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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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      Harper Lee More
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      the people's #1
      The Lord of the Rings

      J. R. R. Tolkien More
      97
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      George Orwell More
      92
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      George Orwell More
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      J. D. Salinger More
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      Aldous Huxley More
      88
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      The Great Gatsby

      F. Scott Fitzgerald More
      81
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      William Golding More
      81
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      Ken Kesey More
      81
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      Lewis Carroll More
      80
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      The Hobbit

      J. R. R. Tolkien More
      80
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      Mark Twain More
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      Slaughterhouse-Five

      Kurt Vonnegut More
      78
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      Ray Bradbury More
      77
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      John Steinbeck More
      76
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      Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
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      Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
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      William Shakespeare More
      72
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      Victor Hugo More
      72
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      J. K. Rowling More
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      Madeleine L'Engle More
      72
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      Hermann Hesse More
      70
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      Joseph Heller More
      70
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      The Grapes of Wrath

      Frank Galati More
      70
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      Atlas Shrugged

      Ayn Rand More
      70
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      Mary Shelley More
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      Charles Dickens More
      69
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      One Hundred Years of Solitude

      Gabriel García Márquez More
      68
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      The Metamorphosis

      Franz Kafka More
      68
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      Ernest Hemingway More
      68
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      Bram Stoker More
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      Mark Twain More
      68
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      Dr. Seuss More
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      The Stand

      Stephen King More
      67
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      Arthur Conan Doyle More
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      William Shakespeare More
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      The Stranger

      Albert Camus More
      66
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      Jack Kerouac More
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      William Shakespeare More
      65
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      Emily Brontë More
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      John Steinbeck More
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      The Bell Jar

      Sylvia Plath More
      64
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      Lois Lowry More
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      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

      Hunter S. Thompson More
      63
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      Nathaniel Hawthorne More
      63
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      The Diary of a Young Girl

      Anne Frank More
      63
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      Where the Wild Things Are

      Maurice Sendak More
      63
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      Kurt Vonnegut More
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      Frank Herbert More
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      The Fountainhead

      Ayn Rand More
      62
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