Moleskine Review | The Hobbit Limited Edition

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I don’t think I will ever find a notebook I’m totally happy with. I’ve tried numerous different notebooks over the years. But this Moleskine is certainly the closest thing I’ve come to so far. I have bought many notebooks over the last two years and there is two things I’ve learned. I don’t like ring bound notebooks (which this obviously isn’t) and I prefer thin paper.


The paper was actually the thing that made me love this notebook so much. It’s very thin but I can still use my favorite pens (even the Staedtler fineliner) without any bleed through. There is some slight shadowing, especially with the LAMY fountain pen but I don’t mind that. I was even able to practice my hand lettering using watercolour paints and various inks. The paper is definitely not made for this but it was still useable.

Part of the reason I love this paper (and I didn’t realise this till I started using another notebook) was the line spacing. My handwriting tends to be quite small and in certain notebooks – especially the ones from Paperchase – there is quite a large margin between lines. This means I only use a very small amount of the full space on the page. I could cut each margin in half and still have more than enough space to write. In the Moleskine there is a 6mm space between line, I know it’s a silly little thing, but it turns out to be a very important thing.

The only downside of the Moleskine notebooks is the price. I think I paid £17 for mine. And to be fair I did get the limited Hobbit edition which looks pretty cool with Smaug on the cover and has some drawings from The Hobbit inside. But I still don’t think it’s worth the price. Especially because it got beat up pretty easily, I mean I did take it everywhere with me for 4 months but I still didn’t think the quality was the best. If anyone knows of a cheaper notebook similar to the Moleskine please leave it in the comments.

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  • Mia Squires

    For me notebooks and journals are a pain. To find the right one, well, is a pain. As an artist and writer, I look for the right paper weight. I use spiral for my art work and a sewn journal for my musings. Keep the hunt up! Thanks for the great article.

    • bluchickenninja

      I’m not even going to get started on finding the right sketchbook. I buy nice paper for final artwork but I try to get the cheapest sketchbooks, that way I don’t feel bad when I make a mess in them!

  • crimson613

    I also really like notebooks with smaller line space since my handwriting isn’t all that big >< unfortunately, a lot of them are wide ruled or expensive and have too little pages :/ right now I have a Casemate classic journal with 240 pages and I'm liking it, I can't remember how much I paid for it though @@ it's not the best but I use it to just take notes and write down ideas

  • resili0

    I have the Alice in Wonderland Moleskine. It is in my drawer as my diary so it doesn’t get carried about much. As a place to write, I like the paper quality and line spacing. The wallet at the back is a nice touch too, I store mementos in there.

    My favourite and most durable notebook is a leather notebook I bought from a friend, Black Orchard Books. It is red and the paper inside is lovely.

  • jessicacrafts

    I do love the paper in my moleskin and yours looks awesome but I prefer spiral bound notebooks. I find them just so much easier to use.

    • bluchickenninja

      See I bought a really nice spiral bound notebook from Paperchase but I hated using it because the spiral would get in the way when I was writing. I think it’s a very personal thing.

      • jessicacrafts

        Send me it and I’ll send you the hundreds of cloth bound ones I always buy cos they look pretty! Haha! I know I don’t like them but I can’t resist buying them!

        • bluchickenninja

          I totally would! But I did that thing where I started using a notebook then left it for something else. I love the super fancy notebooks you can get in Waterstones, but I’ve never bought one, they are always just a little too expensive for me.

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