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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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Books That Changed My Life

The Worst Qualities in a Woman The Best Books About Sex

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True The Best Female Characters in Literature

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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Grapes of Wrath Frank Galati

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About The Superstitions You Secretly Believe

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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The Bell Jar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have The Most Rewatchable Movies

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein