What happens at a meeting?

What to expect at a NOA Meeting



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?
  • Alien abduction?
  • 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.

About this Meetup
How Books Are Chosen
NOA Book List

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What happens at a meeting? January 28, 2012 3:54 PM Heather
How Books Are Chosen December 6, 2011 3:20 PM Heather
About NOA Book Club December 6, 2011 3:21 PM Heather

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