The Reader’s Choice Survival and Preparedness Library

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By the author of Be Ready for Anything and the online course Bloom Where You’re Planted

Last week, I showed you the list of my personal favorite preparedness books and asked you for your favorites. Many of these, I hadn’t heard of, while others, I just hadn’t read or overlooked. But what we have here is an amazing list of books to add to your survival and preparedness library.

For some, I was able to provide links so that you can get them. Others weren’t as easy to find, but you can be on the lookout for them when you hit thrift stores, libraries, and yard sales. The listings below all have the reasons that the reader recommended them.

Happy reading!

The Reader’s Choice Survival and Preparedness Library – Non-Fiction


General Preparedness


(If your region isn’t listed here, I strongly recommend you search for a local guide to foraging)



Philosophy/Mental Preparedness

Do you have books to add?

Share them in the comments section below. Coming soon – the Prepper’s Fiction Library!

(Caroline, Karen, Erin, Susan, Walter, Lester, Mimi, John, Karen, Heather, Lisa, Julie, Ted, Tiffany, and David: Thank you for your contributions! )


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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (The Handbook Series) & other books on by Abigail R. Gehring…

  • I liked Gene Logsdon’s book, Small-Scale Grain Raising.

    His one on manure is not only funny but good too.

  • A couple of non-fiction suggestions:
    Keeping the Harvest by Nancy Chioffi and Gretchen Mead,
    The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid by Terri Reid,
    The Self-Sufficiency Handbook by Alan and Gill Bridgewater,
    Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton.

    I’d also like to suggest my own novel series for the fiction series: Olduvai.

    All the best to all.

  • Daisy, there are a lot of situations where it’s a good idea to create a printed book. If the “book” that you bought was in Kindle ebook format (or any other ebook format), there’s a way to take screenshots (cropped if you learn how) with free versions of software from Gadwin PrintScreen (I still use v4.5) that will sequentially number the page images you make, so printing them out in order via a duplex printer (that prints on the front and back of each piece of paper, which saves enormously on the amount of paper you use, AND the shelf storage space needed) becomes easy and automatic. Sometimes the book is available ONLY in ebook format — which may not do you much good in a long term power outage. Sometimes the ebook format was all you could afford. In any case, this is a personal backup process, and not something where you intend to resell and commit copyright infringement.

    The reverse of this has its uses as well. You may have an enormous printed book library that’s way beyond taking with you if you need to suddenly evacuate, whether that’s a bugout, or even a move offshore. So how to cope? There is a world wide community of DIY book digitizers from experts all the way down to hopeful wannabees at:

    where you can learn how to make your own book digitizer, with a wide range of designs — some fast, some slow, some pricey, some dirt cheap, with the usual tradeoffs. Some of them even show up on YouTube. The ability to make digital versions of the books that you already have — so you can put hundreds, or even thousands of them, on a tiny cheap flash drive to take with you — is astounding. And remember, there are solar battery chargers to keep a laptop running anywhere in the world.


  • Carla Emery’s Encyclopedia of Country Living. It even tells you how to deliver a baby by yourself. My inspiration!

  • I really enjoy your site. I learn an awful lot , sometimes even about things I didn’t know I needed to know about.
    I try to use “Print Friendly” to download a copy of many of your articles that I want on hand if/when the power goes out. Unfortunately, as with this article, a large portion doesn’t get printed.
    Is there any chance that the site can be made more “download” friendly?

  • Dare to Prepare by Holly Dayo. Over 600 pages of pure knowledge. It covers almost everything. It is an expensive book on its 6th addition but you can find the 5th addition used on Amazon for $40.

  • The Non-Electric Lighting Series:
    Book #1 CANDLES
    Book #3 LAMP FUELS

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