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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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    Harper Lee

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    George Orwell

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    J. D. Salinger

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    George Orwell

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    Aldous Huxley

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    William Golding

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    Ken Kesey

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    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Mark Twain

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    John Steinbeck

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    Frank Galati

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    William Shakespeare

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    J. K. Rowling

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Joseph Heller

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Charles Dickens

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    Victor Hugo

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    the people's #1

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    Hermann Hesse

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    Franz Kafka

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    Anne Frank

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Mark Twain

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    Homer

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    Emily Brontë

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    William Shakespeare

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    Mary Shelley

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    Ayn Rand

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Bram Stoker

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Lois Lowry

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    Shel Silverstein

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    William Shakespeare

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    Sylvia Plath

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    Albert Camus

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    Dr. Seuss

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    Jack Kerouac

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    C. S. Lewis

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    Judy Blume

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    Stephen King

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