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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 Lamest Authors of All Time

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1,306 616
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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1,205 297
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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889 617
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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1,097 352
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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798 333
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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830 396
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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747 260
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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759 473
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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626 311
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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538 258
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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976 361
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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747 272
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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581 301
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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627 286
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 Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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1,042 409
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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546 256
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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568 183
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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847 270
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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446 266
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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458 249
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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544 284
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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465 246
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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406 124
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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531 246
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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492 174
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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454 206
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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446 276
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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336 193
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About 39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

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501 504
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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274 153
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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379 244
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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449 197
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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351 174
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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312 121
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer, Nextext

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406 136
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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452 187
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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322 246
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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441 250
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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375 222
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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448 209
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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290 89
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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360 175
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

Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have The Most Rewatchable Movies

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394 116
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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322 115
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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394 172
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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323 190
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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312 238
One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

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469 175
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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302 222
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus