Product Type: Moleskine in Homeware
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The force is strong in these notebooks
Moleskine Plain Notebook
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
Moleskine Plain Notebook
Advantages: Attractive notebooks, lovely paper, variety of sizes, nice to write in
My first Moleskine purchase was the Book Journal, but since then I've bought myself a couple of notebooks. I know that those of you with serious Moleskine addictions will think that is not much, but I am well and truly hooked on these notebooks, and although my collection may be small at the moment, I'm sure it won't be for too long.
The first plain Moleskine notebook I bought was what is called the large size, which is not far off A5 size (13 x 21cm). The notebook is hard-bound, with a black leather style cover. The paper is rather obviously plain, and is a pale cream colour. The notebook has a "if lost please contact..." page at the front, and the back cover has a small expanding file, handy for loose bits of paper or receipts. The notebook is secured with an elastic strap around it, to keep it closed.
I bought the notebook when I wanted something to scribble research notes in - I made a special trip to the shops for a notebook, and although I tried to convince myself that I should get a cheaper notebook for the sake of my wallet, I ended up paying full price (about £14) for the large Moleskine notebook in WH Smith.
My large Moleskine notebook is, quite frankly, lovely to write in. I've always liked writing and scribbling, but I've never enjoyed the act of writing quite so much. I generally use a biro pen, and it moves so smoothly over the paper. The paper is good quality and smooth, a good weight but not unnecessarily thick. Writing on it encourages me to write neatly, to keep the notebook looking nice rather than full of unintelligible scribbles.
I rarely take this notebook out of the house, as I don't tend to need it away from home, so it hasn't been subjected to being rattled around in a bag very often, but even so it is still in pristine condition.
My other Moleskine notebook was a kind of accident. I purchased a Moleskine plain notebook from Ebay for £6, with a Star Wars cover. I thought it was another large one, but when it arrived it was a pocket size notebook, at 9 x 13cm; having checked the Ebay listing, I realised it was my mistake and it did in fact state pocket sized. This notebook was intended for carrying around in my bag, so although I had wanted the large size, I realised that maybe it wasn't such a bad thing I had made a mistake, as the smaller size means less bulk and weight in my handbag. As with the larger notebook, it is hard-bound with a leather style cover.
As it turns out, I adore my pocket Star Wars notebook. Not only is it exceptionally cool, with the scrolling intro text to Episode IV printed on the cover surrounded by stars, but it has turned out to be the perfect size for my random scribbles - working out my budget, making lists, noting down things to remember. The paper is the same lovely stuff as my larger notebook, and is just as nice to write on. There is an expanding file in the pocket notebook too, and this holds a Star Wars poster print. The inner covers of the Star Wars notebook are printed with the starry sky, and the front inside cover features a picture of the X-Wings en route to the first Death Star, complete with quote: "Man your ships. And may the force be with you."
The Star Wars notebook lives almost exclusively in my handbag, and seems to be holding up well, despite spending it's days being rattled around and being bounced off things such as chargers and my umbrella. After a couple of months, it is still in perfect condition.
I may not have an extensive collection as yet (next on my list is a 2013 Star Wars diary - there's one with Han Solo on it), but I am completely hooked on these wonderful notebooks. They are very smart things, a pleasure to write in, and hard-wearing. The price tag is high, but it worth paying more to get such high quality, and such a nice writing experience.
Summary: Now I've experienced Moleskine, there's no going back...
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