Lurking around visual journaler blogs (you learn a lot by lurking), I came across the name "Moleskine." This is a book with history.
For two centuries now Moleskine (mol-a-skeen'-a) has been the
legendary notebook of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers. From gifted
artists Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), to poet and
leader of the surrealist movement André Breton (1896-1966) to Ernest Hemingway
(1899-1961) considered the most influential writer of the last century, to
famous travel writer Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989).
They have a website where people actually post pictures of their books! There's like this "cult" around these books; their website even shows where the books have been found in movies. I ordered the pocket sketchbook because it sounded like it would be small enough to carry around and not be so heavy and the paper would accommodate adding "stuff." When I got it I knew it would be perfect and it was.
So, what made it perfect?
The thread binding allows the book to open flat (and there is no coil!)
BTW, I saw these books everywhere in Italy - it is Italian made paper.