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25 Of The Best Journals You Can Get On Amazon

Guided journals, notebooks, and illustration guides from Amazon.

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1. A journal that poses one question to you every day for a year. Then, over the next four years, you answer the questions again and compare your answers, seeing your growth right on the page!

See BuzzFeed's full review here. Promising review: "This December I will have finished filling out this journal. I will cherish this book for a long time. It just so happens that I started out this journal lonely, depressed, and heartsick. In the five years afterward, I met a wonderful man, became friends, dated, fell in love, got engaged, and I'm filling out this year's entries as a happily married woman who is kicking depression's butt. I got to capture all those changes in my life in this journal!" —VivaHouseMonroePrice: $15.26
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See BuzzFeed's full review here.

Promising review: "This December I will have finished filling out this journal. I will cherish this book for a long time. It just so happens that I started out this journal lonely, depressed, and heartsick. In the five years afterward, I met a wonderful man, became friends, dated, fell in love, got engaged, and I'm filling out this year's entries as a happily married woman who is kicking depression's butt. I got to capture all those changes in my life in this journal!" —VivaHouseMonroe

Price: $15.26

2. Or a couples version you can fill out with your significant other over the course of three years.

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Promising review: "My now-husband and I began filling out this book on our six-month anniversary. One wedding and one baby later, we ordered a second copy so we can continue asking each other a question each night. It's so neat to see how our answers have changed — or not! — over the years. This is now our favorite gift to give to friends who get engaged. I can't think of a more special way to get to know each other a little more every day." —E-Lane

Price: $12.79

3. A pregnancy journal for keeping track of the little baby growing inside you.

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It offers cute illustrations and places to document everything that happens while you're expecting: from weird cravings to maternity clothing to baby name ideas, and more. It even has interesting tidbits like folklore and things to expect.

Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. It's not all cutesy and girly. It's a journal formatted around pregnancy. I ordered a few different ones to see what I would like and this the the winner." —Carrie Beth

Price: $7.98

4. An undemanding journal you only need to write one line a day in.

See BuzzFeed's full review here. Promising review: "I've been writing in this little journal for three years now and already bought a second one just to make sure I can continue this wonderful habit into a new volume. The quality of this journal is excellent: The creators obviously put some thought into how much use it would be getting. I'm especially pleased with the paper. I tend to press really hard when I'm writing, but the ink doesn't show through on the other side at all. Highly recommended! Get a few, as you'll probably want to give some away." —EdTech-LibrarianPrice: $11.04
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See BuzzFeed's full review here.

Promising review: "I've been writing in this little journal for three years now and already bought a second one just to make sure I can continue this wonderful habit into a new volume. The quality of this journal is excellent: The creators obviously put some thought into how much use it would be getting. I'm especially pleased with the paper. I tend to press really hard when I'm writing, but the ink doesn't show through on the other side at all. Highly recommended! Get a few, as you'll probably want to give some away." —EdTech-Librarian

Price: $11.04

5. Or a gorgeous, celestial version so you can comet self-reflection at all sides.

The stars on the cover are gold foil, so they shimmer in the night and the pages have night-themed watercolor designs to ~inspire~ you. Promising review: "This book is gorgeous in person. The photos can’t do justice to the way it catches the light or the way the padded cover feels in your hands. It’s small enough to carry with me which makes it much more likely I’ll remember to write in it. The inside is as nice as the outside and the pages have character without too much distracting detail. There’s a nice ribbon bookmark to keep your page and the pages have gilt edges. I’ve had a five-year journal before but I’m truly excited to start writing in this one." —ErosPrice: $15.26
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The stars on the cover are gold foil, so they shimmer in the night and the pages have night-themed watercolor designs to ~inspire~ you.

Promising review: "This book is gorgeous in person. The photos can’t do justice to the way it catches the light or the way the padded cover feels in your hands. It’s small enough to carry with me which makes it much more likely I’ll remember to write in it. The inside is as nice as the outside and the pages have character without too much distracting detail. There’s a nice ribbon bookmark to keep your page and the pages have gilt edges. I’ve had a five-year journal before but I’m truly excited to start writing in this one." —Eros

Price: $15.26

6. A series of prompts, exercises, and inspirational quotes to help you flex your creative muscle and get to know yourself better.

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Promising review: "I stumbled across this journal in search of a blank one as I wanted to start writing to get some thoughts onto paper. I found myself drawn to this journal for self-exploration by the cover, quotes, and prompts that it promised and I'm very impressed! The quotes are amazingly drawn and very inspiring. The prompts make you think while having fun and I love it. A great way to reflect on yourself." —htb

Price: $13.12

7. A pretty option for people looking to eat well and live a more healthy life. Fill in trackers, checklists, and questions so you can monitor what you put in your body and feel good about your progress.

It tracks 40 days of progress.Promising review: "I love this journal. It provides a lot of valuable information about the health benefits of foods and takes a really positive approach to eating in a way that treats your body well. I don't generally like keeping track of my food, but this does it in a way that encourages eating for the good of your body, rather than meticulously counting calories. It really helps me to think about the cause and effects of what I put into my body." —KristenPrice: $11.52
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It tracks 40 days of progress.

Promising review: "I love this journal. It provides a lot of valuable information about the health benefits of foods and takes a really positive approach to eating in a way that treats your body well. I don't generally like keeping track of my food, but this does it in a way that encourages eating for the good of your body, rather than meticulously counting calories. It really helps me to think about the cause and effects of what I put into my body." —Kristen

Price: $11.52

8. A guided journal with prompts, checklists, and diagrams created to help you look inward and work on self-improvement.

There are 144 pages filled with colorful illustrations. Promising review: "What a great journal! All about your past, current, and future life. It's a very nice hardcover! Which I like because it will stay nice longer." —CindyPrice: $12.40
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There are 144 pages filled with colorful illustrations.

Promising review: "What a great journal! All about your past, current, and future life. It's a very nice hardcover! Which I like because it will stay nice longer." —Cindy


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9. A Wreck This Journal for feeding your destructive side while confronting your biggest mistakes and failures. Fill the pages, or simply destroy them.

It requests you destroy the book by dropping it, tearing it, or gluing things to it. Promising review: "I never even realized I was creative until this book came around. I absolutely love the idea of being able to do WHATEVER you want with it. This book will save your life. It decreased my anxiety and increased my excitement. If you are debating purchase please don't anymore!!" —Alecia Price: $9.28
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It requests you destroy the book by dropping it, tearing it, or gluing things to it.

Promising review: "I never even realized I was creative until this book came around. I absolutely love the idea of being able to do WHATEVER you want with it. This book will save your life. It decreased my anxiety and increased my excitement. If you are debating purchase please don't anymore!!" —Alecia


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$9.28

10. A bullet journal that harnesses the power of math notebooks to help you finally get your life in order.

This well-rated Moleskine journal has dots instead of straight lines, so it really opens up what you can do. Learn more about the magic of bullet journaling here. Get some pens to get started here. Price: $17.96
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This well-rated Moleskine journal has dots instead of straight lines, so it really opens up what you can do. Learn more about the magic of bullet journaling here. Get some pens to get started here.

Price: $17.96

11. A five-minute journal for people who don't have a lot of time for self-reflection.

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Each day has a new prompt that only takes five minutes. The journal also explains the science of the prompt, so you know what you're getting out of completing it. When you're not feeling 100%, the book has plenty of inspirational quotes to cheer you on.

Promising review: "I am guilty of having collected dozens of journals and notebooks throughout my life, with the same results every time: excitedly writing in them for a few days (or a few weeks if I'm lucky) and then slowly forgetting about them, mostly due to the amount of time and energy it takes to keep one up. If you're like me, this is the perfect answer! It truly takes five minutes to fill out the section and it is difficult to find an excuse NOT to do it each day." —Randa Zogheib

Price: $22.95

12. A wedding planner to help you organize your special day and prevent you from becoming a bride or groom-zilla.

The small planner has places to jot down notes and checklists so you remember every little detail. Promising review: "This has been so great to have! I ordered this planner a few weeks after I got engaged just to have something to follow along with the planning process. The huge books seemed too much for me and had pages that I would never use and information I would never read. This compact version can fit in your purse but also has all the pages to write out what you talk to the caterer/ baker/florist/etc. about. I love this planner!" —Amazon CustomerPrice: $7.95
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The small planner has places to jot down notes and checklists so you remember every little detail.

Promising review: "This has been so great to have! I ordered this planner a few weeks after I got engaged just to have something to follow along with the planning process. The huge books seemed too much for me and had pages that I would never use and information I would never read. This compact version can fit in your purse but also has all the pages to write out what you talk to the caterer/ baker/florist/etc. about. I love this planner!" —Amazon Customer

Price: $7.95

13. A birthday book you can return to for each of your child's birthdays. After 18 years, you can give it to them fully filled-out as a nice memento.

It provides prompts and easy activities for each birthday. There's also places to add pictures of each special day. At the end, you can writing some closing remarks and stash some trinkets in the time capsule envelope. Promising review: "I absolutely love this book. This purchase was made after receiving one for my daughter as a gift. It's a great way to keep up with the kids just once a year by filling out a few questions. In the first few years you fill it out for them, and the kids answer questions. I think it's so easy and fun for the kids without the hassle and stress of keeping up with a scrapbook. I plan to purchase these for all my children. Highly Recommend it!" —Hinesy82Price: $9.97
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It provides prompts and easy activities for each birthday. There's also places to add pictures of each special day. At the end, you can writing some closing remarks and stash some trinkets in the time capsule envelope.

Promising review: "I absolutely love this book. This purchase was made after receiving one for my daughter as a gift. It's a great way to keep up with the kids just once a year by filling out a few questions. In the first few years you fill it out for them, and the kids answer questions. I think it's so easy and fun for the kids without the hassle and stress of keeping up with a scrapbook. I plan to purchase these for all my children. Highly Recommend it!" —Hinesy82

Price: $9.97

14. A blank comic book to fill with your own characters and stories. Consider it a diary for anyone who sees themselves as the main character in their own life.

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The notebook has 130 pages of thick paper with grids already in place for your comics.

Promising review: "This is really cool. The boxes are all configured in the same way — so it's the same every page, but we gifted this for an 11-year-old who loves to draw and she was PUMPED! Very nice quality paper and it seems to be quality enough to last years." —Julie Seguin

Price: $5.39

15. Draw Every Day Draw Every Way — a journal for people who would rather doodle than write to express themselves.

If you're like me and make the same New Year's resolution every year to draw more (and then never ever draw), then this is the book for you. There's a page for each day with monthly themes to keep things interesting. It also has prompts like choosing a color palette or using unexpected materials as stamps. The journal comes from the Instagrammer Jennifer Orkin Lewis, who is known for her quirky illustrations. Promising review: "Truly a drawing challenge that helps improve my ability to draw as well as see my surroundings differently. More in-depth and in better detail. The multiple surfaces of the book has made it far more interesting to work through. Best of all, it's fun rather than boring and laborious. Love this concept!" —N. LandPrice: $11.52
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If you're like me and make the same New Year's resolution every year to draw more (and then never ever draw), then this is the book for you. There's a page for each day with monthly themes to keep things interesting. It also has prompts like choosing a color palette or using unexpected materials as stamps. The journal comes from the Instagrammer Jennifer Orkin Lewis, who is known for her quirky illustrations.

Promising review: "Truly a drawing challenge that helps improve my ability to draw as well as see my surroundings differently. More in-depth and in better detail. The multiple surfaces of the book has made it far more interesting to work through. Best of all, it's fun rather than boring and laborious. Love this concept!" —N. Land

Price: $11.52

16. A composition notebook that puts zero pressure on you to write anything — you can take it slow and follow your dreams at your own pace.

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Promising review: "The only reason I purchased this notebook, was as an inside joke with my boyfriend. But, it turned out to be 100% useful. Who doesn't need an extra notepad around their house? Plus it's cute to look at." —Amazon Customer

Price: $4.81

17. An encouraging tome to push you out of your comfort zone with easy "dares" to help make 2018 your least timid year yet.

Sometimes all you need is a little push! This jounal asks you to do one small, brave thing a day. It could be anything from singing out loud, admitting to a mistake, changing your hair, or pitching a new idea at work. There's space to write down your courageous moments so you can track your path to be a bolder, more courageous person. Promising review: "I gave this to my husband for encouragement when he started his own company. He has faithfully written in it every day for several months. The unexpected benefit is that he can now look back and see his progress: things that used to scare him are no big deal today. He can reread what made him nervous, what he did to confront the fear and how everything turned out. This is a great book if you want to push yourself to a new level in your life. See how wide you can spread your wings!" —Allison GarwoodPrice: $11.30
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Sometimes all you need is a little push! This jounal asks you to do one small, brave thing a day. It could be anything from singing out loud, admitting to a mistake, changing your hair, or pitching a new idea at work. There's space to write down your courageous moments so you can track your path to be a bolder, more courageous person.

Promising review: "I gave this to my husband for encouragement when he started his own company. He has faithfully written in it every day for several months. The unexpected benefit is that he can now look back and see his progress: things that used to scare him are no big deal today. He can reread what made him nervous, what he did to confront the fear and how everything turned out. This is a great book if you want to push yourself to a new level in your life. See how wide you can spread your wings!" —Allison Garwood

Price: $11.30

18. The Happy Book — an uplifting journal that just wants to pick up your mood with prompts, ideas, and activities.

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This book wants you to scribble ideas, make lists, answers questions, and tape in photos. It's meant to be a record of all the things that make you happy so you can look back on it whenever you're feeling down.

Promising review: "Today is my wife's birthday and this is one of the items I ordered for her. She loves it — as we speak, she's looking for the happiest/coolest sounding places (Carefree, AZ; Smileyburg, KS; What Cheer, IA; Hell, MI; etc) and her favorite Shel Silverstein poem ('How Many, How Much,' in her case). She wrote/drew her favorite people (I was one of them — she called me 'Big Sexy'), she made a hand turkey, there's a page that tells you to play hooky from work for the day and post all your receipts of the day on that page. Good, light-hearted stuff. She's sitting on the floor next to the bed right now and laughing. If you're semi-happy or open-minded, you can't go wrong here. A GREAT CHOICE! GLAD I GOT IT FOR HER." —R. Weeks

Price: $14.16

19. A tongue-in-cheek guided journal you can unload all your problems and life stories into. It has 120 different prompts, quotes, dream analysis activities, and inkblot and word association tests.

Find a nice leather chaise to sprawl out on while working on this. This is a fun activity book, not a replacement for a mental health care professional.Promising review: "I love this a lot more than I thought I would. It's a mixture of serious and comic relief. I would definitely consider buying this for a friend." —dawnofthedeadlingPrice: $12.06
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Find a nice leather chaise to sprawl out on while working on this.

This is a fun activity book, not a replacement for a mental health care professional.

Promising review: "I love this a lot more than I thought I would. It's a mixture of serious and comic relief. I would definitely consider buying this for a friend." —dawnofthedeadling

Price: $12.06

20. A "daily creative companion" to come back to each day for a new activity. It aims to help you take some time away from the internet and feed your creative side.

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Promising review: "I bought this book thinking it would be prompts for writing exercises. I sure was wrong. I opened it up and flipped through the pages and then decided to just get into the spirt of things and I can tell you it's a lot of fun. It's whimsical, happy and challenging at the same time. I look forward to using this book daily and see where the next creative adventure takes me. Always makes me smile that's for sure." —K9Mom

Price: $12.51

21. A list-making journal for people who can't get anything done until they've tabulated every aspect of their life.

This is for all the people who make lists for all the lists they need to write. Each page has a new list prompt along with a fun illustration. Promising review: "Like the music one, this is another fun listography book to fill out. It's sort of a review on your life and the different things that impacted it. A nice way to review anything that meant something to you." —Daniel MillhousePrice: $13.09 (also see the travel, music, film, literary, and future versions).
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This is for all the people who make lists for all the lists they need to write. Each page has a new list prompt along with a fun illustration.

Promising review: "Like the music one, this is another fun listography book to fill out. It's sort of a review on your life and the different things that impacted it. A nice way to review anything that meant something to you." —Daniel Millhouse

Price: $13.09 (also see the travel, music, film, literary, and future versions).

22. An unfinished book you need to complete on your own... but don't worry: It comes with a disguise for you to wear.

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This is an unfinished book that recruits you to do some detective research and complete. There's some secret intelligence training, a decoder, and a mustache disguise to punch out.

Promising review: "If I had known what this would do for my 12-year-old son, I would have eagerly paid $100 for it. My son, who isn't in love with school work, first thought this book sounded like it was going to be boring. That was until he read the first couple of pages. Now, we have spent the last three hours solving the codes in the 'training' section of the book. He is HOOKED! He's doing 'school work' and doesn't even know it! He's reading, writing, and problem-solving... and he's loving every second of it. On top of that, I am enjoying it and we're doing it together. I cannot thank the author enough!" —Clay Eavenson

Price: $13.09

23. A macabre but practical planner to get all your post-life plans in one place for your loved ones. Consider it a kick-the-bucket list.

Fill it up with your personal and medical information along with plans for pets, social media, contacts, last wishes, and more. It's not a legal document or a will, but it will help with the small stuff.Promising review: "Wife purchased this book prior to having serious surgery not knowing the outcome. Thankfully everything came out fine but this would have, and still can, be of great help should the unthinkable ever happen to you or a loved one. It can provide so many answers and assistance to those left behind. It's organized neatly and covers almost any questions loved ones may have at the time of your passing. Everyone should have one filled out, no matter what your age or health." —Donald R. SmithPrice: $11.17
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Fill it up with your personal and medical information along with plans for pets, social media, contacts, last wishes, and more. It's not a legal document or a will, but it will help with the small stuff.

Promising review: "Wife purchased this book prior to having serious surgery not knowing the outcome. Thankfully everything came out fine but this would have, and still can, be of great help should the unthinkable ever happen to you or a loved one. It can provide so many answers and assistance to those left behind. It's organized neatly and covers almost any questions loved ones may have at the time of your passing. Everyone should have one filled out, no matter what your age or health." —Donald R. Smith

Price: $11.17

24. A witch's composition book perfect for writing down your spells.

It had 111 lined pages with 17 illustrations that repeat throughout the notebook.Promising review: "Easily the best money I've ever spent. There's plenty of room to write about your own associations and experiences, and the artwork is simply wonderful. It's a good mix of classic 'magick' symbolism and modern illustration. Absolutely get one! You won't regret it." —McKenna RevelPrice: $9.99
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It had 111 lined pages with 17 illustrations that repeat throughout the notebook.

Promising review: "Easily the best money I've ever spent. There's plenty of room to write about your own associations and experiences, and the artwork is simply wonderful. It's a good mix of classic 'magick' symbolism and modern illustration. Absolutely get one! You won't regret it." —McKenna Revel

Price: $9.99

25. An illustration journal to help you practice your lettering with the help of prompts, coloring... and STICKERS.

This journal has coloring pages, room for practicing your letters, and guides. You'll be an expert scribe in no time. It comes with two sets of alphabet stickers and some woodland-themed stickers for added flair. Promising review: "This book is one of the most fun "adult coloring books" I've ever purchased! At first I felt it was almost too beautiful to write in but once I started exploring the script styles I couldn't stop! The design is perfect with room to doodle and room to explore your own styles. The gorgeous stickers in the back are an added bonus! I cannot wait to purchase this for friends!" —AnniePrice: $4.37
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This journal has coloring pages, room for practicing your letters, and guides. You'll be an expert scribe in no time. It comes with two sets of alphabet stickers and some woodland-themed stickers for added flair.

Promising review: "This book is one of the most fun "adult coloring books" I've ever purchased! At first I felt it was almost too beautiful to write in but once I started exploring the script styles I couldn't stop! The design is perfect with room to doodle and room to explore your own styles. The gorgeous stickers in the back are an added bonus! I cannot wait to purchase this for friends!" —Annie

Price: $4.37

If you're still unsure, Nifty has a series of guided journals you can check out. *wink wink*

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