From another person learning
I am also trying to teach myself C++, here are some things that I have learned.
First, nothing will make people on bulletin boards more upset than someone posting questions which have been answered multiple times already.
Second, the library is a great place to find books. That way you can see if you like the book before you buy it. Sometimes it is hard to find real up to date books that are not checked out, but it is worth a shot.
Also, you can write almost any kind of program with C++. Programming window applications in C++ is somewhat involved and it seems best to me to have a fairly good understanding of C++ before taking on Window Applications.
Stick with it, and good luck.