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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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On the Road is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Books That Changed My Life
On the Road Jack Kerouac

The Worst Qualities in a Woman The Most Must-Have Cookbooks

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257 97
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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227 206
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

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322 79
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Books That Changed My Life
bojanthebest added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

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362 142
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dune Frank Herbert

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The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

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Othello is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Othello William Shakespeare

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203 80
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Books That Changed My Life
NadiH added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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257 112
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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365 132
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

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246 85
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The Sun Also Rises is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

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Love in the Time of Cholera is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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Night is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Night Elie Wiesel

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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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235 151
Walden is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Walden Henry David Thoreau

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147 89
Uncle Tom's Cabin is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Waiting for Godot is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett

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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Life of Pi Yann Martel

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About Signs Someone Is Talking About You Behind Your Back

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The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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136 94
The Art of War is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Art of War Sun Tzu

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155 36
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Books That Changed My Life
2probb added Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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151 111
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

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149 95
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

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158 74
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Books That Changed My Life
azzy_roth added The Princess Bride William Goldman

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114 69
Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

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216 93
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

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124 151
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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202 89
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Lorax Dr. Seuss

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134 123
A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Separate Peace John Knowles

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The Unbearable Lightness of Be... is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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A People's History of the Unit... is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Books That Changed My Life

Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Inferno Dante Alighieri

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Ulysses James Joyce

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The Sound and the Fury is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner