Not only will you find bees fascinating but the history of beekeeping is equally intriguing. You can read about Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (LLL) who was born in 1810. At age 23 he took up beekeeping as a hobby. Prior to that he studied another insect, the ant. The trouble that LLL found is that to get the honey and comb out you had to destroy the beehive. In 1851 he imagined a new type of beehive. Since bees are so precise (I wish I could be that exact) he had to find the distance needed between frames for bees to move up and down inside the hive. He found this distance to be 3/8 of an inch. He filed a patent. The basic Langstroth hive is the same one I have placed in my garden. In 1853 he published a book (if anyone finds an original copy, please promptly mail it to me- I have an updated copy) called The Hive and the Honeybee. He described the benefits of the hive and good bee management.
My favorite book on Beekeeping today is The Backyard Beekeeper. Yes there are a lot of books to read- but all worth it. Some are The Honey Bee, The Beekeeper's Lament and Bee Democracy.