A perfect notebook needs to both look great and be effortless to use.
I love my Muji A5 threadbinding notebook - so much so that it is being used for my personal journal. And, best of all, it is not expensive at all at only £2.95. It really is just a notebook: no envelop at the back, no pen loop, not even a page marker. But if you only want a simple notebook then this one is ideal.
It has rounded corners, which looks good and is practical as they help it survive being bashed around in a handbag much better. The spine is fabric bound so again it is more resilient. It isn't a hardback cover; personally I like this as it is lighter but it means you would find it harder to use it to write on your lap. It opens flat though without a large gutter in the middle - I should think this would make it ideal for left handed writers.
It has very narrow ruled lines, which I like as it tends to make my handwriting look nicer on the page; having plenty of space for it encourages scruffy loops and lets you notice the irregularity of it all the more. And there are little dashes at the top and bottom of each page marking out regular intervals, in case you want to rule in any vertical lines and want them to be just so. The paper is smooth, creamy and has very little show through of ink.
Taking a browse around the Muji store is very tempting. Lots of nice, useful and inexpensive items that are simple without feeling cheap.
|Muji stationary - go look! (photo from their website).|