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.

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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    Harper Lee

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    - 443


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    + 841
    - 192

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    George Orwell

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    - 246

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    George Orwell

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    + 664
    - 471

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

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    - 243


    Aldous Huxley

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    + 467
    - 217


    Ken Kesey

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    + 597
    - 277


    William Golding

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    - 176


    Ray Bradbury

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    - 264

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    + 359
    - 167


    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    + 537
    - 340

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    - 200

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    Mark Twain

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    - 204

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    + 421
    - 218

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    + 604
    - 192


    John Steinbeck

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    + 387
    - 169


    Frank Galati

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    + 374
    - 117

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    William Shakespeare

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    + 730
    - 312


    J. K. Rowling

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    + 349
    - 178


    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    + 398
    - 201


    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    + 327
    - 177


    Joseph Heller

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    + 330
    - 173


    Charles Dickens

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    + 259
    - 66

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    + 319
    - 140


    Victor Hugo

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    - 101

    the people's #1

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    + 337
    - 204


    Hermann Hesse

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    - 162


    Franz Kafka

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    - 112

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    Anne Frank

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    - 79

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    Oscar Wilde

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    + 264
    - 75

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    Mark Twain

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    + 204
    - 106

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emily Brontë

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    + 286
    - 113


    William Shakespeare

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    + 188
    - 59

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    Homer

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    + 386
    - 381

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ayn Rand

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    + 327
    - 144


    Mary Shelley

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    + 326
    - 181


    Ernest Hemingway

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    + 278
    - 111

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    Bram Stoker

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    + 204
    - 104


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    + 268
    - 116


    Lois Lowry

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    + 244
    - 171

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    Gabriel García Márquez

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    + 247
    - 126


    William Shakespeare

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    + 199
    - 69

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    Shel Silverstein

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    + 218
    - 173

    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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    + 229
    - 161


    Albert Camus

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    + 242
    - 155


    Stephen King

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    + 305
    - 119

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    Dr. Seuss

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    + 230
    - 175

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Kerouac

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    + 204
    - 166

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hunter S. Thompson

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    + 195
    - 46

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    C. S. Lewis

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