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Jules Wagner - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

My name is Jules. I'm a born and raised Saratogian and my family from my mom's side has been in this area for generations. I'm non-binary and asexual, and use they/them/theirs pronouns. I'm constantly reading and researching to stay up to date about the latest in the LGBTQ Community. I'm also a mental health advocate, and an animal lover. I hope to help make a difference for the community through my work with the Bookstore. I look forward to helping in your search for knowledge and new experiences!

 

“Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving... you will come to a better place.”
― Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250313973
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Published: Swoon Reads - March 23rd, 2021

Aiden does a wonderful job retelling his favorite childhood story, Peter Pan, in a way that can be enjoyed by anyone from preteen years to middle aged.The attention to detail and excellent use of intense mystery elements breathe new life into a classic tale. Like his first work, Cemetery Boys, Thomas also sprinkles in some mild horror in this reimagining. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh author with great potential ahead. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - Book Review

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780062310644
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Published: HarperTeen - June 7th, 2016

Victoria Aveyard knows what she's doing and how she's doing it when she wrote this book. I honestly thought this would be another typical YA dystopian love-triangle storyline, but Red Queen became so much more with every page I turned. You’ll thoroughly enjoy this first chapter of the book series, which is filled with foreshadowing, shocks and enticing characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

This nonfiction graphic novel is an AMAZING story not just telling, but showing the perspective of what it’s like to grow up in the wrong body. This book is not for the easily disturbed, as it shows the horrors that can be gender dysphoria, both internally and externally. Do not let that discourage giving it a try, though. I strongly believe this book should be read by everyone, especially those in the transgender community. I have never related and felt more understood by a book in my life. Educational, emotional, and everything you need to experience to put yourself in the shoes of those who struggle with these situations everyday. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman - Book Review

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By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338617436
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Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

An adorably gay graphic novel about a nerdy highschool boy and a sweeter-than-cake jock boy in England. I gasped, I screamed, and I had heart-eyes through the entire book. I devoured this book in its entirety in the matter of two hours. I could relate to both Charlie and Nick as their characters' journey’s of discovery came to be shown throughout the story. I look forward to reading the 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th volumes. As well as seeing the highly anticipated musical coming to Netflix. This series will be a classic staple for the LGBTQ+ community. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780807013793
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Published: Beacon Press - September 15th, 2020

Angela Chen does a wonderful job writing about the ace experience from so many different walks of life. Ace really shows the gray areas of the ace spectrum that even many ace people get confused about through their discovery journeys. This book really made me feel seen and validated as someone who is asexual and does not fit the norms of society. Anyone who is wanting more knowledge on all different parts of the ace spectrum should really pick up this book. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


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