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Readers sound off: Books that changed YOUR lives

October 31, 2013 -- Updated 1527 GMT (2327 HKT)
One of the books most often mentioned by readers was Frank Herbert's "Dune." Some readers suggested its absence in our original list showed a female favoritism, but female commenters said it's among their favorites, too. "It presaged many of the hot topics of today," <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/07/living/best-young-adult-books/index.html#comment-1075896392'>one reader said</a>. "The book has its flaws, and there are others who have come later and taken similar topics further and deeper. But, in my youth, and for its time, it was the first and best to do so, and led me to expand my readings into innumerable areas of science, religion, history, warfare and the great works of literature, in order to answer some of the questions I found posed by 'Dune.'" One of the books most often mentioned by readers was Frank Herbert's "Dune." Some readers suggested its absence in our original list showed a female favoritism, but female commenters said it's among their favorites, too. "It presaged many of the hot topics of today," one reader said. "The book has its flaws, and there are others who have come later and taken similar topics further and deeper. But, in my youth, and for its time, it was the first and best to do so, and led me to expand my readings into innumerable areas of science, religion, history, warfare and the great works of literature, in order to answer some of the questions I found posed by 'Dune.'"
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  • CNN commenters shared their favorite books from childhood
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(CNN) -- Lists can be tricky.

To kick off our coverage of young adult literature in October, we asked members of the CNN.com newsroom to share books that changed our lives. It wasn't the ultimate list for everyone -- we left the definition of "life-changing" up to individuals, and yes, Judy Blume came up more than once.

But we also asked readers to share their top picks in the comments. Again, we left "life-changing" open to interpretation.

We loved the responses and reasons for your choices, from Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" to John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars. So, we complied them and created another list -- the books you read as young people that changed YOUR lives.

Click through the gallery to see what readers came up with, and tell us about books you read as a child that influenced you.

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