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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    Harper Lee

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

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    ranked low on reranks George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    most listed J. D. Salinger

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    Aldous Huxley

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    William Golding

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    Lewis Carroll

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    ranked low on reranks J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Ken Kesey

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    ranked low on reranks Ray Bradbury

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    Mark Twain

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    John Steinbeck

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    John Steinbeck

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    ranked low on reranks William Shakespeare

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    often listed Madeleine L'Engle

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    Victor Hugo

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    Joseph Heller

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    Hermann Hesse

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    ranked low on reranks Arthur Conan Doyle

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ayn Rand

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    Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gabriel García Márquez

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Franz Kafka

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Mary Shelley

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    Bram Stoker

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    ranked low on reranks Dr. Seuss

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    Emily Brontë

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    Stephen King

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Albert Camus

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sylvia Plath

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    ranked low on reranks William Shakespeare

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    Anne Frank

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    William Shakespeare

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    Jack Kerouac

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    Hunter S. Thompson

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    Oscar Wilde

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ayn Rand

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    ranked low on reranks Lois Lowry

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    ranked low on reranks Maurice Sendak

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Frank Herbert

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