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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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1,340 531
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Books That Changed My Life

The Worst Qualities in a Woman The Best Fantasy Book Series

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1,222 571
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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1,111 268
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books That Changed My Life
1984 George Orwell

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1,029 325
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Animal Farm George Orwell

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829 575
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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736 311
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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776 364
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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682 235
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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592 281
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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702 442
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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900 335
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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491 235
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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687 252
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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531 277
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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573 265
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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946 383
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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504 232
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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796 249
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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502 170
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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424 233
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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509 257
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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423 226
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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429 221
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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365 105
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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463 206
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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421 184
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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440 160
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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413 260
Siddhartha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

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355 219
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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247 130
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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299 173
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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468 475
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

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413 165
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Giver Lois Lowry

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397 178
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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364 122
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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305 152
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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274 105
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Odyssey Homer

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301 227
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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409 232
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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414 192
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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341 202
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stand Stephen King

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327 164
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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363 157
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books That Changed My Life
Dracula Bram Stoker

Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have The Best Organic Coffee Brands

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247 79
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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282 103
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books That Changed My Life

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298 220
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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340 107
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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287 207
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books That Changed My Life
The Stranger Albert Camus

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422 161
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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294 178
Are You There God? It's Me, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books That Changed My Life