Books That Changed My Life Books
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Books That Changed My Life

The most life changing books, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd of hundreds of people. If you are looking for books that will change your life, these have the themes, characters and story-arcs to do it. From the courage and determination of Frodo as he ventures into Mordor to the conviction of Atticus as he defends a man a whole town has already condemned, there are countless books to add to your list of books to read to change your life.

Anyone can add their picks to this list of life changing novels, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the best life changing books, as picked by the people who love them. Ask yourself the question "what are the most life-changing books?" and then vote for the books that you read cover to cover, the novels that changed the way you see the world and the stories you still can't stop thinking about. Share your favorites, and see how your taste stacks up against other readers.
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  1. 1
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    Harper Lee More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    The Lord of the Rings

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    97
  3. 3
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    Down 98
    George Orwell More
    92
  4. 4
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    Down 142
    George Orwell More
    91
  5. 5
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    Down 309
    J. D. Salinger More
    90
  6. 6
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    Aldous Huxley More
    88
  7. 7
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    often listed
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    81
  8. 8
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    Down 166
    William Golding More
    81
  9. 9
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    Ken Kesey More
    81
  10. 10
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    Lewis Carroll More
    80
  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    80
  12. 12
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    Mark Twain More
    79
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    78
  14. 14
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    Ray Bradbury More
    77
  15. 15
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    John Steinbeck More
    76
  16. 16
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    75
  17. 17
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    75
  18. 18
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    J. K. Rowling More
    72
  19. 19
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    William Shakespeare More
    72
  20. 20
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    Victor Hugo More
    72
  21. 21
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    Madeleine L'Engle More
    72
  22. 22
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    Hermann Hesse More
    70
  23. 23
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    Joseph Heller More
    70
  24. 24
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    Frank Galati More
    70
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    often listed
    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    70
  26. 26
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    Mary Shelley More
    69
  27. 27
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    Charles Dickens More
    68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel García Márquez More
    68
  29. 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka More
    68
  30. 30
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    68
  31. 31
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    Bram Stoker More
    68
  32. 32
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    Mark Twain More
    67
  33. 33
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    Dr. Seuss More
    67
  34. 34
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    often listed
    The Stand

    Stephen King More
    67
  35. 35
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    67
  36. 36
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    William Shakespeare More
    66
  37. 37
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    often listed
    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    66
  38. 38
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    Jack Kerouac More
    65
  39. 39
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    William Shakespeare More
    65
  40. 40
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    Emily Brontë More
    65
  41. 41
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    John Steinbeck More
    64
  42. 42
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    often listed
    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath More
    64
  43. 43
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    Lois Lowry More
    64
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Hunter S. Thompson More
    63
  45. 45
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    63
  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank More
    63
  47. 47
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak More
    63
  48. 48
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    63
  49. 49
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    Frank Herbert More
    63
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    often listed
    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    62
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