Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Contest: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and thanks to Lydia Hirt of G.P. Putnam's Son/Riverhead, I have an Uncorrected Proof to give away.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

Author: Allison Hoover Bartlett
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: September 17, 2009
Pages: 288
Ages: 18+
Genre: non-fiction

from the publisher:
Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. Most thieves, of course, steal for profit. John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. In an attempt to understand him better, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be.

Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed “bibliodick” (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.


~Good Luck~
don't forget to check out BBAW Contest Information (index at top) for rules, extra entries and other info


Alyce said...

I've had this one on my wish list for a while, so I would love to win it!

I follow your blog.

I read to learn! :)

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Oh, man, please enter me for this one!

I'm a follower.

I read because I am obsessed :)

Emily said...

Enter me to win please!!!

I am a follower.

emily DOT wittenberg @ gmail DOT com

traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I am fascinated with this novel. I read for pleasure, entertainment and to be transported to another realm and experience new places. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Ti said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I read to escape the routine of everyday life. I love a book that sweeps me up, and takes me away.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would love to read this one. It sounds amazing, and I've seen it around a bit lately.

-I'm a new follower now. :)

-I do most of my reading because I love it. I read certain books to review but I wouldn't read AS much as I did if I hated it.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Unknown said...

oh, please put me in the drawing for this! I read because I love books, love the smell and the feel and they're portable and...everything about them. I guess I am obsessed!


Beth said...

Thanks for the chance. Please enter me.

lizzi0915 at aoldot

Marie said...

I've heard really good things about this book.

I am a new follower.

I read for pleasure and to escape :-)

Tammy said...

Sounds like a great book! Please enter me.

I'm also a follower.

Tammy, missporkchop AT yahoo DOT com

Sue said...

This looks SO good. Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Jenna said...

A little different from my usual book reads, but I think it sounds very interesting. Count me in!

I became a new follower.

Orchid said...

Awesome contest! Please enter me. :)

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

enter me. I read because books are my life.


Kaye said...

I've wanted to read this one for ages. reading to me is as necessary as breathing. I read for enlightenment, entertainment and education.


Unknown said...

I have read many reviews of this book and would really like to read it. Its been on my TBR list for awhile.

I read for enjoyment, education, enlightenment and renewal.

I am a follower.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

Jen Forbus said...

Yikes! Why I read? Definitely for entertainment and enrichment. I also do it to travel to places I've never been, meet people I wouldn't otherwise have the chance to me, and to just lose myself in new worlds. Isn't it amazing that reading can give you all that and more?

Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week!! :)


mindy said...

i would love to be entered for this thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

D Q said...

I would love to read this. I have read a few reviews on this and it sounds like a great read.

Andrea said...

I'd love to read this book

WD said...

looks like a very interesting read

Anonymous said...

This ones coming to me..This is one I never got to.

cstironkat said...

This looks like a great book. Please enter me and thank you for the chance.

Brittany said...

I'm definitely interested in this book - please enter me!

decklededgesblog at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

This book sounds really good.
I'm a new follower.
I read for entertainment, to learn, and because I have always just been drawn to books for some reason. I'm sure you understand :)

Brooke said...

Ohh I have this in my TBR and would love to win it...

Mia J. said...

I have so been wanting to read this. Please enter me.

L said...

Enter me please!
I'm a new follower.



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