I would never contradict the well-informed suggestions above. In all research, including magical research, always try to gain information from primary sources, and the Rune Poems are likely the closest one can come.
However, because of the personal nature of magic, you may benefit from a little exercise. Learn the meanings of the runes from whichever sources appeal to you. Then write out the runes on seperate scraps of paper and try carrying around one rune a day, seeing the impact it has on your day and your mindset. Completing this took me some time but I find myself intimately comfortable with the definitions and potential uses of runes.
Essentially this is a less intense form of Odin's method, which relies more on your powers of observation than your skills of intuition