At the beginning of February I bought a Moleskine Passions Notebook (£16). If you are not already aware, there are several to choose from including recipe journal, film journal, wine journal and the one I chose – the book journal. The choice was a difficult one, and I went with the book journal because it coincided with my new year’s resolution to read more books.
The notebook is 13x21cm in size and has 240 pages. The photos above show the notebook with the paper sleeve still on and then with it off. Personally I love the colour the sleeve brings to it and find the notebook covering a bit boring without – even though the impressions in the cover do make it more interesting than a simple plain cover.
Photographs show a selection of the pages. There is a planning section at the beginning. Then there is the alphabetised section for your books. The space at the back includes blank tabbed pages, an index and blank sheets. The layout is good, the alphabetised pages and index make the book easy to use and find things.
I just wrote in the book (although you can download templates if you prefer to type it up). Information that you enter for each book include:
- Date read
- First edition
- Original Language
As can be seen in the above picture. I jazzed up the notebook a bit by writing in coloured pens. I think in someways I made a bad choice with books, as there is less you can stick in the book to make it more interesting by way of “scrapbooking” it – unlike films and recipes for example.
As I mentioned before there is space at the book for your own tabbed entries. The stickers the provide you with provide plenty of inspiration to help you decide what to use these pages for:
What do I love about this notebook?
- the alphabetised section which is tabbed like an address book
- the quotes and opinion boxes on the pages about the book instead of just a simple title, author, comments set-up that most book journals seem to follow.
- freedom to make up your own sections and loads of stickers and room to be creative
What I don’t like about this notebook?
- In many ways there is nothing I couldn’t do myself in a plain notebook
- quite expensive for the simplicity of it all
- quite boring if you don’t do anything extra to jazz it up
- limited number of pages for each letter – I would go over this for some letters.
Anyone been using the book journal? or one of the other passions notebooks? I did have good intentions of getting the film one as well – but now I’m not so sure!