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Book club questions for In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren covers all the key story elements in this festive read. There will be spoilers so for more context about the book, check out my spoiler-free review first.
Yay, for a fun holiday-themed story!! As I mention in the review, I don’t read that many stories about the holiday season so this was such a nice switch. I liked the protagonist Mae and the time loop angle was a nice and creative feature. The romance was good and all the descriptions of a snowy cabin in Utah made me want to have a wintery Christmas (don’t get those in Phoenix).
Overall, a fun story on an a lazy Saturday afternoon!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.
But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.
The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.
Book Club Questions for In a Holidaze
- Let’s start at the beginning of the story where Mae is embarrassed that she made out with Theo. How do you think everything would have unfolded if this timeline remained?
- Why do you think she made the wish: can you show me what will make me happy?
- And suddenly, Mae is in a time loop where she’s experiencing the same holiday over and over. How do you think you would have reacted if you were Mae?
- Mae has a couple of fails before she gets the hang of this time loop concept. She acts on her feelings for Andrew but also realizes she’s in a dead-end job that needs to change. How did this experience help her grow out of her people pleasing ways?
- What did you think about the romance between Mae and Andrew?
- Do you think Theo ever truly had feelings for her?
- Mae tells Benny what’s going on and eventually it all comes to head and she reveals to Andrew what she’s experiencing. First, do you think he believed her?
- Second, why did Andrew get so mad when he found out that she kissed Theo in the original timeline?
- We never do find out why or how Mae is in this time loop. Did you want more explanation in that area?
- What did you think about all the holiday-elements in this read?
- Did you like the ending?
- If they made this into a movie, who should star in the main roles?
Hope you enjoyed book club questions for In a Holidaze! Here are some more recommendations along with links to book club questions.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
One Day in December by Josie Silver is soooooo good!! Be sure to add it to your list if you haven’t read it yet.
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.
Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
If you’re looking for a heartwarming, holiday-themed story, The Christmas Sisters is a great selection.
In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…
Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…
As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?