My Favorite Camping and Outdoors Books

When it comes to camping, hiking, backpacking, and survival, you can never be too prepared. This is one of those areas where you should always be practicing, learning, testing, and improving – the right information and knowledge could literally save your life when you’re enjoying the wilderness.

Some people think that all they need is the right equipment and they’ll be golden – use what the pros use, right? But what if you’ve got your down filled sleeping bags, your Coleman stove and lamps, the best family tent you can find for you and kin, and an emergency comes up that you are unprepared to deal with? You can have all the ‘stuff’ in the world, but if you lack the knowledge and know-how, you can be in serious trouble.

My Favorite Camping and Outdoors BooksNow, we obviously turned to books to help us improve our camping skills, and it would be a disservice if we did not share what we have come up with. From fires to picking the right location for your tent, there are important tips and tricks in these books that will give you the necessary base of knowledge and skills to survive in the great outdoors in many situations.

The Ultimate Camping Guide and Camping Tips

G.A. Iron Cloud writes this number one best seller that goes into great detail about numerous adventure styles from car camping to backpacking. There are tips about camping in general, advice about the right kind of gear to bring, checklist information, ideas for camping with pets, and more.

It is a very comprehensive book that is easily digestible with just over 100 pages. The concise tips and tricks laid out in these pages will definitely give you more ideas than you ever thought possible when it comes to getting the most out of your camping trips, and will also sharpen your knowledge and skills when it comes to survival and staying safe.

You can find the book on Amazon in paperback edition or for your Kindle.

100 Easy Camping Recipes

Lets now say that you have all the skills and knowledge in the world – you can stay alive in any situation!

Until you have to put together an edible meal.

That’s where this book comes in.

You will find a lot of recipes for different styles of cooking, including but not limited to:

  • Grilling recipes
  • Dutch oven recipes
  • Campfire cooking

You’ll learn to cook with all sorts of ingredients and in all situations so that you don’t wither away underneath your camping gear at the top of a mountain when you realize you don’t know how to prepare that delicious tin of beans you packed in the bottom of your bag.

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills

If you’re into backpacking and more serious backcountry outings, this is the book for you.

Princeton University’s Rick Curtis gives you over 400 pages of in depth info ranging from how to choose a group with whom to go backpacking to dealing with certain weather conditions.

This is your one stop shop for all things backpacking, and is as detailed and impressive as your checklist and kit right before you leave the beaten path for the one less traveled.

If you’re going camping and need to be fully prepared, check out these three books to get the most out of your experience and stay safe.

My Favorite Bodyweight Training Books

Spending longs hours at work as book critic and a hectic schedule with my family often prevent me from fitting into my day all the gym hours that I want. But not finding enough time to go the gym doesn’t mean that I gave up so easily, I just found another solution to my problem. I looked for workouts that were beneficial and works well to strengthen and tone my muscle mass. Another important factor was a workout that I could take with me on the go, something that I didn’t need a weight or gym for but could crunch into my day when I had a spare moment. This is why I turned to bodyweight training and below are the ultimate books that will give you the body you want in the time that you have to spare.

You Are Your Own Gym:  Bodyweight Bible

Bodyweight ExercisesI didn’t expect to be so fortunate with my first bodyweight training book. This book was a complete guide to bodyweight training. It introduced me to endurance exercise and helped me build the strength that I needed to maintain continuous workouts. The exercises in this book also tend to be very tough but the challenge makes them all the more better and worthwhile. This book also comes with a DVD which provides complete explanations so that you can be sure you’re doing things right. Continue reading “My Favorite Bodyweight Training Books” »

Best Paleo Cookbooks of 2013: Improve Your Diet Today

Food is a necessary staple for every human being. But food doesn’t need to be processed, and it does not need to include sugar, legumes, and refined carbohydrates. For a fully nutritious and healthful diet to maximize performance throughout the day, the best thing you can do for yourself and for your body is to adhere to the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet is a lifestyle that brings us men back to our roots and allows us to have the diet that our ancestors strengthened themselves upon. Below you will find my favorite and best Paleo diet cookbooks of 2013.

Gather, The Art of Paleo Entertaining

Gather - The Art of Paleo EntertainingHand your girl this book when she invites guest so you can keep your diet on track and she can enjoy the cooking process. I’m being sarcastic. We both had a good time cooking these recipes together. This book was a great book to follow when my girl and I invited guests over. With recipes that allowed us to cook together and enjoy with friends and family, I’m glad I bought this book. This book splits Paleo entertaining into sections so that there is a meal for every occasion. There are too many occasions, but still a decent amount of recipes that can be used even without the occasions. Continue reading “Best Paleo Cookbooks of 2013: Improve Your Diet Today” »

My Favorite Fitness Books

This list of books features some of the standards that focus on overall fitness. They are books that will help you to build a well-rounded workout that includes flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. While they are likely to be familiar to some, it never hurts to review the classics for those who are looking for guidance in achieving a new level of fitness.

ACSM Fitness Book

This book, written and periodically revised by the American College of Sports Medicine, has earned its status as a standard. It is my all time favorite, and the one I most often recommend. Tests of flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness along with an assessment of your Body Mass Index (BMI) determine your fitness level for your age and gender in each of the above areas. The book then guides you to a six-week long program of carefully described exercises that start at an appropriate level and build from there. Photographs also illustrate the proper form for the exercises. At the end of six weeks, you repeat the tests to find the exercises appropriate for you new level of fitness. The book also contains a fitness maintenance program and suggestions for ways to vary the routine or to increase the difficulty levels of the exercises should you want to move beyond the level of fitness attained in the maintenance program.

Fitness for Dummies

Fitness for DummiesAs with all of the books in this series, this book is a comprehensive guide. It cuts through hype and quick fixes. Then, like the ACSM Fitness Book, Fitness for Dummies addresses the need for testing to find an exercise program appropriate for your fitness level. It goes beyond the ACSM Fitness Book, however, to discuss diet, finding a health club, hiring a personal trainer, and creating a home gym. Once you read these sections, you will better understand which route is the best for you. Continue reading “My Favorite Fitness Books” »

My Favorite Teenage Fiction Books

Certainly Twilight has had its time to shine in the literary world, but when the time has come for a comparison test, there’s really no substance to work with in this world of vampires and shapeshifters. Also, the title gears itself more towards the female audience. With the following books, the audience is varied more widely towards both male and female teens. The City of Bones series nearly made this list, but it’s much too new of a book series to have only just seen a surge in popularity, and so it’s too early to tell whether or not it would take a spot in a “Top Ten Best List” quite yet. Although the following is a bit shorter; a top 5 list of the biggest teen genre books.


Coming in at number one is the world renown Harry Potter series. To say that these books did not make a impact on modern day pop culture would be a lie. There’s hardly a soul above the age of eight who does not recognize the signature circular glasses, the lightning shaped scar on a forehead, and the deep red and gold colored scarf. A few other icons that have made themselves unanimous with Harry Potter is the broomstick and the golden snitch, with its crazy quick flapping wings. Harry potter has been beloved by readers of all ages since its initial release in the 90’s. Continue reading “My Favorite Teenage Fiction Books” »

My Favorite Web Design Books

Web design has become the backbone of a business. Today’s era of a web sites have become the virtual door for entering a business. Some businesses will offer information about the products and/or it’s services, or the business will have a virtual E commerce store to buy a product or a service. This was not an option in the earlier years. But, the technical savvy people created the art of web design by starting from the basics by creating the first web language, HTML and CSS. This language has opened the door for many web languages that will create many different types of themes, designs, images, etc.

The new languages that were created in the early years were written and documented, which was transcribed into books. These books are used as an instructional aid to educate and train those interested in web design. The language and the new technologies have changed throughout the years, so the web design books are always changing. However, there are books that, regardless of age, provide the basic information needed to know the new techniques or software applications. Without a thorough understanding of the basics, one will not be a successful web designer. For this reason, let us take a look at the Best Web Design Instructional Books available. Continue reading “My Favorite Web Design Books” »