Prepping books

I enjoy reading and collecting prepping books (nonfiction).  I’m also making a prepping journal (supplies, gardening, what to do kind of stuff).  I have collection of magazines (Mother Earth News, Grit, Country Side).  Hardcopies are beneficial for me and my grandkids in case we ever loose power for an extended period of time, i.e., SHTF.  The below pic is most of my books.  Please recommend books you find useful. Thanks very much.survival books 


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      I can recommend “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why” by Amanda Ripley. I bought the audiobook about a week ago. Very good narrator and very interesting content. I have listened to it twice now, and it’s definitely a keeper for me. Should be great to have in a printed version. Also, for anyone out there with an Audible subscription, I was able to download for free “Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death” by Lawrence Gonzales. This is a book that is on the recommended books page on The Prepared and I look forward to listening to it.

      Comparing my bookshelf to yours, I might recommend “Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival” by Mors Kochanski. It has a great combination of illustrations and text so should be equally interesting to you and your grandkids. (I love the illustrations.) Another entertaining book is “Survival Wisdom & Know-How.” Only downside to this one is that it’s a huge book (same size as my National Geographic World Atlas!)

      One more idea I have is a supplement to your canning books. A couple years ago, a friend gifted me a book called “The Joy of Pickling” by Linda Ziedrich. It’s my reference book for times when I have a lot of vegetables and eggs; it might contain some useful recipes for you too.

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        I just finished “The Unthinkable” by Amanda Riley and agree it is really good insight and information on how persons actually respond in disasters and how educating and empowering the regular folks is key.  I’m on my second time through the audiobook I get from the local library.  It was mentioned on another thread.

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      Like Temari said, we have a great article about some of the Best survival and prepper books that you should check out if you haven’t already. Also the discussion of that article has some other good feedback from users. There are some books on that list that peaked my interest, and instead of just going out and buying them, I looked and saw that my library had the ones that I was interested in. It was nice to borrow it, read it, and see if that was a book that I wanted to invest in and buy.


      These are four paperback prepping books that I have. The top two I had bought while in high school when I was getting into prepping and liked watching Cody Lundin on the Discovery Channel. They are pretty basic and if you have been prepping for a while, I may not recommend it as much as I would to the newbie prepper. 

      The bottom two are okay… Just a overall guide of various prepping and survival topics. 

      I personally would much rather just look up the topic I want to learn about here on The Prepared. The resources, knowledge, and details in the articles here are much better than i’ve read in any of these books. But if you are wanting an offline copy of something, then these could be good options.

      I’m trying to learn everything in these books, and from places like The Prepared ahead of time so that if a disaster was to hit, I would have all that knowledge in my brain, readily accessible. I won’t have to run to my book and figure out how to filter and purify water. But for some things that you don’t have experience with and are a bit more complex, having a resource guide is valuable. 

      Winston Smith – I think you have a much better library than I do. Your books are about gardening, canning, and first aid. While you can learn those skills, those are books where a reference guide would be a good resource. Mine aren’t of much value once they are up in your noggin, there isn’t too much that they add being in book form.

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      I find Mother Earth news to be an incredible resource for preppers and those wanting to be self sufficient.  I have lots of books, covering all sorts of topics, but if I had to choose just one, the most comprehensive one I have is Grandpappy’s Survival Manual For Hard Times.  I mean for example, he devotes 10 pages, with pictures, to making homemade soap from rainwater, wood ash & animal fat.


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        That looks like a pretty great book. Thank you for sharing.

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      Wouldn’t be a book but rather a catalog or magazine. For my specifics, I have a couple of fish nets.

      Net fishing need not be neglected even if not near bodies of water. Too many forget about required evacuations.

      I’m mentioning this method only for all Hades breaks loose / SHTF situations.  Otherwise, the regulations on net fishing mean only for the licensed to the hilt non-private citizen.

      The R.O.I. – Return on Investment – of net fishing compared to other food source efforts – are high … very high.

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      Not so much books, but survival magazines can be useful, “‘American’ Survival Guide” was published from Jan 82 through Sept 2000 and has lots of articles.  “Survive” started in 1981 and died in 1985, followed a few years later by “Practical Survival” in 1991-1992.  Older issues are available from used bookstores and e-Bay, among others. There are more recent magazines available with similar titles and updated gear selections.  Don’t overlook them, but don’t overpay to get copies!  Then share what you have with your group!