The "world filled with the plagues of passion and ignorance"? Sounds like you could be talking about a monastery too. You'd be surprised, they're not an instant ticket to enlightened living where everyone's perfect
The next step you may want to take is try looking at some various Dharma centers in your area (of course some places have more than others, but hopefully there's at least some). Sometimes meeting some teachers and fellow practitioners can give us a big boost in addition to studying books, and maybe it'll be the next best thing to joining a nunnery. Maybe it'll be better even, who knows.
As for specifics you might like the book Dharma punx. It's all about working towards enlightenment as a young person, in a crazy samsaric culture. It's a bit more of an autobiography than a specific teaching per se, but I found it inspiring and entertaining. Also, the Podcast "Against The Stream" would probably be of interest, a lot of good teachers on there. Free on itunes (there's actually a bunch of good Buddhist podcasts out there).