4 Books to Survive the Apocalypse

for Book Riot

Welcome to the apocalypse! OK, not really (not yet, anyway). As a kid growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I always had some notion of the importance of preparedness. The SF earthquake of 1989 occurred when I had just turned five-years-old and that day forms some of my earliest memories. I’m familiar with ducking-and-covering and the importance of a Go Bag (also-known-as a Bug Out Bag). Over the past several years, I’ve become increasingly concerned about my overall lack of survival skills. Floods, fires, earthquakes, and the impending zombie apocalypse could all leave me homeless and resource-less. So I have been doing what I always do when I’m too lazy to take any real action: I read about it. Here are some of the best books I’ve read from the safety of my house. (It should be noted that I have never actually tried any of the techniques mentioned in this books because that requires leaving my couch, something I am loathe to do) (continued)

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Katie MacBride is a freelance journalist, essayist, and co-founder/associate editor of Anxy magazine. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Vice, Playboy, and Buzzfeed, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @msmacb

3 thoughts on “4 Books to Survive the Apocalypse

  1. You might also want to look into ‘Archetype of the apocalypse’ by Edward Edinger. He’s looking at the apocalypse prophecies / book of Revelations from a Jungian perspective. Answering questions like “What is there in the human soul that wants to embrace catastrophe.”
    I have it. I read 4 pages and put it down and then read 3 pages, sometimes 5. It is pretty confronting and overwhelming but very insightful. I grew up with a father who preached (is that the word?) apocalypse every drunk Sunday and this has given me this sense of impeding doom, everywhere and always. As I read in the book on ‘Addictive personality’ by Craig Nakken this sense of doom is a trait of people with an addiction. I hope I can finish the book and hopefully deal with the issue eventhough I fear (haha) that the outcome will be that the world has to look at its own shadow. :-/ Well, working on mine, which would be that the world is not ready to look at its own shadow. And then trying to find out if this is a projection of my own darknes or not and…. aaaaarhgg!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Well, normally I would end with ‘hope you enjoy’ but I’m not sure that would be in place. But maybe, maybe. 🙂
    xx, Feeling
    PS: I would add a homeopathic kit to your bag if I were you.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and the recommendations, Feeling, I’m sorry I’m only seeing it now. Excellent call making some updates to my Go Bag–I should definitely do that. Here’s hoping we won’t need those bags or our apocalypse books anytime soon!

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