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• January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 in your time zone.

What sorts of books?

• Scripts, books made into plays or musicals, movies that were made into musicals, operas/operettas (and their librettos), etc. - if it happens live on a stage and involves spoken/sung words, it probably works. Even books ABOUT stage shows - fiction or non-fiction (for instance, a mystery involving a summer stock actor or a book about the Passion Play at Oberammergau). Explain why your release fits the challenge in your post.

• Thanks to solittletime for reminding me about radio plays and full-cast audiobooks, which also count.

• These should be actual books, of the sort that would normally have an ISBN (unless it pre-dates ISBNs), not souvenir programs. Physical audiobooks do qualify.

What kinds of releases?

• Any sort of release: controlled, wild, charity, OBCZ, LFL, RABCK, whatever.

• Multi-challenge and themed releases welcome. Release photos are always fun.

What else?

• Post releases here with titles and links. Adding a description and/or explanation makes it more interesting.

• REMEMBER: many books that work for this challenge also qualify for Davros-10's TV series challenge ( 2018 edition - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/548134 ) and msrubble's movie challenge ( 2018 version - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/548493 ). If someone has called a book a "classic" there's a good chance someone has done a movie, TV, or stage version of it.

• For reference, there are links to earlier versions of this challenge:

2018 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/548415
2017 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/537473
2016 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/526030

• If you have questions, please ask. If I don't reply here, it never hurts to PM me.


Some links that might help:



According to Les Standiford's The Man Who Invented Christmas, it was common practice during the Victorian era - copyright being a lot weaker then - for popular novels to be turned into (unauthorized) stage versions: Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, The Cricket in the Hearth, The Chimes, and Martin Chuzzlewit were all staged during his lifetime...and undoubtedly others, but those are the ones mentioned in the text.


wild releases with photos

1. The Amistad Slave Revolt and American Abolition - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15348350
2. The Physician - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15349572


1. 84 Charing Cross Road ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321888/ ), controlled.

2. Footloose ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15350599/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15211717/ Great Illustrated Classics: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood


3. The Circular Staircase ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15347804 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


controlled release

3. The Moon is Down - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4157474


2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304547/ Charlotte's Web

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304548/ Winnie-the-Pooh

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15255386/ The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown, in Nottinghamshire

5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304559/ Charlotte's Web


4. Macbeth the Graphic Novel ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15195869 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.



wild release with photo

4. James and the Giant Peach - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15391111


Released to LFL, with photo:

5. Jane Eyre ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15393922/ ), multiple challenges.


wild release with photo

5. Journey to the Center of the Earth - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15402329


10 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15288274/ 5 Minute Bedtime Tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

11 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15259097/ Robin Hood

12 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14768264/ Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest

13 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14601827/ Charlotte's Web


6. Spoon River Anthology ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321934/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


14 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15421491 Classic Irish Drama [contains The Countess Cathleen, The Playboy of the Western World, and Cock-a-Doodle Dandy]


7. The Three Theban Plays ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15398273/ ), wild release, photo.


15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15426099/ The Pillars of the Earth


15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15426099/ The Pillars of the Earth

Wow: there was a musical?! I wouldn't have guessed.


8. Wicked ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15445588/ ), wild release, photo.


wild release with photo

6. A Little Princess - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15448578


16 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14843376/ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

17 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15439493/ No Exit, and Three Other Plays


wild release with photo

7. 47 Ronin - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14637465


9. Jane Eyre ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15399964/ ), multiple challenges, wild release, photo




19 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14768241/ Bud, Not Buddy

Always interesting to see which books qualify for this challenge; I was not aware of the stage version of this.


10. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7453901/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


wild release with photo

8. Anna's Act of Love / Elsa's Icy Magic (Frozen) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15481749


Released to LFLs, with photos:

11. Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15389847 ), the inspiration for "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"; multiple challenges

12. Tarzan of the Apes ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15490139 ), multiple challenges


20 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14942990/ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

21 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14811943/ Murder on the Orient Express




37 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304606/ To Kill a Mockingbird


13. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15540350 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


38 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15174560/ Summer of My German Soldier



14. The Secret Garden ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15568589/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


40 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14811949/ The Beekeeper's Apprentice



42 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15453710/ The Lord of the Rings Part One: The Fellowship of the Ring

43 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483180/ Tales of the City

44 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718769/ Doctor Dolittle: A Treasury

45 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943726/ Death of a Salesman

46 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15303950/ Charlotte's Web

47 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13794352/ The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle



55 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14843410/ The Night Before Christmas and Other Holiday Tales

56 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15572373/ A Christmas Carol

57 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15572364/ The Night Before Christmas

58 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15572356/ The Night Before Christmas

59 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15224114/ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

60 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15576644/ Redwall

61 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515147/ Red Dragon


..many of which I had no idea about. Thanks slt!


If I think there *might* be a play, I try to remember to check Wikipedia. I've been surprised to find some of them there too.


62 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305327/ Great Illustrated Classics: Anne of Green Gables

63 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483356/ Room

64 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15453713/ The Illustrated Man


65 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296567/ Great Illustrated Classics: Anne of Green Gables

66 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515170/ A Visit from St. Nicholas

67 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15224115/ The Nutcracker


wild release with photo

9. Nutcracker - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15593081


controlled releases

10. Life, the Universe and Everything - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10505184
11. The Lost World - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15589637



74 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15599879/ A Christmas Carol

75 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15602684/ The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe [see JE]

76 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305270/ Ethan Frome

77 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14410757/ The Faulkner Reader: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner [see JE]

78 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304105/ The Brothers Karamazov


Released to LFLs, with photos:

15. Dracula ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15612320/ ), multiple challenges

16. Othello ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15612307/ ), multiple challenges


17. The Witness for the Prosecution ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15612315 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


79 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15604373/ Little House on the Prairie

80 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15604369/ The House of the Seven Gables

81 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296568/ Anne of Green Gables

82 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305332/ The Chronicles of Narnia Book 4: Prince Caspian

83 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15604366 Bridge to Terabithia


18. The Picture of Dorian Gray ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594511/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15538852/ Magic Flutes, Eva Ibbotson. A romance about a small opera company performing The Magic Flute in a remote Austrian castle.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15459783/ Death at the Dolphin: Ngaio Marsh. A murder mystery set in The Dolphin Theatre, putting on a play about a glove which once belonged to Shakespeare.


A murder mystery set in The Dolphin Theatre, putting on a play about a glove which once belonged to Shakespeare.

Interesting premise for a play... :)


19. Dracula ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483642/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo



20. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594577/ ), wild release, photo.






LFL release with photo

15. Be More Chill - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15651421
Broadway musical

controlled release

16. The Complete Phantom of the Opera - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15658346


LFL release with photo

17. Puff, the Magic Dragon - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15668532


92 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304108/ Hamlet

93 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15303956/ Agatha Christie's Detective: Five Complete Novels


LFL release with photo

18. Lord of the Flies - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15692358


94 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15662404/ The Chronicles of Narnia Book 2: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

95 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15679840/ The Chronicles of Narnia Book 3: The Horse and His Boy


wild release with photo

19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15690731 - CAUGHT!



wild release with photo

20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15709585


controlled release

21. A Christmas Carol - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15703315


103 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595268/ Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West


21. Jane Eyre ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594616/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


CONTROLLED releases:

104 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515180/ The Scarlet Letter

105 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15655104/ The Scarlet Letter

106 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15671024/ The Scarlet Letter

107 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15690730/ The Crucible

108 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15635374 The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings

109 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15703263/ Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories


22. A Doll's House ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15734260/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


Back to WILD releases:

110 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15575703/ Dracula

111 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879399/ Ghosts

112 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15515129/ Dracula

113 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595104/ The Phantom of the Opera

114 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595643/ Frankenstein

115 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15733836/ Percy Jackson & The Olympians Book One: The Lightning Thief

116 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15735850/ Treasure Island


LFL release with photo

22. Otis Spofford - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15652321
costume from a play on front cover



23. Classics of Horror: Dracula and Frankenstein ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13587009/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


117 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15753475/ Magic Tree House Merlin Missions # 1: Christmas in Camelot


LFL release with photo

25. Puppeteer - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15657891


LFL releases with photos

26. Peter Pan - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15770830
27. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15770942


24. Nutcracker ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15399990/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.




I've still got releases to post for 2019...



122 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15791707/ The Little Mermaid and Other Stories

123 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15742532/ Great Illustrated Classics: Treasure Island



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