Amazon currently has The LEGO Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz for under $8. This is the lowest price it’s been with a 68% discount.
This book provides ideas to build models with hints and tips though there is no complete instructions. Often times, it will show a cross section of the model for the tricky parts. It’s a good mix that will teach you enough to get started and give you some inspiration to put your own take on the model.