I absolutely adore buying new notebooks. I love picking up a notebook in a shop, looking at its elegant design, hearing the soothing flutter of its crisp pages and feeling its weight in my hand.
Each new project I start *needs* a new notebook, I hardly ever fill one completely. I was thinking about this as I was clearing up my desk and realising how many in-use notebooks were lying around. Perhaps this is a bit too many. What do you think?
I’ll start with the most obvious one: my bullet journal. Even though we’re nearing the end of January I haven’t completely transitioned from last year’s bullet journal into my fresh new set up yet, so that makes two.
As you may be able to tell from the poetry analyses on this blog, I love finding & reading new poems. Quite a few poems I find through the internet, and because I don’t feel that a messy list of bookmarks in my browser really does them justice I write them down in a notebook instead. However, through some kind of miscommunication with myself I have ended up with two poetry notebooks: the smaller one above and the larger one below.
Well, and then I have this notebook that my mum once gave me for the poems I write myself. I haven’t really written anything in a good while, but the notebook is still winking at me suggestively from my shelf every so often:
This brings our tally up to five.
Number six is my blogging notebook, in which I write ideas for and outlines of new posts. Plus, I even — you guessed it — analyse poetry in it sometimes.
The blogging notebook is lying on top of my sketch/doodle book. This one has both brown and creamy-white pages, which really helps with creating an atmosphere. The brown pages also look much less scary when empty than the white ones do sometimes. Here’s another picture from when I tried to do draw one line faces.
Honestly, I quite enjoy how messy and weird they look.
I was recently inspired by Simone from Simone And Her Books to start a book journal (read her post here). Mine isn’t nearly as colourful as hers, but I am still finding it a very useful tool to keep track of my thoughts while reading.
Number nine and ten are these two thin notebooks I write random things in that I need to remember. Especially the A6 one is very easy to take with me when I only have a small handbag. Even though I could just as easily write things down in my phone (which I will do sometimes) I feel that my thoughts flow much better when I’m writing on paper.
That’s it. A nice, round number ten. Honestly, I think this could have been much worse but there are some doubles in here that I definitely don’t need. Could I ever throw one out, though? I think not…
How many notebooks do you currently have in use? What do you write in them?