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Hide a Book Day: Highlights from Around the World

Posted by Hayley on September 18, 2017


Hide a Book Day is finally here! As part of our Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration, Goodreads is teaming up with The Book Fairies to hide books for people to find, read, and pass on.


Once you hide your book, take a picture and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtags #goodreadsturns10, #hideabookday, and #ibelieveinbookfairies—and don't forget to let us know where you are. From the United States to Thailand, from South Africa to Australia, help us spread Hide a Book Day all over the world! Check out where your fellow Goodreads members and Book Fairies have hidden books so far:



We'll be updating this post throughout the day with your best photos!


The Book Fairies at Underground Books spread their dictionary wings.


The Library of Shadows wants to get checked out.


Goodreads cofounder Elizabeth hides her books at a foggy San Francisco landmark.


The Liars' Club lurks in the wild.


A copy of Nicholas Sparks' Two by Two left by…Nicholas Sparks!


The Almost Animals looks for a good home in Bath.


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay swims with the fishes in Cape Town.


The Fire This Time waits for the right caller.


Annihilation attempts to blend in.


Good Omens sees a great reader in its future.


Sylvia Day gets sneaky while hiding her own books.


The City Baker's Guide to Country Living in a city bakery.



Where are you hiding your books? Tell us in the comments!

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(Top image credit: Underground Books)

Comments (showing 1-50 of 115) (115 new)


message 1: by Jeremiah (new)

Jeremiah Hide a book day is here ;-)


message 2: by Linda (new)

Linda I hide 5 books. What a fabulous idea! Hope everyone enjoys the book they find.


message 3: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany PSquared Is anyone participating in Decatur, GA?


message 4: by Andreea (new)

Andreea Ursu-Listeveanu mine is here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZLl-9yls... in Berlin :)


message 5: by SkyReader (new)

SkyReader Hey everyone, in Belgium we have this lovely initiative called 'zwerfboeken' (straybooks) where people can submit books online that they will put somewhere outside out to 'stray' in the hands of a new reader. the submitting is connected to a code so you can follow the book's adventures, and read what the other readers thought of it... but i like to secretly put lone, uncoded books on odd spotts as well ^^


message 6: by Jeremiah (new)

Jeremiah Andreea wrote: "mine is here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZLl-9yls... in Berlin :)"

Nice there Andreea


message 7: by Jeremiah (new)

Jeremiah Anneke wrote: "Hey everyone, in Belgium we have this lovely initiative called 'zwerfboeken' (straybooks) where people can submit books online that they will put somewhere outside out to 'stray' in the hands of a ..."

Stray books you say, with an adventure... very intrigued, quite a brilliant idea.


Lauren Elizabeth (The Book Addict) Is anyone hiding a book in PA?


message 9: by Chris (new)

Chris Anneke wrote: "Hey everyone, in Belgium we have this lovely initiative called 'zwerfboeken' (straybooks) where people can submit books online that they will put somewhere outside out to 'stray' in the hands of a ..."

There is a program like this in the US. Google at Book Crossing and enjoy!


message 10: by SkyReader (new)

SkyReader Jeremiah wrote: "Anneke wrote: "Hey everyone, in Belgium we have this lovely initiative called 'zwerfboeken' (straybooks) where people can submit books online that they will put somewhere outside out to 'stray' in ..." Yes, so was i :) Indeed the books may tell a whole new story this way. One that that tends to be quite soulful and full of unexpected connections...


message 12: by Heather (new)

Heather I "hid" my books and my sister has "hidden" hers as well.


message 13: by Ailith (new)

Ailith Twinning Love the idea here.


message 14: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I've hidden 6 books in Altrincham, near Manchester in the UK. Tried my best to get them undercover but hopefully they'll all get picked up before the heavens open! https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...
https://twitter.com/TheTrueMC/status/...


message 15: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Tiffany wrote: "Is anyone participating in Decatur, GA?"
I wish I knew before today; I live in Decatur and would have hidden a few books around town!


message 16: by Janet (new)

Janet Slipak So stoked for today! Got my four helpers and a box of book goodies! Soon there will readable surprises everywhere throughout Port Colborne, Ontario! Boo ya!


message 17: by Vonze (last edited Sep 18, 2017 08:25AM) (new)

Vonze I was so excited for this. Gave away 5 books. But I don't appreciate whomever runs the Goodreads Twitter account laughing at me for wrapping my books in plastic. Sorry I care that they aren't damaged if they sit outside overnight. I live in a rural area. I just got through wind and rain from Hurricane Irma.


message 18: by SkyReader (new)

SkyReader Vonze (Yvonne) wrote: "I was so excited for this. Gave away 5 books. But I don't appreciate whomever runs the Goodreads Twitter account laughing at me for wrapping my books in plastic. Sorry I care that they aren't damag..." Hi Vonze, strange how people can't imagine rain and the impact it has on paper... I wrap them up in plastic too for the same reason, it also rains in Belgium (a lot) ^^


message 19: by Hannah (new)

Hannah I'm glad to know that there are some people who care and know the proper precautions to take to protect books from weather. I would've done the same thing. I hope you and your family recover from the aftermath of the hurricane.


message 20: by SkyReader (new)

SkyReader Chris wrote: "Anneke wrote: "Hey everyone, in Belgium we have this lovely initiative called 'zwerfboeken' (straybooks) where people can submit books online that they will put somewhere outside out to 'stray' in ..." ohhh but it's the same thing :)) the books i found crisscrossed Belgium alone. But it's almost worldwide ^^ Imagine the stories of all those readers.... thank you Chris


message 21: by Janice (new)

Janice Bolick Fun idea. Maybe, next year.


message 22: by Margaret (last edited Sep 18, 2017 12:46PM) (new)

Margaret Harden I hid The Summer Book at Averett University in Danville, Virginia this afternoon - and, yes, it's in a plastic bag.

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid...

Happy 10th birthday, Goodreads!


message 23: by Mare (new)

Mare Kinley Anneke wrote: "Vonze (Yvonne) wrote: "I was so excited for this. Gave away 5 books. But I don't appreciate whomever runs the Goodreads Twitter account laughing at me for wrapping my books in plastic. Sorry I care..."

Did mine in plastic, too. Who wants to find a book they can't read?


message 24: by Mia (new)

Mia If you hide a book here in Japan without leaving a note that it's okay to read it, it will just get returned to the police.


message 25: by Suzie (new)

Suzie Mare wrote: "Anneke wrote: "Vonze (Yvonne) wrote: "I was so excited for this. Gave away 5 books. But I don't appreciate whomever runs the Goodreads Twitter account laughing at me for wrapping my books in plasti..."

I hope it wasn't real laughing. Who wants to read a wet book?? I should have wrapped my book! Good idea!!!


message 26: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany PSquared Cattylou wrote: "Tiffany wrote: "Is anyone participating in Decatur, GA?"
I wish I knew before today; I live in Decatur and would have hidden a few books around town!"


Me too, Cattylou. Maybe we'll both be better prepared for next year!


message 27: by Diana (new)

Diana Iozzia Why on earth would you put a sticker on the cover of a book? You're ruining itttttttttttttttttttttttttt.


message 28: by Ell (new)

Ell Wade I hid my book in the science department of my high school.


message 29: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Bracey HINT I like to eat and read while on the road!
#goodreadsturns10 #hideabookday #ibelieveinbookfairies Roanoke Rapids, NC

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message 30: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Bracey HINT I always travel with a good book.
#goodreadsturns10 #hideabookday #ibelieveinbookfairies Roanoke Rapids, NC

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message 32: by Cat (new)

Cat Hid three books today! Hid several last week. As I pass the places I hid them, I noted they were found ! So excited! I can't wait to hide more!


message 33: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Chris wrote: "Anneke wrote: "Hey everyone, in Belgium we have this lovely initiative called 'zwerfboeken' (straybooks) where people can submit books online that they will put somewhere outside out to 'stray' in ..."

Made me wonder if they were making a bid to take over Bookcrossing. I think they are international now.


message 34: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Judd I just hid five books around Camrose, Alberta and had a blast doing it. I don't know if anyone else here is participating, but that's ok. Maybe the people who find these books will hide some themselves another time.


message 35: by SkyReader (new)

SkyReader Diana wrote: "Why on earth would you put a sticker on the cover of a book? You're ruining itttttttttttttttttttttttttt." true, but you could put it on the inside though.. i wouldn't mind ^^


message 36: by Kim (new)

Kim The Chronicles of Narnia at the Gazebo in the park, Zelienople, PA


message 37: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Today I "hid" 12 books with stickers attached by a paperclip to the cover. I left books at the local train station, two laundromats and several bus shelters. I saw one man perusing The Lovely Bones as I drove away. Fun!


message 38: by Helen (new)

Helen There will be a box of books at the Vancouver, B.C. Public Library (main branch) next Sunday (Sept. 24) released with BookCrossing as mentioned above, but some may have Good Reads as well. There is a huge festival called Word - free- with author readings, publishers' tents, children's activities, performers, community organisations, and the calligraphy guild doing free personal bookmarks. Well worth coming down (11-5) if you're in the area.


message 39: by Allison (last edited Sep 18, 2017 03:10PM) (new)

Allison M I have hidden five books in Dunfermline, Scotland, today and I really enjoyed taking part. I have been tweeting photos and this is my blogpost: https://thethreersbooks.wordpress.com...


message 40: by Edina (new)

Edina Paljevic how about nyc?


message 41: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn I have really enjoyed doing this! So, I have hidden 12 books, in Runge, Texas. I chose a couple of favorites, of friends of mine. I also hid a few of my faves, as well. Each book has a bookmarker with it, and since I don't put my name in my books, I remain anonymous. Some books are recent purchases, others gently treasured books from Goodreads. One just never knows what can be found at the Post Office!


message 43: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia Vonze (Yvonne) wrote: "I was so excited for this. Gave away 5 books. But I don't appreciate whomever runs the Goodreads Twitter account laughing at me for wrapping my books in plastic. Sorry I care that they aren't damag..."

Hi Yvonne, so sorry you experienced that. It is often necessary to wrap the books - some of us even use clingfilm! I hope they were snapped up quickly :)


message 44: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia Edina wrote: "how about nyc?"

Lots happening in New York! https://www.instagram.com/bookfairies...


message 45: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia Brenda wrote: "Today I "hid" 12 books with stickers attached by a paperclip to the cover. I left books at the local train station, two laundromats and several bus shelters. I saw one man perusing The Lovely Bones..."

Amazing!!!


message 46: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Trimble In the walkway to the Edmonds, WA, Ferry. Woot. Here's the IG pic:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZMdfVzHL...


message 47: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia Allison wrote: "I have hidden five books in Dunfermline, Scotland, today and I really enjoyed taking part. I have been tweeting photos and this is my blogpost: https://wordpress.com/view/thethreers..."

I think you pasted the admin link but for anyone who would like to read Allison's hide a book day blogpost here it is! https://thethreersbooks.wordpress.com... Looks like you had a great day!


message 48: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia Helen wrote: "There will be a box of books at the Vancouver, B.C. Public Library (main branch) next Sunday (Sept. 24) released with BookCrossing as mentioned above, but some may have Good Reads as well. There is..."

Wow that sounds incredible!


message 49: by Cordelia (new)

Cordelia Tiffany wrote: "Cattylou wrote: "Tiffany wrote: "Is anyone participating in Decatur, GA?"
I wish I knew before today; I live in Decatur and would have hidden a few books around town!"

Me too, Cattylou. Maybe we'l..."

Book fairies aren't limited to one day a year - you can share books whenever you like :)


message 50: by Reading Faerie (new)

Reading Faerie I love that someone hid one in a plant. : )


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