Mundie Moms

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday #Readathon: Mini Challenge & Enter To Win!

I'm so thrilled to be participating in this year's Holiday Readathon hosted by the lovely Liza at WhoRuBlog. Liza's #Readathon will run from December 5-December 7th. With a variety of blogs and book fans participating in the weekend event, there are a lot of opportunities for book fans to enter the challenges as well as enter to win some amazing prizes. Be sure to head over to HERE to find out more and to sign up!

I'm not able to take part in the readalong this year, as my son had a regional football tournament in Houston this weekend, but I am hosting a mini challenge and a giveaway. My challenge is to Pay It Forward With An Act of Kindess! Since I'm a little late in posting my mini-challenge, readers have till Monday night to pay it forward.

To kick off the PAY IT FORWARD with Act of Kindness challenge, here is what I'll be doing this week: I am donating items (food for their food pantry, hygiene items, gently used/new clothes, new toys, and a ton of books) to Safe Place here in Austin, TX. It's a women's & children's shelter, which helps victims of domestic abuse. They are always in need of so many items.

Your pay it forward can be little or big. Some suggestions include:
  • Donate a book to a charity, library, children's hospital, shelter etc.
  • Buy drink a drink for the next person in line
  • Give a warm meal to someone in need 
  • Donate a toy to a local toy drive
  • Donate canned goods / food to a food drive or food shelter
  • Donate new/gently used closed to a shelter 
  • Volunteer at a shelter (food serving shelter, homeless shelter, pet shelter)
  • Bring some holiday cheer to those living in a nursing home
  • Spread the holiday cheer at a children's hospital 
There are a lot of ways you can participate in the PAY IT FORWARD ACT OF KINDNESS challenge. Nothing is too great or too little. To those who participate or commit to doing an act of kindness this week, I'm giving away a 2015 YA book of their choice. 

ENTER TO WIN *please read*
To enter to win a 2015 book of your choice (not to exceed $20), leave me a comment either in the entry form or here on the blog letting me know what you did or are committed to doing. This is the honor system, so please be honest in what you've done. :) This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY (as long as The Book Depository ships to your county. Cost of book can not exceed $20). Giveaway ends at midnight on Monday December 8th.

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Happy Holidays & Happy Reading!


  1. I signed up for a Reading program where you get matched with a child and at least three times a year, I go and purchase an assortment of books to gift to my match.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway, love the idea!!!

    1. That sounds like a great program, Natalie! Is that a local thing confined to where you are? I'd love to find something like that where I live. Thanks!

  2. This is lovely! Okay so next week I'm donating canned goods for each book I read during the read-a-thon, and I'll double the amount as my entry for this challenge. Thank you, and happy holidays y'all! :)

  3. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I'm helping senior citizens with their holiday errands and baking and shopping - whatever they need, I'll help :)

    thank you so very much, hope your son's football tournament rocked!

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  4. I donated my old toys to the children of the city's hospital ward. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. I often donate old books, toys and clothes to various cancer charities.

  6. I gave up my $25 Target GC today to someone who was trying to buy groceries for her and her kid but didn't have enough and was trying to figure out what to put back :( I've been there. I wish I could have given her more.

    I hope to donate a lot of books too! A few will be mailed out this week. A ton more will be given away, locally, after the new year :)

  7. I used this readathon as an opportunity to raise money for books for children in my community. So far I have donated over $140 worth of books.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! My mom and I always donate toys and books for children every year. <3 (especially to Toys for Tots)

  9. Thank you for this giveaway! I'm planning to donate some books to my local Goodwill this holiday season--but I also love going through the Starbucks drive-through and leaving money for the person behind me--so I'm thinking I'm going to do that at least once this Christmas season! Katie, teachingbeyondthebooks(at)

  10. This week, we're going to a needy community and help out the people living there- give them food, and teach them a thing or two that can help them with their livelihood!

  11. I donated money to Union Station Homeless Services, which helps adults and children in my town of Pasadena, CA. Thanks for your mini-challenge!

  12. i didnt even know this was on here but I was just at Target and the lady in front of me left a huge bag of stuff on the floor at the end of the checkout. Well she left and i saw it so i chased like a crazy person....i think i scared her but she was very thankful since they were xmas gifts for her grandkids!! YAY karma!

  13. I donated clothes and toys to goodwill today

  14. I have 2 bagfuls of audio books ready to donate to my local library! I was actually going to take them to the library this week! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Oooh... I forgot my email address... lindalou (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com Thanks!

  16. Paid for the coffee of the person behind me at Starbucks! caitlynmanuel(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. YOU ALL INSPIRE ME!!! I love all the comments that have been made and the Pay It Forwards acts of kindness you've done or will be doing this week. THANK YOU for being apart of this, and spreading kindness!

  18. I've been wanting to comment on this post. I'm so deeply touched by the generosity of participants and inspired by their kindness to others. I have no doubt that each and everyone has added light to this world. Thank you so much, Katie, for doing this beautiful mini-challenge and giveaway! xx,Liza