I’m not saying I have the Ultimate Book Collection or even that I have a complete collection of Prepper books, but I do have a decent collection of books on preparedness and Pioneer/Primitive Living (see the photo of my bookshelf) and I’ve read most of them cover to cover. I’m constantly on the lookout for good prep books and buy one or two a month to read. I love getting referrals to good books – whether they’re instructional, reference or fictional (prep based novels) I like having other people tell me what they thought was good/fun/valuable.
So, I thought I would start a new book review feature where I would recommend a good book on prepping and discuss it quickly. I’ll also talk about what I’m currently reading and fill you in on what I’m planning to read next.
First, I’d like to introduce you to my prep bookshelf so we have a decent visual to work with here:
Top Shelf: (Left) Military Survival and Training Manuals and Boy Scout Manuals (Right) Several Cookbooks, especially wheat and bread
Second Shelf: Mostly gardening, some livestock
Third Shelf: The tall books, lots of livestock, gardening, tools, etc. Several Pioneer Skills Encyclopedias
Fourth Shelf: More Livestock, other general survival manuals
There are a lot of books not currently on the bookshelf that should be – each shelf is usually full. Most of the missing books are either on my desk, in my room, or one of my kids is reading it :)
If you’re interested in Military manuals, one of the easiest places to find them is in Military Surplus stores like Uncle Sam’s in Orem. These are great instructor based manuals that provide excellent information on topics that are difficult to get experience in – like Sniping methods and tactics.
I have a lot of livestock books – Cows, Horses, Chickens, Goats, Rabbits, Sheep, etc. A lot of times these books focus on a particular area like Raising, Breeding, Training, etc. If you’re looking for one, make sure it covers the area you’re interested in. I buy up every Country/Pioneer Skills book I find. There are several encyclopedia type books out there on country skills that are excellent.
I have a lot of Gardening books as well – different ones focus on fruits, vegetables and herbs. I constantly find them useful as references. I also have several books that cover skilled work like electrical wiring, plumbing, etc. Several on ‘shop’ methods and wood working as well.
My bookshelf isn’t just for books on things I consider myself a quasi-expert in, it also has many books that I think will be most useful in a TEOTWAWKI situation – ones that will provide answers to questions we haven’t needed or thought to ask yet.
Right now I’m starting a book called Rising Storm by Jessica Draper. It’s about end of days and the opening of the Seventh Seal – my father recommended it and said he really enjoyed it. I’ll be reporting on that soon, in the mean time I’ll start putting up some review of other books.
Do you have any book recommendations for me or others? Do you have a collection of prep books, what is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.