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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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  2. 2
    + 903
    - 389

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

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  3. 3
    + 717
    - 161

    ranked low on reranks
    George Orwell

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  4. 4
    + 715
    - 215


    George Orwell

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  5. 5
    + 576
    - 417

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

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  6. 6
    + 520
    - 217


    Aldous Huxley

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  7. 7
    + 524
    - 239


    William Golding

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  8. 8
    + 416
    - 142


    Ray Bradbury

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  9. 9
    + 618
    - 225

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  10. 10
    + 417
    - 191


    Ken Kesey

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  11. 11
    + 297
    - 137


    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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  12. 12
    + 461
    - 296


    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  13. 13
    + 466
    - 173

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    Mark Twain

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  14. 14
    + 365
    - 192


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  15. 15
    + 351
    - 179


    Madeleine L'Engle

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  16. 16
    + 307
    - 152


    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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  17. 17
    + 334
    - 146


    Frank Galati

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  18. 18
    + 298
    - 100

    ranked low on reranks
    William Shakespeare

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  19. 19
    + 612
    - 280


    J. K. Rowling

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  20. 20
    + 523
    - 174

    ranked low on reranks
    John Steinbeck

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  21. 21
    + 341
    - 178


    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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  22. 22
    + 205
    - 51


    Arthur Conan Doyle

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  23. 23
    + 278
    - 153


    Charles Dickens

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  24. 24
    + 284
    - 157


    Joseph Heller

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  25. 25
    + 275
    - 122


    Victor Hugo

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  26. 26
    + 303
    - 179


    Hermann Hesse

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  27. 27
    + 127
    - 54


    Oscar Wilde

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  28. 28
    + 245
    - 143


    Franz Kafka

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  29. 29
    + 217
    - 61

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    Mark Twain

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  30. 30
    + 354
    - 331

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ayn Rand

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    + 161
    - 84

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emily Brontë

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    + 226
    - 89

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    William Shakespeare

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  33. 33
    + 230
    - 93


    Anne Frank

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  34. 34
    + 138
    - 41


    Homer, Nextext

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  35. 35
    + 279
    - 123


    Mary Shelley

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  36. 36
    + 284
    - 157


    Ernest Hemingway

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  37. 37
    + 221
    - 145


    Gabriel García Márquez

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  38. 38
    + 236
    - 98


    Bram Stoker

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  39. 39
    + 158
    - 83


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  40. 40
    + 197
    - 137


    Albert Camus

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  41. 41
    + 260
    - 99

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    Dr. Seuss

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  42. 42
    + 199
    - 151

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Kerouac

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  43. 43
    + 185
    - 156

    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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  44. 44
    + 210
    - 101

    ranked low on reranks
    Lois Lowry

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  45. 45
    + 207
    - 115


    William Shakespeare

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  46. 46
    + 211
    - 132


    Stephen King

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  47. 47
    + 149
    - 103


    Judy Blume

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  48. 48
    + 198
    - 115


    Frank Herbert

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  49. 49
    + 178
    - 150

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hunter S. Thompson

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  50. 50
    + 147
    - 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Shel Silverstein

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