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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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1,193 551
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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1,076 257
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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997 313
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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807 563
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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719 302
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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747 352
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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653 228
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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578 271
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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678 430
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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868 326
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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467 223
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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663 244
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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511 269
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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550 259
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 The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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490 221
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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907 374
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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481 163
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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763 242
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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413 229
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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500 253
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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413 220
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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411 218
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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

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439 192
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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409 178
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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423 158
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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404 257
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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347 212
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About The Best Qualities in a Woman

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235 126
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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289 167
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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456 468
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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347 117
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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376 173
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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387 160
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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260 102
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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402 223
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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403 187
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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292 222
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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285 152
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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322 196
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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295 215
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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310 161
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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341 155
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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278 204
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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223 77
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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257 100
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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281 174
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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398 159
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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311 106
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein