I have some experience of 3.5E D&D from years ago and am considering getting into the latest version. However, there seem to be a lot of different books available and I am struggling to tell what is what. I am interested in anything that provides more character options (classes, subclasses, races, spells) and not really interested in lore or books that take you through an actual adventure or setting.
In terms of Core books there is the player guide, DM
guide and basic monster manual, so I am pretty sure I want all of those.
For supplements, my understanding is that the Tasha and Xanathar books have lots of subclasses and spells, so that sounds good to me. However, Mordenkainen and Voldo are pretty much just extra monsters? If I already have one full book dedicated to monsters then that seems like overkill.
As far as I can tell, everything else is either campaign books or slightly more general books to help with adventures in a specific area. Are there any of these that contain significant amounts of extra character-building goodies?
For 3.5E I had separate compendiums of extra spells and magic items. It seems like 5E does not really have any equivalents?
Thanks for any guidance