Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Zombie Apocalypse/Dystopian Skills Books Have Made Me Want to Learn

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So have you ever been around people who talk about the zombie apocalypse and what they would do to prepare for it. Like where they would go, what they would bring, who they would want on their team. I have. It's a fun little ice breaker and conversation topic. One thing I always seem to say to people is that I will not be surviving the zombie apocalypse. I honestly have no useful skills. So for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt I decided to mention ten skills I want to learn to survive the zombie apocalypse and the books that made me want to learn them.

Survival Skills

1.) Tending to Wounds like Claire in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
How useful would this be in the zombie apocalypse. I mean obviously if you get bit by a zombie you are done for but like what if you break your arm or cut yourself or accidentaly get shot because you are in the middle of a battle with zombies. I have some basic first aid skills but Claire knows how to heal combat wounds and treat illnesses. That would be so helpful in this situation.

2.) Hunting and Gathering like Kol in Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
If I was in the middle of the woods trying to escape from zombies and humans who have become practically feral I would probably not be able to feed myself. Unless I miraculously came across a fruit tree of some kind I think I would be S.O.L. And I definitely don't know how to hunt and trap like the characters in Ivory and Bone

3.) Being Invisible like Cami in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and Inej in The Dregs by Leigh Bardugo
Cami is a teenage spy know as the Chameleon. She is a pavement artist that can blend in anywhere. She blends in so well that she is practically invisible. Inej, known as The Wraith, is also practically invisible, moving in the shadows and hiding. That sounds useful when trying to escsape from zombies.

Fighting/Weapons Ability

4.) Weilding a Sword like Jamie Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin and Celeana Sardothian in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
So Celaena it's more of daggers but she's also really good with a sword and well all weaponry. This seems obvious, know how to fight with a sword would be a fantastic skill to fight off zombies as well as any and all attackers to me and the people I am with

5.) Shooting a Bow like Katniss in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Scarlet in the Scarlet trilogy by A.C. Gaughin
Swords, axes, daggers these are close range weapons, you have to be near a zombie to be able to fight them off. But if you have a bow and arrows you can fight them off from a distance. Only problem is that I don't know how to do this with any accuracy. I've shot a bow before but it's been like 12 years and even then I was pretty terrible at it.

5.5.) Being mistborn and Doing Allomancy like Kell and Vin in the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
So this an honorable mention because well it's not humanly possible in our world, at least to my knowledge. But it is afantastic magical system that would come in very handy when it comes to the zombie apocalypse because there are both offensive and defensive skills. Imagine being able to steel push, get extra strength, create a time bubble, or even hear or see really well. Super helpful.

Escape Methods

6.) Ride a Motorcycle like Yael and Luka Lowe in Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I need to get away from the zombies some way and being able to ride a motorcycle would be really helpful. Not only are they easier to maneuver than cars but they get really good gas mileage. I assume in this instance that there is a gas shortage so this would be helpful.

7.) Flying a Plane like Maddie in Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
When it comes to getting away from zombies I assume that the best method would be to just like fly the f out of there. Like go all Jurassic Park and leave the zombies to fend for themselves. Actually flying to a deserted island might be even more ideal. Which brings me to...

8.) Sailing a Boat like Teach in Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman and Nix in The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Zombies can't swim, right? It seems like the best method to escape from them would be to take to the sea. Plus if there is a gas shortage being on a sailboat means that no matter what you can move around and get places. If only I knew how to sail a boat.

Other Skills

9.) Hack a Computer like Kady in Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Gideon in Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I feel like this could be useful if instead of getting out of there you were determined to stay put and just lock yourself in some kind of fallout shelter with a bank of computers. You could use your hacking skills to then monitor things and maybe find a drone to do your dirty work.

10.) Build Steampunk Weaponry and Other Stuff like Daniel in Something Strange by Susan Dennard and Vieve in all of Gail Carriger's books.
Obviously when I thought of things to fight off a zombie apocalypse I thought of Something Strange and Deadly. It's historical but it's about fighting zombies. All the inventions Daniel comes up with helps the group to better fight off the zombies. Plus Vieve's inventing would also be helpful.

So that's my list. And sure, it's geared towards the zombie apocalypse but I mean this is also a list of things books have made me want to learn. What skills have books made you want to learn? Would you survive the zombie apocalypse? Can you do any of these things? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Great list! I am listening to Harry Potter book 4, and yesterday I was just thinking how there is no way I would have survived the 3rd task. I also just finished reading The Last Star. I totally die in an end of the world scenario. I should learn some of these skills as well. :)

  2. my wish is like Azio from Assassin's Creed, stealthy and resourceful.

  3. I was so close to doing the same topic as you! Great choices!

  4. Wha ha ha!! This is great! Very creative! I'm sure you'll survive the zombie apocalypse. I'll just surrender and be one of the 5 billion victims - as soon as I finished this chapter. Here's my TTT: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/top-ten-tuesday-to-do-or-not-to-do.html

  5. Celeana seems like an awesome heroine (I've yet to meet her) and of course, Katniss has serious skills. Fun list. :)

  6. Ooh nice twist to the theme! And awesome picks!! Loved a handful of these too!

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  7. Love your list!! I could never do the wound thing. I'm totally grossed out by medical stuff. But I could totally do the hacker thing... not blood or guts involved in that!

  8. Great list!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-67/

  9. Haha you're ready to live in a fantasy novel, I see. I read a book once (and now I can't remember what it was) that made me really want to learn the art of knife throwing. I just think it's SO COOL and so it's on my bucket list!

    My TTT! :)