General Emergency Preparedness & Survival Related Discussion => General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion => Topic started by: Canuck In Denver on February 06, 2014, 09:00:34 PM

Title: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Canuck In Denver on February 06, 2014, 09:00:34 PM
I have a wish list on Amazon of 40+ books related to prepping that I'm working on. I try to buy at least one book every other week when I get paid. My prepping / survival / homesteading library has got to be over 100... I've lost count to be honest. And those are just the physical books.

Some of them cover subjects I already have books on, some provide basic information, some provide advanced information for those who already have basic skills. In some cases I have articles printed out that cover much of the information. But I think all are good books to have. I'll likely add to the list, but this is the list as it exists today:

- Surgical Anatomy and Technique: A Pocket Manual, 3rd Edition
- Top Knife: Art and Craft in Trauma Surgery
- Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist's Medical Desk Reference
- Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
- Holistic Herbal 4th Edition: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
- The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way
- Camp Life in the Woods, 2nd: and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making
- The New Buckshot's Complete Survival Trapping Guide
- The Wilderness Route Finder: The Classic Guide to Finding Your Way in the Wild
- Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
- Candle Making (Step-by-Step Crafts)
- The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles
- A Journey to the Northern Ocean: The Adventures of Samuel Hearne
- Medicine: For Mountaineering​ & Other Wilderness Activities 5th Edition (have an edition of this I'm pretty sure)
- Medicine for Mountaineering​: And Other Wilderness Activitites (have an edition of this I'm pretty sure)
- A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoki​ng Meat, Fish & Game
- How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods: The Ultimate Guide to Building and Maintaining a Backcountry Getaway
- The Field & Stream Wilderness Cooking Handbook: How to Prepare, Cook, and Serve Backcountry Meals
- Wilderness Medicine, 5th Edition
- Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, 3e (have an edition of this I'm pretty sure)
- Basic Butchering of Livestock & Ga​me
- Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably, or How to Make Luxurious Handcrafted Soaps from Scratch for Family, Friends, and Yourself
- Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach (Down-To-Earth Book)
- Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness
- Country Wisdom & Know-​How
- Build a Smokehouse: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-81
- Survival Skills of the North American Indians
- Build Your Own underground Root Cellar
- Making & Using Dried Foods
- Mini Farming: Self-Sufficien​cy on 1/4 Acre
- Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them
- The Complete Guide to Raising Pigs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basic​s Farming)
- The Family Cow (A Garden Way publishing book)
- The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
- Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
- Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management
- Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation
- Essential Bushcraft
- Primitive Wilderness Living & Survi​val Skills: Naked into the Wilderness
- Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest, and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More
- Small-Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers, 2nd Edition
- Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition
- Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times
- Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
- Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Veget​ables
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Darren on February 09, 2014, 03:11:18 PM
Thats an impressive list. I have a much smaller library ;D and I type WAY TO SLOW to list them here, I have maybe 20 books aside from cookbooks. I check out Sally Ann and Value Village but there I have to go one at a time cuz they are not really in any order and it gets mind numbing after a while.
Makes me rethink joining the library
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on February 09, 2014, 05:01:23 PM
That's my want list. I need to update my list of what I have currently, I'm behind on keeping track.

I've been lucky at the thrift stores with finding books.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on January 19, 2016, 09:16:48 PM
Hmmm. I thought I'd posted a list of my physical books, but for the life of me I can't find it in a post. It's been a while since I updated the spreadsheet I keep of my physical survival or "End of the World" library. So I guess I'll post it below. I have it in rough categories and may end up adding a few categories at some point to further organize it. Currently, minus survival fiction and a handful of books that I don't have listed there are 194 books on the list. Not a bad start, but there are always books being added.

Country Living: The Homesteader's Bible
The Manual of Practical Homesteading
The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing
Rodale's Flower Garden Problem Solver
Rodale's Chemical-Free Yard & Garden
Great Garden Companions
Raising Your Own Livestock
The Solar Greenhouse Book
Down-To-Earth Vegetable Gardening Know-How
Basic Gardening Illustrated (Revised Edition)
Rodale's Garden Answers Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs
Greenhouse Gardening
How to Build & Use Greenhouses (Ortho)
Self-Sufficient Life And How To Live It
Pests & Diseases Time Life Complete Gardener
Growing Your Herbs Time Life Complete Gardener
The Everyday Gourmet Cooking with long-term food
The Encyclopedia of Country Living (10th edition)
The Ball Blue Book of Preserving
Grains: A Growing Guide
You Can Raise Grains Right In Your Own Garden!
Growing Profitable Small Grains
All About Growing Winter Grains
Planting Methods and Seeding Rates for Small Grain Crops
Improving Garden Soils
Nature's Garden
The Forager's Harvest
Stocking Up How to preserve the Foods You Grow Naturally
Your Cabin in the Woods
The Joy of Pickling
Just Jerky
New Key to Weaving
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Mini Farming Self Sufficiency on Acre
How-to Hydroponics (4th Edition)
What's Wrong with my Plants
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them
All New Square Foot Gardening
Home Sausage Making (3rd Edition)
Draft Horses & Mules
Build A Smoke Hose
The Wild Food Trailguide
Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach
2-2-2016 added: Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation
10-14-2016 added: Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest, and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More
2-10-2017 added: How To Dry Foods
2-21-2017 added: Making & Using Dried Foods

Wilderness Skills
Hiking & Backpacking (Trailside Series)
Canoeing (Trailside Series)
The Camper's Bible
The ABCs of Avalanche Safety (3rd Edition)
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (5th Edition)
Skills For Taming The Wilds
Winter Adventure (Trailside Series)
The Complete Book of Practical Camping
On Your Own in the Wilderness
The Book of Camping & Woodcraft
Woodcraft and Camping
Paradise Below Zero
The New Way of the Wilderness
The Wilderness Routefinder
Shelters, Shacks & Shanties
The Family Wilderness Handbook
The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide
How to Stay Alive In The Woods (2 copies)
Cross Country Skiing
The Best of Woodsmoke A Manual of Primitive Outdoor Skills
Primitive Outdoor Skills
10-14-2016 added: Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks: Third Edition
10-14-2016 added: Survive!: Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere - Alive (By Les Stroud)
10-14-2016 added: Essential Bushcraft (Ray Mears)

Trees, Plants & Herbs
The Healing Herbs
Wild-Flowers- Peterson First Guides
A Guide to Field Identification Trees of North America
The Herb Book
The Complete Medicinal Herbal
Growing & Using the Healing Herbs
The Green Pharmacy
All About Trees
The Herbal Drugstore
The Little Guide Herbs
Surviving when Modern Medicine Fails
Essential Oils for Beginners
Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Plants of the Northern Plains and Black Hills
Wildflowers of the Northern Great Plains
Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie
Nature's Garden
Forager's Harvest
Mushrooms of North America
Weeds of the West
A Field Guide To Trees And Shrubs (2nd Edition)
Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs (2 copies)
Trees of North America
10-14-2016 added: Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies

Wilderness First Responders (2nd Edition)
First Responder (Brady - 7th Edition)
The American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook
Mosby's Physical Examination Handbook (3rd Edition)
EMS Field Guide ALS Version (17th Edition)
The 5 Minute Emergency Medical Consult
Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (10th edition)
Nursing 2010 Drug Handbook (30th Edition)
Gray's Anatomy
The PDR Family Guide to Encyclopedia of Medical Care 1997
Wilderness Medicine (3rd Edition)
Medicine for Mountaineering (4th Edition)
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2013 Deluxe
Anatomy & Physiology 7th Edition
Physical Examination and Health Assessment (3rd Edition)
Dosage Calculations (6th Edition)
Alternative Medicine for Dummies
Idiots Guide to Accupuncture and Accupressure
The AMA Family Medical Guide (3rd Edition)
Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook
Emergency War Surgery
2010 Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference
LPN Notes Pocket Guide
Professional's Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines
The Survival Medicine Handbook (2nd Edition)
Wilderness Medicine (4th Edition)
Surgical Anatomy and Technique A Pocket Manual
Schwartz's Principles of Surgery (9th Edition)
12-21-2016 added: Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (17th Edition)
12-21-2016 added: Encyclopedia of Natuarl Medicine (Revised 2dn Edition)

Building & Mechanical
Earth-Sheltered Houses
Carpentry and Building Construction (TM 5-460)
The Home Workshop
Complete Book of Woodworking (Popular Science)
Do-It-Yourself Housebuilding
Practical Carpentry
Complete Do-it-yourself Manual
Pop Sci Home and Workshop Guide to Sharpening
Pop Sci Heating Your Home with Wood
Pop Sci How to build your Cabin or Modern Vacation Home
Pop Sci How to Choose and Use Lumber, Plywood, Panelboards and Laminates
Pop Sci Home and Workshop Guide to Glues and Adhesives
Pop Sci Home Guide to Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning
Construction Manual: Concrete & Formwork
Haynes Welding Manual
Petersen's Basic Carburetion & Fuel Systems
Building Your Own House A Handbook for Straw Bale Construction
How to build Log-End Houses
How To Repair Small Engines
Haynes Small Engine Repair Manual up to and including 5hp
Petersen's Basic Ignition & Electrical Systems
General Shop Woodworking
Jigs, Fixtures and Shop Accessories
Holley Carburetors & Manifolds
Building with Stone
02-13-2016 added: The Stonebuilder's Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide for Owner-Builders
04-17-2017 added: Handbook of Homemade Power

Outdoor Cookbooks
The Complete Outdoor Cookbook
The Complete Book of Outdoor Cookery
The Outdoor Chef's Bible
Fifty From The Trail
America's Favorite Wild Game Recipes
Old-Fashioned Dutch Oven Cookbook
Cooking The Dutch Oven Way (3rd Edition)
Family Camper's Cookbook
Wild Game Cookery
Freezer Bag Cooking Vol 1. Trail Food Made Simple
The How-To Book Canning, Freezing, Drying
Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101
The Back-Country Kitchen
The Art of Barbecue and Outdoor Cooking
The Simpler Life Cookbook from Arrowhead Mills
The L.L. Bean Game and Fish Cookbook

Hunting, Trapping, Animal ID
Ducks At A Distance A Waterfowl Identification Guide
Mamals Peterson First Guides
Birds Peterson First Guides
North American Wildlife (Reader's Digest)
Complete Guide to Hunting Across North America
Buckshot's Complete Survival Trapping Guide
Dressing and Cooking Wild Game
Fundamentals of Bow Hunting
Trapping North American Furbearers
04-17-20176 added: Mammal Tracks & Sign A Guide to North American Species (1st Edition)

Other Reference
Stars and Planets (Peterson Field Guides)
US Marine Guidebook
Special Forces Operational Techniques (FM 31-20)
No Need For Panic
Planet-X, Comets & Earth Changes
Surviving Planet X Passage (Supplement to Planet X..)
Atlantis to Tesla the Kolbrin Connection
Van Nostrand's Practical Formulary
Sundials Their Construction and Theory
Stars & Planets (Princeton Field Guides)
US Army Survival Manual (FM 21-76)
US Air Force Search and Rescue Survival Training
Dare To Prepare (2nd Edition)
SAS Survival Guide (Collins Gem versions)
Peterson First Guide to Clouds & Weather
The ABCs of Avalanche Safety
The Infantry Soildier's Manual
National Geographic Guide to State Parks
Little Heathens
Sewing for Dummies
The Complete Book of Sewing
Formulas, methods, tips and data for Home and workshop
The Mountain Bike Repair Manual
Complete Bike Book
The Art of Blacksmithing
The Backyard Blacksmith
The All New Complete Book of Bicycling
12-21-2016 added: The Merck Veterinary Manual (8th edition)
02-15-2017 added: National Audubon Society Field Guide To Weather
02-15-2017 added: The Weather Wizard's Cloud Book

2-21-2017 added: Guide To Weather Forecasting
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Hiddenone on January 27, 2016, 08:49:16 AM
   Hey Canuck thanks for the nice updated post. You took a lot of time doing it and it is appreciated.
  I got to looking over the list and see many titles that I have in my home library. It can surprise one just how much info is out there and how handy it can be. My wife has found that it is handy for here to check out our book shelves to solve all kinds of problems. I also keep a large amount of repair manuals for the equipment and cars we have as well as that of the most common stuff in our area. I have found most of it on garage sales and in thrift and used book stores. LOL who wants to pay full price if you can help it.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on January 30, 2016, 09:19:58 PM
I've gotten most of my books from local thrift stores. With three or four universities in Fargo / Moorhead (and several more within an hour drive) I can even find medical text books, although nothing on surgery so I've had to buy them. I try to buy good used books to save some money, and Amazon has been good for that too. Most of the used books from Amazon are $3.99 shipping so the minimum you'll pay is $4.00 but I tend to buy the ones in better shape and still get them for less than half the Amazon price.

One of the things I like about Amazon is the customer reviews. I ended up buying an older version of several books because good information was removed in the newer versions, Wilderness Medicine (3rd Edition) and Medicine for Mountaineering (4th Edition) are two good examples. Reviews said that in newer editions of both books information on medication and dosages were removed, to me this is critical information and part of the reason I'm buying books on wilderness medicine.

I like having repair manuals for all my vehicles and other equipment. I downloaded and printed out all the manuals for the Stihl chainsaw I bought, then I put them in page protectors and in a 3 ring binder... a lot easier to clean greasy fingerprints off :)
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on February 02, 2016, 10:21:43 PM
Added another book, one on preserving food : Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation

I got a good deal on Amazon on used in very good condition, $7.99 with shipping, so I'm not complaining. Once the colleges and universities are done for the year I should see some good text books at the thrift stores.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Sustainablehome on May 09, 2016, 12:32:07 PM
In addition to fabric, yarn, nuts, bolts, screws, whatever, I am a book hoarder ... I mean collector. I just recently (the past year or so) started venturing into books for fun. It's so sad ...  I have no idea what authors I enjoy, since I stopped reading strictly for pleasure many moons ago.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on May 09, 2016, 10:01:39 PM
I can't imagine not reading for fun, I read every day just for fun. Most "fun" time is sci-fi or fantasy, but any topic that interests me is fair game. Hell, I read a 4 inch thick 8x11 technical book on TCP-IP networking, another on fiber distributed networking... of course I was still a professional 'puter geek at the time. Pure escapism fun is relegated to sci-fi and fantasy, but I do enjoy reading books on preparedness so they count as fun.

I've added a couple of books since that last post, I should dig em up and list them (and update my list). Got one by Ray Mears and one by Les Stroud.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on October 14, 2016, 11:46:28 PM
It's been a while, but I added a few more books to the list.

I actually read Essential Bushcraft by Ray Mears. Not a bad book, there are some good ideas and some good information in there, but not an excellent book either. It was worth buying used though.

I just started reading Les Stroud's book, so far so good. I'm not sure how long it will take me to read since I'm reading some other books at the same time. It's likely to take me at least a month, while I read some other fun books :)

I did read the Woodsmoke books and found them good. They can be found on Amazon as well as some later books from the magazine. They have some good primitive skills information in them.

I have so many books that I don't always get to read them, I like to have some fun reading (science fiction & fantasy) in the mix, but if the books are on subjects I think need filled in my physical library then I buy them for eventual reading and for reference if they are ever needed.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Canuck In Denver on February 10, 2017, 09:44:59 PM
I have a few books on order, and one that arrived today.

I keep updating the list as I get more books related to prepping, I think I've got a pretty good library of physical books. I keep finding new books to add to the list and keep an eye on the prices on Amazon. A lot of the time I order used books and end up spending less on the book than I do on shipping, which is usually $3.99.

The problem I'm having when it comes to books is that having a decent physical collection already finding holes to fill can be hard, I just counted and there are 212 books on my list. I have a few books on topics like emergency trauma with titles such as "Prehospital Trauma Life Support" and "Tactical Medicine Essentials" that have prices in the $75 range on my list. There are also medical topics like suturing that cost $100 and up. Those higher priced books stay on my list and I watch the prices to see if I can find some good deals.
Title: Re: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Canuck In Denver on February 15, 2017, 08:03:14 PM
Well, I found a hole on weather and starting filling it. Got two books today on weather: National Audubon Society Field Guide To Weather and The Weather Wizard's Cloud Book. I have another book on order dealing with weather, but will wait for it to get here.
Title: Re: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Spence on February 21, 2017, 11:16:01 AM
I have a pocket paperback that's a real treasure.  It's Mother Earth's "Handbook of Homemade Power" (Bantam) ISBN 0-533-12327-0.

This is an incredible book. Chok full of ways to set up homestead energy devices. Wind power plans and details on how with regular shop tools to make a professional prop blade. Includes vertical wind generators and water wheels put together with plywood and bicycle parts and car axles. Digester tanks and bladders are covered and interviews with inventors are there also.

My favorite one is plans for a pelton wheel made of a piece of scrap pipe and steel plate and double seal bearings. Setting up the head stock and how reducers build up pressures. All you need is a generation house, a "V" dam and a year round stream and trash collector. It would be the second thing I put up after the 10X12 prefab tree house cabin. With accompanying batteries you can supply your need for any structure and home. Mentions liquid 24-32v batteries and how to incorporate these too.

My other books are plain stuff on butchering and survival skills outdoors. I have a box full set of Pop Mechanics 1955 hardcover encyclopedias that's coming with me too. 

Title: Re: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Canuck In Denver on February 21, 2017, 09:53:51 PM
Thanks for the book recommendation, Spence. I've added it to my list of books to get.

Got two new books in the mail today: Guide to Weather Forecasting and Making & Using Dried Foods. So that's two holes filled in the last few weeks.
Title: Re: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Canuck In Denver on April 17, 2017, 08:34:01 PM
Got a couple of books, the one Spence recommended and one on tracking "Mammal Tracks & Sign". I needed a good book on tracking and have had my eye on this one for a while, finally got a good price on a used copy in damn near new shape, I was expecting a 3rd edition but I'm still happy with a 1st edition. Putting books on an Amazon list and checking daily leads to some great deals
Title: Re: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Hiddenone on April 17, 2017, 10:34:36 PM
There is a whole series of books by Dan Brown out there that would merit adding to the list.
Title: Re: Books (see reply 3 / 4th message for my phyisical library)
Post by: Canuck In Denver on April 18, 2017, 09:06:15 PM
Do you mean Tom Brown? I've read some interesting reviews on him, I read parts of a couple of his books and I'm kind of undecided on him.