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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.

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
    Up 699
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    Harper Lee More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    The Lord of the Rings

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    97
  3. 3
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    Down 98
    George Orwell More
    92
  4. 4
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    Down 142
    George Orwell More
    91
  5. 5
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    Down 309
    J. D. Salinger More
    90
  6. 6
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    Down 159
    Aldous Huxley More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 339
    Down 194
    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    81
  8. 8
    Up 373
    Down 166
    William Golding More
    81
  9. 9
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    Down 134
    Ken Kesey More
    81
  10. 10
    Up 179
    Down 70
    Lewis Carroll More
    80
  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    80
  12. 12
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    Mark Twain More
    79
  13. 13
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    78
  14. 14
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    Ray Bradbury More
    77
  15. 15
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    John Steinbeck More
    75
  16. 16
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    75
  17. 17
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    75
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    often listed
    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle More
    72
  19. 19
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    Victor Hugo More
    71
  20. 20
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    William Shakespeare More
    71
  21. 21
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    J. K. Rowling More
    70
  22. 22
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    Hermann Hesse More
    70
  23. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    70
  24. 24
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    Joseph Heller More
    69
  25. 25
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    Frank Galati More
    69
  26. 26
    Up 182
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    Mary Shelley More
    68
  27. 27
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    Gabriel García Márquez More
    68
  28. 28
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    Charles Dickens More
    68
  29. 29
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    Franz Kafka More
    67
  30. 30
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    66
  31. 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    66
  32. 32
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    Down 82
    Stephen King More
    65
  33. 33
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    Jack Kerouac More
    65
  34. 34
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    Bram Stoker More
    65
  35. 35
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    Down 29

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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    65
  36. 36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath More
    64
  37. 37
    Up 87
    Down 41

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë More
    64
  38. 38
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss More
    63
  39. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare More
    63
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    63
  41. 41
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    Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare More
    63
  42. 42
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    Hunter S. Thompson More
    62
  43. 43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    62
  44. 44
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    Down 48
    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    62
  45. 45
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    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks
    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    61
  46. 46
    Up 35
    Down 16

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Oscar Wilde More
    60
  47. 47
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    Down 78
    Gabriel García Márquez More
    60
  48. 48
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    Down 82
    Kurt Vonnegut More
    60
  49. 49
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    The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank More
    60
  50. 50
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    Lois Lowry More
    60
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