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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
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    the people's #1 &most voted
    The Lord of the Rings

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    98
  3. 3
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    George Orwell More
    94
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    George Orwell More
    93
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    most listed &controversial
    The Catcher in the Rye

    J. D. Salinger More
    90
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    Aldous Huxley More
    89
  7. 7
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    Ken Kesey More
    83
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    William Golding More
    83
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    83
  10. 10
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    Mark Twain More
    82
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    82
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    John Steinbeck More
    81
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    80
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    often listed
    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    78
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    Lewis Carroll More
    78
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    Hamlet

    William Shakespeare More
    75
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    74
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    Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    74
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    J. K. Rowling More
    74
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    Madeleine L'Engle More
    73
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    Frank Galati More
    73
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    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley More
    72
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    Hermann Hesse More
    72
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    Catch-22

    Joseph Heller More
    70
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    Victor Hugo More
    70
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    Mark Twain More
    70
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    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    69
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    Jack Kerouac More
    69
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    Bram Stoker More
    69
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    Dr. Seuss More
    69
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    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens More
    68
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    The Metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka More
    68
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    Ernest Hemingway More
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    William Shakespeare More
    67
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    Gabriel García Márquez More
    67
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    William Shakespeare More
    67
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    Stephen King More
    67
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    John Steinbeck More
    66
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    Hunter S. Thompson More
    66
  40. 40
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    Emily Brontë More
    66
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    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    66
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    Sylvia Plath More
    66
  43. 43
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    66
  44. 44
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    Chuck Palahniuk More
    66
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    Maurice Sendak More
    65
  46. 46
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    Anne Frank More
    65
  47. 47
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    Lois Lowry More
    64
  48. 48
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    64
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    Frank Herbert More
    64
  50. 50
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    64
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