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.
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.