5 Books to Read in Preparation for the Apocalypse

By October 11, 2018 Culture, Literature

Preparation is key when it comes to the world ending. You wouldn’t want to be the only survivors without decent shelter or dry firewood, right? Your neighbour may have fashioned weapons out of old bones while you are still wondering if the water nearby is safe to drink.

This list of extremely useful books are guaranteed to keep you alive for long enough to finish your TBR pile before the sun explodes/the zombies arrive/memes take over the world and nothing makes sense anymore. Let us guide you towards some of the best survival books, foraging guides, and ultimate distraction texts while the world around you burns.




Got wood?

Get wood or die freezing, Reading Addicts.

Having sold over 200,000 copies of this book so far, this guide to keeping your wood dry and your toes warm has universal appeal thanks to its practical and intriguing look into Scandi-life, and the essentiality of staying toasty and dry. When the rabid zomdogs are gnashing at your ankles, your newly-acquired axe-wielding expertise will certainly come in handy.

Norwegian Wood

Life during an apocalypse could be BEARable!

Bear Grylls has some key preparation skills to learn while the world burns.

After a decade on television showing us how many disgusting things are ‘edible’, and that he can make shelter out of his underwear and a toothpick (I assume), Bear brings us this ULTIMATE GUIDE on how to stay alive in any situation.

We could leave this article here and just offer this one book to be honest… It even includes how to survive that old 80s B-movie nemesis- QUICKSAND! This book is an obvious choice.

How To Stay Alive

Eat shoots and leaves…

It would be a real shame to survive an attack from wild animals only to die from wiping your bottom with the wrong type of leaf.

This book contains 2,500 full colour picture of over 1,000 plants that aren’t actively trying to kill us. Find out which common plants can be used for toiletries, food substitutes, and even boost your sex drive if the apocalypse is really getting you down. From bug repellant to coffee substitute- this guide will keep you alive longer than if you were to do without it.

Free Food and Medicine

What do vegetarian zombies eat? GRAAAAIIINSSSS

While others are losing their heads around you- you will be beheading zombies with your machete.

There is a slim chance that we will have an actual zombie apocalypse but it is always best to be prepared right? When the hordes come for you, you will be waiting and ready, book in one hand and machete in the other.

Lessons to learn from this guide include- use your head: cut off theirs, blades don’t need reloading, get up the staircase and then destroy it, and keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!

Zombie Survival Guide

“Hope is what we fight with when all else is lost.” ~Pandora’s Box

The end of the world can be a stressful time for all involved, let’s not forget to be kind to ourselves, and others, during this awful time.

While some people are in their element fighting off wild animals, zombies, or just trying to stay alive in the nuclear wasteland, you may not feel the same. Don’t lose hope! This book shines a light on the tools we already possess, to help us harness our strength and resilience, and rise to the occasion.

“Active Hope is not wishful thinking.
Active Hope is not waiting to be rescued
by the Lone Ranger or by some saviour.
Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life
on whose behalf we can act.”

Active Hope




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