In the last two years, Leuchtturm notebook has been the name of the game for the Bullet Journal system – so much so, that people consider them one and the same. And, although I love different notebooks I’ve used, I continue to review new ones because I think we should have options and find the ones that work for each of us and our varied tastes, color preferences, pet peeves, and *gulp*, budgets. Finding our own style also translates to finding our perfect bullet journal notebooks. Today I’m reviewing the Bondibook notebook, sent to me by the creator, and sharing how you can buy one get one free!
Note: This post has been sponsored by Bondibook, but know that all opinions are honest, and my own. I will always give my honest opinion about my experience, and negotiate to do so – your trust will always be most important to me!
NOTEBOOK REVIEW: BONDIBOOK
First of all, I was impressed by the packaging – this box is just a touch of class upon arrival.
I got an A4 size (navy) and an A5 size (gray).
- Available in a variety of classic colors: black, brown, and the navy and gray
- Dot and ruled
- 80 gsm paper
- The A4 has 140 numbered pages
- The A5 has 259 numbered pages
- Also available on Amazon
Shall we dig into it?!
In comparison to the A5 Leuchtturm, the A5 Bondibook is just a touch taller and a touch thicker. The Bondibook has 10 more pages than the Leuchtturm, so very comparable. The cover is slightly thicker than the Leuchtturm but not as thick or “cushy” as the Rhodia hardcover- and has a pebbly leathery finish, a classy touch.
This notebook also has an index. Besides the Leuchtturm, the Clairefontaine Basics notebook is one of the only other notebooks I’ve seen with a dedicated Index in the front if you’re someone who uses the Index and/or is tired of drawing that out.
The dots are similarly spaced as other notebooks – about 5mm – and there is a blank border around the pages, whereas other notebooks have dots to the edge. The pages are numbered (thank goodness LOL), and they are just BARELY more yellow than the Leuchtturm or Rhodia. The dots on the pages are a touch darker than the Leuchtturm.
The notebook also lays flat, which can be helpful if you keep your notebook on your desk.
The Bondibook has a back pocket and 2 bookmarks – the same as the Leuchtturm and one more than the Rhodia and many other notebooks.
Of course the most important part!! The pen test!
I tested a few gel different black gel pens and felt tip pens, as well as a few highlighters, fountain pens, and brush pens.
Besides the etching of the pens, the pages hold up so well to pens and ink! Minimal ghosting, which has always bothered me in other notebooks, and absolutely no bleed. Once you write on the other side I don’t think it is noticeable at all.
I am a gel pen gal myself, so you’ll notice I don’t have pencils or ballpoint pens here – but I can suffice it to say that pencils probably don’t ghost on the other side. I am not a ballpoint girl – but I imagine the big thing there is the indentation on the page from using pressure.
Here are the big differentiators that I can pinpoint:
- Covers are textured and have more “classic” colors than other popular notebooks
- Standard favorites of having page numbers, index, and 2 ribbon bookmarks
- The paper gsm shows much less ghosting on the backside of the page than Moleskine or Leuchtturm
READY FOR A DISCOUNT?
If you want to try out a new notebook, head on over to their website and use the discount code TREASUREYOURGENIUS which means you buy one, get one free! Meaning, you’ll get two notebooks for $20.
So I can’t decide for you what notebook to use – but hopefully I gave you good enough information to decide for yourself what you want to try next! Do you think you’ll try a BondiBook?? Let me know in the comments!!