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)