5 YA Books I Rescued From My Library

Maybe your asking,

“Ash, how do you rescue a book from your library?”

Well, my library was getting rid of books and with the stricter policies regarding donating them and giving them out because of COVID they were just going to the trash, so I took them!

Maybe now you are asking,

“Your library was going to THROW OUT BOOKS!? That’s wasteful or upsetting or something..”

So let me explain!

Libraries buy A LOT of books! We have to to keep up with new releases and the demand for popular books! However, not every release circulates well (or at all) and once a popular book is no longer as popular, those 10 copies start to take up space we need!

For my department, I probably buy 50 books a month, thats 600 a year! We only have so much shelf space! So every now and then, we have to go through and look up what isn’t being taken out. Ive found SOOOO may books that haven’t gone out since we bought them years ago! We try to donate some of them but shelters and thrift stores also don’t have space for 100s of books!

Now maybe you’ll understand why your local library doesn’t want your donations of books that are 5+ years old!


While I was weeding this time, I was mostly looking at what hadn’t been taken out in years. If a book hasn’t been taken out, I take a second to read what it is about just to make sure its not about a topic I know we don’t have many books on or if it has important representation and just needs a bit of hyping up. These were books that caught my interest while I was evaluating them!

So here are 5 YA books I saved while weeding the collection for new books!

Island of Aunts by Eva Ibbotson

When the kindly old aunts decide that they need help caring for creatures who live on their hidden island, they know that adults can’t be trusted. What they need are a few special children who can keep a secret-a secret as big as a magical island. And what better way to get children who can keep really big secrets, than to kidnap them! (After all, some children just plain need to be kidnapped.)

Just Ella by Margeret Peterson Haddix

Being a princess isn’t all that…

You’ve heard the fairy tale: a glass slipper, Prince Charming, happily ever after…

Welcome to reality: royal genealogy lessons, needlepoint, acting like “a proper lady,” and—worst of all—a prince who is not the least bit interesting, and certainly not charming.

As soon-to-be princess Ella deals with her new-found status, she comes to realize she is not “your majesty” material. But breaking off a royal engagement is no easy feat, especially when you’re crushing on another boy in the palace… For Ella to escape, it will take intelligence, determination, and spunk—and no ladylike behavior allowed. 

Tarot by Marissa Kennerson

Anna was never supposed to exist. Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers—the exact opposite of the King’s land of fixed fates and rigid rules—and weaves them into four glorious tapestries.

But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving.

Anna thinks she’s found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just decoration. They’re the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create—as long as the terrors from the old world don’t catch up with her first.

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellison

Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

When by Victoria Laurie

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client’s young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie’s whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it’s too late?


What do you think of these books? Would they have caught your interest? Or do you understand why they haven’t gone out in a while?

Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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