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Top Ten Books to Read if You Like Watching Man Vs. Wild

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This post is quite funny after yesterday's rant about ridiculous book comparisons...buuut I'm not exactly comparing these books to a TV show. Humour me, okay?

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday.

This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week's prompt is: Top Ten Books If You Like Such-and-Such TV series/comics/movie etc. On my brain did burn, blogglings, trying to think up something. I started to pick out books to read if you liked Disney's Frozen...but then INSPIRATION hit. What about books to read if you like the TV series "Man Vs. Wild"?
What is Man Vs. Wild? Hopefully you already KNOW. But, in a nutshell, it's a survival series mostly centring on an idiot ex-military guy named Bear Grylls who does completely (pointless) insane things to show you how to survive in them like:

- eats bugs and spiders
- tears his clothes so he can sew them up with vines
- swims in freezing lakes
- falls down cliffs to see if he'll break a bone
- climbs frozen waterfalls
- sleeps INSIDE A DEAD CAMEL
- basically anything gross or freaky he does to show YOU how to survive in any situation

Thanks to Bear Grylls I'm officially never leaving the safety of my small bedroom. Also: I learnt a lot from that TV series. My older brother and I were rather obsessed at one stage.

If you want to see this dude survive Australia (he's rather interesting) you can watch it on YouTube here.

Onwards!
source || yes he eats that
Ohh, I have such fond memories of this series. Who doesn't like books about a random kid in an airplane crash who survives the bears and lakes and snow of Canada?! They're super realistic and I learnt a lot about lighting fires.

You need a hatchet.

I LOVE THIS SERIES. I don't even care that I'm in the minority! There is heck of a lot of survival happening here, particularly since they're surviving mutated...aliens. It gets messy.

But you know what? If you're stressed, have a cookie. THAT is advice I can work with, thanks Sam.

I'm pretty extra sure I use this book every TTT post. It's obviously a good book. If you haven't read it now, go read it. Go! Go! Go! It's apocalyptic and what do you need when then world ends? CHOCOLATE. Er...WATER! You do need H2O, trust me, and this does give some fabulous tips on how to drink water without killing yourself.

Water can kill you.


Although this book frozen my brain with boredom, it WAS interesting to find out how hard it is to scale Mount Everest. 

SPOILER: It's extremely hard to scale Mount Everest. 


The survival themes in this one surprised me! I honestly thought it'd be about two highly strung teens running around a spaceship falling in goopy love with each other. BUT NO. They spent a lot of time surviving a) alien weirdness b) spaceship crashes, and c) each other.

Also: Lilac can hike in high heels. Not for long, but nevertheless, she DID hike in them.


The Australian desert is no picnic, believe me. But if you don't believe me, you can always read Stolen and slowly swelter into a puddle of doom with Gemma.


There comes a time in everyone's life where they'll probably become an assassin and fight to the death several times in one week. IT JUST HAPPENS OKAY? If you want to know how to a) tell poisons apart, b) escape a prison, c) outwit politics, d) use many different weapons, e) know how to train to be fit, and f) learn how chocolate cake is crucial to survival? THIS IS YOUR SERIES.

Also can we just admire the newly released cover for Heir of Fire for a while? Eeeek!


This is a rather obscure one, but it is precious useful for learning how to survive in the forests of Pioneer America. Catch fish. How to eat raw meat. How to raft down rivers. How to survive annoying family members...seriously. Invaluable.



If you get trapped inside a school during an apocalyptic like snowstorm? THIS book will guide you. Well, actually it'll guide you on how to eat cold school-cafeteria-pudding without a tin-opener and that you'll still get pimples even if you're in a life-death situation. So sad.


I like to consider myself somewhat prepared for the zombie apocalypse. I go for runs. I've read all these books and therefore totally know how to survive. I even store chocolate in my room for quick-supplies-to-get-away. I AM READY OH YEAH. But, if you still need to brush up on zombie-survival-tactics, The End Games awaits you. I happen to absolutely love this book, too, by the way. 5-stars!


have you ever watched/heard of man vs. wild? oh and can you recommend me MORE survival books because i'm mildly obsessed with them? and don't forget to link me up to your TTT posts so i can stop by!

Cait and her older brother used to watch Man Vs. Wild so obsessively they decided to hike UP a river in the middle of nowhere. It was fun! It was exciting! It was waist deep water and...wet and cold. Then Cait fell in. All the way. Why does it stop being fun when you're freezing cold and wet? To make it even, she pushed her brother in. She's awesome like that.

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  1. How many siblings do you HAVE?

    Anyway, this is such a great list - I love survival-type stuff! I've read Hatchet and really enjoyed it, but haven't read the others. Fun fact: when I was quite small, I wrote a book (tied up with ribbon and everything) about some kids who get stranded on a desert island. Somehow they managed to train monkey butlers, roast a whole pig and make a waterslide. I was apparently much more imaginative as a young'un.

    A more classic survival one is Lord of the Flies, which I got halfway through.

    I need to read Not a Drop To Drink (it's not JUST because of the amazing cover...okay, it mostly is, but don't tell!).

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    1. How many? TOO many. I have 1 brother and 4 sisters. I am the perfect and wonderful one.

      Oh dude, that book is insanely awesome. ;) I had a horrific imagination when I was small. I was a little thief. I used to write out fairy tales and sign my name with them. I didn't even variate a THING. Plagiarism by a 5-year-old. Adorable. I'm really liking your monkey butlers though.

      Not a Drop to Drink is AMAZING. (But do not fear, I will keep your cover-loving secret.)

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  2. I have heard of it but only watched a few of them, my sister and her boyfriend are obsessed though! Such a fun idea for a list as well, I own some of these books and need to hurry up and get to them - especially Not A Drop To Drink! I haven't heard of The End Games before though, will definitely need to look that one up. Great list! :)

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    1. They're crazy! I haven't actually watched on in years...but I'm almost tempted to. I'm kind of worried he'll end up like Steve Irwin though, soo...yeah. Awkward. o.O The End Games is my FAVOURITE. (Okay, I say that about a lot of books, but legit, I loved this one.) XD

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  3. I LOVE THE GONE SERIES (even though I've only read the first two books yet). I really need to read the Throne of Glass series and Stolen though -- they've been sitting for quite a while now on my TBR. :D

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    1. Ohhh YES to Throne of Glass! It's probably my favourite series at the moment and I'm absolutely in PAIN until Heir of Fire comes out. x)

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  4. Oooh great list! I would add Dark Eden by Chris Beckett to it too! :)

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    1. I haven't heard of that one! I'll have to look it up. :))

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  5. WAIT A SEC. I've seen the Hatchet series before. Somewhere...it was popular, I think, in elementary school? Ugh my brain.

    And I love this list! I've never seen Man vs. Wild but I have seen Survivorman which is kind of the same thing I guess. I do want to read Hatchet though.

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    1. Probably!! I read it when I was 12 or so...still have super fond memories. ;) I always felt it was kind of weird that it turned into a series, though, because in the first book he DOES get rescued, and then the next two (if I recall correctly) are just "what ifs" of if he hadn't gotten rescued. UM. OKAY THEN. x)

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  6. Where's book #10, Cait?
    The covers of the Gone-series (#2) look as if they're a neon light in the dark. Are those books as creepy as they look like?

    arendedewit.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh gosh you had me worried! I was thinking, "dang brain forgot to add number 10"...buuuut it's there. Sneaky End Games. And Gone is DEFINITELY as creepy as it looks. So much awesome. Happiness.

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  7. Bear Grylls is the BEST! This is awesome!

    I own 'Gone' but haven't read it yet - this makes me more excited to pick it up! Also I really, really want to read 'These Broken Stars'.

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    1. YAY A FELLOW BEAR GRYLLS SUPPORTER. x) These Broken Stars is sooooo good! It was one of my top favourites of last year. Although I was kind of surprised it turned into a survival story...totally epically written, though.

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  8. *shivers* yuck yuck...so yeah I have eaten bugs. so gross I tell you. Anyways I've heard of some of those can't say I'd be tempted to read them all though, maybe a few. You know I wonder why they decided on the Throne of Glass books to feature all the flowing hair in 3 out of 4 of the novels and then one of them the hair is completely covered - curiouser and curiouser.

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    1. I've eaten some interesting things in China, but NOT sure if I've actually snaked on bugs. I hope not. That is gross. Oh, I think I know for those ToG covers. That one where she's all covered? It's a collection of novellas! So possibly it's just showing the difference from the novellas to the actual BOOKS??

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  9. "How to survive annoying family." Ha! That's the main thing I remember from Moccassin Trail. I should re-read that, I have a copy . . . .

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    1. That and, as Mime reminded me this morning, Jim eating a raw liver on his knife and freaking out all the settlers. x) AH. Such fond memories. It's still a top favourite.

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  10. I've never seen Man vs. Wild but I like Bear Grylls and his new Survivor type show looks interesting. Out of these books, I've only read Stolen (which was brilliant) and Trapped (which was ok). Have you read This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers? I preferred that one to Trapped when it comes to 'locked in a school we're all doomed' books. I really need to read These Broken Stars - everyone seems to have nothing but good things to say about it.

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    1. Ugh, Trapped wasn't very brilliant, was it? I was kind of frustrated how anti-climatic it was. -_- These Broken Stars is absolutely BRILLIANT. I totally recommend it. x)

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  11. I haven't watch Man vs Wild and I haven't read most of the books on your list except These Broken Stars. But..there are a lot of books are you on your list that are on my tbr. I want to read the Gone series, Stolen, and Not a Drop to Drink.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

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    1. Gone is amazing. Stolen wasn't my favourite, but hey! I think it's cool that it's set in Australia where I live (although, to be truthful, that's why I struggled with it, because I felt the desert wasn't very realistic).

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  12. I LOVE BEAR GRYLLS!!! That man will do anything. I remember watching him gut a dead camel carcass and pretty much make the cavity of the camel his shelter from a desert's sand storm. It was pretty freaking gnarly!
    Not a Drop to Drink is still on my TBR list and I'm hoping to get to it soon. Thanks for sharing the great list of books!
    Come by and check out my TTT @Book Hangovers

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    1. Oh gosh, it's insane what he gets up to! That camel episode was pretty awful, eh?? I'm pretty sure he was puking after that one too. (Which, I reckon is good at least, that they show you the stuff DOES make him sick! Ok, yep, I'm morbid too.) XD

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  13. I LOVE Man Vs. Wild!:D I read The Hatchet in 4th grade and I loved it:)

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    1. Hatchet was really inspiring. But gosh! I must have read it soooo many years ago. XD

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  14. I haven't seen Man vs Wild nor do plan on watching it, I know I can't handle watching half the things he does. I do love survivor stories though so I will have to check out some of those books. Not a Drop to Drink and These Broken Stars on on my TBR and I am currently reading The Assassin's Blade and I am loving it, I can't wait to get to the rest of the series.

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    1. Haha! I can understand that. He's kind of insane. Survival stuff has always interested me. And I even liked the movie Castaway even though I don't watch a lot of older movies. ;)

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  15. Man Vs. Wild always makes me want to never leave the house (and books! my precious books!), too. :)

    And oh my wow. I thought you just had four sisters, never realized you had a brother too!

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    1. ME TOO. It's awesome, buuuut, oh the outside world is a scary and dangerous place. ;)

      Ah, yes, I have WAY too many siblings if you ask me. You can have some if you like. I'm really really good at sharing like that.

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  16. I used to watch Man VS. Wild, too, also with my older brother, but then I saw him eat a zebra and I believe I could never watch an episode again. Still, it was often hilarious and they are, for the most part, fond memories. Avocardo, Mayonaise and Chocolate.
    I love that you chose this for the list- that's such a great idea and I loved reading your suggestions, though I haven't read hardly any of them, only part of These Broken Stars and the Throne of Glass, neither of which I would have immediately thought about but realised are awesome choices!

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    1. I remember that episode! I only stopped watching because the season ended and then I never watched anymore. That must have been over 7 years ago now though. >_< I love food though. REAL food. So it always disturbed me what he'd eat...um, yeah.

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  17. Me and my boyfriend were loving Doomsday Preppers last year (he loved it a bit too much, I had to stop him buying a shit-ton of dehydrated food) so I know I will love all of these books. Just got my hands on Not A Drop To Drink, but might wait a few days to read it. I need something light before to cleanse my palate!
    Fantastic list!
    aimes @ What Aimee Read Next

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    1. Oh that's funny!! I'm not nearly that dedicated. lol NADTD is aaaamazing! I really hope you like it. It's not too heavy, but it's definitely not light. I'm DYING for the sequel!

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  18. Sarah J. Maas' series sounds amazing. I've never heard of it. But I'm now convinced that I must read it. The covers are beautiful too. . . just saying.

    This creating-lists thing, it seems to be an obsession of yours?

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    1. YOU NEED TO BE CONVINCED. Honestly, it's worth every single gorgeous and lovable page. x)

      Why yes list creating is something I dearly love, is it too obvious? ;)))

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  19. I love Hatchet but have never seen this show! Also, obviously everyone should know how to be an assassin, how could you not?

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    1. Oh definitely. It's like one of those THINGS, like taxes and how to make toast.

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  20. I'm not sure if I want to read these series and list of books first, or if I want to watch Man vs Wild. In any case this was a seriously great list, and I put on my TBR list the ones I haven't heard of yet. I really want to read Hatchet now!!!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. Haha! Hatchet is awesome. At least it was when I read it, like, gosh, 7 years ago?? Haha! I need a reread!

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  21. I was never really a fan of Man Vs Wild but for some reason all the Aussie blokes love it! These Broken Stars is a great one for the survival and hehe, glad you slipped Throne of Glass in there. Great post Cait!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Psst...all the Aussie blokes AND ME. ;) But I'm a sucker for wild and woolly things and also followed very loyally in my brother's footsteps. I can almost always figure out a way to slip Throne of Glass into ALL THE LISTS.

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  22. YEAH THRONE OF GLASS. When I saw this I did a fist pump and whispered "YEAH" (it was a whisper-scream-cheer because I didn't want my parents to wonder what I was doing XD)

    ANYWAY. WHY DO YOU ALWAYS GET THE BEST COVERS??? I want to buy AUS/UK books just because your covers are better.

    And Heir of Fire is beautiful. August cannot come soon enough.

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    1. AUGUST NEEDS TO BE HERE NOW. THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY. And yes, I'm sooo happy we finally have the better covers! haha! Usually we get the dorky ones with faces and not much detail. ;) I'm pretty sure you can buy the UK edition from Book Depository. Just sayin'.

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    2. This is why I love you. *races off to Book Depository*

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  23. Some of these are favorites, like Not a Drop and Throne of Glass series. I'm listening to These Broken Stars in audio book now and I'm loving it.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Ohh, listening to the audio would be a lot of fun! I read it so stinking fast (I was so excited) that I probably missed a lot of detail. An audio would rock! Woot!

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  24. Woop woop for These Broken Stars, Not a Drop to Drink, Throne of Glass and Hatchet! :D You're probably horrified to know I had no idea as to what the heck Man vs. Wild was, but thanks to your little definition at the beginning, I'm definitely hooked! Thanks for sharing Cait! <3

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    1. ABSOLUTELY. Well, now you are semi-educated on Man Vs. Wild and you can go remedy this lapse in your education on Youtube. lol Just kidding. ;)

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  25. Haha, I think I've seen a few episodes of Man vs. Wild before, but I don't really remember them at all. Seems like that show had a much larger impact on you lol :P Really own have read These Broken Stars and Throne of Glass from your list. Lol I feel like I'm failing at being a Canadian by not only never reading the Hatchet series, but not even hearing about it. I feel like it's a big deal here. I think I'll give some of these ones on your list a shot, I feel like survival stories are always interesting because they always show you that extreme side of human nature- how far people are willing to go to survive.

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    1. I WATCHED SO MANY OF THEM. Let's just say, all those many and glorious years ago in my fluffy childhood, I followed closely in my brother's footsteps. If he took up archery, I took up archery. If he fell down a waterfall, I did too. Such fond memories.

      OH YES. Hatchet is in Canada! Go! Go! Go!

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  26. I have a kinda weakness for survival books to *grins sheepishly* they make me want to pack a backpack and have reserve water (just in case). :D There's this book I read AGES ago called My Side of the Mountain I think. It's an older book and it's all about a boy surviving on his own in the "wild". I remember loving it!! Awesome list :)

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    1. Chocolate reserves are important too....though I guess water reserves will help you, oh I don't know, live longer?? x) I read My Side of the Mountain too!!! That was interesting, although I was sad when he got rescued. Okay, warped me. BUT IT'S TRUE. He was a lot happier in the wild.

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  27. I've never watched that show, but my husband has become obsessed with the show Naked and Afraid which I imagine is this show's cousin. I've not read any of the books you've suggested although I definitely plan on reading the Throne of Glass series and These Broken Stars. Great post!

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  28. I remember reading Stolen! Such a great book! :)

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  29. Awesome books, I need to add some of these to my TBR.
    btw. am following you guys now on bloglovin ;)

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