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The Moment of Everything

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,496 ratings  ·  497 reviews
In the tradition of The Cookbook Collector comes a funny, romantic novel about a young woman finding her calling while saving a used bookstore.

Maggie Duprès, recently "involuntarily separated from payroll" at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly's Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along.

When the o
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jessica Jeffers
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I was killing some time at Barnes and Noble between friend dates and I found this on one of their featured tables. The cover was too adorable not to pick up.

I wanted to love this book, but I just can't decide if it worked or not.

So I started working at Borders when I was 22, fresh out of college and no job prospects in sight. I was there for a couple years before I'd decided to pursue graduate study in publishing and transferred to a store on the East coast, where I worked for another three ye
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is truly a book for book lovers. The atmosphere and setting of a used book store is so well defined in these pages that you'd almost swear you could smell that kind of dusty, old paper smell that you get in a real book store.

To be honest, in the beginning I wasn't completely enthralled with this story. I know as much about the technology described in this book as a pauper knows about the feel of gold coins. However, I fell in love with the bookish angle to this story and soon found myself
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

4 ½ Stars

Maggie Duprès lost her job after the software company she founded with her best friend shipped her work to India. Now, she’s in between jobs and without a clue about what to do with her life. She has some savings, but they are being depleted by the day. Finding a new job in the current economy is not easy and spending her days reading ‘bodice-rippers and cowboy’ romance books at her landlord’s used bookstore doesn’t help with her cause.
After meetin
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jul 22, 2014 marked it as to-read

Are you joking.
This sounds amazing.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Books don't change people's lives, not like everyone thinks they do." With that opening sentence, Shelly King grabbed me and didn't let go until I finished her debut novel, The Moment of Everything. I love books about books, bookstores and reading. The Moment of Everything is all of that, with a twist.

At thirty-four, Maggie Dupres finds herself out of a job in Silicon Valley, laid off when her job was outsourced to India. Now, she's spending all of her time hanging out at the Dragonfly, a used
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
So based on that adorable cover, I thought this to be a somewhat adorable but in a way, cute story. I mean it was in moments but for the most part, it was a little sad at times.

But at the same time, you start to like the characters as the book went along.

The first half 3 stars and the second half 3.5 then a 4 near the end.
I was not expecting to in that direction but at the same time, I was like huh, well okay then. And I like that some stuff was in a way left open.

Why yes, tis another bookstore
Lloyd Russell
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Folks, we're only 8 days away from the publication date of Shelly King's The Moment of Everything, as well as her launch that same evening at 7:00 at Books, Inc. in Mt. View. After reviewing books for my blog for over 3.5 years, I am still blown away by the tremendous amount of excellent authors we have in the Bay Area; not to mention all of the debut novels I have read and enjoyed. In this case, not only did I thoroughly enjoy Shelly's book, we're even going to feature her and The Moment of Eve ...more
Melissa Crytzer Fry
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think most bibliophiles will find this book a great deal of fun like I did. Although it was a quick read (perfect for my treadmill time), it really sang with smart, engaging prose. The main setting is a used bookstore called The Dragonfly (one I’d REALLY want to visit, myself, if it existed) plopped right in the middle of Silicon Valley and all the technology and business and commercialism that comes with it. This juxtaposition was so well done by King and of particular enjoyment for me. A com ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was a very touching story of a woman who followed her best friend to California and started a tech company with him. As the company grows, she is displaced due to restructuring. Depressed and unable to find another job, she spends her days in Dragonfly Books to pass the time. Suddenly, what she sees as a temporary way to occupy her time becomes a major part of her life and a new beginning for her.

Filled with great characters, a wonderful setting, and interesting storyline, The Moment of Eve
We’ve reviewed several novels in the past year that featured bookstores. I just can’t resist them. The Moment of Everything by Shelly King is another one I couldn’t pass up. If you’re a certified bookaholic like I am, you’ll understand why. The interesting twist to this one for me is that it also involves the dot-com industry, in which I’ve worked for years. It’s like Ms. King wrote this novel just for me (no ego there or anything). You may feel she wrote it just for you when you learn more when ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
First off, I almost put the book down after the first page that says books don't change people the way they think, no more so than spinning around in the teacups at Disney Um, no, books CAN change people...greatly in some cases. I had the uncomfortable feeling that the author just wanted something challenging to say to "rock the boat" of accepted perceptions about books and reading.

I also felt the constant barrage of lingo was jarring and, honestly, will date and make the book lau
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Thank you so much NetGalley, Shelly King and Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read this book!!

I LOVE books, I LOVE books about books, I LOVE books about people who love books! - So... positive start - and it only gets better.

Shelly King so utterly captivated me with these people - I want to meet them all and take them to lunch, and talk all day with them!

I enjoyed all of the relationships that Maggie has, with her friend Dizzy, her arch-enemy Jason, her landlord/bookstore owner Hugo,
Generally it was easier to take what you found rather than to find what you wanted. p4

I am not even sure what I wanted from this book with its appealing cover and bookstore setting. A diversion from all of the harsh books I've been immersed in, yes, but also a break from the complex literary and self awareness books I've been reading to divert myself from the worlds pain for a while. Something completely different but surely not a romance set in silicon valley. I read a few pages and put it back
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

A charming, witty and romantic novel, The Moment of Everything is an engaging debut from Shelly King.

Unemployed, after being made redundant by a Silicon Valley tech start-up, Maggie Duprès spends her days reading bodice rippers in the Dragonfly Used Bookstore, owned by her landlord and friend Hugo, waiting for a fresh start. She imagines it will come from an offer to join a new start up or an opportunity brokered by her best friend, Dizzy, instead, Maggie discovers it in the margins of a tattere
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I *really* liked this book - probably more 4.5 stars than 4. It's a book for book lovers, a book for folks who have ever loved working in a bookstore and it made me miss Borders like crazy. The story centers on Maggie, a thirty-something out of a job Silicon Valley techie who ends up working in a used bookstore. Living in California, she is surrounded by crazy types that worm their way into your heart. She perfectly captures the obsessive romance reader, the sci-fi guy, and the joy of re-working ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arcs
In so many ways, this is the perfect book for me. The book takes place in Silicon Valley (where I live) at a used bookstore in Mt. View on Castro Street (I've shopped at the used bookstore on Castro St.). The protagonist is a former Silicon Valley refugee who becomes a bookseller. I am a former high tech engineer and I currently work at a bookstore, just 10 miles north of where this story takes place. If I were a bookseller (which I am), I would even recommend this book to myself. And maybe it's ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly, this was such a fun audiobook. The main character is quite relatable and very realistic.

I love that her studies involved books and languages and libraries, and then she ended up in Silicon Valley, and then life pushed her back into a bookstore. It just shows how everything happens for a reason. I personally related to her because I'm also caught between computer languages and the online world, and foreign languages and fantasy worlds.

She goes on to find a very interesting book in the s
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, meh
The best I can say for The Moment of Everything is that it's a novel without major flaws, but utterly unmoving and quickly forgettable. I finished it just a couple of days ago and am struggling to remember anything about it. The characters and plot were thin, the language unremarkable. There was nothing whatsoever in this book which made me think, or surprised me, or prodded me to look at anything from a new perspective. While I can't point out any serious flaws of commission, there were flaws o ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, fiction, audiobook
This is an adorable and funny book that really tugged at my heartstrings. I’d probably give it somewhere between 3.5-4 stars because I loved the last half of the book while the first didn’t really engage me that much. But the end made me so emotional I just had to go for 4 stars.

It’s a romantic story but not in an overt way. I’m usually very bored with hetero love stories but the love story in this book isn’t very central which probably made it easier for me to enjoy it. The book is more about c
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 star read

Maggie Duprès is a thirty-something wondering what to do with her life. Although she has a degree in English and Library Science, she doesn't really want to work in a library. She's spent the past ten years working for a tech company ensuring the tech-speak is understood by the common man. Now her company has been downsized and she's at loose ends. Until she finds that perfect job, she spends her days at a local bookstore. Little does she know that her days are soon to be filled wit
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not to judge a book by its cover, but a cover with a picture of rows of books -- obviously in a bookstore -- plus a cat peeking over the edge of a row has a certain appeal to readers. “The Moment of Everything” has a bookstore, and a cat, but the bookstore feels like it’s there because it’s a more interesting setting than an office, and the cat is more or less decoration.

The premise of this novel is that Maggie, a laid-off tech worker in Silicon Valley -- a Southern transplant, but beyond the sw
Diana | Book of Secrets
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adore stories about books, bookstores, and the readers who love them, and THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING was a book lover’s dream. The main character Maggie spends her days of unemployment lolling around a tumbledown used bookshop called The Dragonfly. The store was described as piles and piles of disorganized books and a cash register, and the charming and quirky owner, Hugo, doesn’t mind that he can’t turn a profit. There’s an even quirkier cat called Grendel that spends his time roaming the stack ...more
Kelly Hager
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book for people who love books. (And also a book for people who like love stories.)

Maggie is at loose ends after losing her job at a tech startup. She spends her time hanging out in a local bookstore, reading romance novels. She wants to get a new job, one she's passionate about, but before then, she's fine killing time reading bodice-rippers.

And then she stumbles into a real-life love story. A used copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover has notes in the margin from Henry to Catherine (and vi
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because it was about a bookstore, more or less. It didn't grab me, at first, so I put it aside, but picked it up again after reading the reviews of others on goodreads. Those reviews told me two things -- the book got better as it went along, and apparently, a lot of people picked it up because of the cover (which I'm embarrassed to say I didn't really look at until I read it charmed others. Okay, yeah, it's pretty cute.)

The book did get better on the second pick-up. In fact, I
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Shelly King, you have a fan now!

This is a book for book lovers and book shop owners.

For my romance loving friends, this book does not come with a HEA and is not a romance. It should fall under women's fiction. It is more about self growth and learning about oneself through failures. Yes I did tear up and cry towards the end. This definitely worth a read.

It does start out slow and catches on with sweet and tender parts and what it feels like to lose a job and come to terms with about you plan
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
A delightful book about a quaint, unorganized used bookstore and the wonderful characters and lives within. As soon as you turn the title page, the first quote in the book says "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" Now what book lover doesn't relate to that! There is much more for a book lover to enjoy about this book as our protagonist, Maggie, finds her path through a worn and tattered copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover containing hand written notes exchanged between two mysterious ...more
Signe Liisa
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a quiet story with a cool cast of characters and a clever turn of phrase now and again, but the best part was the narrators voice. I just wanted to keep hearing her hip, unpretentious, authentic voice.
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is magic. That is all.
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Don’t you love that rare occasion when you pick up a book that just sounds cute and light and then surprise yourself by realizing you’ve found a book you love?

This book sounded cute. It’s even got an adorable kitty on the cover.
There’s nothing wrong with a cute book but this book turned out to be much more.

Maggie is adrift. She has just lost a job she was good at and well paid for but the job was never her dream. Her boyfriend left a few months ago and she doesn’t much care. She never thought s
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Shelly King is a native Southerner who packed her bags and moved to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the Internet boom. She works for a major software company as a social media strategist and information architect. Her stories have been published in the GW Review, Epiphany, Slow Trains, the Dos Passos Review, and the Coe Review. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two big dog ...more

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