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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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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    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
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    most listed &controversial
    The Catcher in the Rye

    J. D. Salinger More
    91
  6. 6
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    Aldous Huxley More
    89
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Ken Kesey More
    83
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    often listed
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    83
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    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding More
    82
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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain More
    82
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    81
  12. 12
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    John Steinbeck More
    80
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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    80
  14. 14
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    Lewis Carroll More
    78
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    77
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    Hamlet

    William Shakespeare More
    74
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    The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    73
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    73
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    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle More
    73
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    J. K. Rowling More
    73
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    Frank Galati More
    73
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    Siddhartha

    Hermann Hesse More
    71
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    Mary Shelley More
    71
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    Victor Hugo More
    70
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    Catch-22

    Joseph Heller More
    70
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    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    69
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    69
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    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    68
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    Bram Stoker More
    68
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    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens More
    67
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss More
    67
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    The Metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka More
    67
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    The Old Man and the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway More
    67
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    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel García Márquez More
    67
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    Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare More
    66
  36. 36
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    William Shakespeare More
    66
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    Stephen King More
    66
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Hunter S. Thompson More
    66
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    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    66
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    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath More
    66
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    65
  42. 42
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    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë More
    65
  43. 43
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    64
  44. 44
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    Chuck Palahniuk More
    64
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak More
    64
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    Anne Frank More
    63
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    Cat's Cradle

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    63
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    Frank Herbert More
    63
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    often listed
    The Sun Also Rises

    Ernest Hemingway More
    63
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    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    63
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