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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.

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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    Hunter S. Thompson

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    A. A. Milne

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    Jane Austen

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    William Shakespeare

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    Ayn Rand

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Maurice Sendak

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    C. S. Lewis

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    Douglas Adams

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Margaret Mitchell

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Roald Dahl

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    Sun Tzu

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    E. B. White

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    J. K. Rowling

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    John Irving

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Henry David Thoreau

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    Samuel Beckett

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    Herman Melville

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Daniel Keyes

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Yann Martel

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Elie Wiesel

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    John Kennedy Toole

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    Chuck Palahniuk

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    S. E. Hinton

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    Milan Kundera

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    James Joyce

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    Howard Zinn

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    William Goldman

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    William Faulkner

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    Paulo Coelho

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    John Knowles

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Robert M. Pirsig

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Plato

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    Shel Silverstein

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