Friday, October 17, 2014

Announcements and my Love for you!

Hello, Browsers! Happy Friday!

Alright. This will be mostly an announcement post. I will not be able to post next week. It's getting to that part of the semester where life is just increasingly difficult. I have a lot of things to catch up on, and I'll use next week to do it. That's right, guys, not even the What is Monique Learning? idea can save me from the amount of studying I have to do. Meanwhile, here are some of the things you can do on the blog while I'm off studying.

All the stuff!

-Feature A Blogger Sign-ups are still open. Sign up to get a chance to be featured on my blog. 

-Get to know Olivia and Vi by reading their Feature A Blogger posts. Go say hi! :)

-Nominations for the SAC Award. Every once in awhile, we come across characters that we really hate or characters that need a good talking to. The SAC Award, also known as the Slap A Character Award is inspired by Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. The award goes to a fictional character that really gets on our nerves, a character that is just mildly annoying, or a character that we love but they seriously need a wake-up call. . Scroll down and in the sidebar, there are nominees for the next SAC Award. I think you'll be surprised by who found their way on the list. So, you decide. Who should we "slap" next? Do you have nominations? Comment your nominees and I'll add them to the list. 

-Explore the features.

-Learn a tiny piece of Genetics by viewing the What is Monique Learning? post.

-Read Teasers and Theories for the upcoming novel, Winter by Marissa Meyer. 

-Book recommendations? Tell me what I should read next. 

-Want to share a bookish/discussion post from your own blog? Put the link to your post in the comments.

Thank you guys for being amazing with all the views, comments, likes, and shares. I love you! <3 Never forget that.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What is Monique Learning? #1

Greetings, my wonderful browsers! :)

It's a Wednesday and I'm posting! Yes, that means we're almost done with this week, and I'm not dead from Organic Chemistry classwork! Yes!!!

I've been learning a lot of cool stuff in my science classes and also some of the boring stuff, but oh well, what are  you going to do? I have to learn all the details to figure out who I want to become and all that jazz. 

I know sometimes my schoolwork takes me away from blogging, so I wanted to find a way to incorporate school and blogging, you know, to show them that there can be a truce and that they don't always have to fight for my attention! Such greedy things! I love them both!

Well, here's the truce I've come up with: when I really don't have the time to post a very detailed, bookish blog post, I'll just post something interesting I've learned from one of my science classes! That way I'm studying and blogging all at the same time. How about that? I also promise to just post the interesting, fun things I've learned, not the details that will make your head spin.

Well here's #1 of the new "What is  Monique Learning" Experiment. This one is coming to you from Genetics.

Mosaicism can develop as a result of mitotic nondisjunction early in embryogenesis. What is embryogenesis you ask? It's the process by which the embryo forms and develops. Ok, so what's mitotic nondisjunction? To put things short and simple, it's when the chromosomes don't separate properly during mitosis. And Mosaicism? Let's just say that it's when your cells have different genotypes. I'm really simplifying here, but let's move on.  

So why am I sharing this with you? Didn't I say I would only share the fun stuff? Great question! I'm so glad you asked!

The interesting thing is in that word Mosaicism. Some organisms have sex-chromosome mosaicism that produces gynandromorphs.  Ugh! I know, right?! There I go throwing in another big word at you. Bear with me for a second. It's actually a very simple word. It means these organisms have individuals that have some female cells and some male cells (because of the mitotic nondisjunction).

Well, what do they look like? Here you go!

Half-male/Half-Female peacock


Half-male/Half-female Fly

Half-male/Half-female Butterfly

I just think that's really cool! Hopefully you all enjoyed that too and I didn't bore you to death. I can't wait what wonders I'll get to learn next. 

Thanks for sticking around,
Monique loves you. <3

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Blast: Unstrung by Kendra C. Highley + Giveaway

 Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies. When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model of genetically engineered super humans. Now, every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them. Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss? More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her? Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.


Author Kendra C. Highley
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

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Thoughts from the blogger: It's based on the fairy tale of Pinocchio! That definitely peaked my interest. I can't wait to see what it's like. Enjoy the giveaway you guys!

    BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 11/2/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Browsing: The Treasure Files- Fake Texting with Emperor Kai and Thorne

Hello, Browsers!

I'm actually pretty nervous about this post because this time I'll be showing you something that I created. *shivers* The horror!

I typed up this fake conversation with Emperor Kai and Captain Thorne to celebrate Valentine's Day! I hope you guys get a good laugh out of it! :) I'm calling this a treasure file because it's my most liked and repinned pin on pinterest and that means a lot to me. Thanks for all the pinterest folks who repinned/liked/fangirled about it. I hope you guys like it.

Made a pin to celebrate a Lunar Chronicles' Valentines Day! lol! It's a bit early, but I couldn't wait :P I made it with, just in case you want to go make one too! :D

Well, what did you think? Like it? Why not make your own? If you're up for it go make one of your own and tell me all about it! :)

Thanks for sticking around!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Theories for a Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4 Winter by Marissa Meyer

Theories For A Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4 (Winter)
Expected Publication Date: November 24, 2015

Hello fellow Lunartics! I've done a Winter Teasers #1 and a Winter Teasers #2 blog post, but now it's time for me to finally add Winter to my own Theories For A Series Feature.

Are you excited for the final book? I am! Winter can't come soon enough! Can you believe that we have to wait till November 2015! Meanwhile, let's speculate! 

Sadly, there is no cover yet for Winter nor a proper synopsis because the expected publication date for Winter has been moved all the way to November instead of the intended date in February :(
But we can still fangirl all about it and come up with our theories. Read mine and let me know what you think! :) 
            Warning: Incoming spoilers for the previous books!

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Monique's Theories

-I'm actually really scared for this book because I feel like Winter will be crowned Queen instead of Cinder (cause Cinder doesn't even want the throne and everybody loves Winter). I want Cinder to be Queen and Kai to be Emperor. I want them to get married and rule both Luna and Earth together in all their  majesticness!
Yes, this is important. you have no idea how important. I don't want Winter to become Queen.

-I predict Jacin and Winter are each other's love interests. I'm sure everybody already knows this. 

-I predict a character's death. Well, Obviously. I don't mean just any character, I predict the death of one of our beloved main characters. Hopefully it'll be Torin. Not that I don't like him....but if it's out of the rest of the main cast, he's got to go. 
Goodbye, Torin.

-Jacin will be Winter's "huntsman." This I'm 100% sure of. The Queen will command him to get rid of Winter.

-Thorne will get his sight back. It would be cruel to leave him in his current state.

-I'm thinking Adri and Pearl will be badly hurt and maybe they get cyborg parts? It's not likely, but oh, the irony of it all would be so sweet!

-Do you guys think Winter will recognize Cinder as soon as they meet? I sure hope so!

-Here's a juicy one! I'm predicting that there will be a Leutomosis outbreak on the moon. Think about it. Cress could be an unaffected carrier of Leutomosis and when she goes to the moon....Bam! Outbreak! Especially now that the disease has mutated and now Lunars can get it too! :p Actually, when I think about it, that means she could spread it to everybody else on the ship. Forget that! Not my Emperor! Let's pretend that thought never happened at all.

-Another one! You know how in Snow White, the wicked queen gives Snow White an apple that causes her to appear dead? Well, what if Queen Levana injects Winter with something that'll give Winter Leutomosis? I believe she really is that evil. Oh, wait! Hold up a minute! One of the meanings of Jacin's name is healer, right? Gasp! And he said he wanted to be a doctor, right? What if Jacin is the one who has to find the cure for Leutomosis because he has to save Winter?!

-There's also the part in Snow White where Snow White wonders into the house of the dwarfs, and I've got a theory for that as well. What if Jacin (after he's been told by the Queen to kill Winter) decides to help her escape instead of killing her. So...let's say that he hides her in a ship that's supposed to go to earth, but instead Winter finds out that Cinder's crew is on there instead. Can you sense the amazingness?! Or maybe Winter escapes to earth with Scarlet and then they meet the gang? 

-I'm assuming the wedding between Kai and Queen Levana is still on? The plan was to get the wedding moved to Luna, right? How are they going to do that? Theories, anyone?

-I predict a lot of heart-breaking scenes (because hello, that's what Marissa Meyer writes best!)

-I want to know more about Cinder's history. I'm hoping to maybe have some light shed on who her father is?

-Let's be honest here, I think we're going to lose Iko,*tears* I hope not, but I have a bad feeling about it. 

So what do you guys think? Do you have any theoris of your own? Share them with me! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Where are you, Monique?

Hello Browsers!
Yes, I know! I said I wouldn't be around for one week and it turned into two weeks! You'd never guess just how hard Organic chemistry turned out to be. I'm actually not procrastinating and reading ahead because I feel like my brain is going to explode! I'm going to take the time out today to respond to all the comments that I've been missing out on and visiting your blogs. I know my blogging schedule got a little bit out of hand while doing the TBR Challenge, but it's fine. 

I can safely return to my regular blogging schedule for the week. That's my normal Monday, Wednesday, and Friday blog posts. Here's a question that might be lurking in the minds of my subscribers: WHERE ARE THE REVIEWS?

I know, I know. Here's my answer: They are coming. Yes. It may take till November because October is a pretty busy month for me right now, but rest assured, they are coming. All of them. 

Like I said, the normal blogging schedule is on for this week. I can't guarantee next week will be the same thing. As much as I love you guys and this blog, I don't want to die in my classes, so I must focus. This is a day of visiting blogs and commenting back. :)

I have good news for my Feature A Blogger requesters. I have gotten  lots of requests and I'm planning to put that back in full effect and I'm also planning to do a little giveaway one day that has to do with the Feature A Blogger posts. The whole reason I started the feature was to promote other book bloggers and I should make sure to keep up with that. Hopefully with your support, it will turn out to be amazing. If you don't know what a Feature A Blogger post is, you can find out/sign-up here @ Feature A Blogger Explained.

I noticed that my posts about The Lunar Chronicles are my most popular posts, and I've learned that people actually type in my name in order to find out more things about The Lunar Chronicles??? Whoa!! That's amazing! As a treat, I've scheduled a blog post for Winter by Marissa Meyer as part of my Theories For A Series Feature. I hope you guys like it, it will probably show up on Wednesday. Feel free to utilize the search bar to find more Lunar Chronicles' posts. 

And as a plus, do you want Teasers for Winter by Marissa Meyer?
Here are my Winter Teasers posts:
Winter Teasers#1
Winter Teasers#2

Thanks for being awesome! :)

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