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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.

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
    98
  3. 3
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    George Orwell More
    93
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    Animal Farm

    George Orwell More
    92
  5. 5
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    J. D. Salinger More
    91
  6. 6
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    Aldous Huxley More
    89
  7. 7
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    Ken Kesey More
    83
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    often listed
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    83
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    William Golding More
    83
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    Mark Twain More
    82
  11. 11
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    81
  12. 12
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    John Steinbeck More
    81
  13. 13
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    80
  14. 14
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    Lewis Carroll More
    78
  15. 15
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    Ray Bradbury More
    77
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    William Shakespeare More
    74
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    74
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    74
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    Madeleine L'Engle More
    73
  20. 20
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    J. K. Rowling More
    73
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    Frank Galati More
    73
  22. 22
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    Hermann Hesse More
    72
  23. 23
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    Mary Shelley More
    71
  24. 24
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    Victor Hugo More
    70
  25. 25
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    Joseph Heller More
    70
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    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    70
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    69
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    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    69
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    Charles Dickens More
    68
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    Bram Stoker More
    68
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss More
    68
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    Franz Kafka More
    68
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    Gabriel García Márquez More
    68
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    68
  35. 35
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    William Shakespeare More
    67
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    William Shakespeare More
    67
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Hunter S. Thompson More
    67
  38. 38
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    Stephen King More
    66
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    John Steinbeck More
    66
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    often listed
    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    66
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    often listed
    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath More
    66
  42. 42
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    Emily Brontë More
    66
  43. 43
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    65
  44. 44
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    Chuck Palahniuk More
    65
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak More
    64
  46. 46
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    Anne Frank More
    64
  47. 47
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    64
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    Frank Herbert More
    64
  49. 49
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    Lois Lowry More
    64
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    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    63
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