2019 April Showers/May Flowers wild-release challenge, Apr. 15-May 15:

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Post here for the April Showers/May Flowers wild-release challenge!

Challenge information below. And here's last year's thread ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/550992 ) 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, 2019 (12:01 am your local time) and end on May 15th, 2019 (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 Adventure" [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.




I have several that will do


Thanks for running this Challenge again.


I know the challenge hasn't started yet but I have just come across a book with the word "weed" in the title. Acceptable?


I know the challenge hasn't started yet but I have just come across a book with the word "weed" in the title. Acceptable?

Since generic plant names are included, "weed" would certainly count!


wingSqueakyChuwing 2 mos ago
I'm in!
I enjoyed this challenge last year.


How about the word "park"?


How about the word "park"?

Sure, I'll include that.


1. Leo the Late [BLOOM]er (flowers on cover)


1. The Language of FLOWERs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15461452/ ), photo.

2. Flute's Journey, by Lynne CHERRY ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15400045/ ), photo.

3. White OLEANDER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15461464/ ), multiple challenges


1. A ROSE from the Dead by Kate Collins https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15465252/
2. The Tea ROSE by Jennifer Connelly https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15465272/




4. GARDEN Spells ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15381456 ), photo.

5. GARDENing Letters to My Daughter ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15202575 ), photo

6. Redgunk Tales: Apocalypse and KUDZU from Redgunk, Mississippi ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15393920 ), multiple challenges, photo

7. Come to Me, by Amy BLOOM ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15356819 ), photo


Little library release with photo

1. The Curious GARDEN - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15462594


3. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! by [ROSE]tta Stone (flower on cover)
4. Walt Disney's Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (flowers on cover)
5. Mama Mama (bamboo on cover)
6. Shapes (flower on cover)


3. The Poison Eaters by HOLLY Black https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15467272/
4. The TULIP Virus by Danielle Hermans https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15467251/
5. The Well of Lost PLOTs by Jasper Fforde https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15467265/


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #1
Enticed http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15452756 (big red flower on cover).


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #2
The Perfect Poision http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15449170 (flowers and leaves on the cover).


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #3


wingResQgeekwing 1 mo ago
Release #4
Reunion http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15444874 (roses on cover).


wingResQgeekwing 1 mo ago
Release #5
Splintered Bones http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15438508 (roses on cover).


wingResQgeekwing 1 mo ago
Release #6
Tiger's Eye http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15436620 (yellow roses on the cover).


7. Seres vivos / Living Things http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15464578 (sunflower on cover)

8. The DAFFODIL Affair http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15428321

9. ORCHID beach http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15426870

10. Snow White and ROSE Red http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12089336





Charming LILY by FERN Michaels http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15435351


Caught by a BookCrosser who doesn't appear to have been active for some time!



8. FLOWERS for Algernon ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15468550/ ), multiple challenges, photo.

9. TALLGRASS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15461472/ ), photo.


wild release with photo

2. author ROSE Estes - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15468096


7. Meet Molly (flowers on cover)
8. The Wind in the [WILLOW]s
9. Buddha's Little Instruction Book (flowers on cover)
10. Leo the Lop (flowers on cover)
11. Mole in a Hole (flowers, mushroom, apples on cover)


10. Rebecca, by DAPHNE du Maurier ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15469362/ ), multiple challenges, photo.


12. In the [MUSHROOM] {MEADOW] (mushrooms on cover)
13. Little Elephant's Trunk by [HAZEL] Lincoln
14. The Evening Walk (flowers on cover)
15. Biscuit in the [GARDEN] (flowers on cover)



11. Poisoned pROSE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15398474/ ), photo.


16. Smokey (cattails on cover)
17. Why Not? (flowers on cover)
18. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly (flowers on cover)*
19. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro [LEAF] (flowers on cover)

*second annual release for this book!


1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15469242 The ORCHID Thief

2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15469250 Micro Eco-Farming (various blooming flowers, fruits and vegetables on the cover)

3. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15469252 Open Places Sacred Places ( a garden path with Hosta in bloom on the cover)



with release photos

3. JASMINE the Present Fairy by DAISY MEADOWs- https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15430848
4. The Golden TREE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15471732
5. Little House in the Big WOODS - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15431459



20. Eeyore, Be Happy! (flowers on cover)
21. The Pull of the Moon (pansies on cover)
22. Practical Feng Shui (flowers on cover)
23. Pizza! Fun for Kids & Parents (tomatoes and broccoli on cover)


wingMaranlinwing 1 mo ago
Release #1
1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15473363 A Time For ROSES (also roses on the cover)


12. Poems by Emily Dickinson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15399956/ ), for the flowers on the cover; photo.


with release photos

6. Little House on the PRAIRIE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15473011
7. ももたろう (もも = peach) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15456477
8. Momotaro (subtitle PEACH Boy) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15451579
9. What the Chinese Don't Eat - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13173084
(for the pretty flowers shown on the cover; I can't identify them, but I'm fairly sure someone else could)



24. A Funny Man (flowers on cover)
25. Kate Remembered (flowers on cover)
26. Briar [ROSE] (rose on cover)
27. Capital Splendor: [PARK]s & [GARDEN]s of Washington, D.C. (flowers on cover)


13. Where the Wild Things Are ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15399954/ ), for the palm trees on the cover; multiple challenges, photo.


28. The Mouse in the Matzah Factory (wheat on cover)
29. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (flowers on cover)
30. Balancing Act by [FERN] Michaels (flowers on cover)



31. The Summer I Found You (flowers on cover)
32. Kids[GARDEN]ing (carrots on cover, includes packets of real seeds)
33. Three Brides, No Groom (flowers on cover)
34. Dance Like You Mean It (rose on cover)



6. Sleeping with ANEMONE https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15477567
7. The Geography of Hope ( sunflowers on cover) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15477560/


35. Different Just Like Me (flowers on cover)
36. Southern Heritage Pies and Pastry Cookbook (flowers, lemon, lime on cover)
37. Otis (clover on cover)
38. Guilty Pleasures (flower on cover)
39. So You're Going to Be a Dad (flower on cover)


Released to LFLs, with photos:

14. Vampires in the LEMON Grove ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15463166 ), multiple challenges

15. The Perks of Being a WALLFLOWER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15377516 ). multiple challenges

16. FLOWERS in the Sky ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15377543 )


1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15461644/ The Constant GARDENer

2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14843377/ Perfect Match by FERN Michaels

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15461679/ [MOSS][FLOWER]

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15270125/ Old MacDonald by ROSEMARY Wells


40. The House that Jack Built (flowers on cover)
41. Adventures of Amelia Bedelia (flowers on cover)
42. Cause of Death by Patricia [CORN]well
43. Just Remembering (flowers on cover)
44. Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes (flowers on cover)


wingNancyNovawing 1 mo ago
release 6


45. Five Quarters of the [ORANGE]
46. The [HERB] [GARDEN]
47. Blue Shoe (flower on cover)
48. Rain [FOREST] [ROSE] (flowers on cover)
49. The Leprechaun's Gold (shamrocks on cover)



Released to LFLs, with photos:

17. Interview with a Vampire, by Anne RICE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15481599/ ), multiple challenges

18. Lucky Strikes by Louis BAYard ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15381453/ )


50. Eden's Outcasts (apple on cover)
51. The Blood of [FLOWERS]
52. A Density of Souls by Christopher [RICE]
53. Family Dog by Ri[CHARD] A. Wolters


10. Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan MaBERRY (berry) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15307207
11. The Cellar by RiCHARD Laymon (chard) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15473735
12. The Man in the TREE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15475079
13. Little Town on the PRAIRIE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15473766
14. On the Banks of PLUM Creek - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15482340
15. Little House on the PRAIRIE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15482347


54. TinkerBell (flowers on cover)
55. Henry's Show and Tell (cactus on cover)
56. You're All My Favorites (pine branches on cover)
57. Tommy At The Grocery Store (turnips, carrots, eggplants and other vegetables and fruit on cover)



58. Marley and the Runaway [PUMPKIN] (pumpkin on cover)
59. Come the Spring (roses on cover)
60. The [GARDEN] Behind the Moon
61. Sideways Stories from Wayside School (apple on cover)


Released to LFLs, with photos:

19. Summer and Fall WILDFLOWERS of New England ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15445603 ), multiple challenges

20. Hothouse ORCHID ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15434884 )

21. Perfect Match by FERN Michaels ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15445594 )

22. The Awakening ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15445659 ), for the ROSE on the cover


62. Vintage (rose on cover)
63. The Borrowers Afl[OAT]
64. Back on [BLOSSOM] Street (pictures of flowers and the
word FLOWER on cover)
65. Where the Red [FERN] Grows


66. The Silent Pas[SAGE] (maple leaf on cover)
67. A Gift for Tia Rosa (roses on cover)
68. Night of the Ninjas (flowers on cover)
69. The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne [RICE]


43 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15488178/ CLEMENTINE ROSE and the Surprise Visitor


70. The Ditches of Edison County by Ronald Ri[CHARD] Roberts
71. Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol [OAT]es
72. Welcome to Headquarters by [APPLE] Jordan


23. The Fifth PETAL by BRUNONIA Barry ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15481239/ ), photo.


Would you allow field as a collective term?


Would you allow field as a collective term?

That one doesn't strike me as especially plant-based; a bit too far afield! {groan!}


a bit too far afield! {groan!}



73. 500 Fat-Free Recipes: A Complete Guide to Reducing the Fat in Your Diet (corn, grapes, cherries and other produce on cover)
74. Ri[CHARD] Scarry's Busiest Firefighters Ever by Ri[CHARD] Scarry
75. James Beard's American Cookery (fruits/vegetables on cover)


76. [PLANTS] (flowers and cactus on cover)
77. Snow [FLOWER] and the Secret Fan
78. Dune by Frank [HERB]ert


Released to LFLs, with photos:

24. The May Queen Murders ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15321898 ), for the daisies in the wreath on the cover; multiple challenges

25. Queenspotting ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15400058 ), for the clover, sunflowers, and other flowers on the cover; multiple challenges


79. To the Land of the [CATTAILS]
80. Winter Solstice (crocuses on cover)
81. Balancing Act by [FERN] Michaels


8. Safe Haven by Nicholas SPARKs https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15494811/
9. The Sense of an Ending (dandelion on cover) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15494817/
10. The Holiday Nanny & His Winter ROSE https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15494826/
(this romance has 2 novels in one book but the cover image only shows the novel with the holiday nanny cover. )


2. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13442675 The Careful Use of CompLIMEnts
3. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15494647 Wild IRIS Ridge
4. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15494644 Home Free by FERN Michaels (also tulips on the cover)


5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469652/ Paddington's GARDEN

6 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14811942/ Colorful GARDEN

7 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14942997/ VIOLETS Are Blue

8 -https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14942990/ The Adventures of HUCKLEBERRY Finn

9 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943485/ The Amber Room by Steve BERRY

10 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14843378/ Little House in the Big WOODS

11 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14942994/ For the ROSEs

12 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943490/ ROSE of No Man's Land

13 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943489 ROSEs Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink [CAUGHT]

14 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14942995/ ROSE in Bloom

15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943491/ ROSEs Are Red

16 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14942996/ The ROSE

17 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14811921/ CSI: Nevada ROSE

18 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943488/ Black ROSE

19 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296763/ The Constant GARDENer

20 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305318/ Race the Wild # 1: Rain FOREST Relay

21 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14811920/ The WildFLOWERS # 1: Misty

22 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15476772/ The BEANS of Egypt, Maine

23 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15478349/ THYME Of Death

24 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943039/ VINEYARD Prey: A Martha's VINEYARD Mystery

25 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15174577/ National Audubon Society First Field Guide: TREES

26 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15461637/ The WildFLOWERS # 3: Jade

27 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469859/ Wildalone: A Novel [for the flowers on the cover]


82. The Sisterhood by Michael [PALM]er
83. [ORCHID] Beach by Stuart [WOODS]
84. I Thee Wed (flowers on cover)


26. Four Seasons of Fun ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15496245 ), for the APPLE tree on the cover; photo.


85. The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol [OAT]es
86. The Feast of Santa Fe: Cooking of the American Southwest (corn, garlic, chili peppers and other produce on cover)
87. The [GARDEN]
88. Lamb (palm trees on cover)


44 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491347/ The ROOTs of the OLIVE TREE
45 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491351/ HAZEL's Journey
46 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491355/ The Ultimate ROSE Book
47 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491357/ Comanche ROSE
48 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491360/ Blood Red, Sister ROSE
49 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491433/ ROSE Boys
50 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12641340/ Princess Masako : Prisoner of the CHRYSANTHEMUM Throne

1 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491347/ The Roots of the Olive Tree
2 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15491351/ Hazel's Journey
3 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12641340/ Princess Masako : Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne


27. Murder Well Done (HEMLOCK Falls Mysteries) ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11186610/ ), multiple challenges, photo.

28. The GARDENer's Quotation Book ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15400059/ ), photo.

29. Queen of the May ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15495191/ ), for the flowers on the cover; multiple challenges, photo.


28 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15174576/ The Magic School Bus: The Wild LEAF Ride

29 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14410505/ Wild ORCHIDS

30 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15469486/ Wild ORCHIDS

31 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15478364/ VIOLETS Are Blue

32 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943756/ Susannah's GARDEN

33 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13157948/ The Pink MAGNOLIA Club

34 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15481739/ CARROTS Love TOMATOES: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful GARDENING

35 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15270126/ VIOLETS Are Blue

36 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15481744/ The Ugly VEGETABLES

37 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15469455/ Wild Mountain THYME

38 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14768242/ The Wild [THORN][BERRY]s Survival Guide by Adam BEECHen

39 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14921937/ The Secret Sense of WildFLOWER

40 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305294/ PUMPKIN PUMPKIN

41 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15067250/ Russell SPROUTS

42 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15478402/ PEANUT Butter and Jelly # 6: PEANUT in Charge

43 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13879321/ Better Than PEANUT Butter and Jelly: Quick Vegetarian Meals your Kids Will Love!

44 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469572/ Garden of TEA

45 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15478414/ The Book of Garnishes by June BUDgen

46 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9715483/ THORNbeck

47 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718764/ ZUCCHINI, PUMPKINS, and SQUASH

48 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718815/ Five Quarters of the ORANGE

49 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943791/ The PUMPKIN Man

50 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15025993/ The Wilderness of Ruin by ROSEanne Montillo

51 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304578/ PEANUTS: It's the Great PUMPKIN, Charlie Brown




52 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15501797/ Tales From the GUM TREE


Released to LFL, with photos:

30. Murder in the Place of Anubis ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10484668 ), for the lotus flowers in the wall-art on the cover; multiple challenges

31. The Black LOTUS: Shadow of the Ninja ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15471774 )


53 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15503746/ The Magic APPLE TREE

Managed to finish reading the book just in time to release for this challenge!


with release photos

16. Floating BANANAs - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15481755
17. The ROSE and the YEW TREE - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15472669
18. Henry REED, Inc. - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15503091


32. Kinship of CLOVER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483621 ), photo.


52 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15174520/ The Secret GARDEN

53 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469653/ The Perks of Being a WallFLOWER

54 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14921980/ The Secret GARDEN

55 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487413/ The Perks of Being a WallFLOWER

56 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487414/ The Secret GARDEN

57 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487421/ The Samurai's GARDEN

58 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487419/ The Hanging GARDEN

59 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487425/ Midnight in the GARDEN of Good and Evil

60 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487417/ Snow Falling on CEDARs

61 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15487429/ Midnight in the GARDEN of Good and Evil

62 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304869/ King Midas and the Golden Touch [for the leaves and flowers on the cover]

63 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469732/ Gracie and Grandma and the Itsy, Bitsy SEED

64 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15304399/ Queen of Easter [for the flowers on the cover]

65 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305129/ TEA for Ruby


33. Martha's VINEYARD ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15483605/ ), multiple challenges, photo.


89. Belle the Birthday Fairy by [DAISY] [MEADOW]s


13. The Meaning of FLOWERS https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15505759
14. And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15505751 (green lawn and flower borders on cover)

That is all the books I have. Thank you to GoryDetails for hosting this challenge. I had weather difficulties with 2 snowstorms on consecutive weekends but that is spring in Alberta. :)


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