I read somewhere that you know you’re a writer if you collect notebooks. And I’ve kept notebooks, sketchbooks and diaries going back decades now. However I’ve only recently begun caring what these books look like. I used black spiral bound notebooks for years almost exclusively so I could tear out any offending pages, saving special notebooks ‘for good’ (meaning I’d never use them). Now I’m slowly breaking that hording habit by actually writing in the prettiest books I own, and perhaps in some ways learning to value my thoughts as much as the books that hold them.
Preferred Credentials: hard back, A5, unruled, unbleached, tactile. Bonus features: back pocket and ribbon, elastic closure.
Places to buy: Tescos, Asda, The Works.
One of a kind: Monsieur Notebook (engraved leather), hand covered Liberty Stile print
Do you have a special item you like to hoard? Maybe you keep notebooks too, or beads, or decorative boxes even? I’d love to see them!