Best Books For Preppers’ Library

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Reading the right books is one of the best ways to learn. Survival and prepper books are fantastic because they provide you with all of the information you need to be prepared for any scenario. They assist people in preparing for natural disasters, economic collapse, terrorist attacks, solar flares, nuclear fallout, and a variety of other events.

With so many books available, it can be difficult to decide which ones are worth reading and which should be left on the shelf. We’ve compiled a book review list of the best survival and prepper books available, so you can always feel prepared no matter what happens.

What to Collect:

Gardening, weapons and self-defense, prepper groups, homesteading, animals, off-grid living, water, food, communication, medical/first-aid, and electricity/energy/light are among the topics covered. Books that cover these topics are a necessity for every prepper. There are numerous other prepper topics available on prepper websites. Here is a list of books that you will undoubtedly require.

Books every prepper must have

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource

You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow. Thanks to this book’s laser-focus on water, you’ll quickly learn how to: Store fresh water, collect rainwater, purify water from lakes & rivers, and dig a well for groundwater. In addition to harvesting water, you’ll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide

The Self-Sufficienct Life and How to Live It offers step-by-step instructions on everything from chopping trees to harnessing solar power; from growing fruit and vegetables, and preserving and pickling your harvest, to baking bread, brewing beer, and making cheese. Seymour shows you how to live off the land, running your own smallholding or homestead, keeping chickens, and raising (and butchering) livest

Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters

This excellent hands-on guide by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America contains a wealth of practical instruction and advice on how to build everything from a bark teepee and a tree-top house to a log cabin and a sod house. No professional architects are needed here; and knowing how to use an axe is more important than possessing carpentry skills.

More than 300 of the author’s own illustrations and a clear, easy-to-follow text enable campers to create such lodgings as half-cave shelters, beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, over-water camps, a Navajo hogan, and a pole house. Additional chapters provide information on how to use an axe, split and notch logs, make a fireplace, and even build appropriate gateways to log houses, game preserves, ranches, and other open areas.


If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat.

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide.

More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

A prepper library is beneficial to any prepper family or group. There are so many aspects to being prepared, and so many situations to be prepared for, that relying on memory for what will be a stressful situation is not a good idea. Additionally, articles and books serve as backup knowledge in the event that your group’s medical expert does not return from an errand across town, or your gardening guru becomes fatally ill. Prepper knowledge is the foundation for learning and living a prepper lifestyle.

Hal Lewis

Hal Lewis and his wife Nancy spend most of their time working on their homestead, from rain water collectors to solar panels and battery stations, they’re doing it all. While they’re not disconnected from the rest of the world, the two of them prepare for come-what-may. Hal has spent twenty years in and out of different jobs that have all helped with homesteading, and to save you time, he’s here to show you everything you need to know to get started. It’s a tough road ahead, but with tips, tricks, and buying advice for materials and prepping necessities, he’s got you covered.

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