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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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    The Sun Also Rises

    Ernest Hemingway More
    63
  2. 52
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    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    63
  3. 53
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    Henry David Thoreau More
    63
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    Othello

    William Shakespeare More
    62
  5. 55
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    Roald Dahl More
    62
  6. 56
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    Dr. Seuss More
    62
  7. 57
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    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez More
    62
  8. 58
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    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel More
    62
  9. 59
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    J. K. Rowling More
    62
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    A Farewell to Arms

    Ernest Hemingway More
    62
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    Dr. Seuss More
    62
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    The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho More
    61
  13. 63
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Shel Silverstein More
    61
  14. 64
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    Robert M. Pirsig More
    61
  15. 65
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    Daniel Keyes More
    61
  16. 66
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    Judy Blume More
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  17. 67
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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy Toole More
    61
  18. 68
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  19. 69
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    John Irving More
    60
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    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell More
    60
  21. 71
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    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert A. Heinlein More
    60
  22. 72
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    Cormac McCarthy More
    60
  23. 73
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    Oscar Wilde More
    59
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    A People's History of the United States

    Howard Zinn More
    59
  25. 75
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    The Giving Tree

    Shel Silverstein More
    59
  26. 76
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    J. K. Rowling More
    59
  27. 77
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    A Separate Peace

    John Knowles More
    59
  28. 78
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    No image
    Dante Alighieri More
    59
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    Truman Capote More
    58
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    Waiting for Godot

    Samuel Beckett More
    58
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Milan Kundera More
    58
  32. 82
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    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy More
    58
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    The Art of War

    Sun Tzu More
    58
  34. 84
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    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

    Herman Melville More
    58
  35. 85
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    William Faulkner More
    58
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    William Goldman More
    58
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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore More
    58
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    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    58
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    The Godfather

    Mario Puzo More
    58
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    Ulysses

    James Joyce More
    58
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    No image
    Joseph Heller More
    58
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    J. K. Rowling More
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    Man's Search for Meaning

    Viktor Frankl More
    57
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    The Prophet

    Khalil Gibran, Jerry Ahern More
    57
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    the oddysey

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    Franny and Zooey

    J. D. Salinger More
    57
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    Things Fall Apart

    Chinua Achebe More
    57
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    The Pearl

    John Steinbeck More
    57
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    Night

    Elie Wiesel More
    57
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    Art Spiegelman More
    57
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