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Emma Watson is Hiding Free Books in London’s Underground

There’s nothing better than a good book on a long dreary commute. Looks like Emma Watson knows what’s up because she has scattered 100 copies of Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom in London’s Underground accompanied by a heartfelt handwritten note.

The UN Goodwill Ambassador leads a feminist book club on Goodreads called “My Shared Shelf”, and Angelou’s novel is the current book to read. She has distributed the books as part of Books On the Underground, a “community project” who regularly leave books in unexpected places for the Tube commuters to enjoy.

“This book is one I have read before and is one of my favourites,” Watson stated on her Goodreads book club page.

On her Instagram, Watson posted a video showcasing her sneaky tactics, hiding the books on the side belt while travelling down an escalator. If you’re not lucky enough to find a free copy, you’re welcome to join the conversation online at Goodreads and purchase the book yourself. It would be worth it.

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Some commuters have already found copies and are sharing their discovery on social media.

And why this book? What’s so special about it? Watson’s post on “Our Shared Shelf” states:

“The story is about the special connection between mother and child; both women found a way to move on and form a profound and enduring bond of love and support…

“Vivian Baxter cuts a fiercely unapologetic figure, imperfect but admirable, and we discover not just how she had a hand in Angelou’s evolution as a black woman but also in her feminist perspective, her independence and self-awareness, all of which contributed to her unique way of looking at the world and the way she expressed herself on the page. As a result, this is perhaps the greatest window into what shaped Angelou as a writer and poet and a fitting end to a lifetime of amazing works.”

London, keep an eye out. Hopefully you’ll find a hidden book gem on your way home today.