Random Giveaway! Today Only!

Just for the heck of it, I’m going to give away 3 totally random notebooks today, to 3 random people selected from comments on this post, which must complete the sentence “The best notebook I ever had was….”

No particular brand is being offered, I’m just going to pick a few from my stash and give away one notebook each to the 3 lucky winners. So if you like notebooks and surprises, leave a comment on this post completing the sentence  “The best notebook I ever had was….” to enter. The deadline for entry is 11:59PM EST tonight.

Good luck!

[now closed to new entries, thanks!]

90 thoughts on “Random Giveaway! Today Only!”

  1. The best notebook I ever had was a Red and Black casebound lab notebook with a calculator built into the front cover. That thing took quite a beating and survived spills from a few rather nasty chemicals.

  2. The best notebook I ever had are the ones I have now – that you turned me onto! They are the Moleskine calendar notebooks that are a separate notebook for each month, and they came in a nice black “case” to hold the whole year together.

  3. The best notebook I have ever had was the one I grabbed one day in the drug store and started journaling in it. This is all sentimental, of course, but I remember that it called to me. I don’t remember the manufacturer, but it had a stiff blue poly cover and college ruled paper. I was still using ballpoints, so the paper itself didn’t register in my little grey cells.

    Thanks for doing these giveaways! They are fun even if you don’t win!

  4. The best notebook I ever had (and still have) is an A5 Asda Executive Notebook. It’s cheap (£3!), durable, looks like a Moleskine A5 notebook (but better), has 3 pockets in the back, and has great paper too. I used it for revision notes for my GCSEs.

    P.S. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now (I can’t remember how long), and I’d just like to say how great it is – I always look forward to reading any new posts each evening when I get home! 🙂



  5. The best notebook I ever had was one that my teacher made in kindergarten. The reason it was so special was because of what I wrote in it. It was all about how great my brothers were.

  6. The best notebook I ever had was the el cheapo ones I got while in the Navy, cannot remember names, but they were abundant and FREE!!! Should have stockpiled some!!

  7. The best notebook I ever had was–don’t laugh–one of those paper portfolios with fasteners! I filled it with notebook paper and used it as a journal when I was in junior high school. Yes, the left margins got folded over, but it was easy to use, easy to carry, and it was the keeper of my thoughts and feelings during those strange teenage years.

  8. The best notebook I ever had was a pink composition in the third grade given to me by my favorite teacher to this day ( and I’m now going into my senior year of college) 🙂

  9. The best notebook I ever had was a reporter style moleskine. I used it to jot down all of my ideas through out the day. I still mainly use moleskine, but it would be cool to try something new!

  10. The best notebook I ever had was a pocket reporter Moleskine, squared…..always love Moleskines for the creamy paper, and squared is structured enough to make me want to write, even if I am writing nonsense.

  11. The best notebook I ever had was a basic Clairefontaine composition book I got in Paris. At the time, I did not know that Clairefontaine was famous for its paper. I had homework to do and could not afford to go to the pay computer cafes.

  12. ….was a blank notebook with a shiny cover – because it held the promise of a beautiful future, any new blank notebook is the best to me! 😉 And when it is filled, I love it too!

  13. The best notebook I ever had was the first one i received for my tenth birthday, because of it i became a notebook addict!!!!

  14. The best notebook I ever had is my newest one because I love them all until they are full. I’d rather have a new notebook, than a new cell phone.

  15. The best notebook I ever had was just a run-of-the-mill Five Star one-subject spiral notebook. During high school me and a couple friends took turns taking it home every night and a writing in it. The notebook ended up in my custody, and I still go through it every now and then. It always reminds me that what’s inside of a notebook is more important than the notebook itself.

  16. The best notebook I ever had was filled with stories about six months in Europe, my courting and subsequent engagement to a woman who smelled like roses and ruminations on why I couldn’t figure out a way to never sleep so I could spend all hours of the day traveling, making love and sucking all I could out of life.

  17. The best notebook I ever had was stolen along with my leather messenger bag while visiting Memphis, TN in May of 1997.

  18. “The best notebook I ever had was….” my junior high journal because that would be the last journal that i actually finished. it was an assignment so i couldn’t switch to a new notebook. It was just a plain old spiral smothered with stickers 🙂

    Thanks for the chance.

  19. The best notebook I ever had was a plain marble-cover composition book I bought with my own allowance when I was 11. I pressed locust tree blossoms between the pages as I wrote that summer, and every time I opened it I got a whiff of that lovely fragrance, still my favorite smell in the world.

  20. I have just recently discovered three things within the last year. 1. I love notebooks, especially leather bound ones. Yet Moleskin remains my favorite. 2. I have a lot more of them than I realized. 3. Your blog; which I find entertaining and informative.
    Thanks for being here.

  21. The best notebook I ever had was the first journal I ever filled to the end. It was such an accomplishment. it was a tiny, cheap, heardcover notebook. it began my passion for journalling.

  22. The best notebook I ever had was a pink spiral notebook that my friends and I had a running conversation in. We’d pass it in the halls inbetween classes and while we were suposed to be taking notes we’d be passing notes instead. It got to the point where we were glueing baggies of our favorite conditioner in them and also little baggies of our favorite cereals. God I loved that notebook.

  23. “Best” depends on what you need them to do, but here’s an option: Marble 3.25″ x 4.5″ glue-bound notebooks are perfect for thought-remembering note-taking. No wire to get caught on things, and tearing the paper out leaves a tidy edge–no paper bits to pick up.

  24. The best notebook I ever had was an ancient composition book that had passed from my mother to me, after decades of being left blank. I saved it till I went on exchange to Italy, where I kept it as a scrapbook of all the bits and pieces I ate, found, did. I journalled each day too, only in Italian. To keep it together I tied ribbons tightly around it.

  25. The best notebook I ever had was a three subject recycled notebook with gray pages. I would write on it in blue ball point pen. I loved it. It was in middle school.

    The second best was a xonex ru notebook a friend gave me for Christmas two years ago.

  26. The best notebook I ever had was last year’s Moleskine journal… I filled it will old mementos that needed a place to live and occasionally some artwork when I was feeling inspired while I listened to Harry Potter audio books. It’s the fattest I’ve ever gotten a Moley to be, because they usually get mostly writing. All those things glued in there though, it was FAT.

  27. The best notebook I ever had and still get are those Norcom Inc. 1 subject spiral notebooks with the plain colored covers. They come in black, red, blue, and green and are great for note taking in class. I can color code with a folder for each of my classes and they hold up nicely to being thrown in a pile, across a room, and in and out of backpacks. They tolerate my pens of choice and are a great way to take notes and survive a semester. I love looking back at my margin notes and doodles.

  28. The best notebook I ever had was an A5 spiral bound book I used as my ‘telephone book’. The covers are black, with the words ‘blah blah blah’ all over it, and every time I look at it I smile. I used it to record the content and time of every phone call I made or received for my illustration business, and it came in very handy a few times, when a client tried to claim they’d given me different specifications than they actually had.

  29. The best notebook I ever had was a very cheap and ugly notebook from the dollarstore I had to fill for a class. I almost destroyed it, and I have been keeping notebooks ever since

  30. The best notebooks I ever had were the ones I had in high school, bought in a big dept. store that no longer exists. Wired, college ruled, and kind of squared, not the usual rectangle. Now, my favorite notebook, among the 100+ that I have and my current Moleskine, is a small, stapled, grid Clairefontaine that I got in Printemps during my first trip to Paris. Probably the notebook that started it all…

  31. The best notebook I ever had was an Exacompta Forum undated lined refill with a pretty turquoise cover that had real pressed flowers embedded in it. Excellent, fountain pen friendly paper and a beautiful cover! 🙂

  32. The best notebook I ever had was my first moleskine. It was the pocket size blank one and I had the great, child like joy of bringing it with me everywhere. It fit great in my pocket and I really liked breaking it out when I heard a great quote or found a neat sticker or just wanted to doodle or jot down a great idea. By the end the pages were stuffed, it was almost falling apart but I totally loved it. It was sad when I got to the end. But then I bought a new one and resumed my journey. The new one felt good but never quite matched the joy of discovering that first cool little notebook.

  33. The best notebook I ever had was blue with red corners, and had strange grey-brown tinted paper. I don’t know what brand it was and I cannot find another one which is a shame since NOTHING bled through and it was very cute and retro.

    By the way I am in england, if that affects whether I can be in the draw or not.

  34. The best notebook i ever had is the one i am using now. it is a moleskine-like notebook. from Cangini Filippi. You can write on the paper with yor foutainpen and there is no bleeding on the backside of the paper
    Greetings from Holland

  35. the best notebook i ever had was a beautiful alice in wonderland themed one with lined, cream paper and various quotes and piccies from alice in wonderland and alice through the looking glass. beautiful and now, sadly, full 🙂

  36. The best notebook I ever had was … whatever one I happen to be using at the time. Really, I love all of them. There’s no way to choose a favorite from among the stack. I do tend to favor the 6×9 grid notebooks right now but that doesn’t mean there’s not a new favorite out there on the horizon somewhere!

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