Challenge information below. And here's last year's thread ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/540909 ) in case you want some ideas for books to release.
This challenge, inspired by crrcookie's challenge from a few years back, will start on April 15th, 2018 (12:01 am your local time) and end on May 15th, 2018 (11:59 pm your local time). No need to sign up, just start posting releases here as of April 15th.
The goal is to wild-release books with the names of plants in the title, subtitle, or author, and/or with (identifiable) plants on the cover. More details follow. [If you aren't sure if a particular word or picture counts, just ask; I'm inclined to be flexible as to theme, but for it to be any fun we must draw a line *somewhere*!]
1. Embedded words are acceptable (War and PEAce, BEEThoven's Life), but must be within a single word - unless you're lucky enough to find a multi-word plant-name that's embedded in a title, something like "SugarBABY'S BREATHless" [made-up title to illustrate the rather unlikely situation].
2. Specific plant names and generic names are permitted. "Flower" works, as do "daffodil" or "rose"; likewise, "tree" as well as "oak" or "linden", and "seaweed" as well as "kelp" or "nori", etc.
3. Words for *parts* of plants are also acceptable: "leaf", "stamen", "root", "corm", "seed", etc. This opens up the possibilities considerably, but do limit your words to something that's part of a growing plant. Again, if in doubt as to whether something qualifies, just ask.
4. Any plant-words in the title should be in the same language as the book, unless it's clear from context that the title is deliberately mixing languages - using a Latin name along with the original-language rest-of-title, for example.
5. I'll allow collective terms such as "garden", "orchard", "vineyard", "plantation", etc. In previous years I tried to restrict this to domestic plantings only, but I'm opening this up to any collective term for growing things: "forest", "meadow", etc.
6. Cover art: since I'm fond of a nice cover, I do want to include books whose covers match the theme even if the title does not. Covers showing specific flowers, fruit, vegetables, or an obvious garden will be fine, but those which just have distant trees or lawns as an incidental part of the image will not.
7. Release types: this is wild-release only, including releases to OBCZs, Little Free Libraries, or other book-swap shelves.
For extra fun, feel free to come up with themed release locations for your books, especially if they allow for colorful release photos. And by all means combine these with any other ongoing challenges; I know this will overlap with the "Into the Wild" wild-release challenge, so any book with "wildflower" or "wild rose" in the title would work for both!
Please keep a running count of your releases. I'll give a prize to the person with the most releases, and another to a randomly-chosen participant.