2021 April Showers/May Flowers release challenge, Apr. 15-May 15:

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Note: Due to the "interesting times" we're currently living in, I've opened this challenge to any type of release; while I like to encourage wild releases, that may not be safe or even possible for some of us, so controlled releases are OK.

See challenge information below. And here's last year's thread ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/567425 ) 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, 2021 (12:01 am your local time) and end on May 15th, 2021 (11:59 pm your local time). No need to sign up, just start posting releases here as of April 15th, 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 the person with the most qualifying releases and to a randomly-chosen participant.

No need to sign up; just start posting your books in this thread.



Bump! Challenge starts April 15th!


Really happy to see this Challenge back again.



wingMaranlinwing 2 mos ago
Release #1
1. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192515 Speed of Light by Sybil ROSEn



If you can identify the flowers, yes!


If you can identify the flowers, yes!

I'm terrible at identifying plants...but I figure if the illustration is detailed enough, someone who knows more than I do would be able to ID them. :)


Released to various LFLs, with photos:

1. The ROSE of Lancaster County ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127829/ )

2. FLOWER GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16076206/ )

3. An Eden of Sorts: the Natural History of my Feral GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884922/ )

4. Midnight in the GARDEN of Good and Evil ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16176570/ ), multiple challenges

5. GARDEN Poems ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16067971/ )

6. FLOWERS for Algernon ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16136677/ ), multiple challenges

7. Don't Bend Over in the GARDEN, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068122/ ) - also has sunflowers on the cover

8. Fancy Nancy: POISON IVY Expert ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068027/ )


7. Don't Bend Over in the GARDEN, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068122/ )

You've done it again - releasing a book with an intriguing title!

I wonder if my local library has it (probably not!)...


wingLotty_wing 2 mos ago
release 1-4
1) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16200434/ Care Bears Colouring Book (water lily on cover)
2) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16200390/ De gouden poort: BLOEMlezing met kort literatuuroverzicht (Bloem=flower)
3) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16191585/ Chalet-Sokken om zelf te breien by Karin BuchWALD (Wald=Forest)
4) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16190021/ De rUImtevaart is begonnen (ui= onion)


1. The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia [Corn]well
2. [Tree]s
3. Survival of the Fritters by [Ginger] Bolton


4. Fifty Birds of Town and City (sunflower on cover)
5. Welcome to the [Daisy] [Flower] [Garden]
6. A Clockwork [Orange]


LFL releases with photos:

9. The Name of the FLOWER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16178961/ )

10. PLANTS vs. Zombies: GARDEN Warfare ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16178954/ )



wingLotty_wing 2 mos ago
release 5-6
5) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192665/ Fruit fantasieën (grapes on cover)
6) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192593/ Onder de hUId (ui=onion)


1. LILY's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202714
2. WILDFLOWERS by Robin Jones Gunn, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202691
3. The CAMOMILE Lawn by Mary Wesley, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16202683


10. Lite Delight, 300 Calories Or Less! (tomato, scallions on cover)
11. A [Field] Guide to [Wildflowers]


Controlled releases:

11. When the SHADBUSH BLOOMs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15944730/ )

12. The Lizard and the Sun / La Lagartija y el Sol ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127816/ ), for the CACTUS FLOWERS on the cover

13. Braiding SWEETGRASS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185644/ )

14. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig RICE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127820/ )

15. The Gin and Tonic GARDENer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933520/ )


12. Full [Bloom] (pink peach blossoms on cover)
13. [Dogwood] Hill by Sherryl [Woods]
14. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? and Other Riddles Old and New by Joanna [Cole] & Stephanie Calmenson
15. Anna & Elsa #7: The Secret Admirer (red rose on cover)



16. I, CORIANDER ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16149924 ), which also has CHIVE blossoms on the cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo

Released to LFL, with photo:

17. LAVENDER-Green Magic ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16158030 ), multiple challenges

18. JACK IN THE PULPIT ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16056976 )


16. [Ginger]bread
17. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (palm trees on cover)
18. [Leaves] of Hope by Catherine [Palm]er


I'm finally getting back into wild releasing after being reluctant to leave anything out in public this year. I have started back up by leaving these 4 in a telephone box library as a compromise.

1. The FOREST https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15891953
2. Success with ORCHIDS https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15891849
3. The smell of PRIVET https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15902372
4. A wild HERB soup https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15910202

Its good to be back releasing again. :)


Its good to be back releasing again. :)

Welcome back!


19. How to Be a WILDFLOWER by Katie DAISY ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068115 ), wild release, photo


19. Balancing Act by [Fern] Michaels*
20. Nothing Special by Geoff [Herb]ach
21. Say You're Sorry by Karen [Rose]

*This book is going out on its second Showers/Flowers release!


22. The End of Overeating (carrots on cover)


20. GARDENing: A Gardener's Dictionary ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16183766/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo [Update: caught!]

Released to various Little Free Libraries, with photos:

21. World of Wonders ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068017/ ), for various plants on the cover, including the corpse flower

22. PEACHes for Monsieur Le Cure ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16138251/ ), multiple challenges

23. The Way I Found Her by ROSE Tremain ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10175651/ ), multiple challenges

24. CORNFLOWER Blue ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16183772/ ), multiple challenges



23. Christian Liberty Nature Reader: Book 4 (purple coneflowers on cover)
24. Midnight in the [Garden] of Good and Evil
25. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Can[field] Fisher


wingMaranlinwing 1 mo ago
Release #2


26. Product-Led Growth by Wes [Bush]
27. There's No Place Like Space by Tish [Rabe]
28. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (red and yellow flowers on cover)
29. Lea Dives In (palm trees on cover)


Released to various Little Free Libraries, with photos:

25. Ship Fever ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16149410 ), for the PEA FLOWERS on the cover; multiple challenges

26. Killer PLANTs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127869 ), multiple challenges

27. The GARDEN of Eve ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127822 ), multiple challenges


wingLotty_wing 1 mo ago
release 7-11
7) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16191580/ PaRADIJSelijk handwerkboek (radijs=radish and garden on cover)
8) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192602/ Moderne huisbibliotheek: Eenvoudig koken (olives on cover)
9) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192620/ Moderne huisbibliotheek: Beter koken (grapes on cover)
10) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187617/ Vlaanderen zendt zijn zonen UIt! (ui=onion)
11) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16205182/ Om de DRUIVEN van de Kaap (druiven=grapes)



30. Adventure in Legoland (white flowers on cover)
31. Farewell, Dawn (apple on cover)
32. Lean and Luscious (yellow flowers on cover)


28. Another Splash of the Gin and Tonic GARDENer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884921/ ), wild release, photo

Released to various LFLs (including a brand-new one), with photos:

29. From the KUDZU Crypt ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978018/ ), multiple challenges

30. One for the MORNING GLORY ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15789066/ ), multiple challenges

31. Purple HIBISCUS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16180033/ ), multiple challenges

32. The LAVENDER Lane Lothario ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16033977/ ), multiple challenges

33. Fancy Nancy, POISON IVY Expert ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978080/ )


33. The Home Apothecary: Growing and Using Traditional Remedies (orange and purple flowers on cover)
34. Angelina Ballerina Puzzle Box Set (orange flowers on cover)
35. Blind [Date]s
36. The New England Romance Collection (red flower on cover)


Released to a newly-repaired Little Free Library, with photos:

34. The Secret History of the Pink CARNATION ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16209573 ), multiple challenges

35. MILKWEED ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16209565 )


1. Double Standards https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15056003
Iris on the cover – released at a LFL Johnson City, NY


39301 1 mo ago
Release #1
How fun!
My first release:
1. ROSEwater by Maziar Bahari


39301 1 mo ago
Release #2
2. The Giving TREE by Shel Silverstein


37. 100 Best Tapas (tomato and garlic on cover)
38. Wild [Rose]
39. A Touch of Betrayal (red flower on cover)


Released to several different LFLs, including a brand-new one, with photos:

36. The Familiars ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16067973 ), for the zinnias, veronica, and other flowers on the cover; multiple challenges

37. The Dark VINEYARD ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16133677 ), multiple challenges

38. The Red LOTUS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16174317 ), multiple challenges

39. Death by ARTICHOKE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16174318 )

40. LAUREL Rescues the Pixies ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16176531 )

41. Bugs, Slugs and Other Thugs: Controlling GARDEN Pests Organically ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16176572 ), multiple challenges


39301 1 mo ago
Release #3

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
A memoir by a scientist who studies trees and plants. I love the cover, which features a plant, soil, and an acorn held by forceps.


40. P[rice] of Duty
41. Introduction to Objectivist Epi[stem]ology


42. [Herb]s for Healthy Living
43. Claudia and the Sad Good-Bye (apple on cover)
44. Stories for a Woman's Heart (pink flowers on cover)


Released to various LFLs, with photos:

42. Rosie's ROSEs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212413/ ), multiple challenges

43. BLOOMed to Die ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127791/ ), also for the OLEANDER on the cover; multiple challenges

44. 1 Dead in Attic by Chris ROSE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068093/ ), multiple challenges

45. Disney Fairies: LILY's Pesky Plant ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16139417/ )


45. [Pea]ce Breaks Out
46. Farming the Land by Jerry [Bush]ey


Released to LFLs, with photos:

46. QUEEN ANNE'S LACE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884949/ ), multiple challenges

47. The Perfectly Royal Princess Handbook ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16185636/ ), for the IVY and CLEMATIS on the cover; multiple challenges


12) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212153/ Ja natuurlijk: BLOEMEN & planten: deel 1 (bloemen=flowers)
13) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212148/ Praktisch handboek: KRUIDEN kweken (kruiden=herbs)


47. When We Meet (red flowers on cover)
48. Blind Promises by Diana [Palm]er
49. Di Gi Charat Theater - Dejiko's Summer Vacation (white flowers on cover)


21 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212575/ LEMON!
22 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212579/ A Ragged BLOSSOM Tale (5th copy)
23 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212583/ A Ragged BLOSSOM Tale (6th copy)
24 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16212586/ The Fire ROSE
25 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213791/ A Ragged BLOSSOM Tale (7th copy)
26 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213794/ From GRASS to Butter
27 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213795/ A Ragged BLOSSOM Tale (8th copy)
28 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213797/ Bloody ROSE
29 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213798/ A Ragged BLOSSOM Tale (9th copy)
30 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213800/ A Ragged BLOSSOM Tale (10th copy)


50. Gar[field] The Big Star
51. The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright (purple flowers on cover)


Released to various LFLs, including a couple of new ones, with photos:

48. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by HOLLY Black ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15978124/ ), multiple challenges

49. Pet Shop of Horrors, Book 2, for the GARDENIAs on the cover ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10082250/ )

50. The Samurai's GARDEN ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15867016/ ), multiple challenges

51. The White Queen, for the Tudor ROSES on the cover ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068097/ ), multiple challenges

52. It All Comes Back to You ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15944734/ ), for the VIOLETS on the cover; multiple challenges


52. The Velveteen Rabbit (red and yellow flowers on cover)
53. Drawing with Children (palm trees on cover)
54. Island Discovery by Beth [Rice] Luttrell


Released to the newly-reopened Little Free Library in a lovely park, with photos:

53. BLACKBERRY Blue and Other Fairy Tales ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16180041 ), multiple challenges

54. The Road Home by Katie COTTON ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16176583 ), also for the wildflowers on the cover; multiple challenges


55. How Fletcher Was Hatched (yellow and white flowers on cover)
56. Naughty Neighbor (yellow flower on cover)


31 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16215602/ The Magic Faraway TREE
32 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16215604/ Scream For Me - Karen ROSE
33 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16215606/ I Can See You - Karen ROSE


14) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16188333/ Vrij als een vlinder (green flowers on cover)
15) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192617/ Vlaanderens groot wandelboek: 150 geselecteerde wandelingen (red flower on cover)
16) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16210680/ In het bos (bos=forest)


55. Life After Life, for the ROSES on the cover ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16216911 ); LFL release, photo


57. Seasons of Her Life by [Fern] Michaels


2. Where Dandelions Bloom https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213531
also a dandelion flower on the cover


58. Ten [Apple]s Up on Top!
59. Lucy on the Loose (flowers on cover)
60. The Accursed by Joyce Carol [Oat]es



wingMaranlinwing 1 mo ago
Release #3
3. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15979759 The Inspirational Christmas Almanac (boy carrying a Christmas tree, probably spruce, on the cover)


17) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16204484/ Aarzelen aan de deur: over zieke en ziekenhuis by Manu Keirse, Jan PEERs (peer=pear)
18) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16200419/ Pippo en de picknick (daisy on cover)
19) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218078/ Heerlijks uit de TUIN (tuin=garden)
20) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218919/ Het gezin: de konserven (paprika on cover)
21) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218083 Heerlijke recepten met wild en gevogelte (paprika on cover)
22) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16210664/ Smul je slank (onion on cover)
23) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218058/ Het magisch denken (rose on cover)


62. Daughter of Twin [Oak]s
63. Easy [Garden]ing 101
64. When We Were Young (roses on cover)


Glad to see so many releases so far; keep 'em coming through May 15th!


24) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16215678/ Parken en TUINEN van Europa (tuinen=gardens)
25) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218283/ Met beroemde ontdekkingsreizigers op avontuur: Ruimtevaart by Fred APPEL (appel=apple)
26) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218880/ Het gezin: de konserven (paprika on cover)


56. Counting on the Woods ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16218494/ ), for the LADYSLIPPERS on the cover; wild release, photo

57. The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of HERBs, FLOWERS, Essential Oils, and More ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16205618/ ), wild release, photo

58. Easy Peasy: GARDENing for Kids ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16192725/ ), LFL release, photo


controlled release:

1. The Cats of TangleWOOD FOREST (wood, forest) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15692159

LFL releases with photos

2. CagASTER Vol. 1 (aster) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068104

3. Ghosts of TUPELO Landing (tupelo) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13105088
------> https://www.mortonarb.org/---/tupelo

4. CHAOs and Order (hao) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16209179
------> http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/---/rauvolfia_sandwicensis

5. Witness for the PROSEecution (rose) - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13850512

wild release with photo

6. New Writings in SF 8 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16213944
------> apple on cover


65. Mama Mia! The Movie (bouquet of flowers on cover)


wingLotty_wing 1 mo ago
27) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16187802/ Zoogdieren UIt Europa deel II (ui=onion)
28) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16184097/ De geschiedenis van San Michele by Axel MUNThe (munt=mint)


59. A Bouquet of FLOWERS ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16220459 ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

60. THORNWOOD ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127877 ), LFL release, photo.


66. The Art of Public S[pea]king
67. Ask the Dust (palm tree on cover)


61. FOXGLOVE Summer ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127855/ ), LFL release, photo



34 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16220705/ You Belong to Me - Karen ROSE


68. How to Know the Wild [Flower]s
69. Warriors #1: Into the Wild (tall blades of grass on cover)
70. To Be a Mother (bouquet of flowers on cover)


62. BRYONY and ROSES ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16157757/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo

63. The Love Lives of Birds, for the CONEFLOWERS on the cover ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16068077/ ); LFL release, photo


71. Anything for a Friend (bouquet of white flowers on cover)


29) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16220973/ Het gezin: de hUIsdieren (ui=onion)
30) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16222247/ Wubo Ockels: Mijn rUImte-avontuur in woord en beeld (ui=onion)
31) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219277/ RUIsend RIET (ui=onion and riet=reed)



72. The French [Garden]er
73. The Outlaw's Bride by Catherine [Palm]er
74. Subtraction: Basic Skills Activity Book (watermelon on cover)


32) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16223247/ Swiebertje bij Saartje in de keuken by John UIt den Bogaard (ui=onion)
33) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16223207/ Lekker en gezond! (strawberries on cover)


64. The Mind TREE ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16127872 ), LFL release, multiple challenges, photo

The challenge is almost over; get those flower-books out there!


34) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16200338/ Desperate Housewives: achter gesloten deuren by Sara NewBERRY
35) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16219258/ BrUId voor het leven (ui=onion)
36) https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16223206/ Feestelijke gerechten (mushrooms and onions on cover)

That's it for me!


75. Eating the Alphabet (fruit on cover)
76. The Cereal Murders (wheat on cover)
77. Skunk at [Hemlock] Circle
78. [Banana] Cream Pie Murder
79. Full [Bloom]

That's it for me!
Total books released for this challenge: 79
Thanks for hosting, GoryDetails.


Released to LFLs, with photos:

65. Shoggoths in BLOOM ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/16224506 ), multiple challenges

66. Pet Shop of Horrors Vol. 4 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10096039 ), for the ROSES on the cover

And that's it for me. Will wait a few days for people to post any late-breaking releases, and then tally the results!


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