It won’t be long before the days shorten, the temps drop and we’re all spending more inside. What to do? Read! Here are some favorite Prepper fiction and non-fiction books:
The Flu by Jaqueline Druga – (Fiction) This author imagines what would happen if the Spanish Flu, thought to be extinct, resurfaced in the United States. Set in fictional Lodi, Ohio this book explores the consequences and moral tests of a new plague.
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante – Yes, that’s the title of this interesting book that approaches food preservation from an old timey angle.
Wool series by Hugh Howey – (Fiction) there are nine books in this series that takes place in post-apocalyptic America. The series follows Holston, the sheriff of an underground world called the Silos. Rumor has it the movie rights have been sold.
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson – (Non-fiction) This is the true story of Victorian London’s deadly cholera epidemic and how it changed science and society. This one is a must-read.
SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation by John “Lofty” Wiseman. We love the app but we love the book just as much. A good one to have in paper form so you don’t have to rely on your eReader long term.
Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family by Dr. Arthur Bradley – Now in it’s third edition, this is a great basic handbook to get the whole family involved in a preparedness plan.
Wilderness First Aid: A Waterproof Pocket Guide to Common Sense Self Care by Dave Canterbury – Not only is this a good read, it’s a good book to keep in the car or stash in your backpack. Because the waterproof aspect is kind of a novelty, we like giving this one as a gift too.
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M Barry – (Non-fiction) If you liked The Ghost Map, you’ll like The Great Influenza, the story of how a flu pandemic killed more than 100 million people worldwide – more people in a year than the Black Death killed in 10 years. A fascinating look at how viruses spread.
Killer Germs by Barry Zimmerman (Non-fiction) is an interesting look at microbes, plagues, antibiotics and bioterrorism.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Fiction) follows the story of a family struggling to survive on Earth after a meteor hits the moon and knocks it closer to Earth.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Fiction) takes place in a world ruined by plague and follows Jimmy, the last man alive.
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Fiction? Non-Fiction? You decide.) If you’re concerned about “hordes of undead that may be stalking you right now”, this is the book for you. This book covers everything, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.