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Books That Changed My Life

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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.

From teens to adults, 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 "which books have affected my life the most" and then vote for the books that you read cover to cover (maybe even multiple times), 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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    most listed
    Harper Lee

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  2. 2
    + 906
    - 394

    the people's #1
    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  3. 3
    + 725
    - 161

    ranked low on reranks
    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 723
    - 215


    George Orwell

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  5. 5
    + 580
    - 421

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    J. D. Salinger

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  6. 6
    + 529
    - 217


    Aldous Huxley

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  7. 7
    + 528
    - 240


    William Golding

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  8. 8
    + 422
    - 143


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 620
    - 229

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  10. 10
    + 302
    - 137


    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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  11. 11
    + 419
    - 192


    Ken Kesey

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  12. 12
    + 466
    - 301


    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  13. 13
    + 470
    - 173

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    Mark Twain

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  14. 14
    + 367
    - 192


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  15. 15
    + 355
    - 179


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  16. 16
    + 311
    - 152


    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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  17. 17
    + 337
    - 146


    Frank Galati

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  18. 18
    + 303
    - 100

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    William Shakespeare

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  19. 19
    + 620
    - 281


    J. K. Rowling

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  20. 20
    + 526
    - 174

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    John Steinbeck

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  21. 21
    + 345
    - 179


    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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  22. 22
    + 209
    - 51


    Arthur Conan Doyle

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  23. 23
    + 279
    - 154


    Charles Dickens

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  24. 24
    + 286
    - 159


    Joseph Heller

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  25. 25
    + 307
    - 179


    Hermann Hesse

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  26. 26
    + 276
    - 122


    Victor Hugo

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  27. 27
    + 129
    - 54


    Oscar Wilde

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  28. 28
    + 248
    - 143


    Franz Kafka

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  29. 29
    + 164
    - 84

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emily Brontë

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  30. 30
    + 219
    - 61

    ranked low on reranks
    Mark Twain

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    + 228
    - 89

    ranked low on reranks
    William Shakespeare

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  32. 32
    + 356
    - 336

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ayn Rand

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  33. 33
    + 142
    - 41


    Homer

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  34. 34
    + 232
    - 95


    Anne Frank

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  35. 35
    + 282
    - 124


    Mary Shelley

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  36. 36
    + 286
    - 157


    Ernest Hemingway

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  37. 37
    + 224
    - 146


    Gabriel García Márquez

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  38. 38
    + 238
    - 98


    Bram Stoker

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    + 161
    - 85


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  40. 40
    + 200
    - 137


    Albert Camus

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    + 261
    - 100

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    Dr. Seuss

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  42. 42
    + 187
    - 156

    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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  43. 43
    + 200
    - 152


    Jack Kerouac

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  44. 44
    + 210
    - 115


    William Shakespeare

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  45. 45
    + 211
    - 101

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    Lois Lowry

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  46. 46
    + 212
    - 133


    Stephen King

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  47. 47
    + 150
    - 103


    Judy Blume

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  48. 48
    + 150
    - 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Shel Silverstein

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  49. 49
    + 178
    - 150

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hunter S. Thompson

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  50. 50
    + 198
    - 115


    Frank Herbert

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