Bullet Journal Notebook Review
- Key Features: it’s the most popular choice among bullet journalers, not great paper though
- Size: 5.8” x 8.25” – true A5 size
- Cover: hardcover, multiple colors available
- Binding: sewn binding
- Pages: 249 pages
- Additional features: 2 bookmarks, back pocket, index pages at front
- Page style reviewed: dot grid / dotted
- Paper Quality: 80gsm, smooth, coated
- Ghosting? Yes, moderate to heavy ghosting with most
- Bleeding? Yes, for some of the wettest inks
- Feathering? No, the coated paper prevents feathering on wet inks
Yes, this is the most popular bullet journal in the planner community, but I am not impressed with the paper quality and will not choose this for my everyday bullet journal. In fact, I’m very disappointed with the number of raving reviews I see and when I compare what everyone says about this notebook with the reality of my own review, it makes me wonder how many of those online reviews are a result of paid endorsements. These raving reviews of poor quality paper have made me suspicious of the entire bullet journal guru community and instilled a level of mistrust that probably perpetuated this entire 28-notebook epic review situation. <sigh> Yes, the notebook itself is well made and high-quality binding, cover, and bookmarks – but the paper is lightweight and the ghosting on the pages is a serious problem for me. I bought one, but I probably won’t be using it for bullet journaling.
In my unpaid, unsponsored opinion…. skip this one and go for something with at least 100gsm paper. There are plenty on this list at a much lower price point that are higher quality choices.