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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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1,225 574
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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1,118 269
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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1,034 326
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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831 577
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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739 312
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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782 364
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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687 235
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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595 283
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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707 443
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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495 236
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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903 339
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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690 254
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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533 277
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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577 266
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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951 386
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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506 233
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Grapes of Wrath Frank Galati

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505 170
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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798 250
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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425 234
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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512 258
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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426 226
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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430 223
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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366 106
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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424 186
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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463 209
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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442 161
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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415 260
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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356 220
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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248 132
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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300 173
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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470 477
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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418 165
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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400 180
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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276 106
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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308 153
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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366 124
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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302 228
The Bell Jar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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411 233
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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416 193
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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342 204
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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330 164
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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287 103
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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249 81
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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363 159
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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299 221
One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

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344 107
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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287 207
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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423 162
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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294 179
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life