I don't have much experience making pickles, but I'm putting up as much as I can this year. I got the Ball Home Preserving Book (edited by Judi Kingry & Lauren Devine). In the past couple weeks I've made:
End of the Garden Pickles
Grandma's Dill Pickles
Not from this book, I've also made:
Blue Ribbon Dill Pickles
Half Sour Pickles Deli Style, these were too salty for us and went to the compost
My favorite pickle recipe so far:
NY Times Sour Pickles, a fantastic, simple deli half sour dill pickle. Yumm!
I plan to make a few more recipes from the Ball book:
Victorian Barbeque Sauce
Also, I have a bunch of pear recipes marked as I've got a big crop ripening on my trees. The recipes sound really good.