Friday Poll: How many survival / prepping / homesteading books do you have?



Sorry, folks… I almost forgot to post this segment today.

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Bonus question… if you could have only one prepping / survival related book which one would you choose. For me it would be The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, after the Bible of course.

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  1. worrisome says:

    Thanks for the lead on the encyclopedia book, just went and got it.

  2. I have 1000′s of books…lots of them have to do with prepping and survival.

  3. I have an older version of the Carla Emery book… is there any benefit to upgrading to a new edition?

  4. Well how many ‘books’? Only 3 in paper, but tons on the computer and back up memory sticks, and more of first aid, herbal remedies, plant id, gardening, and other related books.

    • Same boat as Donna, tons on iPad, but few actual bound books on survivalism. Not to mention saved printouts and files. AND copies of Mother Earth News on iPad as well as on iPad. DH is the one that saves books on livestock and hunting.

  5. waterboy says:

    Easy…the Foxfire series.

    • Deborah Harris says:

      Ditto. Foxfire series is excellent, as well as Encyclopedia of Country Living

  6. I have lots of books on gardening, one or two on off-grid living, several e-books on various related subjects, some canning and food saving books, a set of booklets on disaster preparation, etc. I really don’t know for certain. Among my collection is one of the Foxfire books – I’d like to have the whole set, but this one was recommended as the first one to get for prepping – lots of how tos.

    • Which Foxfire book is this?

      • Must be #3 – it’s the only one I don’t still have on my Wish List.

        Foxfire 3 : Animal Care, Banjos and Dulcimers, Hide Tanning, Summer and Fall Wild Plant Foods, Butter Churns, Ginseng, and More

        • I didn’t include e books as they may not always be an available source. Some of what I call “survival” books others may not.

          • Bob,
            I may have counted some of the same types of books you mention indirectly here also. Books on construction, and chainsaw maintenance, for instance.

  7. Only one book?! There are so many, and I’ve learned so much from all of them. After my Bible, I would have to say The Preppers Pocket Guide. It is concise, straightforward, and easy to understand. Besides having multiple copies (print and ebook), this is the first book I give to friends who are new to prepping. Two and three (also given out or recommended) would be Survival Mom and Just In Case. Bugging out is not an option for many of us, so I look for books that will help us make a stand and shelter in place.

    In my opinion, we need more books for urban and suburbanites, who homestead where we live now and plan to shelter in place. I know I would never survive on a farm nor in the country.

    • Nor would we let you unless you have a real skill we could use.

      • JeffintheWest says:

        You’re pretty much a total jerk, aren’t you?

        • Encourager says:

          Hey everybody! Remember, IGNORE THE TROLLS. Don’t encourage them. Just report them and let M.D. handle them.

          PLEASE, DON’T FEED THE TROLLS!

      • Sw't Tater says:

        TROLL alert…or Jerk alert.
        ..It takes nothing special to be a JACK, you are being periously close IMHO,
        , and you are proclaiming to readers, that your attitude is not into preparing your family but be-littling, and snipping someone else.
        This site is all about preparing for what-ever emergency our families suffer….whether Job loss, hurricaine,tornado or economic disaster…
        Most of us are very sincere and seeking ways to do it as cheaply as we can.. NONE of us .. need the snide remarks here, we already have enough drama in our lives.. If you can’t say something nice you should just keep your fingers from the keyboard.

      • Let’s see. I can garden, cook, bake, sew, knit, crochet, spin, weave, and embroider.I am learning to can now and cook outside and encourage/teach others. Not everyone likes the country, you know.

    • k. fields says:

      “I know I would never survive on a farm nor in the country.”

      Linda, I think that is an excellent self-assessment and I agree fully with your desire to see more written on urban homesteading. Backyard gardens and small urban livestock raising used to be the norm in many places.

      An early 80′s survivalist author writing under the pseudonym Ragnar Benson once stated, “As a general rule the survivor is better off staying on his home ground. I have found that farmers are so different in their ways of thinking and acting that it would be absolute idiocy to leave the city in an emergency and expect to coexist with them. You would be dead and gone within a month if you try it.”
      “If you have street sense rather than field sense, stay on the streets.”

      In many ways urban survival may be easier and if you can make it through the first year or so, I anticipate you will see the “country folk” coming to the city for trade rather than city folks going into the country.

    • Linda,

      Why do you think that you could not survive in the country? Most of the skills (gardening, preserving, foraging, etc.) needed are pretty much the same no matter if you’re on a city lot or in a more rural area. The hardest part about making it in the country is being able to find employment. But if you’re more comfortable in an urban area then you’re probably better off staying put.

      • You may laugh, because it is funny, but I am afraid of most farm animals. They’re so big. Also, I think you have to be pretty hardy and fit to live in the country. I respect the people who can live in the country. They are a special breed. Here in the suburbs I could do the most good, if only encouraging people to learn to garden and learn to prepare effectively. I am not the best prepper, but I do share the knowledge I have gained with others, especially the young ones. For some reason, they listen to me. This is where the Lord planted me, and I do feel very comfortable here.

        • Babycatcher says:

          Then that sounds like the best place for you to be, right where you are! :) we need more people in suburbia teaching people who want to know how to survive what’s coming. We are in a semi rural area, but are cheek to cheek with subdivisions. If they want to learn how to prep, I’ll help teach them.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          Well, you’re the best judge of your own capabilities — that’s for sure. But to just balance the scales a bit, it sounds like you have most of the skills anyone living in the country would want or need!

          As far as “big” animals go, they can be intimidating, but if you just think of them as friends and exercise a little care around them (because they tend to think of you as another herd mate — unless you show excessive fear, which makes them nervous — and they’ll rub against you or accidentally step on your foot or something if you’re not careful), you’d be doing fine with them in no time. Especially if you get them young and raise them from babies….

          But again, you have to do what’s right for you. I’d just encourage you to not necessarily give up on the country if a good opportunity comes your way someday! ;-)

        • Linda – I kinda know how you feel although I would like to move to a more rural area. In my case, because of work, we are sorta stuck where we are. So we are making do, growing what we can and learning as much as possible. Current ordinances even say I can have up to 2 farm animals. I just haven’t convinced the DH that chickens would be a good idea.

          • GA Red;
            Just think of this as a learning expedition until the place you want comes along to be your new home.

            • I’m trying. We ultimately would like to live somewhere closer to the hubby’s cousins which is in North Georgia, but if it becomes absolutely necessary, we can move to South Georgia which is closer to where my mom grew up.

        • Fit? I don’t think so. I’m 50-60 pounds overweight and I’ve lived in the country almost all my life.

    • axelsteve says:

      Linda. I agree with you. The bible gives you the wisdom to prepare for many things.

    • Donna in MN says:

      I found a website that had offered an Urban Survival Guide ebook by Davis Morris that led me to this place. They offered free tips though a series of emails. Since I am not urban, I was looking for more homestead and rural info, so I haven’t been to their web site in a while.

  8. JP in MT says:

    According to my spreadsheet I have the following prepper related material.

    145 non-fiction
    57 fiction
    15 DVD’s

    This does not count computer files, e-books, PDF’s, or binders.

  9. ozhillbilly says:

    As I have mentioned in pervious posts, I am a self-admitted bookaholic. I easily have over 500 books and they are all reference type books. Everything from the typical survival/prepping books to homesteading and beyond. Too bad I can’t post a picture. BTW, no E-books for me. I want that book in my dirty hands.

    • Encourager says:

      Have to agree with you, ozhillbilly! I like the ‘feel’ of a book in my hands. But I will make an exception at the moment…had the need to just read some fiction to take my mind off of problems. Got “The Dome” at the library. Good grief! That sucker is over 3 inches thick and weighs a ton. Not too crazy about the story as yet; better pick up fast.

    • Rob in Ontario says:

      I agree nothing beats an actual book in your hand- I know it would ba a pain to move them all if I had to, but I figure its worth the effort if you can’t recharge a computer or other devices.

  10. Prepping Wife. says:

    I would want a book on natural meds. I’ve printed tons of stuff but having it all in one place would be great.

  11. Exile1981 says:

    If you count first aid, and medical books, and all the books then into the 100′s.

  12. Goatlover says:

    I’m with you on the Encyclopedia of Country Living. It stays on my nightstand, next to my Bible!

    • I think I’m going to have to move it to the top of the list. Next question – which edition should I get? There’s apparently a new one.

  13. I have a lot of books on various skills etc. I also have a TON more info stored on DVD’s, hard drives & USB Jump drives in the form of text files, pdfs, jpegs and even videos. Along with a cached old laptop that is EMP hardened in it’s storage container.

    IF I were to pick just ONE book, I couldn’t do it. But series of books, I would go with the Backwoods Home Magazine Anthologies for hard copy and the Mother Earth News archives on DVD for digital.

    Knowledge is one of the most valuable tools we can posses!

  14. I said less then 10 because I only have around 5 books in print. I do have a bunch of stuff printed out, saved to the computer and in ebook format.

    If I could only choose one…eek, no clue.

  15. The Happy Rooikat says:

    I like how you have the Bible there!

  16. The entire Mother Earth News and Backwoods Home archives would be my go to. And of course MD’s books and CD’s!

    • Mama J;
      Have you ever read Countryside?
      It is another one that I use as a go to for prepping. Like you I have M/Earth, use to have Backwoods Home but have not replaced them yet. I just received MD’s books, and have yet had the opportunity to read them.

      • I get Countryside and Acres… nice to have. The Acres is more geared towards farming, but there is at least one article I can use.

      • I have read Countryside but don’t subscribe. I get them often form the thrift store for 10 cents a copy. I buy them all. The photographs are spectactular! I pick up Grit and Mary Janes Farm for inspiration.

        • Mama J;
          What do you think about Grit and Mary Jane Farms? I was offered a subscription to these magazines but did not take them, as I had enough with M/Earth, Countryside. My days are book and I only have time to read in the evening…bedtime.

      • Becky,
        Countryside is a good down to earth resource. Mother Earth News is a good resource, but sometimes in the past has gone a bit more urban, perhaps looking for the urban homesteader. I have all of TMEN from #1 to the present, but I’ve been looking at their collection on DVD as a possible better way to save and access the collection.

  17. JeffintheWest says:

    I’ve been steadily growing my library over the past seven years, but I don’t have nearly enough. Thanks for the tip on the Encyclopedia, though, I’ll add it as soon as I have some spare cash.

  18. I don’t think I could limit myself to one survival or preparedness related book. There are so many out there and no single book has all of the answers. If I had to limit myself I would likely have an expert text for each specific area of food, water, shelter, security, homesteading, bushcraft, and medicine. Next time pick a harder question M.D.!!!

  19. tommy2rs says:

    Picking one book is like picking one gun. But if I had to choose it’d be Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. It’s tattered, battered, well thumbed, has notes in all the margins and has served me well since the 80′s.

    • tommy2rs,
      If I had to choose only one book, it would be "Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook By James Talmage Stevens”. I have three copies dating from the late 1970′s until just a few years
      ago.  It is also available in an optional pdf copy.  I met Stevens
      and he is not only a nice guy, but the real deal.
      I also have a copy of Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and it is also a gem. Actually, it would be somewhere between hard and impossoble to just pick one book.

  20. Doris Jones says:

    I did NOT have your favorite book. Will get it immediately. Thank you!
    My most necessary book is the “Country Wisdom and Know How
    by the Editors of the Storey Books. It lists 8,167 useful skills with the step by step instructions, photos and diagrams that are most helpful. It is an over sized book –like the size of big old magazines and has an encyclopedia of great information on old skills and lost survival arts.
    ***Also I treasure “31 days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Prepardness” by MD Creekmore. (Keep this one in my BOB!)

    • Thanks for the recommendation, this looks like an excellent book (I’m speaking of the Country Wisdom and Know How). This is exactly the type of information I like to read.

      • Rob in Ontario says:

        Mark I picked up my book of Natural healing Wisdom , Survial Wisdom and Gardening Wisdom at Costco – its actually a set of books I have yet to find Country Wisdom

        • Rob in Ontario says:

          Duh me I do have the Country Wisdom book also was not put back after I was looking at it

  21. If you count my Mother Earth, Power, woodworkers (magazines), over 100.
    There are the other books all related to self reliance, including Special Forces first aide book, and old livestock medical book I inherited from my uncle when he passed. Cook books that you can make the base ingredients for other foods then you add the final items, you have cookies or cake. Same for meals, I modified some of the items in the base.
    Last night I took a meat base and made a soup that was ready in 20 minutes for dinner. Great for those nights you want a great meal with lots of vege’s, proteins.

  22. I only have about ten books on the bookshelf.
    However!, I do have many many books, articles, informations on cd’s and on thumb drives. Quite a few printed out and in three ring binders, with separators and tabs to find them quickly. Updated index pages too.

    One binder for animals, one for garden, one for cooking, food preserving, etc. Some articles are in more than one binder.

    Bible first book, Encyclopedia of Country Living is the other book I would definitely keep.

    I find few people who actually want the information on canning, chickens, cheese making, soap making, etc around here. That’s ok, I can share the written pages later, if needed.
    Selene

  23. Well lets see, one book would be hard to choose. Got Carla’s book but it is just one of so many. I did use it for a reference when teaching how to make hominy and grits a few months back. But to pick one book out of several thousand books ( hard copy ) is not something I could do.

  24. OregonMike says:

    The LDS Preparedness Manual.
    Covers a vast amount of topics, from guns, bugout bags, lighting, food,
    medical. etc. Even goes over lessons learned from Argentina’s economic collapse. I have the 2012 version and it was fairly inexpensive for 500 pages of what’s and how’s.

    • I am getting this based on what I have read here, but another book on Argentina’s economic collapse is Surviving the Economic Collapse by Aguirre. It is eye opening and very good.

      • I agree, Linda. He did a good job. He seems very pro bugging in, as well, even in urban areas, although he suffered a major economic disruption rather than TEOTWAWKI.

        • Encourager says:

          Aguirre scared me a lot, especially when I read his reason for staying in suburbia – all the isolated homes were taken over with the men killed, the women raped then murdered. No one was close enough to realize what was going on when it happened. I am glad we are in a rural ‘neighborhood’ with a dozen plus homes around us, some with 5 acres, others with 10, many with more. Safety in numbers, with each of us having enough land to provide food and animals.

    • OregonMike,
      And another good thing for this book is that it is a free download.

  25. No paper books but have saved numerous web articles and some old books downloaded over the years plus 40 years of Mother Earth News on CD. Yes I know I’m screwed if there is an EMP, but I am screwed in most scenarios due to my reliance on life saving medications and eventual dialysis not to mention my age and general physical condition. I do have enough back-up power including solar to run my computer so that I can read all of the above.

  26. Digital or hard copy ? that makes a difference . Most of my stuff is digital .

  27. Nancy V. says:

    Regarding the Bonus Question: If I could only take one survival/prepping related book (egads), what would it be? It would be this:

    POCKET REF
    Compiled by Thomas J. Glover
    Fourth Edition
    Sequoia Publishing, Inc.
    Littleton, Colorado USA

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1885071620/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=20685462368&hvpos=1t3&hvexid=&hvnetw=s&hvrand=11187392702082513668&hvpone=10.36&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_311lxsp1ex_b

  28. Donna in MN says:

    Most books that I have read I attained in my noggan and applied what I learned. I have about nine around the house about now. Since no one has the everything book, I am compiling one with everything from internet, what I remember from lost books, and hand me down tips from other people.

  29. Retread says:

    Encyclopedia of Country Living after my Bible, sure. I am shy of 100 survival /prep /farming books. Wifey came in and asked what the I was looking for, so I told her about MD’s survey. She helped me finish counting and finding and then started laughing. Question for you MD, can we count all the phone books we’ve been saving (as backup toilet tissue)? If so, we topped out over 100, otherwise we are in the high 80′s. LOL!

    • Encourager says:

      LOL, Retread! I happen to have about a dozen (maybe more) phone books stuck in a closet “just in case”. Most are small and thin, but a few are Detroit phone books and yellow pages. Those suckers will last a few weeks!

  30. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    40 to 100 easy – more if you count individual issues of old magazines (old MEN, ASG, Berlanger Countryside), but I didn’t figure you were asking that.

  31. mountain lady says:

    When I was preparing for Y2K, I used Holly Deyo’s book Dare to Prepare. It covers most everything. I also have The Foxfire books and many, many others.

  32. TrailGuide says:

    Agreed, MD….I got so paranoid on having only one copy of ‘Carla’ that I bought another to have off-site. As said many times – Two is One, One is NONE!
    TG ~..~

  33. Guess I read more than most people. I have about 35 books, paper & kindle, after a year of prepping. THis doesn’t count the 100s of artricles I’ve copied to our computer, many of which I’ve printed. About 10 of the books are fictional, some of which are good for learning too.

    As for picking one, I’m torn between the LDS Manual & TEOTWAWKI, but James Rawles Wesley.

  34. Thanks to everyone for book recommendations. I have gone to Amazon and ordered a few and put the rest on my wishlist. In case anyone wants to know, I just found a magazine called Living Ready and think it is very good.

  35. NotAHusker says:

    If you can find it, The up with wholesome down with store bought book of recipes and household formulas by Yvonne Young Tarr is full of information my Mom and Grandmother would consider common knowledge for a farm family. Mom thought it would help me when I moved to the city many years ago. But first find a copy of the Encyclopedia of Country Living since it is in print.

  36. I do not mean this in a sarcastic or snide way at all. I’m totally serious.

    Define “prepping/survival related book”.

    It seems to me that ANY book that I can learn something from qualifies.

    • Encourager says:

      Good point, Sirius. And that would even include fiction.

      However, I think M.D. meant a ‘how-to-do-it’ type book. If that’s wrong, M.D., correct me!

  37. back to basics published by readers digest in the 70′s

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Yep, that’s one of my favorites too, though it does tend to be kind of general sometimes….

  38. I just looked up The Encyclopedia of Country Living on amazon, & wow, it is very impressive -over 900 pages. & updated w/ lots of www sites, etc. It’s now on my list of books to get!!

  39. For those who want THe Encyclopedia of Country Living and have a credit at http://www.paperbackswap.com, I just purchased a 2012 copy there for a credit plus $15.58 and shipping. A very good deal compared to amazon prices.
    http://www.paperbackswap.com is a book exchange site -handles hardbacks & audio books on CD too, but not ebooks.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      I also strongly recommend looking at ABEBooks.com. They quite frequently have used copies of books of both in-print and out-of-print books (even long out-of-print ones) for exceptionally low prices. If money is tight, you can’t go wrong with ABE.

  40. k. fields says:

    I would agree with others that the Encyclopedia of Country Living, the Foxfire Books and early Mother Earth News magazines are all wonderful for folks just starting out.
    I don’t own many what I would consider “survivalist / homesteading” books at all, maybe 20 or so, and those are mostly dry reference tomes. I have read a lot of the popular volumes though, but I usually end up passing most of them on to others. In example, when I first read the Foxfire books, I found nothing helpful – they were essentially writing about the life I grew up in, the interviews could just as easily been with my neighbors in Tennessee instead of folks in northern Georgia. The early MEN though added a technological element which was of great interest – and still is.

    • Yup, I’ve got a big boxful of the old Mother Earth News magazines. Every couple of years I have to stop the dp from tossing them out. At one time, one could order many years worth on CD. I’ll have to check if that’s still possible.

      • Mari,
        From 1970 to 2012 is available on DVD, just go to http://www.motherearthnews.com/shopping.

        • Yes, $54.95. I saw that $ for the CD set of “best of” articles, but it didn’t list the DVD. Considering the price of some books, could be well worth it. They also offered other sets of CDs for more specific projects.

          If anyone visits the site, the link is about 2/3 down the page, just above the Facebook logo.

  41. My library has been accumulated over many years . Homesteading/prepping books 32.(including your two MD)The most
    definitive guide for preparedness is the LDS ( 430?pps. )Manual of Preparedness. (sold at cost at their website ) Arlene

  42. Southern Girl says:

    Encyclopedia of Country Living is next on list to order with a dehydrator. Reading “Cooking with Home Storage” now. Great book! See that I do need to add a “go to for everything book” to my library. I have ebooks, but don’t trust availability if grid down. Adding the freebees to my printed notebooks.

    I do have that JWR book. Just kidding! As always M.D., thanks for jogging the brain cells & for guiding us with an excellent reference list for books.

    SG

  43. Readest Digest “Back to basics” encyclopedia would definitly be my first pick. I happen to own it… in my mother’s tongue! =D

  44. 100+ for print books, nigh on 2,000 digital.
    Which one of all those , if I had to choose just one. Formulas, Methods, Tips and Data for home and workshop. A popular science book by Kenneth M. Swezey. Tied for second would be Boy Scout Field Manual, and the NRA Firearms Fact Book.

  45. dragon5126 says:

    I am yet to find a single book that answers all. There is simply too much to know. Between defensive skills, communications, the various forms of agriculture, mechanics, medical and other skills there simply is no way to cover it with one book. And while the majority of the books are wasted for me as I have lived this lifestyle for over 50 years and have learned and practiced these skills all along, I have a family that has not had that time frame of practice and the reference materials are vital for them

    • JeffintheWest says:

      The one book that has come closest for me, in the “one book has it all” category is the SAS survival guide.

  46. TN Mommy says:

    I’m sorry to admit… I have none! I rely on the internet way too much. But I will probably pick up a couple of things. I used to have “The U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide” but I have no idea what happened to my copy. It’s a good book to read that has life saving tips. Mostly I rely on my knowledge from the Army, but reading this makes me think I should head over to the local used book store and see what I can find!

  47. I would like to change my vote. I voted 20-30, but after ready comments, I was reminded of many more. Hard copy, digital, magazines. Maybe 50? I read a lot in winter.

  48. Winomega says:

    I have a few books on home repair, cookbooks, sewing… I don’t know how useful my herb book or healing foods books are. I have an old-fashioned book on keeping house, and “Stocking Up.”

    During the land-lotteries and westward expansion, was there a book they took with, or were people just smarter back then to automatically know how to live?

    • Regarding what books went west with the settlers, Louis L’amour wrote several novels that mentioned which books could be found in those days. Bendigo Shafter, and several of the Sackett series spring to mind.
      Kindle has many books that are out of copyright for FREE, Austen, Bronte sisters,Dickens, Plato, Aristophanes can be downloaded. There are series The World’s Greatest Books and The World’s Best Poetry, for FREE that are well worth the space on a thumb drive. If a body were to read all of those most would consider them ‘well read’ as they saying used to go. The collected works of William Shakespeare are only a few dollars, plays and sonnets both included. There are collections of Science Fiction, Mysteries, Westerns, etc. that are only one or two dollars a volume that each contain many novels. When I first got my FREE kindle for PC program I bought a hundred novels for less than a sawbuck. (Go ahead and google that term kids.) It’s gotten so that a person could acquire and carry the sum total of an eighteenth or nineteenth century liberal arts degree curriculum in the palm of your hand.

      • Winomega says:

        AZYogi, yeah I was taking advantage of that lady with the mailing list, except that borders and time zones and delays made it more profitable to forget the whole deal, or possibly just do what she do direct.

        Last time I read Wilder was well before I fell in love with Swiss Family Robinson.but none of that chaff does more than mindset adjustment.

        I’m talking about a wild-west version of a standard housekeeping guide.

        • Winomega, I saw a book once about Homemaking in the goo
          d old days.I will try my best to located the title and post it.Arlene

  49. Ditto on Carla Emery’s book. I got that one many years ago. It seems to have most anything necessary in one big book. No, sorry, solar stuff not there.

  50. deputydawg says:

    I have 48 in PDF / print, but to be fair, some of the information is duplicated or similar in several. Knowledge is power….

  51. Encourager says:

    Favorite books I cannot do without:
    1. The Bible
    2. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
    3. The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
    4. Surviving the Economic Collapse by Aguirre
    Then there are many more after that.

  52. El Fielding says:

    I have lots of books that might not technically be considered “prepping” or “homesteading” books, but that I feel would be useful if TSHTF. In fact have over 5000 books in various formats, from Kindle to PDF to paper. Some of my favourites are:

    Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.
    Five Acres, M.G.. Kains
    The Nearing Books.
    The Foxfire Books.
    Back issues of: Mother Earth News
    Harowsmith
    Organic Gardening
    Backwoods Home
    Home Power
    etc.

  53. I will have to change my vote, after reading the comments I was reminded that I have several books from the Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series. I have bought about a dozen books in the past few months. Lots of great suggestions for books that I want to check out.
    I can’t choose just one. There is so much more that I want to learn on a wide variety of subjects.
    I use to have a lot of books (filled 2 bookcases), I started over again, discovered the GoodWill Store has lots of good books. I even managed to replace some of my cookbooks from there.

  54. Rob in Ontario says:

    I have most of the books mentioned by others I also have a couple of old sets of encyopedicas from 1950′s- one set of Brittanias from 1910-lots of preserving and canning , cook books some solar books , gun books mother earth magazines along with Harrowsmiths

  55. Doris Jones says:

    Be sure your most important survival books are in your BOB or on a Nook or Kindle etc. that you can have with you if you have to move
    quickly. I had my best reference books in the bookcase and on my nightstand–realized they might be hard to collect if I had to move in a hurry. Made sure I put them in my BOB
    I also keep copies in my vehicle.

    Re: Tablet readers without electricity. No problem if you have one of the hand crank/solar/battery multiple power type radios or some other recharging device that would work if there is no electricity. On mine I can charge up my devices easily and even use a laptop or shaver etc.
    We tried it out in a recent storm when the electricity was out over night. I was impressed with what that little radio with it’s ultra bright LED light would do!

  56. MD,
    I’m not sure if I should curse or thank this topic and the comments from this group. I’ve been prepping and collecting books since the early 1970′s and have hundreds of books; but, I always seem to see at least a few more I could use from the recommendations here (7 in the last week or so). I therefore thank everyone while my wallet curses me, LOL. Guess you gotta pay to play.