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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
    96
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    94
  4. 4
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    George Orwell More
    91
  5. 5
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    J. D. Salinger More
    90
  6. 6
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    Aldous Huxley More
    87
  7. 7
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    William Golding More
    83
  8. 8
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    Lewis Carroll More
    80
  9. 9
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    80
  10. 10
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    Ken Kesey More
    79
  11. 11
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    Ray Bradbury More
    79
  12. 12
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    78
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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    77
  14. 14
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    Mark Twain More
    77
  15. 15
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    John Steinbeck More
    75
  16. 16
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    John Steinbeck More
    75
  17. 17
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    74
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    74
  19. 19
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    J. K. Rowling More
    72
  20. 20
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    Madeleine L'Engle More
    71
  21. 21
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    William Shakespeare More
    71
  22. 22
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    Victor Hugo More
    70
  23. 23
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    Joseph Heller More
    69
  24. 24
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    Hermann Hesse More
    68
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    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    67
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    Gabriel García Márquez More
    67
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    Mary Shelley More
    67
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    Charles Dickens More
    66
  29. 29
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    Franz Kafka More
    66
  30. 30
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    66
  31. 31
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    Mark Twain More
    65
  32. 32
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    65
  33. 33
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    Emily Brontë More
    64
  34. 34
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    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    64
  35. 35
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    Bram Stoker More
    64
  36. 36
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    Stephen King More
    64
  37. 37
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    Jack Kerouac More
    63
  38. 38
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss More
    63
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    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath More
    62
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    Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare More
    62
  41. 41
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    Oscar Wilde More
    61
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    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    61
  43. 43
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    The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank More
    61
  44. 44
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    William Shakespeare More
    61
  45. 45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Hunter S. Thompson More
    61
  46. 46
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    60
  47. 47
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    Lois Lowry More
    59
  48. 48
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    59
  49. 49
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak More
    59
  50. 50
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    58
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