Personally, I found "SQL Server 2005 Bible", by Paul Nielsen (www.isnotnull.com), very easy to read and incredibly helpful in learning SQL.
I found the related "... for Dummies" books to be so simple as to be useless.
I also spent (and still spend) a LOT of time in Books Online and MSDN getting details about things. BOL and MSDN articles often assume you know more than a begginer often does, but once you catch up to them, they are very useful.
Another page that has interesting and useful information on it is http://www.simple-talk.com. That, like SQL ServerCentral, is by RedGate. The workshops by Robyn Page and Phil Factor on there are excellent.
Other than that, I mainly recommend SQL ServerCentral.
And, welcome to the wild and wooly world of being a DBA. 🙂
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