Review: NOTBOOKS by Epigram Books

It’s no secret that I’m a book nerd and ever since I can recall, I’ve always made sure to have a notebook with me every time I head out because you never know when inspiration hits you. Bits of poetry, ideas for a novel, concepts worth exploring… sometimes nothing bits putting pen to paper and scribble down a fleeting thought.

Even award-winning writer Neil Gaiman (who very kindly wrote the foreword to both my books) never travels without his journal. Over late night drinks in New York City last year, the brilliant man showed me the secret compartments to his coat where he had a tailor sew an inner pocket so he could snugly fit his notebooks… to all his coats!

I’ve been a big fan of Epigram Book’s NOTBOOKS for years now. Coming in a handy A6 size with a whole spectrum of Pantone colours, the writer in you will feel like a child in a jelly bean store. One super lovable element about these awesome journals is the fact that there’s something for everybody.

Each vibrantly coloured NOTBOOK has a different cheeky quip accompanied with an applicable icon on its face, like “I am not a shopaholic. I am helping the economy.” or “I am not a geek. Superheroes are real.”… and some with colloquial humour like “I am not kiasu. I am Singaporean.”

NOTBOOKS by local publishing house Epigram Books make awesome practical + eye candy gifts to friends or colleagues; and it’s wonderful that they can be “personalized” to their individual characters that way, since these journals come in an assortment of 30 different colours.

Full of personality, I reckon these are perfect for indie hipsters too, who want something different from an expensive imported Moleskin journal. These 128 page blank paged notebooks come in rounded edged and fit easily into a handbag and also slide snugly into the back pocket your jeans.

Priced at a very fair S$9.90, NOTBOOKS by Epigram Books can be purchased online or from the Epigram Books store/ office. Highly recommended.


Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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