I love Alwych notebooks! I use them as lab notebooks for work. These are sturdy, beautiful, and the perfect size for my needs. The paper is wonderful quality and not bleed-through with my pens. I usually shy away from softcover notebooks because they fold and tear in my bag, but the black all weather cover is rugged enough to stay in great shape even after everyday abuse. I'll only buy Alwych for my lab notebooks for the rest of my career; can't recommend these notebooks enough!