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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  1. 51
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    58
  2. 52
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    Frank Herbert More
    58
  3. 53
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    Othello

    William Shakespeare More
    58
  4. 54
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    57
  5. 55
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    Homer More
    57
  6. 56
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    Dr. Seuss More
    57
  7. 57
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Roald Dahl More
    56
  8. 58
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    Robert M. Pirsig More
    56
  9. 59
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    Yann Martel More
    56
  10. 60
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    J. K. Rowling More
    56
  11. 61
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    56
  12. 62
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    Shel Silverstein More
    56
  13. 63
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    Judy Blume More
    56
  14. 64
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    Margaret Mitchell More
    56
  15. 65
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    Fight Club

    Chuck Palahniuk More
    56
  16. 66
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    Robert A. Heinlein More
    56
  17. 67
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    John Irving More
    56
  18. 68
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    Henry David Thoreau More
    55
  19. 69
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    Waiting for Godot

    Samuel Beckett More
    55
  20. 70
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    Sun Tzu More
    55
  21. 71
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Milan Kundera More
    55
  22. 72
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    Daniel Keyes More
    55
  23. 73
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    The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho More
    55
  24. 74
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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy Toole More
    54
  25. 75
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    J. K. Rowling More
    54
  26. 76
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    Dr. Seuss More
    53
  27. 77
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    John Knowles More
    53
  28. 78
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    Herman Melville More
    53
  29. 79
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    William Faulkner More
    53
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
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    A People's History of the United States

    Howard Zinn More
    52
  32. 82
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    Jane Austen More
    52
  33. 83
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    Charlotte's Web

    Jennifer Frantz More
    52
  34. 84
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    Shel Silverstein More
    52
  35. 85
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    C. S. Lewis More
    52
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  36. 86
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    Stephen Hawking More
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  37. 87
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    J. K. Rowling More
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  38. 88
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    Douglas Adams More
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  39. 89
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    Joseph Heller More
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  40. 90
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    James Joyce More
    51
  41. 91
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    Cormac McCarthy More
    51
  42. 92
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    Truman Capote More
    51
  43. 93
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    51
  44. 94
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    J. D. Salinger More
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  45. 95
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    John Steinbeck More
    51
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    Leo Tolstoy More
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  47. 97
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    Charlotte Brontë More
    50
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  48. 98
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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore More
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  49. 99
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    Mario Puzo More
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  50. 100
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    Richard Bach More
    50
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