Today I was going to write about some of my projects in progress – and let me tell you, there are a lot of them. I love finding things I want to try, even better when the project has a tutorial that is easy to follow with nice, clear pictures and then I buy whatever the hell I want (kind of following the plans) and do whatever the hell I want and just hope that it turns out alright. I wouldn’t win any prizes for my finished projects, but I do manage to pull most things together – if I finish them. But something else is really on my mind and I thought I would write about it instead.
I am a totally open, ambiguous and equal opportunity passenger when it comes to the apocalypse. I don’t really have a preference on how the world is going to end. I think some people have set beliefs on what will happen to us one day, but I have absolutely no opinion or leanings on how our world will end. It’s like going on a super mysterious fun ride that you have absolutely no control over, so just sit back and enjoy the ride, or not. You may be wondering what brought all this on, well, let me show you. I was driving along the other day and saw this in front of me:
PrepperCon baby! You should know that I take pictures on the move, not while moving literally, but through my dirty windshield with my dirty phone, so my pictures aren’t going to be nice and pretty and clear. Just deal with it.
I love Doomsday Preppers and I’m not sure if it’s just Salt Lake City and Utah or if it’s everywhere and I just never noticed it before, but we have a plethora of “Emergency Supply Stores.” Now I lived in New Orleans for quite a few years and if there’s anywhere that would need an emergency supply store, it’s there. Even if a major hurricane isn’t about to hit, it always floods when it rains and you can usually count on the power going out for every storm, high wind, calm sunny day, etc.
I read a lot. You might wonder how I read with two small children, well, I go to bed when they do. That’s right, about 9pm each night, I read to my four year old and we lie down together and I read my book till he falls asleep, then move to my bed and read till 11pm. Okay, if it’s a really good book, I’ve been known to stay up till 3am, but then I’m total shit the next day. And when I say I read a lot, I mean a lot, like a book every couple of days and no I don’t skim read like my husband accuses me of doing. Furthermore, I’ll read almost anything – from non-fiction to sci-fi to fantasy to murder mysteries. I know I’ve been reading too much of one genre when I read a series of let’s say apocalypse books and I quickly start making my list for how much water, food and emergency supplies we’ll need to last us until, well I’m not really sure how long our supplies will need to last if it’s the end of the world.
I live in Salt Lake City and yes, we have a lot of Mormons here. They have a short term food supply and then they build up their stores with staples that will last up to 30 years. Let me tell you, they’ll be prepared. But would I really want to live through all of that – watching everything fall apart and all the rest while sitting in my living room looking out our window all the while stuffing my face with food? I guess it would be like watching tv, but it would be real. Now the Catholics believe that if you’re not raptured when God calls it, then you have 7 years of “trials and tribulations.” That still seems like a lot of supplies to have on hand. And let me tell you, I don’t believe for a second that any of these Christians are going to share with heathens like me. And I start to worry, but then I’m like, squirrel, and I’m on to something else.
So all this rambling about the end of the world and food storage is really about some good books I’ve come across about the end of the world. An aside, I had to take a break from post-apocalypse books because I just get too freaked out and panicky, so I’m reading sci-fi right now. I’ll have that book list in a bit.
So if you want to go on an adventure about the end of the world, here are some fun books to read:
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series by Carrie Ryan
Extinction Point Series by Paul Anthony Jones
Children of the After series by Jeremy Laszlo
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Post Apocalyptic World: (or loosely based post the world as we know it)
The Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Testing Series by Joelle Charbonneau
Partials Series by Dan Wells
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
Then there are the usual suspects:
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
Ender’s Game Series by Orson Scott Card
The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner