Book Clubbin’: 8 Discussion Questions for ‘In a Holidaze’ by Christina Lauren

It’s time for our monthly Book Clubbin’ blog feature! This month we’re keeping things light and festive since, for some people, the holidays are right around the corner. Lockdowns and social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t start up a book club with your pals. Just book an hour (or more if the discussion gets heated) to meet every month through video chat.

The holidays can be a busy and overwhelming time for some, but audiobooks make reading books easy and convenient. You can throw on an audiobook while wrapping presents, baking cookies, while cuddled next to a fire, or even while banging out those last few work emails.

This month, our pick is In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, narrated by Patti Murin. Christina Lauren is the combined pen-name of writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. You may recognize a few of their recent bestsellers, The Honey-Don’t List, and The Unhoneymooners.

In a Holidaze follows Maelyn Jones who is down on her luck — living at home with her parents and working a dead-end job. After spending the holidays at her favorite place, her family friends’ snowy Utah cabin, she sends a wish out to the universe before her family’s car is hit. When she wakes up she is on a plane bound for Utah to relive the holiday all over again.

This month’s pick is jam-packed with yuletide cheer and unforgettable characters. If you’re ready to start discussing In a Holidaze with your book club, dive into the questions below. Beware— SPOILERS ahead.


1) Are you an avid holiday audiobook listener? Did In a Holidaze check all the boxes for your ideal holiday listen?

2) Why do you think “the universe” sent Mae to relive the same day over and over again?

3) The time loop is never further explained. Did you wish that there was further information shared on why and how this happened to Mae?

4) Did you predict that Andrew and Mae would end up together?

5) Do you think Theo ever had real feelings for Mae?

6) Do you think that Andrew believed Mae when she told him about her alternate timelines?

7) If you had to relive a specific day over again, which day would it be and why?

8) If In a Holidaze was being adapted into a film, who would you hope would portray the main characters?

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Cozy Holiday Romance Audiobooks for Hallmark Fans

With the holidays comes a trove of new magical Christmas romance movies and even though I, personally, primarily watch horror flicks all year round, even I can’t help but indulge in a couple cozy flicks during the holidays.

If you decided to hop on the Christmas train a little earlier than usual to add a little cheer to a tumultuous year, and have already torn through all the Hallmark and Netflix Christmas movies and you’re still wanting more, we’ve got you!

Check out the audiobooks below for ooey gooey holiday rom-coms that are sure to keep you warm this season. And click here to view our full list of cozy holiday romance listens to really fill up your to-be-listened-to list.

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber, narrated by Thérèse Plummer

Starting out with a bang from the queen of Christmas stories, Debbie Macomber’s Jingle All the Way follows Everly Lancaster who is all work and no play. When her boss insists that she take December off and her vengeful assistant books Everly for a Wifi-free rain forest cruise instead of the beach escape she expected she’s not convinced this vacation will be such a great idea. Everly then meets the naturalist, Asher, who is guiding her along her trip and they grow closer each day, but as the cruise ends will they both be able to take the leap of faith?

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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, narrated by Patti Murin

If you’re on the lookout for a listen that’s a little different than the classic holiday rom-coms, In a Holidaze is the perfect choice. In this festive audiobook from Christina Lauren we meet Maelyn Jones who is in a bit of rut. She lives at home with her parents, hates her job, and doesn’t have much in the way of romantic prospects. When she goes with her family to their family friends’ cabin in Utah she makes a big mistake and as she’s melting down in the car ride to the airport her and her family are in an accident. When she wakes up, however, she’s on a plane on her way to Utah for the same holiday she just remembered leaving.

Filled with lots of hijinks and the ooey gooey tender moments you’d expect from a holiday rom-com, this listen will check all your boxes this season.

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Together by Christmas by Karen Swan, narrated by Anna Rust

A few years after Lee moves to Amsterdam and her life has begun to get on track she finds a book in her bike basket with a message written inside it. She tracks down the owner, Sam, and within an instant they realize they have an undeniable connection. Will Lee’s past put her future in jeopardy? Christmas is a time for being together, but what if the truth means she ends up alone?

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Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by David LevithanRachel Cohn, narrated by Tara SandsRyan Gesell

Just in time for the series release of Dash & Lily on Netflix comes a new helping of love, but this time across the pond. In this third book in this festive series, Dash gets accepted to Oxford University while Lily stays in New York. When Dash says he won’t be coming home for Christmas, Lily decides she’ll just have to make the trip to London to be with him, but things start to spin out of control. Will London bring them together again — or will it be their undoing?

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A Warm Heart in Winter: A Caldwell Christmas by J. R. Ward, narrated by Jim Frangione

How about something a little steamy to keep you warm over the holidays? J.R. Ward’s A Warm Heart in Winter is here to do just that, featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers. Everyone’s favorites, Blay and Qhuinn are back and are looking forward to their mating ceremony, but tragedy strikes right before the happy event. Will a warm heart in winter ensure that true love is not lost?

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The Country Village Christmas Show by Cathy Lake. narrated by Julie Teal

Clare is recently divorced, the family home is sold, and her son is all grown-up, so she decides to move back in with her mom in Little Bramble where she grew up. After dedicating her whole life to her family, she’s looking for something for herself for once and when she finds herself running the village Christmas show, it feels like she has a purpose again. This listen will deliver all the cozy little village and festive vibes, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.

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A California Christmas by Brenda Novak, narrated by Veronica Worthington

Up-and-coming TV anchor, Emery Bliss, is horrified when her ex revenge-posts their sex tape online. To make matters worse, she loses her job because of it. She seeks solace and anonymity in Silver Springs until she’s thrown back into contact with Dallas Turner. Dallas is home for the holiday’s for his adoptive mother’s wedding, but due to his past, he would rather spend his holidays on his own. Emery eventually pulls Dallas out of his shell and sparks begin to fly. Pick up this audiobook, curl up on the couch, and get ready to get swept away to Silver Springs.

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A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday, narrated by Charlotte North

We could all use a little magic this year, and that’s exactly what A Princess for Christmas brings as it tells a modern fairy tale about a tough New Yorker from the other side of the tracks who falls for the princess from the other side of the world.

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That’s Entertainment! Enhance your Activities with an Audiobook.

In celebration of Audiobook Month, we’re highlighting all the ways that audiobooks make our lives better. From providing entertainment to enhancing our listening experience with soundtracks, audiobooks offer auditory thrills that simply cannot be enjoyed any other way.

For many of us, audiobooks are a great way to enjoy something fun or interesting while doing something that is neither of those things, like going to the gym or commuting. For others, it’s a great activity that helps us relax while on the beach, or just before going to bed.

Check out our amazing recommendations below for all the ways audiobooks can provide entertainment while you’re going about your day! Don’t forget to visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and use the hashtag #IListenFor to let us know why you love audiobooks. Lastly, don’t forget to enter our contest for a chance to win the ultimate audiobook lovers prize pack!

Perfect Beach Listens

Is there anything better than relaxing on the beach? Yes! Relaxing on the beach listening to an amazing audiobook! Just don’t get your phone wet.

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank, narrated by Shannon McManus

The queen of beach reads is back with another book! Queen Bee is warm, wise, and hilarious, with a whodunit added for good measure! In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.

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The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion, narrated by Dan O’Grady

Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project. Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. This third and final book in the Rosie Project series centers in on Don’s family life, and that challenges that they bring.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, narrated by Cynthia Farrell

If you love a good rom-com, then this is for you! Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. However, when Amy’s wedding is ruined by a food poisoning incident, Olive is given the chance to go on Amy’s honeymoon in her place. The catch? She has to pretend to be a couple with her arch nemesis, Ethan.

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Commuting Listens

Ugh. Commuting. If you’re not stuck in traffic and watching your life slowly ebb away among the exhaust fumes, you’re on the subway crushed against the wall, and wishing that people wore stronger deodorant. Instead of listening to another passenger’s 50-minute phone call about their foot fungus, why not listen to one of these great books? You’ll wish your commute was longer with these riveting listens!

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, narrated by Catherine Steadman

Catherine Steadman’s enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges you to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.

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Supermarket by Bobby Hall, narrated by Bobby Hall

Flynn is stuck—depressed, recently dumped, and living at his mom’s house. The supermarket was supposed to change all that. An ordinary job and a steady check. Work isn’t work when it’s saving you from yourself. But, things aren’t quite as they seem in these aisles.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, narrated by Adepero Oduye

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead…. 

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Fitness Favorites

Unless you really love ’90s techno, or hearing how much the guy next to you can bench-press (DUDE!), you’ll want to listen to something else while you’re at the gym. Whether you love your time on the treadmill or dread every second of it, these enthralling listens will transport you into a story you won’t want to leave—and before you know it, an hour will have passed, or two, or four…oops…

Redemption by David Baldacci, narrated by Kyf BrewerOrlagh Cassidy

Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in this compelling Memory Man thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

Darrow, the main character of Red Rising, is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in a color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable, which will result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. He discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class….

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. When Bernadette goes missing, Bee makes it her life’s mission to figure out where and why she’s gone, which results in a series of interesting adventures.

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