book birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here?

—Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights