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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.

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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    Yann Martel

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    William Shakespeare

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    Judy Blume

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gabriel García Márquez

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    ranked low on reranks Dr. Seuss

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    Homer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Leo Tolstoy

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    Roald Dahl

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Henry David Thoreau

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Kennedy Toole

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    ranked low on reranks Daniel Keyes

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    Margaret Mitchell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert M. Pirsig

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    Sun Tzu

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Irving

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    ranked low on reranks Chuck Palahniuk

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel Beckett

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    Paulo Coelho

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    Jane Austen

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    Jennifer Frantz

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    J. K. Rowling

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    added by sheilas816 A. A. Milne

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    Herman Melville

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Douglas Adams

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    added by bojanthebest C. S. Lewis

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    William Faulkner

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    added by NadiH Charlotte Brontë

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    J. K. Rowling

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Knowles

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    added by azzy_roth William Goldman

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    Stephen Hawking

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    Shel Silverstein

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    ranked low on reranks Joseph Heller

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    Howard Zinn

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    James Joyce

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    Milan Kundera

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    Truman Capote

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Jane Austen

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Betty Smith

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