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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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    Harper Lee

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

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    George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Aldous Huxley

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    William Golding

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    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Ken Kesey

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    often listed
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Mark Twain

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    William Shakespeare

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    Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life


    J. K. Rowling

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    Frank Galati

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    John Steinbeck

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    The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life


    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life


    Charles Dickens

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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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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    Mark Twain

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    Emily Brontë

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    William Shakespeare

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    Homer

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    Anne Frank

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    Ayn Rand

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    Mary Shelley

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Bram Stoker

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Albert Camus

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    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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    William Shakespeare

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    The Giver is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life


    Lois Lowry

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    Dr. Seuss

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    - 157


    Jack Kerouac

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    - 141


    Stephen King

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    Judy Blume

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    Frank Herbert

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    A. A. Milne

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