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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

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338540581
Availability: Backordered
Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

An adorably illustrated, queer, coming-of-age romance that has themes of divorce, mental health, and environmental preservation. It also twists fairy tale magic into the story with a cute selkie girl, Keltie, who gains her human form after a kiss of true love from Morgan, the main character. For anyone looking for a refreshing summer romance read with an unpredictable ending, this is where your search ends because this book has it all. (trigger warning: mental health) ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

Burn It All Down by Nicolas DiDomizio - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316496957
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 25th, 2021

This comedic debut is filled with snarky, gay, New Jersey-Italian, attitude. DiDomizio uses a very animated narrative, so be sure to have high energy when reading this. Also incredibly fast-paced, it will be easy to read through this quickly. Overall an interesting first book. I look forward to seeing more work from Nicolas DiDomizio. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

You Will Get Through This Night by Daniel Howell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063053885
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 18th, 2021

You will get through this night by Daniel Howell is a solid, relatable resource that gives you the information you need in easy to digest fragments and visually understandable tables. As someone who has struggled with mental health their whole life this book is exactly what I've been looking for. Like stated, this isn't something you read cover to cover, in chronological order all in one night. This is a book you will pick up and put down many times as you go through life. Mental health isn't binary because life isn't binary (Much like my gender, lol!), and so the same can be said of this great guide. It's realistic and gives you what you need as you need it. It's like having a friend available 24/7, even in those deepest, dark moments when you're needing to hear it's all gonna be okay and good nudge in the right direction. I can see myself keeping this book on my shelves the rest of my life. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas - Book Review

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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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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


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