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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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1,471 721
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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1,417 362
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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1,026 725
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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1,274 414
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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900 421
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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957 483
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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877 327
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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877 564
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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661 322
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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723 387
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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1,115 428
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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883 332
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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664 376
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

The Worst Qualities in a Woman

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1,242 467
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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736 359
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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647 312
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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691 228
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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978 326
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

20
510 336
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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647 333
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Best Fantasy Book Series

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535 310
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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548 307
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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512 166
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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607 213
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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684 342
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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527 269
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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499 344
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

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561 244
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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402 247
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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556 591
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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400 160
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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342 211
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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436 302
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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433 226
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Best Female Characters in Literature

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402 124
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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500 181
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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385 301
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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455 273
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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439 213
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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503 153
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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532 243
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

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525 256
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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508 306
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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402 238
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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413 166
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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569 214
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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459 221
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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593 208
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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352 277
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus