Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Moment of Everything - Review
The Moment of Everything by Shelly King
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Maggie is a little restless after becoming "involuntarily separated" from her job at a Silicone Valley start up. She fills her days by hanging around her neighbor's used bookstore - Dragonfly books - inhaling book after book. Desperate for a chance to get her job back she agrees to join the book club that is run by a board member at her old company. The book - Lady Chatterley's Lover - doesn't hold her interest. Not nearly as much as the margin notes in her beat up copy between 2 people getting to know each other and falling in love.
Why I Picked This Book: I'm not going to lie. I mainly picked this book because of the cover which I think we can all agree is pretty great. The used bookstore premise also attracted me but the cover was what had me breaking my "No more NetGalley requests" ban.
Pro: I loved the bookish feel of this one. This is really a book about people who love books. To me the best part of this one is that Maggie, despite having studied English literature, isn't really a literary reader. When we first meet her she's downing historical romances at the rate of 2 or 3 a day. There's lots of book talk and casual mentions of lots of different authors. It also made me want my own bookstore just so I can organize the shelves. The characters are fantastically real. You have Jason, the grumpy guardian of the science fiction section who resists any kind of change. Dizzy is full of boundless enemies and lots of ideas and is really in truly a good friend to Maggie. Then there's Hugo who is kind of like a vague benevolent fairy godfather with a bit of a womanizing habit. Also, if you've ever known an engineer the scene where the two Mikes and John fix the bookshelf will crack you up. Or at least it did for me and I'm the daughter of an engineer, married to one and kind of was one!
Cons: I didn't love the romance aspect. I was far more interested in Maggie and the bookstore and felt that the romance aspect took too much time away from that. The first physical scene especially really left me cold.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this bookish read. The setting is wonderful and the characters are so realistic it doesn't feel like fiction. I would love to revisit Dragonfly Books.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, this is a really fun bookish read.