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Books That Changed My Life

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
    97
  3. 3
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    George Orwell More
    91
  4. 4
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    Down 142
    George Orwell More
    90
  5. 5
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    J. D. Salinger More
    90
  6. 6
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    Aldous Huxley More
    87
  7. 7
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    often listed
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    82
  8. 8
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    Down 70
    Lewis Carroll More
    81
  9. 9
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    William Golding More
    80
  10. 10
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    Ken Kesey More
    80
  11. 11
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    79
  12. 12
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    Ray Bradbury More
    78
  13. 13
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    Mark Twain More
    78
  14. 14
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    77
  15. 15
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    76
  16. 16
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    75
  17. 17
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    74
  18. 18
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    Victor Hugo More
    71
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    often listed
    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle More
    71
  20. 20
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    William Shakespeare More
    70
  21. 21
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    J. K. Rowling More
    70
  22. 22
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    Hermann Hesse More
    69
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    69
  24. 24
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    Frank Galati More
    69
  25. 25
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    Joseph Heller More
    69
  26. 26
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    Mary Shelley More
    68
  27. 27
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    Gabriel García Márquez More
    67
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    Charles Dickens More
    67
  29. 29
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    Franz Kafka More
    66
  30. 30
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    66
  32. 32
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    Emily Brontë More
    66
  33. 33
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    Bram Stoker More
    65
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stand

    Stephen King More
    65
  36. 36
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    64
  37. 37
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    64
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath More
    63
  39. 39
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss More
    63
  40. 40
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    William Shakespeare More
    62
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    Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare More
    62
  42. 42
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    Oscar Wilde More
    62
  43. 43
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    Hunter S. Thompson More
    62
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    62
  45. 45
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    61
  46. 46
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    60
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez More
    60
  48. 48
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    60
  49. 49
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    The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank More
    60
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    Lois Lowry More
    59
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