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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

The Worst Qualities in a Woman The Best Fantasy Book Series

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1,230 574
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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1,122 270
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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1,039 327
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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833 578
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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740 313
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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784 364
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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692 235
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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598 283
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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709 444
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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496 237
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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907 339
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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692 255
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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536 278
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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579 267
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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956 387
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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510 233
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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507 171
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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802 250
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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427 235
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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516 259
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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430 226
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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433 223
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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371 106
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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426 187
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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467 212
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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446 161
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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419 261
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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252 132
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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357 223
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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304 174
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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472 479
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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421 166
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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311 153
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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402 181
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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278 106
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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368 125
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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304 229
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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415 233
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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419 193
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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344 205
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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333 164
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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290 104
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life

Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have The Best Organic Coffee Brands

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252 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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367 159
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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300 223
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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345 108
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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289 208
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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298 179
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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426 163
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss