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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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1,440 709
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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1,382 355
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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1,005 713
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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1,247 406
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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882 411
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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938 468
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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856 319
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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861 549
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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645 309
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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703 378
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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1,089 419
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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857 326
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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651 367
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

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1,217 460
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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716 349
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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632 305
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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664 224
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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958 318
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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496 329
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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631 326
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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519 300
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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533 296
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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492 164
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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589 210
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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654 330
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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513 261
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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492 337
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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544 234
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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390 242
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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546 582
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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423 215
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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384 153
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer, Nextext

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388 115
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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424 295
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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329 205
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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486 175
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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374 294
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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440 268
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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425 207
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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490 147
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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523 236
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

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499 297
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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512 248
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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558 205
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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392 234
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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398 161
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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451 214
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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580 202
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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341 273
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus