Suggesting Wicca is suggesting a religion. Wiccan books do have a lot on basic magic, but most is from a wiccan religious perspective. Wicca as a religion should not be approached do to magical needs, it should be seen as a serious religious structure of beliefs. I just want to point this out since, this person asks for magic basics but does not affiliate himself in the search of dogma, as to not confuse this person with Wicca.
-Start with Meditation
-And read read read. Before any magic takes place you must know your craft :)