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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 More
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  2. 52
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    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez More
    58
  3. 53
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    William Shakespeare More
    57
  4. 54
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    Leo Tolstoy More
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  5. 55
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    Homer More
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  6. 56
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Roald Dahl More
    56
  7. 57
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    Yann Martel More
    56
  8. 58
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    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Dr. Seuss More
    56
  9. 59
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    J. K. Rowling More
    56
  10. 60
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    Robert M. Pirsig More
    56
  11. 61
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    Shel Silverstein More
    56
  12. 62
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    56
  13. 63
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    Robert A. Heinlein More
    56
  14. 64
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    Fight Club

    Chuck Palahniuk More
    56
  15. 65
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    John Irving More
    55
  16. 66
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    Henry David Thoreau More
    55
  17. 67
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    Judy Blume More
    55
  18. 68
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    Margaret Mitchell More
    55
  19. 69
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    Sun Tzu More
    55
  20. 70
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    Daniel Keyes More
    55
  21. 71
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    Paulo Coelho More
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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy Toole More
    54
  23. 73
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    J. K. Rowling More
    54
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    Waiting for Godot

    Samuel Beckett More
    54
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    Dr. Seuss More
    53
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    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

    Herman Melville More
    53
  27. 77
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    Milan Kundera More
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    John Knowles More
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    William Faulkner More
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    Charlotte's Web

    Jennifer Frantz More
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
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    A People's History of the United States

    Howard Zinn More
    52
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    The Giving Tree

    Shel Silverstein More
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  34. 84
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    Stephen Hawking More
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    Jane Austen More
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    C. S. Lewis More
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    Joseph Heller More
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    Douglas Adams More
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    J. K. Rowling More
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    Ulysses

    James Joyce More
    51
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    Cormac McCarthy More
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    Truman Capote More
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    Franny and Zooey

    J. D. Salinger More
    51
  45. 95
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    Mario Puzo More
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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore More
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    John Steinbeck More
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    Leo Tolstoy More
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    William Goldman More
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    Ray Bradbury More
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