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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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    + 766
    - 172

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    George Orwell

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    + 764
    - 223

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    George Orwell

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    - 440

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

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    - 225


    Aldous Huxley

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    - 253


    William Golding

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    - 159


    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  10. 10
    + 326
    - 148


    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    - 200


    Ken Kesey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Mark Twain

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    - 202

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    - 188


    Madeleine L'Engle

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    - 108

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    William Shakespeare

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    - 159

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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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    - 190


    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    - 56

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    - 157


    Charles Dickens

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    - 166


    Joseph Heller

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    Victor Hugo

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    Hermann Hesse

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    Franz Kafka

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Mark Twain

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    - 97

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    William Shakespeare

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    - 90

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emily Brontë

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    - 48


    Homer

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    - 99


    Anne Frank

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    Ayn Rand

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    - 129


    Mary Shelley

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    - 162


    Ernest Hemingway

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    Gabriel García Márquez

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    - 101

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    Bram Stoker

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    - 91


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    - 143

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Albert Camus

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    - 118


    William Shakespeare

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    + 227
    - 105


    Lois Lowry

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    - 106

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    Dr. Seuss

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    - 160

    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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    - 158


    Jack Kerouac

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    - 74


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    - 142


    Stephen King

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  48. 48
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    - 61

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    Shel Silverstein

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    + 159
    - 108

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Judy Blume

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  50. 50
    + 214
    - 119


    Frank Herbert

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