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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 Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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1,306 617
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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1,206 298
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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889 619
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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1,099 353
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

6
798 334
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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830 397
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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748 261
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

9
759 474
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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626 312
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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539 258
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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977 362
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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747 273
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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581 302
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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627 287
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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1,043 409
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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546 257
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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568 184
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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847 271
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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446 267
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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458 250
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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545 284
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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466 246
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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407 125
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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532 247
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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493 174
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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455 206
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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446 277
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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336 194
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 The Best Ways to Be a Good Person

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501 505
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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276 153
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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380 245
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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450 197
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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351 175
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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407 136
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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312 122
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer, Nextext

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453 188
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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322 247
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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442 251
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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375 223
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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291 89
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
sheilas816 added Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne

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448 210
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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361 175
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 Best Comedian Biopics

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395 116
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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323 117
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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394 173
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

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323 192
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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313 239
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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469 176
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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302 223
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus