I have been reading an advanced review copy of the book called "Best Kept Secrets of .NET" by Deborah Kurata. Quite an interesting attempt, as this in not one of the normal run of the mill technology books. This book attempts to give you all the small tips that would make you more productive and also increase the quality of your output.
The book consists of 5 major chapters, that cover, VS.NET, Winforms, ADO.NET, Coding Tricks and Error handling and recovery.
The book does not attempt to be a guide to help you learn .NET, though Deborah has tried to do introduction to technical stuff wherever possible. So I would say, if you dont know .NET, this book may not be a good starting point. If you already work with .NET, then this book may help you a lot.
I was suprised to learn that there are 12 different ways to do a search in VS.NET. Seems to be way too much to do a simple search.. :-)
Can this book be one that you can read end to end? Well I doubt it. Though it is not very difficult to read, it can be too much for a continous read. Most probably this will not be the most productive use of the book as you would have forgotten half of what you read by the end. So I would really recommend that you have this near you when you code and slowly start using tip by tip so that you start taking advantage of a lot of those shortcuts and best practices this book is filled with.
This book is Published by apress