I've had twelve journals in eleven years, and this one is by far the best I've ever used. My reasons:
1. It's absolutely beautiful. The silver scrolls and flecks on the cover design don't show up in the online picture, but in real life they add a subtle sparkle to the whole book.
2. The hardcover is very sturdy, which is good for me because I put a lot of wear and tear on my journals. So far, after four months of traveling everywhere with me, the hardcover has only the tiniest bit of wear at the corners.
3. The paper is great quality--very thick and creamy and smooth. If you make a dark mark on one side of the paper, you can't see it on the other side of the paper, which (for me) is a huge plus.
4. The lines are 5/16 in. apart from each other, so they give ample room if you have larger handwriting.
5. The lines are visible but they are thin and gray(instead of bold and black), so they don't dominate the page.
6. The lines leave a good 1/2 in. for margins both near the spine and at the edge of the page, which makes it easier to write and read.
7. The book actually lays flat without having to be held down. After writing in many different journals I can tell you that almost NO journal in my experience lays flat on its own. This one does and it's so comfortable for writing!
8. The journal actually has sewn binding, rather than just cheaply-glued binding. That means that I won't be seeing years of my memories peeling away from the spine like pages on a notepad and getting lost.
9. I was initially uncertain that I would like a book of this unusually large size (9 x 7 1/2 inches). By the time I had filled the journal, I was hooked on large journals. The size made the journal unbelievably comfortable to write in; I don't think I have ever enjoyed my journaling experience so much. I only wish Peter Pauper Press would expand its oversize journal options--I want to buy more!
The only thing that could make this book possibly better is the inclusion of a marker ribbon. Other than that, I think this book is fantastic and I'm going to be looking into Peter Pauper Press books for my journaling needs from now on.