A few months back when I decided to put together a fall reading list, I had no idea that the combination of reading list, author interviews and book giveaways would be so popular. But it was.
Not only was I blessed with the cooperation of some fabulous authors and their publishers, but I also had an opportunity to get to know about them and their motivation to write both fiction and non-fiction in the survival, prepping and homesteading niche.
And then there was you – the readers of Backdoor Survival. Although winners of the giveaway books were chosen at random, your entries via comments allowed me to peak into your own prepping activities and your own concerns about the troubled times we live in.
Today I am happy to launch the Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List and Book Festival. And boy oh boy, do I have a great line-up for you. In addition to some new releases, I have some tried and true classics and each and every author has agreed and responded to my interview questions. Of course, there is a giveaway for each book too.
Before I announce Winter Reading List, for the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, let me tell about the book festival and how it woks.
What the heck is a book festival?
Glad you asked.
Over the course of the next couple of months, I will be featuring survival and prepping book giveaways coupled with one on one author interviews. I will follow up with my own mini-reviews of many of the books but only after I have had a chance to read them.
Each week, as I announce a giveaway, I will ask a question and request that you answer in the comments section of the article. Then, on the following Friday morning, I select a winner totally at random using he tools as the website random.org. The winner will receive an email from me and the book or e-book will be sent directly to the winner by the author or the publisher.
Easy peasy. Without further babble from me, let us get started on the Winter Reading List which is presented below in no particular order.
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning: Every prepper worth their salt needs to make modest preparations to plan for disasters, emergencies, and unexpected life contingencies. This guidebook covers the basics and a whole lot more including things not found in other prepping guidebooks. (Author Charlie Palmer)
Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations: The purpose of this manual is to provide information to enhance tactics and protection skills for those operating in high threat, protection and combat environments. This is serious stuff! (Author Max Velocity)
Lanterns, Lamps and Candles: If you want a book on gardening or medicine or cooking, you have thousands of choices. But non-electric lighting? A handful. And lighting books that are not packed with armchair science and bad info? This e-book on CD includes everything you need to insure that you can light your home when the grid goes down. (Author Ron Brown)
An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: The book is a tour guide to optimum health and longevity. From the ageless health practices of our ancestors to cutting-edge longevity science and biotechnology, attaining maximum wellness by making proper lifestyle choices is addressed in an easy-to-understand manner. This book doesn’t teach as much as it reminds, helping the reader to remember the cultural truths about natural health and nutrition that were handed down by our mothers and grandmothers. (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)
Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense: This book is a priceless education for new handgun owners and an important refresher for the more experienced. Chapters include tips for selecting the right gun, an exploration of shooting techniques, guidance on developing an “armed” mindset, crucial advice for dealing with law enforcement and a lot more. (Author: David Nash)
Where There Is No Doctor: This is the Hesperian’s classic manual – perhaps the most widely-used health care manual in the world. The manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases. Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems. Perfect for a SHTF situation. (Authors: David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)
Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: This classic has been the all-time best-selling volume in the preparedness industry for almost 4 decades. The newly revised 13th edition includes more up to date information than ever before and there is also a CD-Rom version that is cram-packed with more. (Author: James Talmadge Stevens)
Live on $10,000 a Year (or Less): Newly revised and to be released in mid-February 2013, this is the manual for getting by during hard times. It includes a chapters on how to save money and tips that will help you reduce your personal cost of living. (Author: George Ure)
Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat: This is a guide to readying your home retreat for any scenario. You will learn how to take proven designs for fortified structures and adapt them to your personal defense plan. Examples include barbed-wire fences and entanglements, concrete posts and barriers, and simple but effective sandbags— and a lot more. (Author: F.J. Bohan)
The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage: The Prepper’s Pantry explains the “what” and “how-to” of food storage from root cellars to Mylar bags, and also includes over 200 recipes for preparing hot, delicious meals from food storage including fresh baked bread. No matter what the disaster; job loss, earthquake, pandemic, power outage, terrorist attack, the end of the world as we know it, you can be prepared to feed your family. (Author: Anne Lang)
The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living: Climate change, peak oil, and tight money got you down? This e-book is about the simple living approach to life. The author is a former a city girl that went to the Northwest woods and learned to live simply without electricity and running water. She survived to explain how she managed to provide for life’s basic necessities simply and gracefully without much money. (Author: Estar Holmes)
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction
Preppers Road March: A solar storm has just hit the world causing, an EMP event. As emergency manager visiting Atlanta must find his way back home after this electromagnetic pulse has stranded him away from his vehicle and his beloved “bug out bag”. With 180 miles to go to his destination, David must let his street smarts and survival skills kick in as food and water becomes scarce and societal breakdown proceeds at an unrelenting pace. This is book one of the Prepper Trilogy. (Author: Ron Foster)
BUG OUT! Preppers on the move!: Book two of the Prepper trilogy finds disaster planner and emergency manager, Dave, faced with bugging out with his cohort of friends and family as he watches the societal collapse and demise of civilization around him after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) solar storm has taken out the grid. (Author: Ron Foster)
The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat: Book three of the Prepper Trilogy finds our band of refugees safely moved into a several lake cabins and trying to work on their short term and long term survival tactics. The lake is a beautiful place for a survival retreat, but is it safe? There are roving groups of lake residents all looking for what meager food resources remain after an EMP event has shut down society as we know it. (Author: Ron Foster)
Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: The United States has descended into Civil War. A terrorist attack on the United States leads to war with Iran, followed by collapse, as the economy goes over the cliff. The final blow is a widespread opportunistic Chinese cyber attack, taking down the North American Power Grid. From the ashes, the Regime emerges. Liberty is dead. What remains of the United States of America is polarized. The resistance rises and the fight begins. (Author Max Velocity)
Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival: The first in a series, this book is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country’s core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government. (Author: Joe Nobody)
The Final Word
If you have been keeping count, you will seen that I have sixteen books lined up in the Winter Book Festival. Some of the authors were also a part of the Fall Book Festival so I am sending them a new batch of questions for our little chat. All of the other interviews have been completed and are in hand and ready to go as we roll them out along with the giveaways, starting next Saturday.
What started out as a way to share some great reading ideas with my readers has become so much more than that. As mentioned in the beginning, the response to the Backdoor Survival Fall Survival Reading List and Book Festival was phenomenal. I feel that the combination of reader comments along with the author insights have helped our little Backdoor Survival community become better prepared and better informed.
That said, I hope to keep the book festival going not only for Winter but for Spring, Summer and beyond.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: The $7 Get Out of Dodge report is a pretty decent manual for helping you decide when and how to bug-out. It covers the items you should pack for, how to create an evacuation plan, and how to up the ante when it comes to situational awareness. Perhaps best of all, it helps your formulate a plan for knowing when to bug in and when to bug out or evacuate.
There is also a workbook and this, in my opinion, is where the true value lies. Included are checklists for various types of disasters with room for goals, objectives and action items. Seven bucks is well worth it in my opinion.
Bargain Bin: I have a pretty extensive list of books in my personal survival library. The following are just a few of my favorites.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.
How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: This I the book to get if you care about defending your homestead and want to take steps to insure that you have done as much as you can to insure your personal security at home.
Modern Survival: How to Cope When Everything Falls Apart: Tornadoes, floods, and terrorism—frightening events like these are in the news every day, and it’s likely you already know someone who’s been affected by such a terrifying ordeal. Modern Survival is the ultimate guide for all you need to know about surviving in the modern world.
The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster: Written by Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper blog, this is highly readable guide to all things preparedness. This is still one of my favorites.
SAS Survival Handbook: SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. It includes everything from basic camp craft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster. Also the companion books, SAS Urban Survival Handbook, The SAS Guide to Tracking, and Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass.
For Your Long Term Food Storage: Be sure to shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Sales some great deals – typically 20% to 30% off or more.
Specials that I like this month are their SUPERPAIL of Soft White Wheat, a Deluxe Grain Mill and Motor and the Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Meat Essentials Combo. The grain mill is on sale for $123.98 (normally $189.99) and is such a good deal I plan to get one as my starter mill until I can afford a more expensive model.
Now I know there are a lot of diehard Emergency Essentials fans out there but I also want to ask you to consider Legacy food products from Preparewise. Not only are they 100% GMO free, but they are lower in sodium, have fewer artificial ingredients and just taste good. More on that later – just wanted to give you a heads up and a link if you want to give them a try.
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11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: What? You haven’t picked up a copy of 11 steps yet? This little book will provide you with the motivation to get started or stay on track with a self-reliant life. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, co-authored with my long time pal, George Ure, and can be purchased on Amazon.