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The Best Notebooks on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about some of our favorite notebooks before (here and here), we wanted to see what the very opinionated Amazon reviewers had to say. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Moonster Leather Journal Writing Notebook
$20

“This is seriously THE most beautiful notebook I have ever seen in my life. The leather is undoubtedly real and is so soft to the touch. It has a subtle earthy, leather scent that sets the mood for your journaling or writing time! The wraparound-closure string on this notebook gives off really retro vibes. Just looking at the notebook makes me want to write! The pictures don’t do it enough justice. The paper on this journal is of unbelievable quality. The pages are thick and borderline clothlike, and writing in them makes me feel so inspired. They are a more cream color than straight-up white like the pictures show, which I personally prefer because it looks so much more vintage and romantic.”

SohoSpark Sunrise Faux Leather Journal
$30

“This. This is the most perfect, most beautiful notebook EVER. I absolutely love this journal! The fact that it comes with an extra journal (two journals, one [faux] leather cover) was more than I was expecting and quite the pleasant surprise. I use this journal at work, and it brings me so much joy. If you love leather, get this. If you love classy things, get this. If you love a notebook, journal, or diary that opens easily and lies flat, BUY THIS!!! You need this journal in your life. Seriously, I could hug this thing. The details on the cover are well-done, and the entire journal is a pleasure to have and write in … I love it! I am so glad that I bought this. You will not regret this purchase!”

Scribbles That Matter Dotted Journal Notebook
$23

“I’ve used Moleskine, Leuchtturm, and Scribbles for bullet-journaling, and this is hands down my favorite. It has all the essentials: dotted; A5; pen loop; elastic band; two ribbon bookmarks; soft-to-the-touch hardcover; preprinted index, key, and pen test pages; and numbered pages. The paper: smooth, a joy to write on; thicker than both the Moleskine and LTs I’ve used at 100 gsm; very little ghosting; absolutely no bleeding (pens tested: Sharpie pen, Staedtler Fineliners, Faber Castell PITT artist pens in brush, medium, superfine, and extra superfine; and Paper Mate Flair felt tips). At this point, this is my choice for the standard in bullet journals.”

BooQool Bullet Journal 2-Pack
$13

“I LOVE THESE! I cannot say it enough! I highly RECOMMEND these to any and EVERYONE all the time. The thick paper is incredible and withstands profuse coloring and watercolor painting. The pocket in the back and page marker are convenient. The pages are a warm cream color and the book lies flat, which is a great plus when drawing. The dots are semi-dark, noticeable even after writing (see pictures). For the incredible quality, the price is unbeatable, especially compared to the Moleskin that I previously used.”

“Awesome, awesome, awesome! I use this as my bullet journal and I love it! I love the dots and how it is so very easy to make little tables and charts without a ruler! This beats Moleskine in every way … I love that it is wider, that the pages are numbered, that an index is included at the front. Guess what??? Fountain pen friendly!! If you want this kind of notebook or journal, you won’t find one better … honestly!”

Miliko Transparent Hardcover A5 Size Dot Grid Spiral Notebook 2-Pack
$11 for 2

“Wow. I absolutely love this little notebook. It’s nice and slim, lightweight. I love that there is a spiral so that when I journal, I can open the notebook flat. The clear covers are also my favorite. The cover plastic is nice and durable-feeling, and when I draw on the first page, it makes an awesome cover. The paper quality is amazing. All in all, great price, great notebook, great quality; will definitely buy again.”

Minimalism Art Soft Cover A5 Notebook
$8

“Beautiful! So soft! Love the dotted grid lines, great for drawing, bullet-journaling, anything really. So PERFECT!!!!! I kind of collect journals, just can’t get enough of them, and this one is AMAZING! Highly, highly recommend!!”

Mead Primary Composition Notebook
$5

“I am a teacher! I have used these books for several years now with my students. This year, I will be teaching third grade. Now, I know they are set for use by children in grades kindergarten through grade two, but children in third grade still need guidance in their writing. Therefore, I ordered one book for each child in my room. We will use them for journaling and for penmanship practice. The guidelines in these composition books are awesome for helping children to write. LOVE these composition books!”