Book Festival and Giveaway: Reader Favorite Survival Books

books library (Custom)As we close out the Fall Book Festival, I want to thank everyone for your participation and ongoing enthusiasm as you have learned about authors and books in the survival and prepping niche.  All told, I interviewed ten different authors and gave away 11 different books.  The books ran the gamut of prepping basics to tactical manuals to internet security and to my personal favorite, survival fiction.

Today I thought it would be fun to share a list of reader favorites that were used in last week’s giveaway of 299 Days: The Collapse.

First though, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.  “Bill B.” has won a copy of Glen Tate’s 299 Days: The Collapse.  Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.

So what is Bill’s favorite survival book?  Here is what he said:

“One Second After”

Currently I am in the middle of this book but it has already become my favorite. I heard there is a movie out based on the book. once i am done i will try to locate it.

Backdoor Survival Reader Favorite Survival Books

The exact question I asked last week was this:

What is your favorite prepping or survival book or your favorite survival novel or book of fiction. It can be a print book or an e-book and can even be a how-to manual or book about gardening or other topic related to self-sufficiency.

By far, the number one choice was One Second After by William Forstchen.  A close second was Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles.  I am a bit embarrassed to say that I have both in audiobook form but have not listened to them yet. Guess what is next on my listening queue?

Listed below for your discernment, is the complete list of reader favorites in  alphabetical order with a link to Amazon (if available) in case you wish to learn more about the book.  Also, be aware that many of these books may be available for free at your local library.

The Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival

owl reading bookI am very excited to officially announce the Backdoor Survival Winter 2013 Book Festival.  As of this moment, I have 10 new author interviews and 15 different books lined up for you.  Included are some classic preparedness books, homesteading and how-to books, and lots of survival fiction.  There are a couple of surprises here so hang on for the ride – it is going to be a good one.

I will kick things off next week with a brief introduction to each book and the first giveaway.  I plan to continue to run the interviews and the giveaway on Saturdays and the most difficult thing from my end is coming up with new and different contest “rules” each week.

It is all a lot of fun so I hope you chose to come back each week to see who’s chatting – author wise – and what I happen to be giving away.

The Final Word

Something I have learned these past few months is that when it comes to books on prepping and survival, there is something for everyone.  Some books are written in a light handed style while others are more serious and require a bit of concentration.  I personally try to at the very least browse a new book weekly and no matter how much I think I know, I always learn something new.

The same applies to survival fiction.  The more I read (or listen to when it comes to audio books) the more I learn from the various characters as they navigate their way through tough if not impossible situations.  The scary part is that the scenarios in many survival fiction books do not seem that improbable to me.  The message comes through loud and clear:  keep prepping and keep learning new skills.  You just never know when you will need them.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Bargain Bin: For one last time, listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

Another thing:  Many of these books should be available at your local library either in print form of as an e-book.

The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Non-Fiction

Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival
Disaster Preparedness: Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents; Disaster Survival for the Family
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning
Deep Web Secrecy and Security – Guide to the Deep Web and Beyond
Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet
The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine

The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Fiction

BOCA CHITA: Prepare. Escape. Survive.
299 Days: The Preparation
299 Days: The Collapse
A Survival Story: Part I
11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life

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One Response to “Book Festival and Giveaway: Reader Favorite Survival Books”

  1. One Second After is a good read. I also suggest The Pulse, by Scott B. Williams, which features another scenario of what happens after an EMP.


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