The following is a list of my go-to notebooks that I believe anyone interested in stationery and journaling should have in their arsenal.
Moleskine has almost become synonymous with notebooks itself. These notebooks are ubiquitous in most bookstores so it’s very easy to get your hands on one. This was the first notebook that I dropped the most cash for and I remember being hesitant if a notebook should even be worth that much. Moleskine definitely proved me wrong. I found its folder in the back especially useful to store all the scraps of paper you have lying around. I particularly like the colour of this “Willow green” Moleskine. Moleskine is good choice for anyone who wants a no-fuss, reliable journal.
With a very similar look and price point this notebook is fast becoming Moleskine’s main competitor and for good reason. On the surface it looks very similar to Moleskine with its elastic bound closure and page marker. However Leuchtturm1917 grew in popularity due to its usefulness in Bullet Journaling. Bullet Journaling usually requires you to create a Table of Contents at the beginning of the notebook to correspond to page numbers you would usually have to manually write. Lucky for Leuchtturm1917 already has these things built in! If you’re looking for a notebook to start bullet journaling this version of Leuchtturm1917 is specifically made for it.
3. Midori Traveler’s Notebook
This notebook is my personal favourite and the one I choose to carry around everywhere. While it’s definitely more difficult to find than the previously listed notebooks and carries a pricier tag, it is worth the investment. The notebook is encased in a luxurious leather that only gets better with time. What sets the Midori Traveler’s Notebook apart from its competitors is that it is truly customizable. Midori sells inserts for its Traveler’s Notebook that includes a grid, lined or blank paper, monthly or weekly planners, and sketch or kraft paper. In addition to paper inserts it also carries a variety of accessories such as folder inserts and zip lock inserts. This page goes more into detail here. If you had to invest in only notebook for the rest of your life Midori’s Traveler’s Notebook is the only one you should choose.
While Rhodia makes notebooks I personally fell in love with its notepad. This French company is known for its high quality paper which has attracted many calligraphers. Instead of your normal lined or grid paper, Rhodia uses a dot grid which is the best of both worlds. If you’re looking for a notebook to practice your calligraphy or sketches on, definitely consider Rhodia.
5. Field Notes
If you’re deterred from always carrying a notebook around because of the bulkiness of it all, consider this Field Note memo book. Their rounded edges makes it easy to slip it into your back pocket. This is also the most affordable option of the bunch. Always carrying a notebook with you is a great habit to have and Field Notes can definitely get you started.
What are some of your favourite notebooks? Let me know in the comments below!