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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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1,358 648
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

3
1,275 313
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

4
934 651
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

5
1,153 372
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

6
828 361
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

7
870 423
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Lord of the Flies William Golding

8
794 282
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
801 499
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

10
579 274
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

11
652 341
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life

12
1,024 381
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

13
790 293
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

14
610 327
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

15
668 309
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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1,116 421
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

17
582 275
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Grapes of Wrath Frank Galati

18
614 198
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

19
891 290
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

20
462 294
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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586 300
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Lamest Authors of All Time

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479 273
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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487 267
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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440 140
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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578 280
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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529 192
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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481 227
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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468 301
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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496 206
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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407 262
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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360 213
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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521 542
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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350 131
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer, Nextext

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298 175
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life

35
387 191
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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438 155
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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331 101
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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406 240
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

39
486 210
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

40
345 270
The Bell Jar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

41
391 186
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

42
479 223
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

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470 272
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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433 129
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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358 134
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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422 186
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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511 186
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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354 210
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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321 243
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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521 176
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life