Books That Changed My Life Books
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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.

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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    most listed Harper Lee

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    the people's #1 J. R. R. Tolkien

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    ranked low on reranks George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks J. D. Salinger

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    Aldous Huxley

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    William Golding

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    ranked low on reranks Ray Bradbury

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    ranked low on reranks J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    John Steinbeck

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    ranked low on reranks William Shakespeare

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Charles Dickens

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    Hermann Hesse

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    Victor Hugo

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    ranked low on reranks Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Joseph Heller

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ayn Rand

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    Emily Brontë

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gabriel García Márquez

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    Franz Kafka

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    ranked low on reranks Anne Frank

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    ranked low on reranks Mary Shelley

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    William Shakespeare

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    Bram Stoker

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Albert Camus

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    William Shakespeare

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sylvia Plath

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    ranked low on reranks Dr. Seuss

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    Stephen King

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    ranked low on reranks Lois Lowry

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Kerouac

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Oscar Wilde

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    Shel Silverstein

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    ranked low on reranks Maurice Sendak

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    ranked low on reranks Homer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ayn Rand

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