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

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    - 164

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    George Orwell

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    - 218

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    George Orwell

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    - 429

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    J. D. Salinger

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    - 220


    Aldous Huxley

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    - 245


    William Golding

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    - 152


    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  10. 10
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    - 142


    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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  11. 11
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    - 197


    Ken Kesey

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    - 178

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    Mark Twain

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    - 182


    Madeleine L'Engle

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    - 103

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    William Shakespeare

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Frank Galati

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    John Steinbeck

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    - 185


    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    - 53

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    - 155


    Charles Dickens

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    Joseph Heller

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    Hermann Hesse

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    Victor Hugo

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    Franz Kafka

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Emily Brontë

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    Mark Twain

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    - 44

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    Homer

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    - 95


    William Shakespeare

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    - 97


    Anne Frank

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    Ayn Rand

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    Mary Shelley

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    - 149


    Gabriel García Márquez

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    - 159


    Ernest Hemingway

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    - 98

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    Bram Stoker

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    - 87


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    - 141

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Albert Camus

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    - 158

    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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    - 116


    William Shakespeare

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    - 103


    Lois Lowry

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    - 103

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    Dr. Seuss

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    + 202
    - 156


    Jack Kerouac

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    + 217
    - 137


    Stephen King

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  47. 47
    + 154
    - 104


    Judy Blume

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    - 32

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    A. A. Milne

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    - 70


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    - 59


    William Shakespeare

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