Monday, November 22, 2010

Giveaway: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

I have one paper back copy of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett for Giveaway. I won a giveaway for this book at Meg Waite Clayton's blog, 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started. I won 2 copies, 1 which I can share with you! I was hoping to be able to list the giveaway with my review of the book but I don't have the time to read it right now. The reviews for this book have been great, anyway, so I didn't want to make you wait for it, especially with the holidays coming!

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World Literary Obsession By Allison Hoover Bartlett:

What would you do for the love of a good book? For John Charles Gilkey, the answer is: go to prison.
Unrepentant book thief Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love—the love of books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade.

In following both of these eccentric characters, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged deep into a world of fanatical book lust, and ultimately found herself caught between the many people interested in finding Gilkey's stolen treasure and the man who wanted to keep it hidden: the thief himself. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, Bartlett has woven this cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his crimes and how Sanders eventually caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. All collectors have stories of what first made them fall in love, and Gilkey and Sanders are no different. Bartlett puts their stories into the larger context of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages.

Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much exposes the profound role books play in all of our lives, the reverence in which these everyday objects are still held, and the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

To Win this Giveaway of 1 copy of this book, named an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and Library Journal's “Best Books of 2009” –

1. Leave me a comment with the name of your favorite or one of your favorite books of 2010
2. Be a follower of my blog whether by GFD, Google Reader, RSS Feed, whatever works for you!
3. You have to have an address that isn't a P.O. box somewhere I can send this book Domestic or International!

Giveaway Ends 6 p.m. December 13th


  1. One of my favorite books of the year is The Human Bobby by Gabe Rotter. I'm not sure I can enter since I don't use Google Friend Connect, but I do subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)

  2. Hmmm, so many great reads this year! Room by Emma Donoghue is definitely going to make my top 10!

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

  3. Favourite book that was published this year is I think, Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius.

    I'd love to be entered: irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. I am going to have to say that one of my favorite books of 2010 is An Echo In The Bone by Diana Gabaldon.

    I am a follower.

  5. Ooh, I want to read this one! I'd love to win! I follow you via RSS :-)

    One of my favorite books for 2010 was One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I loved it!

  6. I heard about this book on Book TV. The author was on there and the story was so fascinating to me that I went right out and purchased the book that day. Sadly, I still haven't read it. I guess that is what happens when you have too many books in your TBR pile!

  7. This sounds like a great read. My favorites for this year are the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. juliecookies(at)

  8. LOL - a bibliodick!
    ok fave for 2010 as of today would be a ghost story called The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna.
    vvb32 at

  9. I'd love to enter! My favourite book this year is Deadly Little Secret by Laura Faria Stolarz.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  10. I'm a follower.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  11. I am a follower and fellow cat lover.
    My favorite book this year is Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Also Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

    wiseowlreviews@aol dot com

  12. One of my favorite books that I read this year was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewki.

    I am following you via Google Friend Connect. Btw, I too have a giveaway running on my blog (international). Feel free to enter if you feel like it :)

  13. Ah, I would love to win this book! I browse through it every time I'm at the book store. Thanks for the opportunity!

    My favorite read from 2010 was definitely Irving Stone's Lust for Life - it's a fictional autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh, and it was so well written and interesting.

    My e-mail is roofbeamreader(at)gmail(dot)com


  14. I follow through GFC. I'm a new follower from Canada :) Thank you for this opportunity!

    My favorite book of the year would be "Bitten" by Kelley Armstrong


  15. I follow you via GFC! :D

    I'd love to win this!

    My fave read this year is Margo Lanagan's Black Juice! Dark, twisted fantasy rocks! :D

    jusiplabninsky at yahoo dot com

  16. One of my favorite books of 2010 would be House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I followed you on Google Friend Connect. I would love to join this giveaway! And of course, I have a valid home address and not a PO box :D

    buoyread at gmail dot com