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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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1,227 574
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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1,119 270
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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1,035 327
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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832 578
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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739 313
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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783 364
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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690 235
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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596 283
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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708 444
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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495 237
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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905 339
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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690 255
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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534 278
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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578 267
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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954 386
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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508 233
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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507 170
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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800 250
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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427 234
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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514 259
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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429 226
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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432 223
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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369 106
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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426 186
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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464 211
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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445 161
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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419 260
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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249 132
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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357 222
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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302 174
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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471 478
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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419 166
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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310 153
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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401 181
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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277 106
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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366 125
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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303 229
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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413 233
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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417 193
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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343 205
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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332 164
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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288 104
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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251 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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365 159
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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300 222
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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344 108
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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289 207
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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296 179
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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424 163
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