Step 8: Rescue Waterlogged Books
Oh no! You borrowed Pride and Prejudice from a friend, lit some candles, drew yourself a bath, and promptly dropped the novel into your lavender-scented bathwater.
Book: ruined. Friendship: strained. Relaxing soak: suddenly stressful.
Unless you've got a diaper on hand. In which case, you can save two out of three. Just open the diaper up, insert it in between the dampened pages, and let the sodium polyacrylate slurp up your delicious autumn treat. Close the book around the diaper, prop the book up out of the sun, run a fan, and wait.
Some notes: If your book has glossy pages, you'll need to isolate each individual page in order to prevent making a brick of stuck-together pages. The National Archives and Records Administration Preservation Program says you've got 48 hours to act in order to prevent mold and mildew. They also do not mention this trick. Which leads me to believe that it doesn't scale well, but it'll work for smaller spills.