Question: I would like to start studying Hinduism. What books would you recommend I read? Should I begin by reading the Vedas?
I would suggest you begin your studies of Hinduism by reading the “Bhagavad Gita”, which is the most important scriptural text for Hindus.
According to the Gita true religion is that which is inherent in the soul. It can not be changed, and it is universally the same for all living entities. The external faiths are material reflections of the inherent spiritual quality of the soul. We must rise above the material bodily designations and realize our true identity as a spirit soul, part and parcel of God.
As far as the four Vedas are concerned, they are not very relevant today. Bhagavad Gita is more important for understanding the philosophy of Hinduism. Please take up a serious study of the Bhagavad Gita. I am sure you will find the answers you are looking for there.