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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    Ernest Hemingway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gabriel García Márquez

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    William Shakespeare

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    Homer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Leo Tolstoy

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    ranked low on reranks Roald Dahl

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    Yann Martel

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    J. K. Rowling

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    ranked low on reranks Dr. Seuss

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    Margaret Mitchell

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    Henry David Thoreau

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Robert A. Heinlein

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert M. Pirsig

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    Judy Blume

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    ranked low on reranks Chuck Palahniuk

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    ranked low on reranks Daniel Keyes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Irving

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    Sun Tzu

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    Paulo Coelho

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel Beckett

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Kennedy Toole

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Dr. Seuss

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    ranked low on reranks Herman Melville

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    added by sheilas816 A. A. Milne

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    Jennifer Frantz

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    Douglas Adams

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    John Knowles

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    Milan Kundera

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    William Faulkner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Howard Zinn

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest C. S. Lewis

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    ranked low on reranks Shel Silverstein

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    Jane Austen

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Joseph Heller

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    Stephen Hawking

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    James Joyce

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    J. K. Rowling

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    added by NadiH Charlotte Brontë

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    Cormac McCarthy

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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

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    Mario Puzo

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    Truman Capote

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    added by azzy_roth William Goldman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jane Austen

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