New Year, new beginnings, new resolutions. Ordinarily our monthly book clubs focus on curating the best titles to help enrich our lives and our brains, as well as keep the creativity flowing. This month, however, we’re shining the spotlight on you. If you’re looking for a fresh start in 2019 — whether that be fitness and health goals, travelling more, or simply getting in the habit of recording daily thoughts and events for posterity — there’s something immensely satisfying about starting the New Year with a fresh notebook.
“In the journal I do not just express myself more openly,” said writer and activist Susan Sontag, “than I could to any person; I create myself.”
This month, we’ve selected ten beautifully bound books that are entirely blank. In 2019, you get to be the author.
This notebook is perfect for the road; that braided elastic helps keep the book neatly shut in a suitcase or a bag, and its convenient pencil holder ensures that you won’t be digging through every last pocket and pouch for a writing utensil when inspiration strikes.
This diary, which is available in a rainbow of gorgeous colours, will help you stay ultra-organized while on the road or throughout the day-to-day grind. Contents include a yearly schedule, monthly plan, and weekly plan to help prioritize meetings and events, and a world map will keep the travel bug alive.
This book is perfect for those who stress about losing information, or the fragility of tactile records in an increasingly digital world. Each page in the Rocketbook features a series of symbols that correspond with online storage options (Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc.). Simply mark the symbol that represents your destination of choice, scan the page with the information you’d like to save via the ROCKETBOOK app, and your valuable information will be blasted to the cloud. Because hey, no one wants to be in Hemingway’s shoes.
Art nouveau is definitely enjoying a revival lately, and we love the intricate design on this Ianthe embossed leather cover. And for that extra luxurious feel, each ivory page is gold-edged. This diary is slimmer than others on this list, serving as a perfect option for those who like a notebook on hand but don’t want to bog down a bag with any extra weight.
The fashion house of Christian Lacroix has largely ignored the minimalism trend these days and opted for all things bold, vibrant, and highly detailed. It has applied those sensibilities to a line of gorgeous stationary and homeware, and this journal is the perfect accessory for lovers of couture. The nature motifs — flowers, butterflies, birds, insects — will help keep the creativity flowing, even in the dead of winter.
The Panama Diary was designed in 1908, and there’s a reason why this simple, luxurious diary is still going strong. One of the more luxurious options on our list, the Panama features a signature cross-grain lambskin cover. Its pages are gilt-edged, and we adore the fact that the pages are also a beautiful pale blue, which can be easier on the eyes than a harsh white. An enclosure for a gold gilt pencil, coupled with the diary’s convenient pocket size, makes this the book you’ll want to constantly have on hand.
This diary is the perfect antidote to motivational, sentimental drivel. It is filled with pessimistic, cynical proverbs like “Crappe Diem” and “If ignorance is bliss, why are you so sad?” And, if you’re ever in danger of feelings just a little too cheerful, there are plenty of notable deaths listed in these pages to keep you grounded. “Abandon all hope, ye who buy it,” reviewed The New York Times — indeed.
If you’re perusing this list looking for a little gift inspiration, the WORDSEARCH DIARY makes for a wonderful, personalized present. Back by popular demand after an initial release last year, the Wordsearch 2.0 has been updated with two colours of ink on the cover (either bright pink or a pale grey) and that sleek Italian leather comes in charcoal or caramel. An optional addition is a sleek brass pen. And with up to ten personalized words, this gift can have the perfect combination of thoughtfulness, humorous inside jokes, and some motivational triggers.
This leather-bound planner is like a clown car of features: it contains non-dated weekly pages, grid pages, lined pages, blank pages, a zip pocket, a card pocket, pen loops, functional stickers, blank tabs…and to keep it all clean and safe, it comes with a black dust bag. Keep it personal by adding your own initials, courtesy of kikki.K’s monogramming services.
This 2019 agenda features a classic navy, cloth-bound hardcover, embossed with gold metallic script that adds just the right amount of elegance. The endpapers feature a striking, illustrated floral design. Weekly inspirational quotes and a pocket folder for receipts and tickets will keep you organized as well as motivated. An added bonus? It’ll look super chic on your desk.