What Books do you think are important to have?

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The extra item for this month on the deep pantry/food storage challenge is books. All kinds of books, pleasure, how to, history ect. I have a ton of books but I thought I would share a list of books that I have that I think are very important to have in your book collection in no special order.

  1. Bible
  2. A good canning book ( Ball book of canning).I have a Kerr canning book, Don’t know if you can find that anymore, I also have a couple other books that have a lot of canning info in them.
  3. The survival Medicine Handbook (Joseph Alton, M.D. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy). This book is wonderful it has all kinds of information in it from antibiotics to major illness, It covers so many areas that you may encounter in a collapse situation. 
  4. Beyond Collapse ( T.Joseph Miller Jr.). This book has a lot of information as to what to do before and after a collapse.
  5. Food Drying (Phyllis Hobson) I love this book I have had it for some time, It is an older book and seems to cover everything, even meat and dairy. It also tells how to build a dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator it gives instructions for oven and sun drying.
  6. Stocking up (by the staff of Organic Gardening and Farming 1973). This is another older book that I just love. It covers everything. Canning, drying, freezing, harvesting, smoking, underground storage. There is so much information in this book. 
  7. Passport to Survival (Esther Dickey). This book comes from the LDS book store and is another old book. It has a lot of food storage recipes using wheat, salt, honey and powdered milk. There are recipes using a few other things but most use these four ingredients. I mean seriously who know you could make Ice cream and pudding with these four things.
  8. The Soap maker’s Companion (Susan Miller Cavitch). This is my go to book when making soap it has a ton of information on soap making.
  9. A Complete Course In Dressmaking (Isabel DeNyse Conover).This one I downloaded off the internet it is copyrighted 1921it has a lot of basic information on sewing. I have several books on sewing, but if you are just starting out a book with the basics is what you want.
  10. We have Joleen’s Advanced EMT book and Andy’s 1st responder’s books in addition to a first aid book. We are very fortunate that Andy has some basic first responder training and Joleen is a EMT.
  11.  We have a book on tanning hides. I am not sure of the name it is on a bookshelf behind a book self (I know, don’t judge Space is very limited in my house).Andy has been wanting to learn to do this but hasn’t had the time to do it yet.
  12. The complete Encyclopedia of stitchery (by Mildred Graves Ryan.) Another old book this covers all the different types of stitchery from crochet to sewing and everything in between.
  13. The Clinical textbook for Veterinary Technicians Joleen was given this book when she was thinking about becoming a Vet. It has a lot of small to large animal information.
  14. Andy has a book on reloading not sure which one ( it’s on his reloading table and I don’t mess with it haha)
  15. Beginners guide to bee keeping. We had bees a few yares ago but lost the hives, I am hoping to get more in the future.
  16. I have some binders that I put all the stuff I get off the internet. Things that I don’t have in any of my books that I think will be helpful.
  17. A whole set of books on Home repairs and building. This will help in doing our own home repairs. Andy knows most of what to do but this will be handy if there is something that he doesn’t know or if someone else needs to know.
  18. I took a herb class on line so I have all the information from that in addition to several herbal remedy books. I think herbs are going to be very important if there is no other help around.
  19. A whole set of encyclopedias, The girls and Andy all thought I had lost my mind when I came home with them (where on earth do you plan to put all of them). But like I told them you may not always have access to the internet for information.  
  20. Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook 1959, This is my go to cook book it is old and has a lot of old recipes. How to render lard make butter, cottage cheese, sour dough starter, It even has a recipe for Raccoon, rabbit and squirrel  ( please don’t let me be so hungry I want to eat squirrel or raccoon, I know some people like them I just don’t really want to do that haha). It has so many old, from scratch recipes.

 Now for some of the books I need to get.

  1. I used to have a real good book on plants and seeds it had everything from seeds to garden, berry bushes, and trees. I think I accidentally donated it to the library so I need to replace it.
  2. I would like to have a book on spinning and weaving. I got a drop spindle and a spinning wheel. (I am still trying to master it).And I have a small Navajo rug loom that my Dad made for me many years ago (It is in storage and I need to get it out and learn how to weave on it) push come to shove we could make a larger one to use. 
  3. I would like to get some school books for the different ages. If I have to help homeschool my grandkids or any other kids I would like to have something to use.
  4. Some older history books I’m afraid people are trying to erase our history, schools aren’t teaching the history we learned as kids.
  5. A book on seed saving. This would be  handy when trying to grow your own food so you can savew seeds from one year to the next.
  6. A astronomy book, knowing the stars will be helpful if you need to navigate somewhere.

I am sure I am forgetting something to add to this list.

I really think books of all kinds are important even pleasure reading. Some of the old classic books would also be good to have.  When I go to second hand store or garage sales I am always looking for books for all age groups. I have several boxes of books stored away. If we don’t have internet or television, books are a great thing to have around. I even buy books that I am not that interested in just because even if I don’t care for it, it don’t mean someone else won’t enjoy reading it. 

So what books do think are important to have a round and what books would you like to get.

3 thoughts on “What Books do you think are important to have?

  1. Rose

    The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery is a must have. She has covered everything, it is easy to read and is personable. Also, a good herbal book like the Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis Balch is a valuable guide for using herbs for any ailment or condition. What about hunting and fishing books for your area? You may need to branch out and knowing where to go, what to use, how to fillet a fish or skin a rabbit could be very important. We have a lot of rabbit and chukars around our house, so knowing how to process them is valuable information. What about sewing, and a book on fixing small machines or appliances. The list goes on…

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  2. Rose

    Also, The Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking of Meat, Fish & Game by Wilbur F. Eastman, Jr. is great. It has all sorts of techniques and even includes a recipe for pemmican.

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