recommend reading John Michael Greer's books on Druidry if you have any interest in Celtic or Olde-world religion.
Otherwise, there are a TON of paganism resources out there. Just make sure to do your research before purchasing books and the like. A lof of people talk bad about Llewelyn, but I like a lot of their books and resources (been buying the Witches Datebook for about 5 years now).