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
    60
  2. 52
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak More
    59
  3. 53
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    William Shakespeare More
    59
  4. 54
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    Frank Herbert More
    59
  5. 55
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    58
  6. 56
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    Homer More
    58
  7. 57
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    Robert M. Pirsig More
    57
  8. 58
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    57
  9. 59
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    Margaret Mitchell More
    57
  10. 60
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    Yann Martel More
    57
  11. 61
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    The World According to Garp

    John Irving More
    57
  12. 62
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    Shel Silverstein More
    57
  13. 63
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    Robert A. Heinlein More
    56
  14. 64
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    Henry David Thoreau More
    56
  15. 65
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    Dr. Seuss More
    56
  16. 66
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    J. K. Rowling More
    56
  17. 67
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    Roald Dahl More
    56
  18. 68
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    Samuel Beckett More
    56
  19. 69
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    Milan Kundera More
    56
  20. 70
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    Judy Blume More
    56
  21. 71
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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy Toole More
    56
  22. 72
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    The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho More
    56
  23. 73
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    Sun Tzu More
    56
  24. 74
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    Daniel Keyes More
    55
  25. 75
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    J. K. Rowling More
    55
  26. 76
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    Dante Alighieri More
    54
  27. 77
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    John Knowles More
    54
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    A People's History of the United States

    Howard Zinn More
    54
  29. 79
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    Herman Melville More
    54
  30. 80
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    Chuck Palahniuk More
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    The Lorax

    Dr. Seuss More
    54
  32. 82
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    William Faulkner More
    53
  33. 83
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
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  34. 84
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    James Joyce More
    53
  35. 85
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    The Giving Tree

    Shel Silverstein More
    53
  36. 86
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    Stephen Hawking More
    52
  37. 87
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    Jennifer Frantz More
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  38. 88
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    Truman Capote More
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  39. 89
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    Cormac McCarthy More
    52
  40. 90
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    Tropic of Cancer

    Henry Miller More
    52
  42. 92
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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore More
    52
  43. 93
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    Leo Tolstoy More
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    Joseph Heller More
    51
  45. 95
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    Jane Austen More
    51
  46. 96
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    John Steinbeck More
    51
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Jane Austen More
    51
  48. 98
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    Richard Bach More
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  49. 99
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    Viktor Frankl More
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  50. 100
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    J. K. Rowling More
    51
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