Before starting any new book I try to decide how I will use it so I treat it right from the get-go. Namely: Will this be a book I keep smooth and pristine? Or will this be a book I love to tatters with underlining?
I hadn’t even finished page 2 before I knew my copy of Comet in Moominland was destined for a life of margin notes and softened corners.
One morning — it was the morning that Moomintroll’s pappa finished building a bridge over the river — the little animal Sniff made a discovery. (There was still plenty of things left for them to discover in the valley.) He was wandering in the forest when he suddenly noticed a path he had never seen before winding mysteriously into the green shadows. Sniff was spellbound and stood gazing at it for several minutes.
“It’s funny about paths and rivers,” he mused. “You see them go by, and suddenly you feel upset and want to be somewhere else — wherever the path or the river is going, perhaps. I shall have to tell Moomintroll about this, and we can explore it together…“
I think I just found another map for my Atlas.