The First Ten Focus Group Feedback for And Then I Met Margaret
Because And Then I Met Margaret was Book of the Day, some of our most trusted members have carefully looked over the cover, the description, and other aspects of this book as a part of purchase-intent focus group. We then asked each participant in the focus group if they planned to buy and read the book, and why they planned to buy and read the book or not. Their answer to that question and reasons are displayed below. We call this awesome feature The First Ten Focus Group.
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I would not have read this book without the program. The cover looks like a religious or spiritual book and I am not interested in that. The sample was well written, and I liked the personal touch contained in his writing. The chapter about his aunt who was the "old maid" who use to play "Old Maid" with him as a child was touching and enjoyable to read. However, I failed to find see the point of the story in context of the book being about gurus. I couldn't find a reason to continue reading this work. I was not motivated or moved enough by his narrative to continue on. I did not notice any grammatical or spelling errors.
First Ten review added on November 17, 2018, at 10:54 pm by FictionLover.
I have read sever OBC reviews for this one, and I think they all were very positive. I've been curious about this book for a while. I really like the idea of meeting experts in the field of full living and gleaning different insights from them. That premise alone makes me think this book is probably worth reading at least once. In the introduction, at the end of the italicized and bold title "A Return to Love," there is a bold colon. There is no subtitle, so the colon should be a period, ending the sentence. It also shouldn't have the book title's formatting, as it is not part of the title. There shouldn't be a comma after "Robbins." In the phrase "grade school student," "grade school" should be hyphenated because it is a compound adjective that precedes and describes "student." The same applies to "middle school student." This introduction is very compelling. It makes me want to be more aware and social with the people around me every day. Maybe I pass gurus in the grocery store. I completely agree about how false beliefs about ourselves keep us immobilized and limited. And that, more importantly, once you discover a freeing or catalyzing truth about yourself, you have to actually go out and live like you believe it before it can make a difference, before YOU can make a difference. I'm experiencing some personal realizations in the last few weeks, throwing off some crippling beliefs myself. This book feels timely and relevant, so far. I like the phrase "positively disruptive" moments. God is like that - positively disruptive. "High octane" should be hyphenated. There should be a comma between "milk" and "where." I've finished the sample, and despite the minor editing issues, I think this book is gold! Unfortunately, I can't download it today because I have to budget literally every penny around the holidays, but I'll be putting it on my wishlist for sure.
First Ten review added on November 17, 2018, at 9:35 pm by SamSim.
I enjoyed reading the sample of the book, the book is worth reading. I definitely would have chosen to read the book and find out what changed when Margaret was met. The book is about the author himself, Rob White. He is an affluent man who discovers that wealth does not lead to inner happiness. He travels to many places, including Africa, and meets up with celebrities and ask them questions about their perspectives on life. He then meets up with Margaret, who give responses that are very deep, and wise. Margaret also asks questions a lot and shows fully her inquisitive aide. I liked that the book dimishes the old and famous adage, that says that wisdom is with the wise. Margaret was the youngest of all questioned, yet her responses were very knowledgeable and clear. I did not notice any errors with the book.
First Ten review added on November 17, 2018, at 6:04 pm by mtsnel006.
Based on the cover and title, I would not have read the sample because I am not a fan of non-fiction. From the sample, Rob hails from a poor town with the notion that scrambling for money is the norm, but he surprised everyone and became very good at making money. Destined to work on a local factory, he went on to be a highly successful real estate entrepreneur and restaurateur on both the east and west coasts. Though he was wealthy, his interior world was bankrupt and he moved to do something about it at the age of fifty. The book seems professionally edited. The OBC reviewer gave it a perfect rating but it doesn't change my not wanting to read the book as I earlier stated. It will appeal to those who favor its genre.
First Ten review added on November 17, 2018, at 2:30 am by OloladeO.
If I had not read the sample, I probably would not have read the book. This is because the official OnlineBookClub review mentioned that the book was about the lifelong journey of the author, and I already have many books like this one. Reading the sample, I was struck by how simple events like playing cards with his aunt turned into a life lesson for the author. It was quite interesting to get a personal perspective from him. However, I don't think I will buy and read this book because I have too many self-help books already. I did not spot any errors so I think it was professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 17, 2018, at 12:33 am by Cher432.
I like the title and cover art of this book because it looks so happy and inspiring. I noted the Online Book club review for BOTD today had a great impression of the book, as have many other reviewers. I didn't observe any editorial errors in the first ten pages, as I learned about the author growing up in a small mill town, but against all odds became wealthy in real estate and restaurants. He was looking for inner fulfillment, so sought out gurus to help him achieve it. I liked the author's candid writing, detailing his strengths and weaknesses. I didn't find any areas I would improve in the first ten pages. I am not interested in reading this book because it's just not the genre I'm currently looking for. But when I am wanting a self-help tool, I may give this a try.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 11:36 pm by revna01.
The cover of And Then I Met Margaret would not have attracted my attention because I think it looks like an advertisement for breakfast foods. However, I did enjoy reading the sample. I like the way the author approaches giving advice through stories, but I won't be buying or reading this book. I think it's probably a good book, but I am just not interested in the self-help genre. The book seems professionally edited, and the author does a great job setting up the book with the all of the name-dropping at the beginning so he can discuss the wisdom he found through interactions with everyday people. I saw nothing to suggest improvements.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 11:00 pm by sarahmarlowe.
Had I not read the sample as part of the program then I would not have read the book based on the genre, blurb or reviews. I don't read this genre, non-fiction. I don't like to read about memoirs, spiritual journeys or have interest in gurus. The first ten pages of the book did not change my mind on reading the whole book because I was bored with reading the story. It starts off with the author explaining his experience of growing up poor but no matter how rich he became he felt something missing on the inside. He decided to travel all over the world to get advice from different cultures/people. He explains all the seminars, rituals, workshops, and authors he met/joined to help enrich himself spiritually. The book gives life lessons that the author learns to transform/change yourself. The author named the whole book after Margaret because out of everyone he has met, she had the most impact/influence in his view of life. The first chapter is mainly about Bobby's aunt, Theresa. She taught him that there are beautiful people in the world that do wonderful things for others, even though they may be suffering greatly because they don't conform to the norm. I like how he put the myth he believed and what he later found to be the truth. In the first chapter, the myth he believed was that kindness is an act of self-interest. He discovered that kind acts demonstrate the height of love. In the second chapter, the myth he believed was that magic happened randomly to him. Even though the book isn't for me, I enjoy the layout of the book, the flow of the story and how it was easy to follow/understand the book. I recommend this book to those who like to read spiritual journeys, memoirs, or life lessons. The book seems professionally edited and I found no spelling or grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 7:40 pm by ObsessedBookNerd.
I like the cover of this book. It looks professional and artistic, and the colors I eye-catching. It does look like the book will be about something spiritual. The title makes me curious, and it makes me wonder how it works into the story. The blurb and reviews for this book are great, although they did make me wonder if I might get bored at all. I'm not always a fan of these types of books. It just depends on how they're written. I like how the author mentioned that when he began to stop thinking that success was possible, but not probable was when he started making choices and decisions that would lead him to be successful. It was almost as if success is probable if you are doing what is necessary in order to achieve it and planning accordingly. The author mentions that at around age fifty, he set off to find gurus who could share their wisdom with him and help him to feel better on the inside (spiritually). The author grew up in a mill town, and young men were expected to eventually work at one of the mills. He didn't want that. He had an aunt named Theresa who was unmarried (rare for that time) and not very feminine looking. He enjoyed her company, but shortly after graduating from college, he found out that his aunt was dying of liver cancer. After she had passed away, his mother revealed that his aunt had been close to marrying once, but because his friends had made fun of him, the man did not propose. His aunt taught him the lesson of being kind to others without expecting anything in return and despite your own personal sadness. When Bob had a job at a store, later on, he took the blame for one of his co-worker's mistakes and was fired because of it. His boss later told him that he knew that Bob wasn't the one who made the error, and he encouraged him to sign up for substitute teaching and possibly be made a permanent teacher. This is what Bob did. It seems that the book is a collection of different experiences that Bob has had that have taught him life lessons. I like how at the beginning of chapters, the author mentions the myths he believed, such as, "magic happens randomly to me," and then follows it up with a story and the reality to the myth. This does seem like a very inspirational and heartwarming book. I did not notice any technical errors while I was reading the first ten pages of this book, and it does appear to have been professionally edited. I'm not going to buy the book today and read it, but I will certainly add it to my list of books to keep in mind for future reading.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 7:01 pm by JuliaKay.
If all I had to go by were the cover and title, it would be about 50/50 whether or not I would have picked up this book. I read an informative review on OnlineBookClub. I don't think I will complete the book because it did not spark my interest and it is not a genre of books I enjoy reading. I did not see any grammatical errors in the sample I read. I do agree with the author though, the people in our lives help to shape us into who we are. Every day, we learn so many things from others, be it verbal lessons or non-verbal lessons. And yes, sometimes it can take a while for the experience to sink in, and we can benefit from it. I do find it interesting that Margaret, a young girl, could have the most impact on this man's life, and how accurate it is that children sometimes have the most influence in our lives.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 6:34 pm by Kareka88.
I would not read this book based on the title or cover; it is clearly a self-help book which is not a genre I enjoy. Also, the image of a sunrise (or sunset) feels like a cliche for a self-help book. Having read the opening pages, I will not be reading the rest of the book.
On the plus side, the author tells a good story. For example I enjoyed the tale of playing Old Maid with aunt Theresa, but I suspect this is more from a sense of nostalgia because I used to play Old Maid as a child with my grandparents. I do also like how the author recalled the scent of chocolate cupcakes when meeting aunt Theresa some years later. Unfortunately, I feel that I will not learn anything from the book. The messages offered by the stories are too basic and do not offer any new thinking e.g. after the story of the cut-price eggs, the idea that kindness is an act of love. I did not spot any grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 4:27 pm by Julie Green.
The title of this book gives very little away, and so I began to read the sample with an open mind. From the cover illustration, I was almost expecting this to be a religious book of sorts. After realizing it is a self-help book, I couldn’t help thinking, “Not another one!” However, I am pleased to say that I was quite enthralled from the first few paragraphs. Starting off with a chronicle of all the people the author has consulted with, on his journey to find true fulfillment, he goes on to say how some of his most valuable life lessons have come to him from the humblest of sources. One thing that put me off slightly is the very small font size and tight line spacing, which made me think that it was going to be a difficult book to read. However, the content was so absorbing, I soon forgot about that. Beautifully written, in a frank and honest way, the author knows how to engage his readers and the anecdotes he presents are magical. I came across no editing issues at all, and from what I can see, other reviews are just as complimentary as mine. I will definitely read this book through to the end, as I feel that this is one collection of stories that could really make a difference to the way I think about things. This is a great book!
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 12:02 pm by sonya01.
Looking at the cover, I'm intrigued. Reading the sample, I like what I read so far, but not enough to keep reading. This book appears to be professionally edited, with no grammatical errors or typos that I noticed. I liked the conversational writing style of the author, especially as he reminisces about his childhood with his aunt Theresa. I did not like how quickly the book moves around time eras-it was hard to keep track of. I will not be reading this book.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 11:23 am by lesler.
I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own, as self-help style memoirs really don't appeal to me. After reading the first ten pages I still will not continue with this book, as I found it rather boring. The author chronicles his attempts to find deeper spiritual and personal development and his youthful experiences with his Aunt Theresa, who seemed to have life wisdom of her own. People who are interested in self-help memoirs might like this book, as the author has a conversational style. There was a grammar error on the sentence "...the way it shall be. But then I surprised everyone" where there should be a comma rather than a period. The author's writing is pleasant and enthusiastic, but I just didn't find the topic interesting. I have not read any other reviews of this book.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 11:15 am by HRichards.
I don't think I would have sampled this book without the program because it's clear from the subtitle and Amazon blurb that it could be placed in the self-help category even though it also seems autobiographical. I think the hint at self-help (being able to recognize life teachers all around you) is what would've made me not sample it on my own, as I don't generally like that genre. After reading the first ten pages, I believe the book to be professionally edited, although I'm not sure there should be a colon in the sentence "I met Marianne Williamson...author of the bestseller, 'A Return to Love:' Marianne taught me that an unwanted life is unnecessary..." It seems to me it would call for a period instead. My impression has stayed the same, as the book seems to be a combination of telling stories that happened to the author and summarizing what he learned so others can grow more aware of their lives. I won't finish reading the book because I'm not too interested in reading about awareness and life improvement. I liked the story about Aunt Theresa and the Old Maid cards, as it was relatable and colorful. I would improve the introduction, however, because taking so much time to talk about lessons learned from specific authors and life coaches really doesn't do much to pull readers in, whereas the personal anecdote of Aunt Theresa did, in my opinion.
First Ten review added on November 16, 2018, at 10:32 am by Camille Turner.
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Total ~ 20%
And Then I Met Margaret earned a score of 20%.
In other words, out of the top-level reviewers who read at least the first 10 pages of this book, 20% plan to read the whole book.
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