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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,322 ratings  ·  478 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
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Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jessica Jeffers
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
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Ryan Dejonghe
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Shelly King has stolen my heart: books, love, and fantastic writing.

A few months ago a great book called THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY came out. It had everything I enjoy in a book; it was essentially a love letter to people who love books. The only faults may be that the story was straight-forward and a bit short. Predictable, if you will. Author Shelly King takes these premises and fills in any shortcoming in her newest book THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING. Indeed, she has offered everything.

As a t
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Ionia
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

4 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 meeting
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Are you joking.
This sounds amazing.
Lesa
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
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
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Hannie
Het boek was anders dan verwacht, maar in positieve zin. Het was een leuk verhaal om te lezen. Het leven van Maggie, de hoofdpersoon, is soms wat chaotisch, maar dat maakte het juist leuk. Ook zat het mysterie rondom Henry en Catherine anders in elkaar dan gedacht. Dat maakte het wel verrassend. Sowieso was het geen voorspelbaar verhaal. Naast het verhaal van de hoofdpersoon is dit boek ook wel een soort ode aan boeken en de wereld er om heen, zoals leesclubs en zelfstandige boekwinkels (in dit ...more
Lloyd Russell
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Christa
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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PopcornReads
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
Aly
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comment aurais-je pu résister à une couverture pareil ? Ce petit chat à l'air bien curieux n'est pas celui que l'on rencontre dans le livre, mais la personnalité bien particulière de Grendel était tout de même bien amusante. Mais cette histoire, c'est celle de Maggie, une trentenaire qui après une défaite professionnelle, cherche encore ce qu'elle pourrait bien faire de sa vie. Pas très proche de ses parents, elle a bien des amis, comme Dizzy, ami d'enfance et ancien collègue de travail et aussi ...more
Hristina Tserovska
Историята ми напомня на "Думи в тъмносиньо"-книжарница за стари книги, в която влизат чудати хора; Двама души, които си пишат по страниците на един роман и около тази история книжарницата добива голяма популярност. Въпреки обещаващото начало, според мен авторката не успява да развие добре историята, героите си остават загадка и в един момент книгата става хаотична. Не очаквайте велика любовна история, защото книгата не е за това. Все пак има и моменти, които ми допаднаха като този цитат: "Книгит ...more
Christine Bonheure
Even een tussendoortje bij het dikke, vrij moeilijke boek dat ik aan het lezen ben. Kon al voorspellen dat het een lichtgewicht zou zijn, dat zie je al aan de cover. Een kat tussen een stapel boeken, en als titel: ‘De leestip’. Maar dat dit boek zo’n onbenul zou zijn, dat had ik zelfs in mijn meest cynische bui niet voorzien. ‘De leestip’ is niet meer dan een romantisch lichtgewicht. Eender welke pocket uit de Bouquet-reeks is beter en zeker overtuigender qua romantiek. Dom verhaal, stomme perso ...more
Деница Райкова
Много е говорено за това как за книгата не трябва да се съди по корицата. По този въпрос никога няма да има съгласие. Винаги ще има хора, които ще се влюбват в красивата корица на някоя книга и ще поискат да прочетат историята зад тази корица. И може би няма да съжаляват, ако историята не се окаже точно това, което са очаквали. Винаги ще има и такива, които ще са склонни да подминат книга само защото изглежда невзрачно. И едните, и другите са прави за себе си, и в това, което правят, няма нищо л ...more
 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,
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Kristie
Psaní recenze mě donutilo se nad knihou víc zamyslet, také jsem recenzi psala s jistým odstupem od dočtení, tudíž jsem na to měla trochu jasnější pohled, proto nakonec srážím hodnocení ze 4 hvězdiček na 3 hvězdičky. :)
A celá recenze se nachází na blogu: http://yours-fantasy.blogspot.cz/2015...
Marta
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La recensione è presente nel mio blog:

http://voglioesseresommersadailibri.b...
Signe Liisa
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nina Draganova
Голяма какафония от мисли, чувства и действия.
Неубедителна като цяло.
Идеята е добра, има интересни моменти, но не се е получила магията.
На места даже е пресолена манджата с използването на специфични термини.
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
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Laci
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 world....wtf? 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
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Bianca
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, fiction
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
Kthaeh
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, reviewed
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
Alice
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction, lgbtq
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
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Linda Marie Marsh
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like books/reading? Do you love bookstores new/used? THIS is the book for you for sure.
Maggie is down and out both in her personal and professional life, so she goes to her comfort place....the used bookstore DRAGONFLY, where the owner, and its sole employee are eccentric and real. She fits right in and spends hours there curled up reading with the dust and disorder.
What caught me right off the bat was the authors ingenious sense of wit. Good lawd in the midst of everything her observat
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