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?