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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

Famous Schizophrenics The Greatest Simple Pleasures in Life

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1,269 586
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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1,154 279
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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859 590
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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1,063 336
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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762 318
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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804 375
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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713 244
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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612 291
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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729 452
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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512 241
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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940 346
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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711 260
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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554 285
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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597 276
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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991 393
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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525 236
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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529 173
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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818 253
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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432 243
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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528 266
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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441 233
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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445 232
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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384 110
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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436 193
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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489 225
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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464 166
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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429 268
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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261 138
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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316 182
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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362 230
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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482 491
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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324 160
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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433 172
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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290 111
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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415 187
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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380 128
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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309 232
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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430 196
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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356 208
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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420 239
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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266 82
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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341 169
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

The Greatest American Writers of All Time The Best Novels Ever Written

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378 160
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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300 107
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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361 108
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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440 163
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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292 210
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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300 226
One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

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302 181
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life