Due to my genuine interest to Goldbach's conjecture, I decided to self-study the subject of additive number theory on this upcoming Fall. Before jumping to such fascinating field of mathematics, I decided to self-study "introductory" number theory as I never took a number-theory course in past. While browsing through websites and libraries, I found books like Ireland/Rosen, Apostol, Nathanson,Hardy/Wright, Sierpinski, and Niven/Zuckerman/Montogomery. I really like them but I am not sure what book would be best for my plan to study additive number theory. Ireland/Rosen looks like it emphasizes algebraic aspect and assumes familiarity with elementary number theory from readers, Hardy/Wright and Apostol looks like an introduction to analytic number theory (which I am doubting if it is better idea to just start with additive number theory), etc. Currently, I fear that choosing wrong book might kill my curiosity to the number theory.
What books do you recommend to prepare for analytic number theory?