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Books That Changed My Life

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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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    most listed
    Harper Lee

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    the people's #1
    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    + 801
    - 179

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    George Orwell

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    - 233

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    George Orwell

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    - 450

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    J. D. Salinger

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    - 231


    Aldous Huxley

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    - 262


    William Golding

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    - 168


    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  10. 10
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    - 154


    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Ken Kesey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Mark Twain

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    - 113

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    William Shakespeare

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    J. K. Rowling

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Frank Galati

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    John Steinbeck

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    - 60

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    - 164


    Charles Dickens

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    Joseph Heller

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    Victor Hugo

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    Hermann Hesse

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    Franz Kafka

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    Homer

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Anne Frank

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    Mark Twain

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    - 104


    William Shakespeare

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    - 97

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emily Brontë

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    Mary Shelley

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    Ayn Rand

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    - 104

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    Bram Stoker

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    - 160


    Gabriel García Márquez

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    - 97


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    - 109


    Lois Lowry

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Albert Camus

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    - 122


    William Shakespeare

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    - 165

    often listed
    Sylvia Plath

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    - 164

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Kerouac

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    - 112

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    Dr. Seuss

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    + 170
    - 86


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    - 112


    Judy Blume

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    - 63

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    Shel Silverstein

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    + 231
    - 146


    Stephen King

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  50. 50
    + 226
    - 123


    Frank Herbert

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