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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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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1,175 541
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

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1,057 251
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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983 308
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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793 552
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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709 295
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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735 345
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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638 221
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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567 265
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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666 420
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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853 321
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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456 220
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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650 241
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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499 265
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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541 253
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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481 216
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Grapes of Wrath Frank Galati

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893 368
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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474 155
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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748 238
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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406 225
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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487 250
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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403 218
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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405 213
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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344 97
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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428 180
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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398 175
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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415 152
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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399 251
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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341 208
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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230 121
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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281 163
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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450 460
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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371 163
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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340 112
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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397 218
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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376 155
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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395 182
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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249 100
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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283 217
The Bell Jar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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276 148
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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311 190
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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289 211
One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

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304 156
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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335 150
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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220 72
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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272 199
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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393 154
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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273 168
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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304 101
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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247 97
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life