I started 10 months ago with Starting Strength. I didn't read the book, actually. But I followed the linear progression which was the idea of the routine. After I stalled 2 times, I switched to a push/pull routine and did it for 3 months. I am now doing Madcow 5x5 with high fat/protein and low carb diet.
Bench Press: 170lbs
Madcow 5x5 gave me great strength gains even if I was cutting.