Have you ever read a banned, censored, or challenged book?


This poll was inspired by my stumbling across a reference to Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451 (1953), described thusly in Wikipedia:


Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works.[3] The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found.[4] The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper.[5][6]


The book, ironically, has itself been the subject of book bannings and censorship.


Have you ever read a banned, censored, or challenged book? Here are links to Wikipedia's Lists of banned books, List of books banned by governments, and Challenged (literature) articles. Each provides further information, including links to other lists, articles, or book lists.


[To those who are wondering: #3 applies to me. I've read Fahrenheit 451 and many other banned, censored, and challenged books, to boot. Some were assigned reading, others I read on my own. Many such books are amongst my favorites. Moreover, in creating this poll, I've added multiple additional titles to my TBR list.]


  1. Yes, it was assigned reading
  2. Yes, I read it on my own
  3. Yes, some were assigned; others I read on my own
  4. No
  5. I don't know
  6. Please share your comments