Prepping & Survival Books

The very best books on prepping and survival, including non-fiction and fiction.  Don’t forget that a lot can be learned from survival fiction as you sort through how the characters handle dire situations, for better or for worse.

How To Make Prepping With Kids Fun for Them

How To Make Prepping With Kids Fun for Them

There is more entertainment than ever before. The growth has been exponential. In a matter of 40 years, we went from having 3 channels on the television to thousands! That . . .

The Best Books on Real Prepper Experiences

The Best Books on Real Prepper Experiences

Learning from other prepper’s experiences is a good way to prepare yourself, especially psychologically, for disasters. While accounts of survival experiences can be hard to find online, especially in . . .

Prepper Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Retribution + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Retribution + Giveaway

One of the first post-apocalyptic fiction books I read was Brushfire Plague. I liked it so much that I left a review on Amazon which is something I almost never do (shame on me). The day the second book in the Brushfire Plague trilogy was released, I scooped it up and read it. Finally, we have the third book, Brushfire Plague Retribution, and it is another winner.

The Brushfire Plague series by R.P. Ruggiero, for me, set the standard for survival fiction. I liked that the characters were interesting and even more important, believable. They were strong, but they also had their weaknesses, just like we do. Perhaps most important, the books were a reminder that no matter what happens, we need to stay in touch with our relationships and the human side of prepping. With that introduction, I am thrilled to share an all-new interview with R.P. plus I have three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in to learn about the giveaway.

Bonus: Take advantage of a short-term offer to get a copy of the eBook versions of Brushfire Plague and Brushfire Plague: Reckoning for only 99 cents each.

Prepper Book Festival: Centerfire Rifles A Buyers and Shooters Guide + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival: Centerfire Rifles A Buyers and Shooters Guide + Giveaway

Bring up the subject of firearms and everyone will have a strong opinion one way or another. That said, guns and ammo are an important part of a prepper’s overall strategy not only for defense but for hunting and food procurement. Today I introduce Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide. It is the latest book in the Survival Guns series by firearms expert Steve Markwith.

What I like about Steve’s books is that they emphasize usability, including dependability and the availability of ammunition and accessories. The other thing I like is that he stresses safety and good value, or as he likes to say “An honest rifle at a fair price can keep a lid on expense. Read the exclusive interview and enter to win a copy of his book for free.

Prepper Book Festival: Alone Beth Ann’s Story of Survival + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival: Alone Beth Ann’s Story of Survival + Giveaway

ALONE is the story of what happens to a young woman following a catastrophic EMP. The electric grid is down and all of our worst nightmares have come to fruition. Who will survive and how? And who will take advantage of the situation for personal gain? Read the interview with author C.M. Hollerman and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.

Prepper Book Festival: Watch Your Back – How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments In Life

Prepper Book Festival: Watch Your Back – How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments In Life

As prepper’s it is easy to focus on being prepared to defend what is ours when situations get dire following a disruptive event. The reality, however, is that dangerous situations are a part of everyday life. This includes visits to the local ATM, a drive down a busy freeway, or any seemingly mundane situation that involves waiting in a crowded line.

It is important to recognize that avoiding deadly situations should be the rule and not the exception. Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life, by Roger Eckstine, will prepare you for both everyday dangers and those that are more extreme.

Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Prepper Book Festival: Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use them, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by.

For years, the Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been the definitive source of information about essential oils. Recently updated, read an exclusive interview with the author, Valerie Worwood, and learn what she recommends as a budget-friend “Basic Care Kit”. Plus, enter the giveaway to win a copy of her newly updated book for free!

Prepper Book Festival: EMPulse by Deborah Moore

Prepper Book Festival: EMPulse by Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore’s new book, EMPulse, is a story of what happens to a woman after her world is turned upside down following a catastrophic EMP. Enjoy an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the eBook version for free. There will be 10 winners!

Prepper Book Festival: Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils

Prepper Book Festival: Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils

Essential oils are tools that preppers of all ages can use to their advantage to maintain health and wellness. Today’s book is a book written with moms in mind but that is just the beginning. The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils has information on the twenty-five of the most useful and commonly available essential oils. Plus, it is chock full of recipes of all types, including a robust section on using essential oils in DIY products for the home and for personal care.

In addition to an interview with the author, three copies of the print book are up for grabs in a giveaway.

Prepper Book Festival: The Preppers Canning Guide

Prepper Book Festival: The Preppers Canning Guide

Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment’s notice.

And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don’t let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. With The Prepper’s Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! Enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners!

Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

It is not often that I become indecisive but earlier in the week, as I was deciding how to lead this latest book festival, I just couldn’t decide. There were too many good books, each delivering value to preppers in their own unique way. Ultimately, the winner was a book by Ron Melchiore, someone many of you may recognize as a periodic guest contributor here on Backdoor Survival. Ron and his wife, Johanna, have lived a good portion of their life together off-grid in what most of us would call the remote wilderness.

In spite of his isolation, Ron is quite sociable and remarkably witty eloquent as he shares his journey in his book Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. This is a book about sustainable living, starting in the seventies and come full circle to today. Read the interview with Ron and enter to win a copy of his book for free. There will be three winners.

Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything

Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything

Prepper Book Festival #14 includes the latest books to teach you how to be better prepared, more self-sufficient, and better informed. Twelve books are included, featuring everything from a comprehensive, 16-month program to achieve self-sufficiency, to personal safety, canning, essential oils, and more. Not to be left out are titles in the survival fiction genre. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for author interviews and a weekly giveaway to win free copies of one of these fantastic new books!

Prepper Book Festival 13: The 299 Days Series by Glen Tate

Prepper Book Festival 13: The 299 Days Series by Glen Tate

The very first Prepper Book Festival occurred in 2012. Where has the time gone? In looking back, many of the books featured at that time have become a distant memory while others have become classics. One of the books that has withstood the test of time was the first book in the 299 Days Series by Glen Tate.

It seems like a fitting finale to this round of books is to feature the entire 299 Days Series. Now ten books strong, I have an encore interview with Glen plus a set of the first three books in the series to offer up as a giveaway.

Prepper Book Festival: Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare

Prepper Book Festival: Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare

Over the past few years, I have acquired a sizeable library of books and eBooks on natural remedies. Some are good but somewhat dry, boring, and overly technical. Others are fluff or simply a glorified blog post article. A select few are outstanding and today’s book is one of them.

Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare is one of those rare books that takes an overwhelming subject and breaks it down into manageable bites. The book begins with an extensive discussion of developing a local medicine community and the value of using healing herbs and plants that grow in our backyards. It then moves on to the ways you can put these herbs to use, whether as a tincture, oil infusion, steam pot, salve, bone broth, vinegar or any of a number of other methods that can be used administer herbs in emergency and first aid situations. Read the author interview then enter to win a copy of “Heal Local” for free.. Three copies are up for grabs!

Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

One of the common laments of preppers is they feel they are a lone wolf. In their hearts and minds they know if there is a major emergency, stored preps will be handy, but in reality, it will take teamwork to survive. We are not talking about OPSEC here. Instead, we are talking about community preparedness where neighbors help neighbors to ensure that everyone gets out of harm’s way safely. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook by Scott Finazzo is a book about community preparedness. It is a detailed guide to finding like-minded folks in your community that can band together to organize a disaster preparedness network.

Read an all-new interview with Scott plus enter to win a copy of his book for free.

Prepper Book Festival 13: Aquaponic Gardening

Prepper Book Festival 13: Aquaponic Gardening

Lately, you may have noticed a recurring theme here on Backdoor Survival. Gardening and food preservation are on my mind and for good reason. I now own an acre of land with a decent growing season and plenty of sun. I may even have room for a modest aquaponic gardening setup. This Prepper Book Festival title will help me do just that.

Let me introduce you to Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together. This book is going to show you how to raise vegetables and fish together when failure is not an option. Read chapter one, “What is Aquaponics”, in its entirety. Plus enter the giveaway – there are 3 books up for grabs!

Prepper Book Festival 13: Holding Their Own XII Copperheads

Prepper Book Festival 13: Holding Their Own XII Copperheads

Survival fiction is back in the forefront this week with an all new book in Joe Nobody’s Holding Their Own Series. This is book number twelve which is a testament to the popularity of not only this series, but of Joe himself.

This latest book, Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads, continues the trials and tribulations of Bishop, Terri, and their team, as they survive in a world gone sideways. As with the rest of the books in the series, the characters are real people, with emotions we can identify with.

Prepper Book Festival 13: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Prepper Book Festival 13: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Water is on my mind this week. Not only have I received quite a few emails about water storage, but I have also been swapping out water filters in my Berkey, and doing my darndest to convince my non-prepper neighbors to store water for emergency use. Given the importance of having good, clean water following a disruptive event, today I am bringing back the Prepper’s Water Survival Guide and an encore interview with my friend, Daisy Luther. I have three books to giveaway so enjoy the interview and enter to win!

Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Guide to Knots

Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Guide to Knots

Anyone who has spent time outdoors knows the value of using the best knot for the task at hand. In Prepper’s Guide to Knots, learn about knots and also how to select and care for your rope and other types of cordage. Plus, read an interview with the author and enter the giveaway to win a free copy of his book. There will be three winners.

Prepper Book Festival 13: The Journal Series

Prepper Book Festival 13: The Journal Series

As preppers, we are continually challenged by the pursuit of knowledge so we keep reading and keep playing the “what if” game in our own minds. One of the best series of books for doing so is Deborah D. Moore’s The Journal Series. The hero of this book is actually a heroine. Allexa is pretty much an ordinary gal, doing her job as the emergency services manager for a small town. When I say ordinary, however, I mean prepper-centric ordinary, like someone else we know, right? The story unfolds as a diary which chronicles a series of events and the decisions made to get through a wide variety of disruptive events that turn both Allexa’s world and the country upside down.

In this latest entry in the Prepper Book Festival, enjoy an interview with the author and enter to win a bindup of Books 1, 2, and 3 in the Journal Series. There will be three winners.