Banned Book Week: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Welcome back to my Banned Books Week posts!

Today we’ll be talking about a specific book that has faced its own fair share of censorship/challenges/bans, despite being a book criticizing the practice.

“The classic bestseller about censorship-more important now than ever before”, according to the cover’s tagline, Fahrenheit 451 is a book you may have been assigned in school, or you decided to pick it up and read it yourself. Originally published in October of 1953, the book faced its own battle against censorship and being banned, due to its language, discussion of abortion, and even the fact that the Bible is one of the books burned in the novel.

Don’t know what Fahrenheit 451 is about? Check out the book summary over on The StoryGraph.

Fahrenheit 451 was censored by its own publisher during the 60’s and 70’s. In January of 1967, Fahrenheit 451 was expurgated by its own publishing company, Ballantine Books, by censoring the words “hell”, “damn” and “abortion”, along with modifying seventy-five passages and changing two specific scenes in the book (The first one being a scene with a drunk man being changed to a scene with a sick man; the second one changed a scene where fluff is cleaned out a navel, into cleaning out ears). Bradbury found out about the expurgation in 1979, when a friend of his showed him one of the copies, after which Bradbury demanded Ballantine replace this version with the original version. By 1980, Ballantine was no longer publishing any of the “Bal-Hi” editions, or as it’s now referred to the “Revised Bal-Hi” editions.

The table below documents more instances of book challenges/bans Fahrenheit 451 has faced:

YearReason for Ban/Censorship/Complaint
1987Bay County School Board in Panama City, FL added the book to its tier list, placing it at the third tier. This is for books with lots of “vulgarity” and that needed to be removed from the classroom. However, this tier list was eliminated after a resident-class action lawsuit, negative media attention and student protests against this system.
1992In Irvine, CA, Fahrenheit 451 was censored at Venado Middle School, as students received copies of the book which had all words considered “obscene” blacked out. These censored copies were removed and replaced with uncensored copies after parents brought up the issue with local media.
2006Parents of a 10th grade student in Montgomery, TX demanded the book be banned from the English class’ reading list, after their daughter was assigned to read the book during Banned Book Week. She stopped after a few pages, as she was disturbed by the offensive language, and a depiction of the Bible being burned, while the parents also objected to the depiction of violence, Christians, and firemen in the novel.
2017One mother from Florida complained about the vulgar language in the book, after her eighth grade daughter asked her the meaning of the word “bastard”, and went into further detail about the portrayal of sex, violence, offensive language and abortion in the novel.

Note: These are only the incidents which were documented and had media coverage, as it’s important to remember a lot of cases concerning books being banned/challenged aren’t always reported to the American Library Association, or receive media coverage.

After having recently read the novel myself the sheer irony of this book being banned, challenged and censored is amazing (as has been pointed out by many others). It’s also a book where various passages and topics covered are still relevant today, and should be discussed in the classroom. Even if they were to just analyze the conversation between Beatty and Montag, where Beatty explains how the world came to what it was in the book, there could be so much meaningful discussion from it.

I mentioned this in my Banned Books post from last year, but when I was assigned to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn my junior year of high school, we had a discussion about the use of the n-word in the book before we started reading. If the language is the main issue for Fahrenheit 451, instead of outright trying to ban the book, why not encourage a discussion between the teacher and students before reading? Why is the answer to handling issues we don’t like is to push them out of sight, out of mind, instead of using it as a lesson to understand the world? If we don’t understand the world, and the present issues, we can’t actually come up with an effective solution. A great place we can begin these discussions, and explore the issues, is in the classroom. So, why try and stop your children from learning about the world and being exposed to new ideas?

Side Note: I don’t know where this would fit into the overall post, so I’ll just stick it here. When I was doing research about the history of Fahrenheit 451’s banning, I found out that although the book was published during the McCarthy era (the Red Scare), and was about censorship, later on, Bradbury claimed the book was about how TV and technology can rot your brain. I just thought it was interesting how the meaning of his work changed over time, and it makes me think about how many authors go through the same type of thought process.

On a final note, here’s a video of Bradbury’s opinion of censorship and book burnings, including his own books being banned from schools and public libraries.

If you would like to do further research about Fahrenheit 451 and its history of being banned and censored, check out these links:

Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It’s Not About Censorship, But People “Being Turned Into Morons by TV”

Parent Wants Book about Book Bans Banned

They Tried to Ban Fahrenheit 451 and Replace It With. . . My Book

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(This is completely unrelated to Banned Books Week)

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Now, that’s the end of today’s post 😊 I hope you had a fun time reading through everything, and I will see you tomorrow with a new one!


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Banned Book Week: Poetry Edition

Hey everyone, I hope you had a good weekend!

For those of you who may have missed my post yesterday, it’s Banned Book Week right now, and I’m posting everyday until the end of the week. Since I typically do Poetry Prompt Monday’s, I figured in honor of Banned Books Week, let’s talk about some poetry that has been banned/challenged and why!

This post is not just going to be about only poetry books, though. In fact, I only have one poetry book on here. To keep things…exciting… I’ll be doing a mix of singular poems, books, and poets.

So, settle down with a nice cup of your preferred drink of choice, and lets talk poetry.

“Howl” by Allen Ginsburg

This specific poem by Ginsburg has been banned, and even led to the arrests of his publisher and bookseller for distributing the poem. It first came out in 1955, and was deemed obscene due to its references to drug use and sexual practices of both heterosexual and homosexual nature.

In 1957, a widely publicized obscenity trial was held for “Howl”, where nine literary experts defended the poem, and the judge ultimately agreed with them, deeming it of “redeeming social importance”.

Later on, the case was documented in the book Howl of the Censor by Jake Ehrlich (the lead defense attorney of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the publisher who was arrested for distributing the poem), as well as the film Howl (2010) starring James Franco.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a well known and beloved collection of children’s poetry published in 1974. I have vague memories of reading his stuff during elementary school during the early 2000s, but between 1983-1993, the book faced many bans across the nation, as many deemed it inappropriate for children because it “promotes drug use, the occult, suicide, death, violence, disrespect for truth, disrespect for authority, and rebellion against parents.”

His book, A Light in the Attic has also been banned, for similar reasons, but also because some of the poems “glorified Satan, suicide and cannibalism”, as well as promoting supernatural themes such as “demons, devils, and ghosts” . One specific poem, “Little Abigail and the Pony” led to the book being banned from Fruitland Park Elementary in Florida because Abigail dies at the end (Sorry… Spoiler Alert). My favorite reason for A Light in the Attic being banned is from Cunningham Elementary in Wisconsin, stating “It encourages children to break the dishes so that they don’t have to dry them”.

Another reason some have said Silverstein’s work is inappropriate doesn’t have to do with the work itself, but because of Silverstein himself. Before publishing children’s poetry, he drew cartoons for Playboy magazine, which made many believe that he was including inappropriate themes in his works on purpose.

The poetic works of Sappho

You may have heard of Sappho (c. 610 BCE- c. 570 BCE), as she is famously known as having lived on the island of Lesbos, and her affairs with women (Lesbian means a resident of the island of Lesbos, and because of Sappho, came to its modern meaning. The word sapphic also is derived from Sappho’s name ).

The themes of her work were mainly discussing romantic longing and her affairs with women. It was viewed as obscene and controversial, but the Library of Alexandria held nine collections of her work, before the library was burned down. Even though the Library of Alexandria burned down, Sappho’s poetry still lived on, so in 380 A.D. it was ordered to be burned by  Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (Bishop from Constantinople). Then in 1078, Pope Gregory VII ordered a public burning of her works, and it was believed that all of her work, except one poem, was destroyed. By then, her work was mostly spread by other writers quoting her work in their texts. However, in 1898, a group of scholars found more fragments of her work, and more has been found since then.

If you want to check out more poetry books that have been banned, or just do a little further research, here are the websites I used when writing this post:

Banned Poetry

10 Banned Poets You Should Know

Poetry’s Place in the History of Banned Books

What do you think of the reasons that these works of poetry have been banned? What are some other works of poetry that you know have been banned? Let me know in the comments below!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post, and I will see you tomorrow with something new!


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Banned Book Week: Let’s Get Started!

Hey everyone, I hope you’re still having a good weekend!

And yes, you’re seeing this correctly… I am posting on a Sunday 😱 And after posting on a Saturday too!

In the grand scheme of things, not a big deal, but as it’s now the beginning of Banned Book Week, I’ll be posting everyday for the occasion!

Last year, when I did my Blog Everyday in October (BEDIO) series, one of the posts I made was a discussion about banned books. I gave a brief history, and my opinion on the whole concept of banning books, so if you want to check out BEDIO: Book Banning, well there’s the link so go click on it.

This week, I plan on posting about some banned books I’ve read (or re-read) recently, some challenged books you might be interested in reading this October, and other information surrounding the topic of challenged/banned books.

I also want to clarify the difference between challenged books and banned books, as I usually just refer to books as “banned/challenged”. According to Davenport University Libraries:

According to the American Library Association (ALA), a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The ALA promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions, even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

Davenport University Libraries:

I also want to direct you more resources you can check out for Banned Book Week, in case you’re interested in doing further research.

Here’s the Overview of Banned Book Week from the American Library Association (ALA):

This post for Banned Book Week discusses this year’s theme, “Censorship is a Dead End”:

Find Your Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week 2020!

I thought this was an interesting post, discussing books that have been banned within the United States prison system (Part of the Literature Locked Up campaign:

A digital project that covers the topic of banned/challenged books, and also shows a map of books that are banned/ have been contested in the United States:

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 (Or you can check out the infographic below):

I also want to include some stats from banned/challenged books in 2019, so you can check those out below:

Since all I wanted to do was give a brief introduction to Banned Book Week, that’s about all I have for today. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be seeing you tomorrow with a new post about banned/challenged poetry books!


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Just Some Bibliophilic Things #2 (From Whispering Stories)

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been having a great weekend so far!

Am I posting on a Saturday? Yes

Do I usually? Well… no 😂

However, I was going through some bloggers I follow, and Riddhi from Whispering stories started a new series called Just Some Bibliophilic Things. I thought it was a cute idea, and decided to join in with my own post!

For this week’s prompt, the question is: Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves? If outrageous, then do you feel like organizing them but are too lazy to do so?

I personally like to organize my bookshelves, but its organized by genre, and that’s as far as it goes. Anything more than that is too much work in my opinion 🤷‍♂️ So overall, I like organized shelves… but not too organized (as far as what I’m willing to put effort into).

Here’s some pictures of my shelves, in case you were wondering what they look like:

Although, I applaud anyone who puts in the time and energy to have super organized shelves, because it takes a lot of effort, depending on how many books you have 😂

That’s my answer for this week’s Just Some Bibliophilic Things! Go check out Riddhi over at Whispering Reads right here on WordPress 😉

On that note, I will see you all with a new post soon, and I hope you all have a good day/night/afternoon/ whatever time of day it is for you!


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🍂Fall… The Season of Reading🍂

(At least, that’s what I like to tell myself)

Hey everyone, happy Wednesday!

Guess what today is? I’ll give you a minute…

🍂🍁It’s officially the second day of Fall! 🍁🍂

In honor of Fall officially beginning, I want to talk about five books I’m excited to read this season, as well as books I used to love reading during the Fall when I was younger!

Before we get started, I want to mention that I am very much a mood reader, so this isn’t a list of books that I’m most definitely going to read, as that can very easily change in my case. This is more of a list of books that I’ve been thinking of reading, and might try to get around to in the near future.

On that note, let’s get into it!

The Year of the Witching

I love reading books that focus around the occult and paranormal all year round, but for obvious reasons, it’s even better during October. The Year of the Witching is a dark fantasy following Immanuelle as she tries to fit in with the citizens of Bethel, after her family has been ostracized, due to her mother myseteriously running off into the Darkwood surrounding Bethel before Immanuelle’s birth. However, after finding her mother’s journal in the Darkwood, Immanuelle learns about the secrets and darkness of the Church of Bethel.

Overall, the plot sounds interesting, and it has the perfect spooky, October vibe.

I actually started it this past Monday, and I’ve been enjoying the first couple chapters so far! I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

The Way of Kings

I started reading this during the summer, and although I was enjoying it, I wasn’t able to focus on the story, which, with a fantasy novel like this, makes it hard to read. A lot of people I know talk about how good it is, which makes me want to read it more! Well, until I remember how long it is, then I get intimidated and put off reading it…

However, I heard the newest book in the series will be coming out in November, and I know I won’t catch up with the entire series by then… BUT I want to at least finish The Way of Kings by then… that’s my goal, and now we’ll see if I can stick with it 😂

The Faery Reel

Another book which I picked up this past summer (that I also put back down 😅) The Faery Reel is a collection of short stories and poems based on faery folklore around the world. Since it is a collection, this is an easy book to pick up when I’m in the mood to read it, but then put back down once I’m satisfied, as I don’t have to try and remember where I left off in the story. I’ve been wanting to read another story or two in here, so I’ll probably do that at some point in the near future.

All The Light We Cannot See

I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long, and I did read the first few pages, but then stop. I’m currently doing a reading challenge on the StoryGraph, called The Unread Shelf Project 2020, where the prompts focus on reading books that have been sitting on your TBR shelves (whether figuratively or literally). One of the prompts is to read the book that’s been sitting on your shelf the longest, and since I can’t remember which book has been sitting on my shelf the longest, I’m choosing All the Light We Cannot See. It’s been on my shelf for such a long time, I figure it counts 🤷‍♂️

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San

I’m reading this for Fortnight Frights at the end of October, and I honestly chose it because I love the artwork (the cover is what drew me in immediately to look further into the manga). The concept also seems interesting, as it’s a story based on the real life experiences of the author’s job working at a Japanese bookstore, and a lot of the reviews talk about how funny the story is, as well as how it does a good job portraying the experiences of booksellers everywhere.

That’s all I have for today, I hope you enjoyed! What are some books you’re looking forward to reading this fall? Did you just finish a really good book? Let me know in the comments below!

Anyways, hopefully you’ve been having a good start to the fall season, and I will see you next week with some new posts 😉


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Poetry Prompt #9

Hey there, I hope you had a good weekend!

Welcome back to another Poetry Prompt Monday, where we start the week off with a little creative exercise to get the juices going 😉 This week, I went with another prompt from my Write the Poem journal for some inspiration.

Here’s the prompt:

Prompt:Word Associations:

Here’s what I came up with for this weeks prompt, enjoy!

There are so many wars,

We fight with ourselves,

Everyday of our lives.

No one else is meant,

To see those battle scars,

Those self-inflicted wounds.

No one is meant,

To see how our true enemy,

Is that one voice in our mind.

No one is meant,

To see the amount of our own blood,

We shed as we fight with ourselves.

So when someone asks how you are,

Where do you even begin,

To describe the battle,

Which rages within?

Alright, that’s all I have for today! Thank you for taking the time to check out my post, and I will have another one for you on Wednesday!


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Current Reads/ What I’m Watching (09/16/2020)

Hey there! Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today’s post is going to be kind of an eclectic (haha) discussion of what I’ve been reading/watching.

This week, I’ve only been reading Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colhurst (which I talked about in my last WWW Wednesdays). I’m about halfway through the book, and it’s perfect for what I need right now. Something a bit lighthearted, but still has an interesting overarching plot, as right now, my brain needs a break from reality 😂 (At this point, don’t we all?)

Of Fire and Stars is the story of two princesses, Dennaleia and Amaranthine (Mare), who come together to solve a mysterious assassination within the of Mynaria kingdom, and as they grow closer, they realize their bond might be something more. The problem? Dennaleia is betrothed to Mare’s brother to create an alliance between her kingdom and Mynaria.

Anyways, that’s the only book I’ve been reading currently. The reason I haven’t been reading as much lately is because I’ve been watching Sense 8 😂

Sense 8 is a show on Netflix about 8 people from around the world who are psychically connected, and are fighting against an organization trying to hunt them down, while also dealing with the problems in their individual lives. Sense 8 came out in 2015 (Yeah, I’m a little late here), and I remember watching the first episode back in college and liking it, but never continuing the series (I was a bit busy after all).

Right now, I’m on the final episode of season 2 (the final season), which is 2 1/2 hours long… so basically it’s a movie. I definitely recommend checking it out (if you haven’t already) if you love sci-fi stories involving fighting against an organization that’s become corrupt. This is also a great show for those who enjoy multi-point of view stories, as we’re constantly switching between the eight sensates.

Well… that’s about all I have for this week 😂 This post is going to be short and sweet, but I hope you enjoyed reading it anyways!

Thanks for reading, and I will see you next week with a new post!


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Poetry Prompt #8

Hey everyone, I hope you had a great weekend!

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time for another Poetry Prompt post! This weeks inspiration is a prompt from my Write the Poem journal. Below is the inspiration word and all the word associations.

Prompt:Word Associations:

Here are a couple poems I came up with for this weeks prompt, I hope you like them!

It can easily convey,

These emoitions,

We can’t even begin to describe,

Using words.


We let the melody of a song,

The whisper of a lyric,

Say it all for us.

Hidden meanings,

Found between each note.

Many stories,

Told without saying anything.

Tumultuous emotions,

Fighting to escape through song.

This song,

Which is meant only for your ears.

This song,

Is forever yours,

And mine,

To listen back to,

In the middle of the night,

When you’re lying awake,

Unable to sleep.

Unable to escape the memories,

That haunt you just when you thought,

It was over.

My dear,

How a simple song,

Become such a complicated mess,

Of notes,

A cacophony of noise,

Filling our heads,

With an ever present static,

That we’ll never find freedom from.

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Reading Update (09/09/2020)

Hey everyone, and happy Wednesday!

Today, since I just finished a couple books and haven’t quite started anything else yet, I figure I would do a quick reading update. I also got a few books in the mail yesterday, and I want to talk about them, so I’m gonna go ahead and do just that 👌

Now let’s talk books!

What I’ve Read Recently:

I finished Fahrenheit 451 a few days ago, and although it’s not one of my favorite books this year, I did like it. For those of you who don’t know, Fahrenheit 451 is about a world where books are illegal, and so those possess them are punished and their books are burned. The story follows a fireman named Guy Montag, but in this version of reality, the firemen are the ones who burn the books, although Montag is now beginning to question this practice .

What really got me was how relevant some of the quotes in the book are in today’s world, even though Bradbury wrote this book over 50 years ago. I’m going to do a more detailed discussion of the book later this month for Banned Book Week (09/27-10/3), such as the history of censorship and challenges placed against the book.

I also just finished reading The Color Purple last night, which I’m also going to be doing a more in depth discussion about during my posts for Banned Book Week. However, I enjoyed the story overall, and I enjoyed switching between Celie and Nettie’s letter’s, as it gave different perspectives of the lives of Black woman living in the South during the 1930’s. I thought Nettie’s letters were especially interesting, especially when she was doing missionary work in Africa, to showcase the dynamic between Africans and missionaries, especially with Black, non-African missionaries. It’s an interesting perspective which I personally haven’t heard that much about, so it really drew me in.

New Books!

I recently splurged on some new books (for reasons I’m not going to talk about right now, because some thing’s about the situation are in limbo), but I’m excited and want to show them off, so here they are! I’m going to link to the book summaries, and I might tag on a little explanation for why I bought certain books.

All Book Summaries are from The StoryGraph.

Six Angry Girls

The Jumbies: For Fortnight Frights in October, I was deciding between reading this book or The Year of the Witching for one of the prompts. I want to read The Year of the Witching before the read-a-thon, plus The Jumbies is a middle grade book, I figure it would be a nice break between all the other books I plan on reading.

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe: This is one of the books from Rick Riordan’s publishing house, which focuses on publishing diverse stories from diverse authors. I honestly wanted to check it out because it sounds like a fun story, and I want to read some more fun books 😂

The Beadworkers

Legacy: Trauma, Story and Indigenous Healing

The American Cafe

Savage Conversations: I’m interested in this one because it covers the topic of Abraham Lincoln ordering the hanging of thirty-eight Daokta’s back in 1862, and is one of the largest mass executions in United States history. It’s also written in a play-script format, which will be a change of pace (that I hopefully enjoy!)

New Poets of Native Nations: Since I’ve been trying to read more poetry, I thought it would be cool to read some poems from Native American poets! I believe there are also a wide variety of different nations represented throughout the collection, so it’ll be interesting to see what are common themes, but also the differences between the different nations, and how it might have influenced the poem.

So for these last five books on the list, I am planning on writing a post in October focusing on books by Native American authors. I found some that I thought I were interesting, or at least in genres that I’ve been wanting to read more of (such as poetry for New Poets of Native Nations and The Beadworkers, which is a collection of short stories).

Thank you for checking out my post, and I will see you next week with something new! Have a good rest of your week 😊


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Poetry Prompt #7

Welcome back to Poetry Prompt Monday!

For this weeks prompt, I’m going back to the 125 Of The Best Poetry Writing Prompts For Poets for inspiration! This weeks prompt will be…

A day you laughed through the tears

Here’s what I came up with, I hope you enjoy!

There are days where it’s a struggle,

Going one minute to the next.

Where I wish for the day to end,

Yet I don’t want my time taken so quickly,

Tears that haven’t been shed,

Threatening to fall at any moment,

Or that’s how it was,

Until the numbness overtakes my body.

Then here you come,

The happiness I needed,

Casually strolling in,

As though my world isn’t,

Just about to fall apart.

The smile spreading across your face,

Awakens something,

I didn’t know was still there.

The light I thought was extinguished,

Blazing triumphantly in me again.

Well, that’s all for today’s post! Thank you again for reading, and I will see you again on Wednesday with a new post!


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