2020 April Showers/May Flowers release challenge, April 21-May 31: [note changes!]

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Post your releases in this thread. And stay safe!

Note: Due to the "interesting times" we're currently living in, I've made some changes to the challenge rules, in hopes of allowing more people to participate safely. I've moved back the start date and extended the end date, so while it's still April/May it's... mostly May. I've opened it to any type of release; while I like to encourage wild releases, that may not be safe or even possible for some of us in the immediate future, so controlled releases are OK. And while it can be fun to count up one's releases, this time I'll offer participation prizes to people chosen randomly, rather than basing it on the total releases.

See challenge information below. And here's last year's thread ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/559746 ) in case you want some ideas for books to release.

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This challenge, inspired by crrcookie's challenge from a few years back, will start on April 21st, 2020 (12:01 am your local time) and end on May 31st, 2020 (11:59 pm your local time). No need to sign up, just start posting releases here as of April 21st, International BookCrossing Day.

The goal is to 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: any type of release will count.

For extra fun, feel free to come up with themed release locations for your books, especially if they allow for colorful release photos. (Photos of your own garden are welcome, too.) And by all means combine these releases with any other ongoing challenges you're participating in.

I'll give a prize (wings or a wishlist book) to two randomly-chosen participants.

Enjoy!

 

Well, I have at least one qualifying book, so I’ll hang on to it for a couple of weeks and see how things look then.

 

I have a few books ready and waiting!

 

at the moment I'm not releasing as I'm in two high-risk groups. I have no idea when that will change, but my guess is it will be quite a while.

: (

 

 

An excellent start!

 

1. The Wilderness of Ruin, by ROSEanne Montillo ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787348/ ), controlled release

2. WEEDS in Winter ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789044/ ) - also for the different plants on the cover; wild release

Released to various local LFLs, with photos:

3. The Secret GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787313/ ), multiple challenges

4. SUNFLOWER Houses ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787409/ )

5. CHAMOMILE Mourning ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594863/ )

6. The Forever GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884923/ )

7. MORNING GLORIES and MOONFLOWERS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15536902/ )

8. BRIAR ROSE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787453/ )

9. MOUNTAIN LAUREL ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787445/ )

10. Beyond the GARDEN Gate ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594702/ )

11. White OLEANDER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594676/ ), multiple challenges

12. Listen to Your Heart by FERN Michaels ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15734234/ ), also with roses on the cover

13. ORCHID Beach ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789025/ )

 

I will try to release something tomorrow. :)

 

Back covers too?

I have a book with generic leaves on the front but a breadfruit tree (leaves & fruit) on the back.

 

Back covers too?

I have a book with generic leaves on the front but a breadfruit tree (leaves & fruit) on the back.


Sure, if you can upload the image into a JE! (I'll even include flyleaves - have had a few books with simply stunning flowers or trees on the flyleaves.)

 

Back covers too?

Sure, if you can upload the image into a JE! (I'll even include flyleaves - have had a few books with simply stunning flowers or trees on the flyleaves.)

Done. BC is the main reason I wanted a home printer with w scanner. :)

 

LFL releases with photo

1. LOTUS - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14286033

2. The Mousetrap and Other Plays - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15917811
Tulip(?) on front & back cover

3. Willie's Wallabies - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15917796
Breadfruit tree on back cover

 

Released to local LFLs, with photos:

14. The ORCHID Thief ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787319/ ), multiple challenges

15. GARDENs of the Moon ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912726/ )

 

16 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15919568/ BUSH Holiday (4th copy)
17 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15919573/ May Gibbs Tales From the GUM TREE
18 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15919577/ Ooh, Pretty FLOWER!

 

LFL release with photo

4. Letters to Jenny - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15919707
Lots of pretty flowers on the cover

 

Wood?
As in "Go to the wood!"

Farm?
Or is that *too* general, not plant-y enough?

 

Sure!

 

In case you haven't seen it: 9 Books with Floral Covers That Will Brighten Your Mood — and Your Bookshelf

https://offtheshelf.com/---/books-with-flower-covers-for-spring/

 

Very nice!

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

16. The WILLOW Pattern Story ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920763/ )

17. The FLOWER Alphabet ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920759/ )

18. Wild SEED ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787420/ ), multiple challenges

19. FOXGLOVE Tales ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920753/ )

20. The FLOWER of Life ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15616072/ )

21. Kissed by an Angel ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15897988/ ), for the ROSE on the cover

22. DAISY Fay and the Miracle Man ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788851/ )

 

Well, The Ghost ORCHARD is headed out to the person hosting this release challenge, so I'll jump in with that one! :D
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912271

I may have more releases before the challenge is over. Will post again if I do!

 

Good start! [Looking forward to the book!]

 

23. The BEE BALM Murders ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884913/ ), controlled release.

 

2. "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15757810

This one is for the cover art. The young women are stringing flowers into garlands, there is a basket of flowers on the ground, and there is a garden in the background. Let me know if it doesn't work. Looks pretty flowery to me!

 

24. Words Inside Words, by Michael SAGE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15898013/ ), wild release, photo

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

25. The Sound of Coaches ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789009/ ), for the sunflower on the back cover

26. Smoky Mountain ROSE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15923654/ )

27. FRUITs Basket ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884944/ )

 

19 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15924259/ Thea Stilton and the Cherry BLOSSOM Adventure
20 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15924261/ The Princess and the PEA

 

I have saved several books over this past year to register and release for this challenge but I am unsure where to release them at this time.

 

I have saved several books over this past year to register and release for this challenge but I am unsure where to release them at this time.


Yeah, I knew that the situation could be tough, especially in some locations. I expanded the rules to allow controlled releases, so if you're comfortable mailing books to people, you could do that; if not, and if there aren't any open LFLs or other book-swap locations that you can reach safely, and if things don't start to open up before the end of May, you may not be able to participate this year. It's certainly best to choose the safest route for your own situation!

 

28. The Bluebird Effect ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788844/ ), for the chicory and other flowers on the cover; wild release, photo. [Update: caught!]

 

3. "The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Hunter Austin (for the cacti on the cover)
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15859348

4. "OLIVE Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15307168

 

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

29. The Mirror and the Light ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788832 ), for the Tudor rose on the cover

30. Eden: FLOWERS from the New Zealand GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788894/ )

 

28 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15928187/ BUSH Holiday (6th copy)

 

Released to various local LFLs, with photos:

31. PLANT a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis ROOT ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15930538/ ), at an LFL with a lovely blooming crabapple nearby

32. YARROW ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15920747/ )

33. Rozen Maiden by PEACH-pit ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594807/ )

34. The LARCHer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787291/ ) [I can't think of larch trees without remembering a Monty Python routine about them...]

 

35. GARDEN Poems ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884915/ ), wild release, photo.

36. The APPLE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15909517/ ), wild release.

37. The Seep ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788961 ), for the daffodils on the cover; controlled release.

 

29 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934356/ BUSH Holiday (7th copy)
30 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934369/ May Gibbs Tales From the GUM TREE (3rd copy)
31 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934376/ CLEMENTINE ROSE and the Perfect Present
32 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934383/ PETAL Pushers : FLOWER Feud
33 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934387/ The Wind in the WILLOWs
34 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934395/ The Perks of Being a WallFLOWER
35 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934398/ In a Dark Dark WOOD
36 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934400/ Inside PINE Gap
37 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934402/ Forty-Seven ROSEs
38 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934408/ The ASH GROVE
39 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15934411/ Tangled VINEs

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

38. The Gin and Tonic GARDENer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15594871/ )

39. A Year of GINGERbread Houses ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933526/ )

 

40 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15936018/ BUSH Holiday (8th copy)

 

Controlled release

5. Author Patricia WOOD - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15918272

LFL releases with photos

6. Into the WOODS - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15924940
7. The MayFLOWER Adventure - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15929894
8. GRASS for His Pillow - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933949
9. Author Patricia WOOD - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15917892

 

1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885023/ GARDENS of Scotland

2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885022/ The Perks of Being a WallFLOWER

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885074/ House of LEAVES

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884998/ The Royal HORTICULTURAL Society Practical Guides: GROWING from SEED

5 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885048/ Green Thumbs Up!: The Science of GROWING PLANTS

6 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885073/ Where AZALEAS Bloom

7 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885047/ GARDENING in Hanging Baskets

8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884973/ The Lost FLOWER Children

9 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884972/ Me and Marvin GARDENS

10 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884997/ The Lost GARDEN: A Novel

11 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15885024/ The Secret GARDEN

12 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15921206/ I'm Watching You by Karen ROSE

13 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15921058/ Through VIOLET Eyes


 

40. The Happy Gardener ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15547567/ ), wild release

Released to various LFLs, with photos:

41. An Eden of Sorts: The Natural History of My Feral GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884922/ )

42. The Ultimate Guide to GARDENing ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788960/ )

43. Did You Ever Have a Family ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15702806/ ), for the ROSE on the cover

 

Released to LFLs, with photos:

44. LILY's House ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933797/ )

45. Forty Rooms ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15936666/ ) for the flowers inside the teacup on the cover

 

Only one more day to go; get your flower releases out there - if you safely can, of course!

Released to LFLs, with photos:

46. The Royal Tutor Vol. 7 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15033755/ ), for the tiny rose on the cover near the volume number (and some "stealth" lilies in the background of the cover art); multiple challenges

47. The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian GARDENs and the Invention of Wilderness ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15712883/ )

 

My final releases for this challenge, to various nearby LFLs, with photos:

48. The Ghost ORCHARD ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15912271/ ), multiple challenges

49. The Royal Tutor, Vol. 8 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15136668 ), for the tiny rose near the volume number on the cover (and the subtle lilies in the background of the cover-art); multiple challenges

I'll allow some time for others to post their final releases, and then make the awards.

 

... managed to release four books for the challenge, but I had a lot of fun! Thanks for hosting, Gory!

 

LFL release with photo

10. The WOODS Out Back - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15943073

Thanks for the challenge, Gory!

 

Released on time. Posted late.

14 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15746997 Disney Princess: What is a Princess? [for the rose the princess in yellow is holding]

15 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15926548/ Magic Attic Club: Princess Megan [for the vines climbing through the window]

16 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15911857/ Eyes Only [for the flowers in front of the fence]

17 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15926547 Disney Princess: Princess Hearts [for the roses the prince is holding]

18 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595143/ The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery [for the bouquet of flowers in the bike basket]

19 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15737869/ The Ordinary Princess [for the flowering plants and the flowering vines]

20 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15926545/ The Princess School # 6: APPLE-y Ever After

21 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15926543/ Princess Protection Program # 2: Royalty Undercover [flowers, flowering shrubs, and hedges on the cover]

22 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15926541 The Rescue Princesses # 8: The Shimmering Stone [for the flowers and cattails on the cover]

23 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305277/ The MULBERRY TREE

24 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15662417/ Star in the FOREST

25 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14943614 Twenty Wishes: A BLOSSOM Street Book

26 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595144/ [PEACH][TREE] Road

27 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15174531/ Two GARDENERSs: A Friendship in Letters

28 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469604/ Our Lady Of The FOREST

29 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14296574/ PLUM Lovin': A Stephanie PLUM Between-the-Numbers Novel

30 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15853916/ VIOLET on the Runway

31 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15305004/ Back on BLOSSOM Street

~ the end ~

Thanks for a fun Challenge.

 

The timing of this challenge certainly had an effect on participation; last year we had 14 participants and 371 releases. Under the New Circumstances, we have 5 participants and 133 releases - about a third of last year’s. Not bad, all things considered!

Awaywithfairies had the most releases; congratulations! I've decided to give a month of wings to all the participants - and here's hoping that by next spring the world is a friendlier place!

 

The timing of this challenge certainly had an effect on participation; last year we had 14 participants and 371 releases. Under the New Circumstances, we have 5 participants and 133 releases - about a third of last year’s. Not bad, all things considered!

Awaywithfairies had the most releases; congratulations! I've decided to give a month of wings to all the participants - and here's hoping that by next spring the world is a friendlier place!

Very generous of you, GoryDetails! Thanks so much for hosting the release challenge and also for the wings! :)

 

Thank you and thanks for running the Challenge, under these circumstances.

 

Awaywithfairies had the most releases; congratulations! I've decided to give a month of wings to all the participants - and here's hoping that by next spring the world is a friendlier place!

Thank you for hosting the challenge this year. I'm looking forward to next year - is it too early to start collecting books?

 

is it too early to start collecting books?


NEVER!

 

is it too early to start collecting books?


NEVER!

It's all about the storage space. :s

 

I've decided to give a month of wings to all the participants - and here's hoping that by next spring the world is a friendlier place!

Thank you Gory! I certainly hope next year is better for everyone.

 

This same new member has caught a couple of my releases from nearby LFLs.

The Mousetrap and Other Plays - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15917811

 

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