Coming to your first NOA meeting and curious what to expect? Been to an NOA Meeting and had so much fun you can't remember what happened? The meetings aren't really structured but we tend to follow a pattern. Here is typically what happens at an NOA Meeting.
Meet at a bookstore (sometimes restaurant) usually around Southdale
Meet and greet time
Figure out who read the book (see below)
Talk about the book
Talk about everything else (our lives, work, entertainment, other books, etc.)
If at a bookstore, we disperse into the store for 10-15 minutes to find book suggestions.
If at a restaurant, we hope someone brought suggestions
Book is chosen from suggestions by vote
More talk about anything
Someone looks at the time and realizes it is late
We disperse, usually talking all the way out to our cars.
Reading the book
Really want to see your NOA friends but one of the following scenarios has happened:
Run out of time to finish the book?
Hate what we selected?
Read the wrong book?
Dog ate the book?
Don't worry, you can still come to the meeting.
We just ask that you have attempted to read the book. If you only get through a few chapters, no problem. Hated the book with a passion after the first few pages, awesome come tell us why (often leads to fun discussions).
Please try to complete the books when you can. The book segment of our meetings is more interesting when most people have finished the book.
Since 2008, we have been reading Oprah shunned books and we would love you to join us!
Our meetings and members are quite laid back. If you don't like a book, you don't have to finish it (please give it a try though - first chapter or even first few pages). The meetings are half talking about the book and half catching up with each other. New people are always welcome!
Members select books as a group at each meeting. We want your book suggestions.
Any type of book is welcome, as long as it isn't on the dreaded Oprah book club list.
We trend towards fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, satire, smut, vampires and zombies. If you’d like to see what we have read, the cover of each book is in our picture area.