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.

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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    Ernest Hemingway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gabriel García Márquez

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    William Shakespeare

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    Homer

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    ranked low on reranks Roald Dahl

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    Yann Martel

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert M. Pirsig

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    Henry David Thoreau

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    J. K. Rowling

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ernest Hemingway

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Chuck Palahniuk

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    Margaret Mitchell

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    Shel Silverstein

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    Judy Blume

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Irving

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    Sun Tzu

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    ranked low on reranks Daniel Keyes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Kennedy Toole

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    ranked low on reranks Paulo Coelho

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel Beckett

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Herman Melville

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    added by sheilas816 A. A. Milne

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    Milan Kundera

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    John Knowles

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Frantz

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    William Faulkner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Howard Zinn

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    Douglas Adams

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    ranked low on reranks Shel Silverstein

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    Joseph Heller

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    Jane Austen

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    Stephen Hawking

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    James Joyce

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Cormac McCarthy

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    added by NadiH Charlotte Brontë

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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

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    Mario Puzo

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    Truman Capote

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Richard Bach

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

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