September 18 is Hide a Book Day, and whether or not you are an official Book Fairy (prob too late to get the stickers which come all the way from England) you can still participate. It’s a deceptively simple endeavor: hide a favorite book in a public place for a stranger to find. That’s it.
But not so fast.
It would be easy to biff this one – and never even know it – so here are a few simple Hide a Book Day do’s and don’ts that should make your adventuring peak successful.
DO choose a clean book in good shape; used is okay, but not falling apart.
DON’T choose an unattractive book or one that has been used for sanitary purposes.
DO choose a book that you have enjoyed reading or could reasonably expect an average reader to enjoy.
DON’T choose a book that is not intended to be read or anything with an excessively narrow focus.
DO “hide” your book in a place where it is obvious that taking it is okay.
DON’T place your book on the table in front of you at a coffee shop. Of course, it would be fun to actually watch a person “discover” the book and take it, but they will never take it if they think it belongs to you. Along these same lines, “hiding” your book on a shelf at the library or a local bookstore will not work.
DO choose a fun but not-too-difficult hiding space.
DON’T actually try to hide the book for real.
DO choose a spot where the book will be protected from the elements until discovered.
DON’T choose a spot where the book may become damaged.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of best practices, but it should help you avoid the most common Hide a Book Day pitfalls. Alright, book fairies – get out there and have fun making someone’s day. Me? I’m gonna go glue the cover back on my 2004 Yellow Pages and duct tape it to the top of a Metro train, and make someone’s week!