Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a monthly feature hosted by Raimy from Readaraptor, which is used to discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films, etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events!
Aloha, booklovers! It’s been so long. SO long. I wanted to write my No Books Allowed posts for June and July so badly because SO many things happened this summer, but I never seemed to have the time to sit down and put my post together. But I finally have a quiet hour so I can FINALLY update you all and tell you what happened this month. Beware, it won’t be short. But it will be fun, I promise! So, here goes.
The X Factor
I kicked off this month with two brilliant events. Namely, the X Factor UK auditions and boot camp. No, I wasn’t a contestant. Believe me, you don’t want to hear me sing. No, I was in the 5 thousand-strong audience watching other people who, unlike me, can sing. Or think they can, anyway. I’ve watched and loved the show pretty much from the beginning (although I stopped watching it after Cheryl and Dannii left), so now that Cheryl and Simon are back on the panel, I knew I had to be there.
I’ve never been to a recording like this before but I’m not joking when I say it was one of the coolest, most surreal experiences of my life. I’ve watched this show for years. I watched these people while I was curled up in bed in my comfy PJs, stuffing my face with pizza, and now… I’m suddenly there. And not only there at the arena but right behind the judges’ table, in the second row. In the SECOND FREAKING ROW.
Un-freaking-believable. The following week I also went to one of the boot camp recordings, which, again, was so much fun. I mean, when 5,000 people are singing/shouting Dirty Dancing’s ‘Time of My Life’ with the contestant even at midnight… it doesn’t get any better than that, surely?
It’ll be interesting (and very surreal) to watch all these episodes on telly, that’s for sure!
Sometime in early August, when the weather was unusually warm, I decided to visit Seaford in East Sussex because… well, I’ve never been and always wanted to go. It was quite a long journey but it was totally worth it.
It’s an amazing place. If you’re in England and want to spend a little time away from the business of the city, I’d definitely recommend it. It really is stunning.
Then, on the last week of the month I jetted off to sunny Barcelona for a week which, as it turns out, was perfect as far as our timing goes. (It was raining all week here in England) Anyway, Barcelona is lovely. It’s bigger and more expensive than I expected (and insanely humid) but I had a great time. We saw all the touristy things but Mount Tibidabo was our favourite. The view from the top was definitely worth the wait and the long climb, so if you’re ever in Barcelona, don’t miss it!
And that was my August in a nutshell. What were you up to last month? 🙂